Dear All,

Thanks to the support from Directors Zhigang Li and Qianjun Miao of HeiLongJiang Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (HLJBSM), and Provost Peter Steans and Dean Vikas Chandhoke of George Mason University, The 2nd year "Advanced Certificate of GeoInformation Science" was successfully accomplished. HLJBSM, GMU, NASA, USGS, EPA sponsored this program.
The program is organized based on MOUs among HLJBSM, GMU, and CPGIS.23 GeoInformation Science professionals from Hei Long Jiang, Guangxi, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Hubei provinces/cities participated in an approximately 2-month summer training (June 9-Aug.6) at George Mason University (GMU) for customized "Advanced Certificate of GeoInformation Science".

During the 8 weeks, professors/scientists from GMU, NASA, USGS/FGDC, EPA, UMD, LSU, FSU, UT-Dallas, UM, and Tetra Tech Inc. introduced various cutting-edge topics on Earth Observations systems (EOS), Spatial Statistics, EOS Data Systems, GeoScience Interoperability, Web Services, Grid Computing, National Spatial Data Infrastructure/Geospatial One-Stop, Global Earth Observation System of Systems, Semantic/ontology, LBS, and Retro on Digital Earth.

All instructors worked very hard to accomplish the training program. They are Peggy and Tony (Profs. GMU), Myra Bambacus (NASA GIO), Shuming Bao (Director, UM China Data Center), Guido Cervonoe (Prof. GMU), Aijun Chen (Research Prof. GMU), Liping Di (Prof. GMU), ELI of GMU, John Evans (NASA GIO), Richard Gomez (Prof. GMU), Menas Kafatos (Director CEOSR/GMU), Doug Nebert (USGS/FGDC), Jie Qi, Youliang Qiu (Research Prof. FLU), Fang Qiu (Prof. UT-Dallas), John Qu(Prof. GMU/NPP), Rob Raskin (NASA JPL), John Townshend (Prof. UMD), Fahui Wang (Prof. LSU), David Wong (Chair, ESGS/GMU), Ed Washburn, Greg, and Steve Young (EPA). Thanks also go to the students who study diligently with the Profs./Scientists. Profs. Ruixin Yang and David Wong provide institutional management supports to the program. GMU staff also provided significant amount of work to ensure the smooth operation of the class.

During this process, CPGIS BOD and senior members participated in the teaching or provided comments and suggestions. They are Aijun Chen, Bin Li, Hui Lin, Fang Qiu, Fahui Wang, and David Wong.

Thanks to all who helped on this effort and we are looking forward to success in the following years.

A website will be developed and announced soon.

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