Waldo Tobler GIScience Prize

The Waldo Tobler GIScience Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) has been created by the ÖAW Commission for GIScience to encourage scientific advancement in the disciplines of Geoinformatics and/or Geographic Information Science. 

The prize recognizes the work of Professor Waldo Tobler, who repeatedly introduced innovative methods based on digital technologies into geographic research since the 1960s, with an emphasis on theory, mathematical modeling and dynamic visualization. He currently is professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara (http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~tobler) and has received numerous distinctions for his lifetime of innovation. Since 1982, Prof. Tobler has been a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. Well known through his extensive publication record, he formulated the "First Law of Geography" in 1970 with the phrase “everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things" which inter alia justifies analysis of spatial dependencies, metrics for spatial autocorrelation and spatial organisation in general. Related was his introduction of ‘Cellular Geography’, originally presented in Austria as ‘Schachbrett Geographie’. He is the inventor of novel and unusual map projections, among which was the first derivation of the partial differential equations for area cartograms and the pycnophylactic reallocation of spatial information, underlying his outstanding contributions to a high resolution global demographic information base. Spatial dynamics received Professor Tobler’s special attention, leading to the development of the ‘Flow Mapper’ software and his involvement in the US Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science. Waldo Tobler is a Swiss-American scientist who initially was confronted with aerial photography and cartography in Austria during his military service in the early 1950s and has returned to Austria several times since then, including residence as a scholar at IIASA.

The prize will be awarded annually or bi-annually to an individual who, like Waldo Tobler, has exhibited outstanding and sustained contributions to the discipline worthy of inspiring young scientists in Geoinformatics or Geographic Information Science, and has accomplished significant advances in these fields. Qualifications should ideally include achievements in research as well as in education. Recipients of the award are likely to have outstanding stature within the Geoinformatics and Geographic Information Science communities. 

Nomination letters for the 2017 Waldo Tobler GIScience Prize shall be sent to application@oeaw.ac.at no later than September 30, 2016. Candidates shall be introduced with a cover letter justifying the nomination, a full scientific CV and list of publications. 

The Prize is not restricted by nationality or any other personal criteria. Self-nominations cannot be accepted, letters from additional peers supporting a nomination are encouraged. Recipients will receive the prize insignia and public recognition, and will be invited to a presentation at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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