Key Note Speakers
Dr. Yolanda Gil - Monday, June 16: Dr. Yolanda Gil is Director of Knowledge Technologies and Associate Division Director at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and Research Professor in the Computer Science Department. She received her M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Gil leads a group that conducts research on various aspects of Interactive Knowledge Capture. Her research interests include intelligent user interfaces, knowledge-rich problem solving, and the semantic web. An area of recent interest is collaborative large-scale data analysis through semantic workflows. She recently chaired the W3C Provenance Group that led to a community standard in this area. Dr. Gil has served in the Advisory Committee of the Computer Science and Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. She is Chair of ACM SIGAI, the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence. She was elected Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in 2012. Talk title: "Discovery Informatics: Accelerating the Tempo of Scientific Research through Knowledge-Driven Infrastructure"
James P.M. Syvitski - Tuesday, June 17: Professor James P.M. Syvitski received his doctorate from the U. of British Columbia in 1978, where he developed a quantitative understanding of particle dynamics across the land-sea boundary. He held a variety of appointments within Canadian universities (1978-95) while employed as a Senior Research Scientist within the Geological Survey of Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1981-95). James served as Director of INSTAAR - a CU Earth and Environmental Systems Institute from 1995-2007, and presently holds CU faculty appointments in Geological Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Atmosphere & Ocean Sciences, Hydrological Sciences, and Geophysics. Professor Syvitski is presently Executive Director of CSDMS - Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System, an international effort to develop, support, and disseminate integrated software modules to the broader Geoscience community. James also Chair’s the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) that provides essential scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system to help guide society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change. Professor Syvitski received the 2009 Royal Society of Canada, Huntsman Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Marine Science, and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Talk title: "The Future of Surface Dynamics Modeling: A View Through Rose Tinted Glasses"
David G. Victor - Wednesday, June 18: David G. Victor is a professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and is director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation. His research focuses on how the design of regulatory law affects issues such as environmental pollution and the operation of major energy markets. He is author of Global Warming Gridlock, which explains why the world hasn't made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective. Prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Victor served as director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University where he was also a professor at Stanford Law School. At Stanford he built a research program that focused on the energy markets of the major emerging countries - mainly Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. Earlier in his career he also directed the science and technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he directed the Council's task force on energy and was senior adviser to the task force on climate change. At Stanford and the Council he examined ways to improve management of the nation's $50 billion strategic oil reserve, strategies for advancing research and regulation of technologies needed for "geoengineering," and a wide array of other topics related to technological innovation and the impact of innovation on economic growth. David Victor was appointed to the Electric Power Research Institute's Board of Directors in 2013. Talk title: "Environmental Modeling and the Politics of Climate Change: New Strategies for Breaking the Global Warming Gridlock"
Every day brings with it fresh evidence of the environmental pressure on our planet's natural resources and the need for new measures to mitigate and adapt to these pressures. Climate science, for example, has shown the strong linkage between steadily increasing CO2 levels, global warming and the increased incidence of extreme events. Competition for surface and groundwaters is intensifying with effects on water quality and dependent ecosystems. Our planet and the environment in which we live is becoming more complex and uncertainties about how to manage are pervasive. These challenges call for deeper understanding and representation of the interconnectedness of our environmental resources and the ecosystem services they provide. It also calls for new paradigms and bolder visions in the tools we use to guide our decisions and how we engage interest groups and the wider community to promote trust, and integrate and share our knowledge.
With these evident challenges how can researchers, engineers and scientists become more effective in the work that they do and improve the design and effective application of the decision tools that we need to synthesize and analyze the various data that these tools require? These are exciting times for innovation in both information and social media technologies - how do we capitalize on this innovation and incorporate it in our day-to-day work?
The year 2014 heralds our return to the U.S. for our 7th International Congress and San Diego, a recognized national incubator of biotechnology and one of the most sought-after places to live on the planet with its stunning beaches, access to the high desert and home to world-famous research institutes and institutions of higher learning. There is something for everyone in this effervescent city and we are confident you will leave with happy memories of your time here.
As always, the aim of the meeting is to foster discussion and the interchange of challenges, solutions, ideas, new methods and techniques, in environmental modelling and software. To this end we will continue some of the innovations of iEMSs 2012 in our commitment to young professionals and conduct the meeting in an environmentally friendly manner to the extent possible. California is acknowledged as an environmental and clean energy innovator in the US and it is fitting that a conference devoted to improving the management of planetary environmental resources should set a good example.
The congress will take place at the Crown Plaza Hotel, a well-appointed modern facility on Hotel Circle Drive, conveniently located close to downtown and the airport, a few miles from Sea World and San Diego's famous beaches.
Your Conference Conveners are Dan Ames from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and Nigel Quinn from Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California ably supported by a number of individuals on the Organizing Committees.
Please join us at iEMSs 2014!
Dan Ames & Nigel Quinn