VIZBI 2013 Keynote Speaker – Sara Irina Fabrikant

VIZBI 2013 first keynote speaker will be Dr. Sara Irina Fabrikant. She is currently an Associate Professor of Geography and head of the Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA) group in the GIScience Center at the Geography Department of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her research and teaching interests lie in geographic information visualization and visual analytics (geovis), GIScience and cognition, graphical user interface design and evaluation, including dynamic cartography.

She was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to study Geographic Information Science for one academic year at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1993. She is the current elected chair of the International Cartographic Association’s Cognitive Visualization Commission. She publishes in a variety of GIScience/geovis related journals and is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Cartographica, Cartographic Perspectives, Computers Environment and Urban Systems, Journal of Spatial Information Science, Revue Internationale de Géomatique, and Transactions in GIS, in addition to her Program Committee memberships for various international GIScience/geovis related conferences (e.g., GIScience, COSIT, InfoVis (UK), etc.). She has been the Program Committee Chair of the GIScience 2010 conference. She has made various presentations at national and international professional meetings, including invited keynotes and other lectures at universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand. Other service includes memberships of the Association of American Geographers, the International Cartographic Association’s Commission on Geovisualization, the North American Cartographic Information Society, and the Swiss Society of Cartography.

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