RGS: Call for papers!

Fancy coming to London at the end of August?  Looking for an exciting Geocomp session to show off your fancy research?  Look no further…

Call for papers:  **GeoComputation; the next 20 years**

We would like to invite abstracts for a session about the future or GeoComputation at the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2016 (RGS 2016) in London, Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September 2016.

Session outline: The use of fully programmable computers to construct spatial models and run spatial analyses stretches back to the use of ENIAC to calculate ballistic courses during the Second World War. As ENIAC was announced to the public in 1946, 2016 represents the 70th year of the public use of computers in geography. Perhaps more happily, it is also 20 years since the term “GeoComputation” was invented to draw together a disparate set of geographers doing computing in the 70s, 80s, and 90s at the 1996 “1st International Conference on GeoComputation” in Leeds, UK. In 2017, the community built around this conference will be celebrating its 21st birthday, reflecting on its successes, and future directions. As part of this celebration, we invite presentations for this session speculating on the future of computing in geography: potentials, problems, and predictions. What is the future? The Internet of Things? Group cognition modelling? Solar-system scale geomorphological modelling? Speculative discussions encouraged!

Please e-mail the abstract and key words with your expression of intent to Ed Manley (ed.manley@ucl.ac.uk) by 12th February 2016 (one week before the RGS conference deadline).

An abstract should be no more than 250 words.

Organisers:
 – Ed Manley, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), UCL.
 – Alison Heppenstall, School of Geography, University of Leeds
 – Andrew Evans, School of Geography, University of Leeds
 – Nick Malleson, School of Geography, University of Leeds
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