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Spatial computing featured as cover article in Communications of the ACM

January 22, 2016

Shashi Shekhar (Professor of Computer Science and MGIS Faculty member), Steven K. Feiner, and Walid G. Aref wrote an article on Spatial Computing that was featured as the cover article in the January 2016 issue of the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  The authors describe spatial computing and illustrate the diverse ways it can help to understand the important role that location plays in understanding our world and challenges that we face.  They state Spatial computing encompasses the ideas, solutions, tools, technologies, and systems that transform our lives by creating a new understanding of locations—how we know, communicate, and visualize our relationship to locations and how we navigate through them.

Additionally, the authors mention U-Spatial in the conclusion and encourage other universities to establish similar efforts on their campuses. As noted on the U-Spatial web site, U-Spatial has helped make the University of Minnesota the first "Spatial University" at a time when we see exponentially increasing public and private sector interest in spatial thinking and approaches. This article helps to bring more visibility to the field of geographic information science and spatial computing in general and key geospatial initiatives like U-Spatial more specifically.