Robert Raskin Student Competition 2016


1st place:

Fei Hu, Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science, George Mason University; ClimateSpark: An In-memory Distributed Computing Framework for Big Climate Data Analysis

2nd place:

Chenggang Lai, Computer Engineering, University of Arkansas; Minimum Set of Viewpoints for Maximum Coverage Over Large Scale Digital Terrain Data

3rd place:

Benjamin Brock, Spatial Sciences, University of Southern California; Geospatial Data Enrichment Using IBM’s Watson Natural Language Processing Application Programming Interface (API)

Call for Competition

We are pleased to announce the “2016 Robert Raskin Student Competition”, which will take place during the AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA March 29 – April 2, 2016. This competition is sponsored by the AAG Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group (CISG).

The competition aims to:

  1. Promote research in topics related to cyber-infrastructure (CI), such as high performance/distributed computing, spatial data management, processing, mapping, visualization, analysis and mining, spatial web and mobile services etc..
  2. Encourage spatial thinking and the development of geo-spatial CI in colleges and universities.
  3. Inspire curiosity about geographic patterns, geo-computing, and CI for students and the broader public.

We accept submissions on January 1st, 2016,and the deadline is February 15th, 2016.

The “First Prize in 2016 Robert Raskin Student Competition” will be awarded $500 and a certificate.


• 01/01/2016: Accepting entries

• 02/15/2016: Submission deadline

• 02/29/2016: Judges select top five finalists that are invited to give a presentation at AAG

• 03/29/2016 – 04/02/2016: Presenting and announcing winners

Competition Rules:

  1. Each participant needs to submit a short research paper in the form of an extended abstract (2,500 words limit). Other supplementary materials, such as a URL to a live website, can also be included in the submission.
  2. Competition participants must be enrolled full-time at a community college or a university. All submissions must be the original work of the entrant.
  3. Recommended application areas include, but are not limited to: crime, public health issues, transportation, climate, urban planning, land use/cover change, and disasters of all kinds.
  4. Each entry can be submitted by one student or one student group (no more than FIVE people in each group). Maximum of one entry per student.  Entries must be designed and implemented by the student(s).
  5. Students who participated in previous years’ competition can attend again, but entries must be different from earlier submissions.
  6. As the judge panels, the CISG board members will select the TOP FIVE entries. Judges will consider a variety of criteria, including but not limited to topics, techniques, design and writing. Students submitting one of the TOP FIVE entries may be asked to supply documentation proving their full-time student status.
  7. The TOP FIVE entries will be invited to give an oral presentation at the AAG meeting. The top five finalists must register for the 2016 AAG meeting at their own expense. They are encouraged to attend the conference and must give a presentation in the CISG Student Competition Panel Session during the AAG meeting. Additional travel support may be available and will be announced through our competition websites. The CISG board members will select the FIRST PRIZE ($500) among the TOP FIVE entries.

Students should use the following web form to submit their entries:

Advertising posters for the Robert Raskin Student Competition 2016 are available at the following link:

Questions or submission
Please contact Qunying Huang ( or Paul Torrens ( for questions or submission details.