CGIT has strong presence at 2012 Virginia GIS Conference with five presentations accepted.


September 11, 2012. The 2012 Virginia GIS Conference was hosted by the Virginia Association for Mapping and Land Information Systems (VAMLIS) at the OMNI Hotel in Charlottesville, VA on September 10, 2012. 

CGIT made quite a splash at this event by having more presentations accepted than any other group represented at the conference. With research topics ranging from applications of meta-location-based services to spatial analysis of the Virginia lottery, it was evident to the Virginia GIS community that CGIT’s research capabilities extend beyond the basics. These presentations showcased a multi-disciplinary research center pushing to bring cutting-edge research to the commonwealth.

CGIT presentations included the following:

Paul Miller’s presentation, Hitting the GIS Jackpot: Analysis of the Virginia Lottery, highlighted findings of his research explorations into who buys lottery tickets and who wins. This research looked at purchasing records and winning records at a jurisdictional level. He is pictured giving his on the conference website:

Joseph Newman’s presentation, Police Reported Vehicle Crash Distribution Analysis in Virginia, showcased findings from his work on a project sponsored by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This project calls for geo-location and trend analysis of car accidents in Virginia. More information on this project can be found here.

Lauren Franklin presented, A strategic Analysis & Prioritization of Hazardous Waste Generator Inspection Plans for DEQ. Her work on this project helped DEQ make inspections more efficient by using GIS to prioritize generators by location and re-district their inspection regions.

Peter Sforza, the co-director of CGIT gave a presentation on an original idea. His presentation, I Can See You Tweet Demonstration: the fusion of Webcams and Location-based Services. This presentation demonstrated the capabilities of a CGIT-built website:, which enables people to tweet photos from registered public webcams. More information on this project can be found here.

Ben Logan presented, Reliability maps as GIS Indices for Suggesting Wine Vineyard Success in the Eastern United States, which focused on CGIT research related to creating reliable indices for evaluating viticulture suitability in the Eastern US.