Monday, June 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
LPSC 125

Speaker Information

Raffaele De Amicis
Assoc. Prof.
School of EECS
Oregon State University


Nowadays, it is widely acknowledged that geospatial information has immense applicability across a vast spectrum of human endeavors. Examples include oil and gas exploration, energy management, smart city, weather forecasting, disaster management, e-government,  just to name a few.

All such activities entail gathering a significant amount of data and other critical information that must be stored, accessed and managed. Within this scenario, the research community faces an increasing number of large repositories of geospatial data stored in different locations and in various formats. This clearly requires novel methodologies and technologies capable of delivering both interactive visualization and intelligent complexity reduction and data management.

Recently, the availability of Web-based Geographical Information Systems and more specifically 3D virtual globe such as GoogleTM Earth (Google, 2007), Microsoft® Virtual EarthTM (Microsoft, 2007) or NASA WorldWind (NASA, 2007) has extended the domain of GIS-based application to the web. This has brought to a radical shift from traditional monolithic systems, composed by thick clients accessing centralised geo-databases, to more distributed architectures based on web-services, providing integrated and interoperable access to geographical data and service.

Albeit the nature of data accessed is still static, virtual globes are becoming a new generation of easy to use yet powerful planning tools as they give operators the possibility to interactively access a vast amount of territorial data in a very interactive and effective manner.

There is a great potential, yet largely unexpressed, on the use of geographic information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth to support the processes of control, monitoring, and planning of a territory. This talk aims to present the potentiality of a web-based architecture used to access interactively a variety of themes and real-time information at an urban, regional and national scale.

Speaker Bio

Raffaele De Amicis is Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. in Design and Methods of Industrial Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy. From 1999 until December 2002, he was a research fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics in Darmstadt, Germany and senior researcher at the at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Before arriving at OSU, he was the founding Director of GraphiTech, Center for Advanced Computer Graphics Technologies in Trento, Italy, where he was recognized for leadership in science, technology, and innovation. Between 2003-16, acting as a consulting professor, he has educated and mentored diverse groups of learners, from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, principally in the undergraduate and graduate courses at the Department of Information engineering and Computer Science and at the ICT International Doctoral School, University of Trento. He has authored 3 books, contributed to 15 scientific texts, and he is author or co-author of more than 120 scientific papers. Dr. De Amicis has been the Project Coordinator of several multidisciplinary research projects contracted or funded by the European Commission, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, governmental agencies and industry with an overall budget of 20 million Euros.

Since 2010, he has been the Vice-President of the Board of Directors at - International Network for the Cooperation in Applied Research in Computer Graphics, Multimodal and Multimedia Technologies and Visual Interactive Digital Media Technologies, where he has developed strong competencies in how to build and manage successful multinational organizations. In this context, he has established strong linkages to diverse Academic and Research Institutes, both at the national and international level.