Liping Di
George Mason University, USA

Liping Di received the Ph.D. degree in remote sensing/GIS (geography) from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA, in 1991. He is the Founding Director for the Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems, a university research center at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA. He is also a Professor with the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University. He has engaged in geoinformatics and remote sensing research for more than 30 years and has authored or coauthored more than 450 publications. He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) for more than $60 million in research grants/contracts awarded by the U.S. federal agencies and international organizations. He found the annual International Conference on Agro-geoinformatics in 2012. His current research interests include geospatial information standards, geospatial cyberinfrastructure, web-based geospatial information and knowledge systems, and geospatial science applications, particularly in agriculture. Dr. Di has actively participated in the activities of a number of professional societies and international organizations, such as the IEEE GRSS, ISPRS, CEOS, ISO TC 211, OGC, INCITS, and GEO. He was the Co-Chair for the Data Archiving and Distribution Technical Committee of the IEEE GRSS from 2002 to 2005 and the Chair from 2005 to 2009, and the Chair for INCITS/L1, the U.S. national committee responsible for setting the U.S. national standards on geographic information and representing the U.S. at ISO Technical Committee 211 (ISO TC 211) from 2010 to 2016. Currently, he is the convenor of ISO TC 211 Working Group 9 – Information Management.

Vice President

Berk Ustundag
Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

B.Berk Ustundag is the Director of National Software Certification Center in Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and the founding director of Agricultural and Environmental Research and Application Center. He is also a Professor with the Computer Engineering Department, Faculty of Computer and Informatics at ITU. He has more than 180 scientific and technical publications where 105 of them are in the field of agricultural information and automation systems, monitoring and management of crop growth, machine learning applications in agriculture, observation systems and remote sensing for agricultural resource management. He has served as scientific and technical advisor to ministers and governmental institutions for more than 10 years and led scientific projects with the total grant amount USD 110Million by having more than 20 patent applications. He has also been in more than 40 industrial projects about automation systems, process management, sensory mechanisms and the intelligent systems. His research fields and experience include, agro-informatics, signal processing, artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, data processing, Earth observation systems, forecast, decision support systems, embedded system design,  risk assessment and global optimization.

General Secretary

Liying Guo
George Mason University, USA

Liying Guo received the Ph.D. degree in Cartography and GIS from Shaanxi Normal University and the post-doctoral training from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Currently Dr. Guo is a research associate professor at the Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA. She has engaged in geospatial information research for more than 20 years. Her research interests include geospatial science applications, food security and sustainable development, and land use and land cover changes in agriculture. She has actively participated in the activities of IEEE GRSS, ISO TC211, and OGC, and severed as PI and Co-PI on multiple federal and national research grants.