Houston Regional GIS Expo

ORSP’s own Dr. Jack Hill, Director of Innovative and Collaborative Programs, was recently honored by being invited to give the Keynote Address at the Houston Regional GIS Expo, held March 31, 2016. Dr. Hill is nationally and internationally recognized for his work in the integration and application of remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) technology generated data to help analyze and solve natural resource, environmental, sustainable development, and most recently public health care problems. He is also a Fellow in the Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of “advances in the research, development, integration, and operational application of remote sensing, spatial analysis, and bioinformatics technologies and for fostering the adoption of information technologies in the quantitative assessment of the status and trends of natural ecosystems.”

He previously served as Vice President and Director of the Environmental Program at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). He also served on the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University where he was Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Remote Sensing and Image Processing Laboratory. The title of the presentations is as follows: “Innovative Geospatial Breakthroughs: 3D Cities, Law Enforcement, and Health Science.”

Mr. Vince Hamilton, Senior GIS Project Manager for Houston Airports, who coordinated this inaugural event, explains that the Houston Area GIS Expo brings together GIS professionals from public, private, and academic organizations to network and share experiences using GIS. It is also a fundraiser to support feeding over 300 high school kids from the region on the annual GIS Day for Kids held in November. Mr. Hamilton explains that he asked Dr. Hill to be the Keynote Speaker at the GIS Expo for a multitude of reasons, but primarily due to his high standing in the GIS world.

According to Mr. Hamilton, “Dr. Hill has been a leader in applying GIS to solve real world problems. He uses GIS technology to effect change in our society and protect our environment. Not only is he a subject matter expert, he presents in a way that captures the attention of the audience and opens their minds to think outside of their respective boxes.” Mr. Hamilton explains that he “overheard someone say ‘I didn’t know you could do that with GIS!’, and that is what the event was all about... Dr. Hill set a wonderful positive tone to the event that lasted the entire day.” Mr. Hamilton and the rest of the planning committee were very thankful that Dr. Hill accepted the invitation to speak.