Student Illustrated Paper Competition

Type: Illustrated Paper
Sponsor Groups: Remote Sensing Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Canal St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Chunyuan Diao
Chairs: Chunyuan Diao


The Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Illustrated Paper Competition for Students. Students from all academic levels are invited to submit illustrated papers that advance remote sensing and/or GIS. Research must have been completed within the past academic year as part of the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate studies. Illustrated papers must be created entirely by the applicant. While papers may include co-authors, the applicant must be primarily responsible for the research presented. Students selected as finalists will be placed in a special illustrated paper session at the Annual Meeting to be held April 10-April 14, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Illustrated Paper Information
An illustrated paper is a poster accompanied by a short (5‐ to 10‐minute) oral summary of the research problem, data, methods, and findings, followed by a one‐on‐one or small group discussion at individual posters. All oral summaries will be given at the beginning of each illustrated paper session before participants disperse to the poster boards around the room. Oral summaries must be given without the use of additional AV equipment (e.g., laptops and projectors). Each presenter will be provided a 4' tall x 8' wide board on which to display their poster and materials.

Submission Requirements
Students who are interested should electronically submit the following: (1) an abstract, (2) the advisor's form, and (3) a copy of the email receipt received from the AAG online abstract submission process (which includes the PIN). The advisor form may be found at The deadline for abstract submission to this competition is the same as the final AAG abstract submission deadline (November 8, 2017). Up to 10 finalists will be chosen.

First, second, and third place awards will be determined immediately following the competition sessions and awarded at the Awards Luncheon. The prizes are: $300 for the first place illustrated paper, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. The first place award will be presented at the AAG Annual Awards Luncheon and the luncheon fee will be covered for the first place winner. The committee reserves the right to not offer such prizes if the papers are not of appropriate quality.

Posters and oral summaries will be judged on potential contribution to one or more of the sponsoring fields (Remote Sensing and GIS), originality, appropriate use of methodology, organization and composition, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Evaluation will take into account the academic level of the entrants.

Instructions for Submission of Abstracts and Advisor's Form
Submit all materials by email to the RSSG Student Co‐Director Chunyuan Diao Please use “2018 AAG Student Illustrated Paper Competition” as the subject of your email message(s). The advisor's form may be submitted separately. All three submission requirements must be received by the RSSG Student Director by the final AAG abstract submission deadline (November 8, 2017).

Contact Person: Chunyuan Diao (, RSSG Student Co-Director


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Yang Liu*, Department of Geography and GIS, University of Cincinnati, Hongxing Liu, Department of Geography and GIS, University of Cincinnati, Xiaofang Wei, Department of Water Resources Management, Central State University, Bin Wu, Department of Geography and GIS, University of Cincinnati, Krishnakumar V. Nedunuri, Department of Water Resources Management, Central State University, Ramanitharan Kandiah, Department of Water Resources Management, Central State University, Subramania I. Sritharan, Department of Water Resources Management, Central State University, Spatial-temporal evolution of shale oil development in the Marcellus Shale in the past century 10 10:00 AM
Presenter Xinghe Liu*, University At Buffalo, Le Wang, University at Buffalo, Inversion of Mangrove Forest Leaf Area Index Using Consumer Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 10 10:10 AM
Presenter Rachel Snavely*, The University of Texas at Austin, Mapping vegetation community types in a highly-disturbed landscape: integrating hierarchical object-based image analysis with digital surface models 10 10:20 AM
Presenter Gjertrud (Sierra) Aney*, New Mexico State University, Michaela Buenemann, New Mexico State University, Landscape-scale modeling of tree mortality in north-central New Mexico, USA, 1997-2005 10 10:30 AM
Presenter Rebecca R Chapman*, The Ohio State University, Coastal marine debris survey of Tern Island, Hawaii using high-resolution multispectral imagery. 10 10:40 AM

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