2018 James Smith medal winner Zhao Xi

Zhao Xi

Dr. Zhao Xi, from the Chinese Antarctic Center of Surveying and Mapping, Wuhan University, China is a specialist on uncertainty and accuracy in spatial information. She defended her PhD thesis ‘Random sets to model uncertainty in remotely sensed objects’, supervised by prof. Alfred Stein, in 2012 at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. In it she addressed spatial and spatio-temporal uncertainty with applications in vegetation and flood level monitoring at various scale levels. Her work is of a great originality, as she has been able to give a new content to spatial and spatio-temporal uncertainty.

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2016 Peter Burrough medal winner Peter Atkinson

Professor Peter Atkinson, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University, has produced world-leading research in remote sensing image analysis, geostatistics, and epidemiology. Early in his career, Peter’s research included sub-pixel land-cover mapping, artificial neural networks, and generalised linear modeling. In the early 2000s, he shifted his focus to examine scale effects and uncertainties associated with the remote sensing of diseases, analyzing the distribution and transmission of Malaria in Africa, and investigating access to health care. More recently, Peter has extended his research to downscaling in remote sensing, disease transmission, and characterising land surface phenology.

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2014 James Smith medal winner Enki Yoo

Dr Yoo’s work focuses on the statistical modeling of uncertainty in spatial scale problems, and uncertainty propagation in geographical analysis. Her study of spatial stochastic simulation and development of supporting source code during her doctoral studies provide her with the means to identify and conceptualize uncertainty problems. She has conducted uncertainty assessment and modelling in various fields, including landscape ecology, remote sensing, and public health/urban planning. In addition, a number of her on-going research projects involve uncertainty/error modelling as one of their major research aims.

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2012 Peter Burrough medal winner Michael F. Goodchild

Professor Michael F. Goodchild has made long-standing contributions to theory and practice addressing accuracy and uncertainty issues in georeferenced data. He was an attendee at the very first Accuracy 1994 conference, a keynote speaker at the Accuracy 1996 and 2008 conferences, serving on both conferences’ Scientific Committees, and has been publishing about spatial data accuracy since 1980. Professor Goodchild is an elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada and of the (British) Royal Society, and an elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

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