This talk presents a synoptic overview on a recent mega trend in both scientific research and science funding – convergence. By contextualizing this trend in the shifting paradigms of recent geographic and GIScience research, it is argued that both geography and GIScience are uniquely positioned to play a leading role in convergent research in the coming years.To lead convergent research and make it more robust reliable, geographers need and GIScience to make a collective effort to take calculated risks and develop new strategies for both our research and education programs.
Daniel Sui is an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Professor of Geography, Public Affairs, Public Health, and Urban/Regional Planning at the Ohio State University (OSU).Since July 2016, he has been on an IPA assignment to serve as the Division Director for Social and Economic Sciences (SES) at the U.S. National Science Foundation.Prior his current appointment, Daniel Sui served as Chair of Geography (2011-2015) and as Director of the Center for Urban & Regional Analysis (CURA) (2009-2012) at OSU.Before joining the faculty of OSU in July 2009, he was a professor of geography (1993-2009) and holder of the Reta A. Haynes endowed chair (2001-2009) at Texas A&M University.He holds a B.S. (1986) and M.S. (1989) from Peking University and Ph.D. from University of Georgia (1993).His research current interests cover issues related to robust and reliable practices in spatially integrated social sciences and humanities, human dynamics in smart & connected cities, location-based social media, open/alternative GIS, Deep Web/Darknet, and legal/ethical issues of using geospatial technology in society. Daniel Sui was a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, 2006 winner of the Michael Breheny Prize for best paper in Environment and Planning, 2014 Google Faculty Fellow, and 2014 recipient of the distinguished scholar award from the Association of American Geographers. Sui was alsothe 2015 Public Policy Scholar in residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served on the U.S. National Mapping Science Committee for two terms (2007-2013) and served as editor-in-chief for GeoJournal between 2007 and 2017.More information about Sui’s current research can be found at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Su