View of UB's Lake LaSalle and Baird Point. Heading on the image says "The 25th International Conference on Geoinformatics".

The Past and Future 25 Years

August 2-4, 2017 at Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Marriott Niagara
1340 Millersport Highway Amherst, NY 14221


  • International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS)
  • National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at Buffalo (NCGIA-Buffalo)


  • Confucius Institute, University at Buffalo
  • CPGIS Base at College of Environment and Planning, Henan University
  • State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural
  • Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University
  • NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center, UCSB/GMU/Harvard
  • International Society for Digital Earth
  • Ministry of Education's Key Laboratory of Poyang Lake Wetland and Watershed Research, Jiangxi Normal University
  • Office of the Vice Provost for International Education, University at Buffalo

Conference Summary

The 25th International Conference on Geoinformatics was held August 2-4 in Buffalo, New York, USA. The conference was co-organized by the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at Buffalo (NCGIA-Buffalo) and the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS). Under the theme of Past and Future 25 Years, 240 participants from 89 universities and corporates around the world, along with 50 family members, gathered at CPGIS’s birthplace to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CPGIS.

The conference featured an unusually large number of world-class keynote speakers whose insights will make profound influences to future GIScience development. The highlights of this conference also included impressively high-quality papers and a strong presence of a young generation of researchers and students. Throughout the parallel papers sessions, cutting-edge panels, and student paper competition sessions, researchers and students exchanged novel ideas and knowledge on geographic information sciences and technologies.

Participants enjoyed activities of the Niagara Falls Night and CPGIS Night, reunited with old friends, met new ones, and networked with each other to plan future collaborations. Among them, 17 CPGIS founders and 19 CPGIS presidents across 25 years united at the historical location to share retrospect and prospect of past success and future development. 22 University at Buffalo alumni emotionally lingered on campus and other places memorable back in their student years. Special recognition went to 15 academic institutions, corporates, and individuals who generously sponsored the conference. The administration of the University at Buffalo provided financial, personnel, news communication, and administrative support to the conference. Also, close to 30 student volunteers donated their time, effort, and talent to the success of the landmark event.

Highlights of the conference

Organizing Committee, the 25th International Conference on Geoinformatics

Call for Participation

The Geoinformatics conference series was initiated by the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS) in 1992. This international conference series has provided a unique forum for exchanging novel ideas and cutting-edge knowledge on geographic information sciences and technologies among GIS professionals worldwide.

This year, 2017, marks the 25th anniversary of CPGIS. NCGIA-Buffalo is proud to host this landmark event at the birth place of CPGIS to celebrate 25 years' success and pay tribute to CPGIS members.

We welcome traditional topics in GIScience and also encourage papers on new and emergent themes including: Big GeoData, GIScience of the Internet of Things, Geospatial Semantic Web, Sensor Geomatics, Geosimulation Modeling, Mobile Computing, Mobile Behavior, Complex Networks, Online Social Media, Cyber Computing, Events and Process, and Critical GIS to address societal issues, such as climate change, smart cities, precision medicine, urban mobility, crime analysis, migration, disaster, and environmental sustainability.

Topics on China are especially encouraged. These include, but not limited to, population, urban development, and environment. Papers from a wide range of disciplines related to Geographic Information Sciences are invited, including: Geography, Cognitive science, Computer science, Engineering, Information science, Social science, Urban Planning, among many others.