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Torsten Hahmann to join CIS faculty

The School of Computing and Information Science is delight that Torsten Hahmann will join us in the Fall as Assistant Professor.

Opening for Rank-Open Faculty Position in Spatial Informatics

The School of Computing and Information Science together with the National
Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the University of
Maine seek applicants for an open rank academic-year tenure line joint
faculty appointment effective September 1, 2013 with research foci in the
area of spatial informatics. The School is an interdisciplinary unit
encompassing Computer Science and Spatial Informatics and offering degrees
in Computer Science (BS, MS, PhD) and Spatial Information Science and
Engineering (MS, PhD). The National Center for Geographic Information and
Analysis is an organized research unit and leading research center in the
area of Geographic Information Science with goals towards advancing major
research innovations in spatial informatics and increasing the supply of PhD
level students trained in spatial information science and engineering.

The successful candidate is required to contribute to the research agenda of
NCGIA, to  advise and mentor graduate students in the Spatial Information
Science and Engineering graduate program, and to teach in the School’s
academic programs. Spatial Informatics lies at the intersection of software
systems for databases, sensor systems, artificial intelligence,
human-computer interaction, information retrieval, and the semantic web and
deals with methods for modeling, storing, retrieving, analyzing, and
interacting with spatial information.  Core topics within Spatial
Informatics include spatial database systems, spatial reasoning, spatial
robotics, spatial analytics, geosensor networks, multimodal spatial
information processing, and the ethics of geospatial technologies. The
school seeks a candidate with research interests enhancing or complimentary
to its current research strengths in these areas. Any aspect of research
expertise in Spatial Informatics would be considered but research interest
and expertise in the following areas are preferred: spatial cognition,
spatial semantics, spatial linguistics, mobile and ubiquitous computing and
visual analytics.

Applicants must be committed to research excellence, graduate and
undergraduate teaching and have successful experience in securing external
funding. A Ph.D. in computer science, information science, or a related
discipline is required by date of hire.  Academic rank and tenure status
will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Applicants must be
available to start work on September 1, 2013.  The position is part of a
Maine Economic Improvement Fund initiative to further invest in Information
Technology. The University of Maine is a land grant institution and the
teaching, research, and service responsibilities of the selected candidate
will be consistent with the land grant mission.

To apply:  Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate
academic transcripts, and statements of both research and teaching interests
to Professor Kate Beard, Director, National Center for
Geographic Information and Analysis, School of Computing and Information
Science, 5711 Boardman Hall (Room 348) University of Maine, Orono, ME
04469-5711 with electronic copy to In addition,
applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by
separate cover.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue
until the position is filled.  Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
Appropriate background checks will be required.

On January 1, 2011, UMaine became a tobacco-free campus.  Information
regarding UMaine’s tobacco-free policy is online at

The University of Maine, an EO/AA employer, seeks to employ outstanding
people who contribute to the rich cultural diversity expected in a
university setting.  All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

CIS graduate students successful at UMaine’s GradExpo

Six graduate students from the various graduate programs in the School of Computing and Information Science participated in this year’s GradExpo, among them three winners. Congratulations to all participants!




Stacy Doore and Janet Nichols: Movement Matters: Using state longitudinal mobility data to improve school policy, intervention and academic outcomes

First place in humanities/social sciences poster competition


Chris Bennett, Non-Visual Graphical Accessibility

Third place in humanities/social sciences poster competition


Pathum Mudannayake: Semantic Topological Change


RJ Perry: Data visualization of the Earths Radiation Balance


Hari Prasath Palani: Accessible Graphics for Visually-Impaired People Using Touch-Based Devices


Oral Presentations


Hegnshan Li: Evaluating the effect of 2D and 3D indoor interfaces for facilitating navigation of multi-level buildings


Hari Prasath Palani: Accessible Graphics for Visually-Impaired People Using Touch-Based Devices

Winner of the Foster Center for Student Innovation Commercialization Award in Science and Technology

The Future of Virtual Sight: Nick’s VEMI lab featured in BDN article

A recent article in the Bangor Daily News features Nick Giudice’ VEMI lab and its innovative research in Virtual Site.

CIS welcomes cooperating faculty

CIS is delighted to welcome five new cooperating professors. David Hiebeler and Andre Khalil join us from from Department of Mathematics, and Bruce Segee and Yifeng Zhu from Electrical and Computing Engineering. This provides yet more proof that CIS is the hub of things computational at Orono.

Computing and information jobs top the list

Software Engineer is the new number one Best Job of 2011, ousting Mathematician from top spot. Also highly placed is Computer Systems Analyst. Lumberjack has climbed to 3rd worst from the bottom.

New School is formed

The opening of the School of Computer Science was reported in the University of Maine news.


Guest Speaker Stu Rich from Penbay Solutions

This week’s guest speaker was Stu Rich from Penbay Solutions who spoke on Extending GIS into the Built Environment: Emerging Trends and Patterns. View the presentation at

Laura Toma Guest Presentation

A guest presentation was made in the regular department seminar by Laura Toma from the Department of Computer Science at Bowdoin College on Monday 14 March 2011. Laura talked about “An Edge Quadtree for External Memory”. See

Professor Onsrud Honored by UCGIS

From a nationwide call for nominations, Professor Harlan Onsrud of the University of Maine was among six individuals to be honored as a Fellow by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). UCGIS is a non profit organization of seventy universities and other research institutions dedicated to expanding and strengthening geographic information science.

The award announcement permanently maintained on the UCGIS web site reads as follows:

Harlan J. Onsrud has been a leader in research and education on the legal, ethical, and institutional issues surrounding spatial information since the 1980s. Professor Onsrud was instrumental in the establishment of the UCGIS. He participated in the founding meeting in Boulder, Colorado, and took the lead in drafting the original UCGIS bylaws. Harlan then served as the first Chair of the UCGIS Policy and Legislation Committee and played a key role in the planning of early UCGIS Congressional Breakfast events. He also served as President of the UCGIS. Professor Onsrud convened the second UCGIS Summer Assembly, a very successful meeting held in Bar Harbor, Maine, that focused on UCGIS Education Priorities.

Professor Onsrud is a member of the Department of Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine, where he has taught and conducted research for much of his career. Harlan is a multitalented and transdisciplinary figure, a licensed engineer, land surveyor and attorney as well as an information science professor. Harlan Onsrud earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and his Juris Doctor (J. D.) degree, all at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Onsrud’s research focuses on the analysis of legal, ethical, and institutional issues affecting the creation and use of digital databases and the assessment of the social impacts of spatial technologies. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Federal Geographic Data Committee, and the U.S. Department of Education. Professor Onsrud teaches courses in Information Systems Law, Information Ethics, Cadastral and Land Information Systems, and Research Ethics.

Harlan Onsrud’s commitment to data sharing and open intellectual property principles have led him to take on a number of leadership and service roles in national and international organizations. He has served as President and currently serves as Executive Director of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI). He is a former Chair of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) of the National Research Council and former chair of the Socieconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) Working Group for CIESIN at Columbia University. He chaired a U.S. National Research Council Study on the Licensing of Spatial Data and has participated in numerous other NAS studies — he is a lifetime National Associate of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences. Selected for the Fulbright Specialists program roster, he most recently received Fulbright funding for an extended visit at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He was also a leading figure in transitioning the Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association to an open electronic and print journal and served as Editor-in-Chief through that transition.

For his contributions to Geographic Information Science, both in general and especially in the context of information policy, and for his tireless service to UCGIS, Harlan J. Onsrud is very deserving of the honor of being appointed as a Fellow of UCGIS.

Others honored at the Spring 2011 meeting and their current or former affiliations include Dr. William J. Craig, University of Minnesota, Dr. Jerome E. Dobson, University of Kansas, Dr. Michael F. Goodchild, University of California Santa Barbara, Dr. Karen K. Kemp, University of Southern California, and Dr. Duane F. Marble, Ohio State University.


Contact Information

School of Computing and Information Science
348 Boardman Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2188 | Fax: (207) 581-2206E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469