Organising Committee

Kristin Stock

Conference Chair 

Dr Kristin Stock is Director of the Massey Geoinformatics Collaboratory. She has qualifications in surveying (and is a Registered Surveyor), urban and regional planning, computer science and geospatial science, and has worked as a mining, engineering and cadastral surveyor in private practice and designed a land information system for the Australian Capital Territory government. Kristin ran a successful geospatial data consultancy in the UK for several years, led several large international projects and is currently leading the BioWhere project. Her research focuses on extracting geospatial knowledge from text sources, geospatial semantics and data integration in application areas including disaster management and biological collections. 

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Antoni Moore

Programme Chair 

Dr Antoni Moore is an Associate Professor at the School of Surveying, University of Otago, Dunedin.

He teaches and researches in Geographic Information Science, especially cartography and geovisualisation.

He is currently a co-PI on a Marsden-funded project, Strand, that aims to characterise the effects of future climate change related flood hazards on coastal properties.

Ashraf Dewan

Lightning-Talks Co-Chair

Dr Ashraf Dewan is in the Spatial Sciences discipline, School of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Curtin University, Australia. He is interested in how geospatial analytics is used to examine urban warming, heatwaves, environmental sustainability, human health and climate processes. Ashraf employs geoinformation to address a range of application areas, including urban environment, climate adaptation and disaster management.

Details can be found at 

Matt Wilson

Workshops Chair

Dr Matt Wilson is a Professor in Spatial Information and Director of the Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His main areas of research expertise are in flood risk and surface water hydrodynamics, using GIS, computational modelling and remote sensing approaches.

He is particularly interested in the use of novel remote sensing methods for providing observations of the water cycle for use in hydrodynamic model parameterisation and verification, and issues of data accuracy and its effect on the uncertainty present in model predictions. 

John Lowry

Posters Chair

Dr John Lowry is a geographer with a broad background in geospatial science applications addressing human-environment interactions.  He has conducted research using geospatial methods in public health, urban ecology and planning, disaster risk assessment, participatory mapping of marine resources, and geolinguistics. He has research interests in geospatial science pedagogy in tertiary education.

Prior to coming to Massey University, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji and continues to be involved in research activities in Fiji and other Pacific island countries.   

Kat Salm

Industry Engagement Chair

Dr Kat Salm has been involved in the Spatial industry in New Zealand for over 15 years. With experience across government, tertiary, not for profit, and industry sectors, Kat has helped to initiate and deliver numerous initiatives and projects to advance the industry. She’s passionate about digital enablement, future thinking, and collaborative, connected working. She currently shares her time between her roles as the Digital Solutions Manager in Harrison Grierson Consultants (Harrison Grierson | Home), and the NZ BD Manager for FrontierSI (FrontierSI | We know where).

As well as this, Kat is current President of Survey and Spatial NZ and a committee member of WIS NZ. More details on her work profile can be found at 

Ben Adams

Postgrad Event Chair

Dr Ben Adams is an associate professor in computer science and software engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His expertise lies in the development and application of information retrieval and machine learning algorithms that aid the collection, management, analysis, and use of large spatial data sets to better support decision-making in complex environments. 

A key driver of his research is the goal of developing computational methods that can translate unstructured and semi-structured data that are created initially for human communication, such as crowdsourced social media and other natural language text and images, into forms that aid geographic problem-solving. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spatial Information Science, an interdisciplinary community-run open access journal that publishes research spanning the theoretical foundations of spatial and geographical information science, through computation with geospatial information, to technologies for geographical information use.

Mairéad de Róiste

Lightning Talks Co-Chair

Dr Mairéad de Róiste is an Associate Professor in Geographic Information Science at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. She has substantive research interests in how people use and understand geographic information and systems incorporating usability, geovisualization, public participation GIS, pedagogy and capability building. 

She is currently working with Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa to develop a Wairarapa Moana wetlands Virtual Reality application. Originally from Ireland, Mairéad moved to Wellington in 2006. 

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Alicia Cui

Marketing and Logistics Chair

Alicia is a research officer at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) at Massey University and leader of RNC Urban Theme Networks. She specializes in communication, engagement and project management. She leads research communication through JCDR social media and newsletters. She coordinates projects including Earthquake Early Warning in Aotearoa New Zealand, CRISiSLab Challenge, CRISiSLab Webinar and HIWeather Citizen Science Demonstration Series.