2017 Conference

 GIS/SIG 26th Annual Conference

April 11, 2017 8:00 AM – 4:00PM


6370_Tontarski_Schott_LRWe are excited to welcome our keynote speaker Dr. John R. Schott, founder of the Digital
Imaging and Remote Sensing Lab at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Dr. Schott will be presenting on RIT’s role in the development of Landsats 4,5,7,8,9, and 10, as well as Landsat’s growing role in water resource monitoring.

About The Speaker:

Dr. Schott has broad research and development experience in advanced technology for solving problems related to imaging science and remote sensing. He spent 8 years at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (later Calspan) as a principle physicist leading development of their thermal infrared remote sensing research capabilities. For the past 36 years he has been at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he founded and led the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Lab. He has served as the principal investigator on numerous research programs for the defense/intelligence and civil communities, including serving as a principal investigator for NASA’s LIDQA and Landsat 7 Science Teams and the USGS’s Landsat 8 Science Team. This work led to the development of visible and thermal infrared synthetic image generation tools embodied in RIT’s DIRSIG scene/sensor image simulation model.

His research has led to over 200 technical publications, including two text/reference books on Remote Sensing, as well as co-inventor status on two patents.  Dr. Schott has supervised over 100 graduate students and continues to lead a research group at RIT. Dr. Schott served on a number of scientific advisory panels including serving as a member of the Intelligence Science Board which advised the intelligence community and the Director of National Intelligence.


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The Conference also features geospatial industry expert presentations, technical workshops, great networking opportunities, and our famous GeoJeopardy competition.

  • Attending our conference is a great way to earn GISP points, and connect with local GIS professionals!
  • We will have a map contest featuring two categories: Professional map and Student map.  The winner of the Professional category will receive a Bad Elf 2200 GPS.  The winner of the Student category will receive a $100 scholarship award.


We will also give away a GoPro Hero+ action camera, and some other awesome prizes at the end of the conference!  You must be present to win.
Conference Location:
Burgundy Basin
1361 Marsh Road
Pittsford, New York 14534

Nearest Hotel:
Hilton Garden Inn
800 Pittsford-Victor Rd
Pittsford, New York 14534
TEL: +1-585-248-9000