Curriculum Vitae – Sucharita Gopal

 

Department of Geography, Center for Remote Sensing,

Center for Cognitive and Neural Systems

Center for Conservation Ecology

Boston University Boston, MA 02215

Phone: (617) 353-5744,  e-mail:  suchi@bu.edu

 

Research Areas: Neural network applications in remote sensing and GIS domains, spatial analysis and spatial statistics for  environmental and public health applications, spatial data mining, marine GIS, and multi-scale spatial modeling.

 

 

Education:

1988-1989          Post-doctoral Fellow, NCGIA, Santa Barbara, CA & University of Umeå, Sweden.

1983-1988          PhD in Geography, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.

1981-1983          MPhil in Geography, Madras University, Madras, India.

1979-1980          BEd, Madras University, Madras, India.

1977-1979         MSc in Geography, Madras University, Madras, India.

1974-1977         BA in Geography, Madras University, Madras, India.

 

Work Experience:

2003-Present       Professor, Department of Geography, Boston University, Boston, MA

1996- 2003        Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Boston University, Boston, MA

2001 -               Research Associate Professor, CNS Technology Lab, Boston University, Boston, MA.

2001 -               Research Associate Professor, Boston University Center for Leading in a Dynamic     Economy (BUILDE), School of Management, Boston University.

1999 -               Research Associate Professor, Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, 

                        Boston University, Boston, MA.

1995                 Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, Boston, MA

1997                 Research Associate Professor, Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS),  Boston University, Boston, MA.

1993-1997         Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Wirtchafsuniversitat, Vienna, Austria

1989-1995         Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Boston University, Boston, MA

1989                 Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Center for Geographic Information Analysis, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

1988                 Research Associate, Transportation Research Unit, University of Umeå, Sweden. Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

 

Service

 

2005-2006         Boston University UPT Committee (University Promotions and Tenure)

2006, 2007        NSF Mathematical and Social Behavioral Sciences

Fall 2006           Associate Chair, Department of Geography and Environment

1998 -  2000      Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Geography, Boston University, MA.

1999 –2001       NSF Geography and Regional Science Panel Member

2000 - 2001       EPA STAR Fellowship Panel Member

 

Memberships: Corresponding Member of the IGU commission on Mathematical Models, Association of American Geographers, National Geographic Society University Consortium of Geographic Information Sciences.

Editorial Board – Geographical Analysis

 

Special Awards and Invited Speaker:

1995 ERDAS Award (With Curtis Woodcock) for Best Science Paper in Remote Sensing, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing for the paper: Gopal, S., and C.E. Woodcock, 1994.

Theory and Methods for Accuracy Assessment of Thematic Maps Using Fuzzy Sets, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 60(2):181-188.

 

Dangermond Lecture Series Speaker 2005 - Annual Lecture Series

Jack Dangermond Speaker (2005) and delivered the annual lecture at ESRI headquarters in Redlands CA, University of Redlands CA and UC Santa Barbara in May 2005.

 

The 27th Darwin Festival at Salem State College, Salem MA Feb.11, 2007.The eternal triangle: Science, People and public policy in managing and sustaining marine areas. Sponsored by the Department of Geography and the Charles Albert Read Trust.

 

S. Gopal - List of Publications

 

Scholarly Books 

Goodchild, M., and Gopal, S. (Eds.). The Accuracy of Spatial Databases, Francis and Taylor, London, 1990. 

 

Original Articles 

Simonett, D., Barrett, T., Gopal, S., Holsmuller, F., and Veregin, H.  Magnitude and spatial distribution of combustible  materials in San Jose area, California,   Fire and Materials, 12, 95-108, 1988.

 

 Gopal, S., Klatzky, R., and Smith, T. NAVIGATOR: A psychologically based model of environmental learning through navigation,  Journal of Environmental Psychology, 9,  309-331, 1989.

 

Gopal, S., and Smith, T.  NAVIGATOR: A psychologically based model of  human way-finding in an urban environment, in M. Fischer, P. Nijkamp and Y. Papageorgiou (Eds.),  Spatial Choices and Processes, pp. 169-200, North Holland Press: Amsterdam, 1990.

 

Gopal, S., and Smith, T.  Human way-finding in an urban environment: a performance analysis using a computational processing approach,  Environmental and Planning A, 22,  169-191, 1990. 

 

Self, C., Gopal, S., Golledge, R., and Fenstermaker, S. Gender-related differences in spatial abilities, Progress in Human Geography, 16, 3, 315-342, 1992.

 

Fischer, M.M.  and Gopal, S. Neurocomputing-a new  paradigm for geographic information processing,   Environment and Planning A, 25(6), 757-760, 1993.

 

Gopal, S., and Woodcock, C. Theory and methods for accuracy assessment of thematic maps using fuzzy sets, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 60, 2, 181-188, 1994.

 

Woodcock, C.E., Collins, J., Gopal, S., Jakabhazy, V., Li, X.,  Macomber, S., Ryherd, S., Wu, Y.,  Harward, V.J., Levitan, J., and R. Warbington. Mapping forest vegetation using Landsat TM imagery and a canopy reflectance model, Remote Sensing of Environment, 50, 240-254, 1994.

 

Gopal, S. and Fischer, M. The application of artificial neural networks in remote sensing and pattern recognition in Ernste, Huib (Ed.), Pathways to Human Ecology, pp. 17-35, Steiner Verlag, Wiesbaden, 1994.

 

Fischer, M., and Gopal, S.  Neural network models and interregional telephone traffic: comparative performances between multilayer feedforward networks and the conventional spatial interaction model, Journal of Regional Science, 34,4, 503-527, 1995.

 

Gopal, S., and Scuderi, L. Predicting sunspot cycles using feedforward neural networks, Geographical Analysis, 27(1), 42-60, 1995.

 

Gopal, S. and  Fischer, M.  Learning in single hidden layer feedforward neural network models: backpropagation in a spatial interaction modeling context, Geographical Analysis,  28 (1), 38-55, 1996.

 

Gopal, S., Neural network models of cognitive map in Portugali, J. (Ed.) The Construction of Cognitive Map, pp. 69-85, Amsterdam: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996. 

 

Gopal, S., Woodcock, C., and Unis, G. Optimizing rules for labeling polygons for per-pixel classification using fuzzy sets, Geographical Systems, 2, 83-101, 1996.

 

Gopal, S. and Woodcock, C. E. Remote sensing of forest change using artificial neural networks, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 34 (2), 398-404, 1996.

 

Abuelgasim, A., Gopal, S., Irons, J., Strahler, A. Classification of ASAS multiangle and multispectral measurements using artificial neural networks, Remote Sensing of Environment, 57(2), 79-87, 1996.

 

Woodcock, C E., Gopal, S. and Albert, W.  Evaluation of the potential for providing secondary labels in vegetation maps, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 62 (4), 393-399, 1996.

 

Moody, A. and Gopal, S. and Strahler, A. H. Sensitivity of neural networks to subpixel land-cover mixtures in coarse-resolution satellite data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 58, 329-343, 1996.

 

Carpenter, G.,  Gjaja, M., Gopal, S., and Woodcock, C.  ART networks in Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 35(2), 308-325, 1997.

 

Fischer, M M., Gopal, S., Staufer, P. and Steinocher, K. Evaluation of neural pattern classifiers for a remote sensing application, Geographical Systems, 4, 195-225, 1997. 

 

Gopal,S. and Fischer, M. Fuzzy ARTMAP - A Neural Classifier for Multispectral Image Classification, in Fischer, M.M. and Getis, A. (eds.):  Recent Developments in Spatial Analysis: Spatial Statistics, Behavioural Modelling and Computational Intelligence, pp. 306-35. Springer, Heidelberg, 1997.

 

Abuelgasim, A., Gopal, S., and Strahler, A. Forward and inverse modeling of canopy directional reflectance using a neural network, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 19 (3), 453-471, 1997.

 

Carpenter, G., Gopal, S., Martens, S., and Woodcock, C. Evaluation of mixture estimation methods for vegetation  mapping, Technical Report CAS/CNS-97-014, Boston University, 1997.

 

 Albert, W. Reinitz, M., Beusmans, J. and Gopal, S.  The role of attention in spatial learning during simulated route navigation, Environment and Planning A, 31, 1459-1472, 1999.

 

Carpenter, G.,  Gopal, S., Martens, S., and Woodcock, C.  A Neural Network Method for Mixture Estimation for Vegetation Mapping, Remote sensing of the Environment, 70 (2), 138-152, 1999.

 

 Gopal, S., Woodcock, C. and Strahler, A. Fuzzy ARTMAP classification of global land cover from the  1 degree AVHRR data set, Remote Sensing of the Environment, 67, 230-243, 1999.

 

Abuelgasim, A., Ross, W. D., Gopal, S., and Woodcock, C. E.  Change detection using adaptive neural networks: Environmental damage assessment after the Gulf War, Remote Sensing of the Environment, 70 (2), 208-223, 1999.

 

Gopal, S. and Woodcock, C. E.  Artificial Neural Networks for Detecting Forest Change in  Chen, C.H. (ed.), Information Processing for Remote Sensing, pp. 225-236, World Scientific: Singapore, 1999.

 

Kaufmann, R. K., Snell, S. E., Gopal, S. and Dezzani, R.  The significance of synoptic patterns identified by  the Kirchhofer technique: A Monte Carlo approach, International Journal of Climatology, 19(6), 619- 626, 1999.

 

 Carpenter, G., Gopal, S., Macomber, S., Martens, S., Woodcock, C.  and Franklin, J.  A neural network method for efficient vegetation mapping, Remote sensing of the Environment, 70, 326-338, 1999.

 

 Woodcock, C. E. and Gopal, S.  Fuzzy set theory and thematic maps: accuracy assessment and area estimation, International Journal of Geographical Information Systems, 14(2), 153-172, 2000.

 

Snell, S. E., Gopal, S. and Kaufmann, R. K.  Spatial interpolation of GCM forecasts using artificial neural  networks,  Journal of Climate, 13,886-895, 2000.

 

Friedl, M.A., Woodcock,C., Gopal,S., Muchoney, D., Strahler, A. H., and C.  Barker-Schaaf. A note on procedures used for accuracy assessment in land cover maps derived from AVHRR data, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21, (5), 1073-1077, 2000.

 

Muchoney, D., Borak, J., Chi, M., Friedl, M., Gopal, S., Hodges, J., Morrow, N., and A. Strahler, A.  Application of the MODIS global supervised classification model to vegetation and land cover mapping of Central America, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21, (6), 1115-1138, 2000.

 

Friedl, M.A., McIver, D., Hodges, J.C.F., Zhang, X., Gopal, S.,Woodcock, C.E., and A.H. Strahler, Land Cover Mapping from MODIS: First Results and Future Directions, 8th International Symposium on Physical Measurements and Signatures in Remote Sensing, ISPRS, 2001, p.3-8.     

 

Pax-Lenney, M., Woodcock, C.E., Gopal, S., and Macomber, S. Monitoring temperate conifer forests with Landsat TM: A new look at classification generalization, Remote Sensing of Environment, 77(3): 241-250. 2001.

 

Liu, W., Gopal, S., and C.E. Woodcock, ARTMAP Multisensor/resolution Framework for Landcover Characterization, Proceedings of 4th Annual Conference on Information Fusion, Montreal, August, 2001, WeC2-11-16.   

 

Liu, W., Gopal, S., and Woodcock, C.  ARTMAP neural networks for image processing, interpretation, visualization. Invited Chapter in V. Kumar, R. Grossman, C. Kamath, and R. Namburu (Eds.)  Massive Computing, , pp Kluwer Academic Press, 2001.

 

Gopal, S., W. Liu and Woodcock, C. Visualization Based on the Fuzzy ARTMAP Neural Network for Mining Remotely Sensed Data, Invited Chapter in Harvey J. Miller and Jiawei Han (eds.), Geographic Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, pp. 315-335, Taylor and Francis, 2001.

 

Gopal, S. and Fischer, M. Fuzzy ARTMAP - A Neural Classifier for Multispectral Image Classification, in Manfred M. Fischer and Yee Leung (eds), Geocomputational Modelling : Techniques and Applications (Advances in Spatial Science), pp. 165-194.  Springer Verlag: Heidelberg, 2001, [Reprint from

Fischer, M.M. and Getis, A. (eds.):  Recent Developments in Spatial Analysis: Spatial Statistics, Behavioural Modelling and Computational Intelligence, pp. 306-35. Springer, Heidelberg, 1997].

 

Ju, J., Kolaczyk, E.D., and Gopal, S. (2003). Gaussian mixture discriminant analysis and sub-pixel land cover classification in remote sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment, 84(4),550-560.

 

Legates, D.R., S. Gopal, and P. Rogerson, 2003: Mathematical Models and Quantitative Methods.  Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Century.  Oxford University Press, 442–457.

 

Weiguo Liu, Sucharita Gopal, and Curtis E. Woodcock  (2004). Uncertainty and Confidence in Land Cover  Classification Using a Hybrid Classifier Approach. Photgrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 70 (8), 963-972.

 

Liu, W. , Karen Seto , Elaine Wu, Sucharita Gopal and Curtis Woodcock (2004). ART-MMAP: a neural network approach to sub-pixel classification, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing , 42(9).

 

Shabanov, N. V.,  Lo, K., Gopal, S., and R. B. Myneni (2005). Subpixel burn detection in Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer 500-m data with ARTMAP neural networks Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 110,

 

Ju, J., Gopal, S., and Kolaczyk, E.D. (2005). On the choice of spatial and categorical scale in remote sensing land cover characterization. Remote Sensing of Environment, 96(1):62-77.

 

Proctor SP, Gopal S, Imai A, Wolfe J, Ozonoff D, White RF (2005). Spatial Analysis of 1991 Gulf War Troop Locations in Relationship with Postwar Health Symptom Reports Using GIS Techniques Transactions in GIS, Vol. 9, No. 3. (June 2005), pp. 381-396.

 

Ju, J., Gopal, S., and Kolaczyk, E.D. (2005). On the choice of spatial and categorical scale in remote sensing land cover characterization. Remote Sensing of Environment, 96(1):62-77.

 

Kolaczyk, E.D., Ju, J., and Gopal, S. (2005). Multiscale, multigranular statistical image segmentation. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 100, 1358-1369.

 

.Gandhi, J. M. Kang, S. Shekhar, J. Ju, E. D. Kolaczyk, S. Gopal, Using a Context Approach to Process Statistical Queries in Raster Data: An Extended Abstract, Accepted in the 1st International Workshop on Spatial and Spatial-temporal Data Mining (SSTDM ‘06), in conjunction with the IEEE 6th International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM ‘06), Hong Kong, December 18, 2006 (Selectivity: 1 out of 3).  (Selected as one of the best papers and invited for an extended journal publication in the Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS))

 

Gopal, S. (2007). The evolving social geography of blogs, in Harvey J. Miller (ed.) Societies and Cities in the Age of Instant Access, Berlin: Springer, pages 275-294.

 

Manuscripts in Review

 

Kingston, T., Gopal, S. and Kunz, T.  Spatial variation in species-density hotspots of new-world bats, Geographical Systems.

 

Gopal, S., Vanelli, M. and Adams, M. Modeling the spatial patterns of addiction in the US.  Book chapter in Geography of Addiction to be published by NIH/NIDA/AAG.

 

Manuscripts in Print

 

D. Potere, C. E. Woodcock, A. Schneider, M. Ozdogan, A. Baccini, and S. Gopal. Patterns in forest clearing along the Appalachian Trail corridor. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.

 

 

Manuscripts in preparation

 

Liu, W., and Gopal, S. Accuracy improvement in fuzzy ARTMAP landcover classification using a heuristic pruning method, IEEE Data Mining and Intelligence.

 

Gopal, S., Kaufman, L., Patel, H., Anderson, B., and Ryan, M. MIDAS – Modeling socioeconomic, ecological and governance factors in marine management, Annals of AAG.


Costa, T. and Gopal, S. – Exploring spatial association between housing prices and urban growth - A tale of two towns in Massachusetts. Growth and Change.

 

Ju, J. Gopal, S., and Kolazyk, E. Application of multiscale modeling framework in modeling landcover in Plymouth MA. PE& RS.

 

Gopal, S., Kaufman, L., Anderson, B., and Ryan, M. MIDAS – Impact of Governance in Marine Management using GIS,  Progress in Physical Geography.

 

Gopal, S. and Patel, H. Urban dynamics and the growth of primary and secondary silicon cities in India: Urban Geography. .

 

Conference Proceedings                     

 

Freundschuh, S., Mark, D., Gopal, S., Gould, M., and Couclelis, C. Verbal directions for wayfinding: Implications for navigation and geographic information and analysis systems, Proc. of the 4th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling, Zurich, Switzerland, 1, pp. 478-487, 1990.

 

Woodcock, C., and Gopal, S.  Accuracy assessment of the Stanislaus forest vegetation map using fuzzy sets,  Proc. of the Fourth Biennial Remote Sensing Applications Conference, pp. 378-394, 1992.

 

Gopal, S. and  Fischer, M.M. Neural net based interregional telephone traffic models, Proceedings of International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Nagoya, Japan, 1993.

 

Gopal, S. Sklarew, D. M., and Lambin, E.  Fuzzy-Neural Networks in Multi-temporal  classification  of Landcover Change in the Sahel,  Proceedings of the DOSES Workshop on New  Tools for Spatial Analysis, Lisbon, Portugal,   DOSES, EUROSTAT, ECSC-EC-EAEC: Brussels, Luxembourg, pp. 55-68, 1994.

 

Fischer, M. and Gopal, S. Neurocomputing and spatial information processing: from general considerations to a low dimensional real world application, Proceedings of the DOSES Workshop on New  Tools for Spatial Analysis, Lisbon, Portugal,   DOSES, EUROSTAT, ECSC-EC-EAEC: Brussels, Luxembourg, pp. 69-81, 1994.

 

Abuelgasim, Abdelgadir and Gopal, S. Classification of multiangle and multispectral ASAS data using a hybrid neural network model, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 1994, Pasadena, CA,  IEEE: Piscataway NJ, pp. 1670-1675, 1994.

 

 Moody, A., Gopal, S., Strahler, A., Borak, J., and P. Fisher  A combination of temporal thresholding and neural network methods for classifing multiscale remotely-sensed image data,   International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 1994, Pasadena, CA, IEEE: Piscataway NJ, pp. 1877-1880, 1994.

 

 Woodcock, C. and Gopal, S. Remote sensing of forests: New data layers for GIS, Proc. ASPRS Conference, 1995, Charlotte, N. Carolina,  pp. 420-428.

 

 Carpenter, G., Gjaja, M., Gopal, S., and Woodcock, C. ART networks in Remote Sensing, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 1996, Vol 1, Lincoln, Nebraska, May 27-31, 1996, IEEE: Piscataway NJ, pp.  529-531.

 

 Gopal, S., Woodcock, C., and Strahler, A.H. Fuzzy ARTMAP classification of global land cover from AVHRR data set, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 1996, Vol 1, Lincoln, Nebraska, May 27-31, 1996, IEEE: Piscataway NJ, pp.  538-540.

 

 Gopal, S. and Fischer M. A comparison of three neural network classifiers for remote sensing classification, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 1996, Vol 1, Lincoln, Nebraska, May 27-31, 1996, IEEE: Piscataway NJ, pp.  787-789.

 

Abdelgadir A. Abuelgasim, Gopal,S. and Strahler, A.H.  Forward and inverse modeling of caonpy directional reflectance using a neural network, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 1996, Vol 3, Lincoln, Nebraska, May 27-31, 1996, IEEE: Piscataway NJ, pp.  1426-1428.

 

Gopal, S. and Woodcock, C.E. Artificial Neural Networks for Detecting Conifer Mortality in Lake Tahoe,  Proc. Of the First International Conference Geospatial Information in Agriculture and Forestry, Volume I, ERIM Publications: Ann Arbor, MI, 1998, pp. 589-596.

 

Woodcock, C.E.,   Gopal, S.,   Macomber, S.,   Pax-Lenney, M., (1998).  Automated identification of temperate conifer forests in Landsat imagery:  Generalization in time and space,   IGARSS 1998 (2), 801-803.  

 

Woodcock, C.E., Macomber, S.,   Song, C., Pax-Lenney, M., Gopal, S. and W. Cohen (1999).  Regional to continental monitoring of change in temperate   conifer forests,  Pecora 14, LandSatellite Information III Proceedings, APSPRS, Denver, CO,  December 6-10,  pp.322-327. 

 

Carpenter, G. A., Gopal, S., Macomber, S., Shock, B., and Woodcock, C.E. (1999). ARTMAP neural network classification for land use change, Third International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, Boston, MA. May 26-29, 1999.        

 

Gopal, S.  (1999).  Spatial Technologies in Public Health, Invited Talk, School of Public Health, Boston University,  October 14, 1999.  

 

Gopal, S., and Woodcock, C.E. (2000).  Pruning the  Fuzzy ARTMAP Classification for Category Proliferation Problem Fourth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, Boston, MA.  2000. 

 

Invited Participant, Spatial Data Mining, Workshop on Mining Scientific Datasets, Army High Performance Computing Research Center, Minneapolis, MN, July 20-22, 2000.

 

Imai, A., Proctor, S. and Gopal, S. (2000). Spatio-temporal  Analysis of Gulf war syndrome: Does GIS  help?  VA Hospital, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA September 2000.

 

Gopal, S. Invited Speaker, (2001). Spatial Technologies in the Insurance and Re-insurance Business, Applied Insurance Research-Boston, Boston, MA May 2001.

 

Gopal, S. (2001). Invited participant, Biocomplexity Incubation Activity Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, USA, September 26 - 28, 2001.

 

Gopal, S. (2001). Invited Speaker, Lucent Seminar Series, BUILDE Global Mobility Initiative, Boston University School of Management, Boston, MA October 5, 2001.

 

Gopal, S. (2001). Invited Speaker, Geographical Information Systems for Public Health, Business and Conservation, Boston University, School of Journalism, Boston, MA November 14, 2001.

 

Gopal, S. (2001). ARTMAP mixture models in Remote Sensing, CNS Technology Lab Presentations to Sponsors (Air Force Office of Scientific Research), Boston MA, November 13, 2001.

 

Gopal, S., W. Liu and Woodcock, C. (2001). ARTMAP Multisensor/resolution framework for landcover characterization, Invited Talk, Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference on Information Fusion, Montreal Canada, August 7-10, 2001.

 

Gopal, S. (2001). Spatial technologies applications in Insurance Risk Estimation, Invited Talk at Applied Research Insurance, Boston, May.

 

Recent Conference Presentations and Talks (2005 -2007 only)

Invited Talk on the “Geography of Blogs” Societies and Cities in the Age of Instant Access, Research Symposium on  10-12 November 2005. University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT, USA

 

Kolaczyk (presenter) Multiscale, Multigranular Image Analysis—American Statistical Association

Meetings, Minneapolis, 2005

 

Virtual Worlds Workshop (Organized by the US Army/CIA), Social Networks/Virtual Worlds, Anna Tsao, Algotek (organizer), October 2005

 

Ju, J., Gopal, S. and Kolaczyk, E. Land cover and land use mapping using a multiscale multigranular framework and remotely sensed data, Annual Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, March 8-12, 2006.

 

Gopal, Adams, M., Vanelli, M. and Albanese, M. Modeling the spatial patterns of addiction in the US. Invited Presentation at NIDA/AAG Symposium on Geography and Drug Addiction, March 8, 2006 Chicago IL.

 

Andris, C. Paletta, P., Ganguly, S., and Gopal, S. Exploring the Relationship between the Social Geography and Environmental Susceptibility of the New Orleans Region, Annual Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, March 8-12, 2006.

 

GIS and Spatial Analysis in Public Healh and Epidemiology, Caro Research , Concord MA, August 2006.

 

Gopal, S., and Kaufman, L. Marine Integrated Decision Analysis System (MIDAS) for Monitoring and Analysis of Marine Management Areas. NESTVAL, North East Geographers, October  2006, Burlington Vermont

 

 

Sponsored Research Activity

The effect of global climate change on US agriculture.  NSF: SBR-9523600,  R. Kauffman,  Principal Investigator,   S. Gopal  and L. Scuderi,  Co-Principal Investigators.  $155,623  9/1/95 to 8/31/98.      

 

Center for Excellence in Remote Sensing at Boston University,  NASA,   C. Woodcock, Principal Investigator,   F. El-Baz, C. Cleveland, M. Friedl, S. Gopal,   R. Kaufmann, J. Key, D. Dye, R. Myneni, G. Salvucci, and A. Strahler,  Co-Principal Investigators.   $444,310,  10/01/97-08/31/00.    

 

Assessment of landuse and land cover change using  remote sensing and artificial neural networks,   NSF: SBR9513889,   S. Gopal, Principal Investigator,  C. Woodcock, Co-Principal Investigator. $192,516  08/01/96 to 07/30/99.

   

POWRE: Artificial Neural Networks for aggregation  and disaggregation problems,   NSF-POWRE,  S. Gopal, Principal Investigator.  $73,640,  07/01/99 to 12/31/00.    

 

A Multiscale framework for spatial modeling in Geography, NSF: SBR9513889, E. Kolaczyk, Principal Investigator.  S. Gopal, Co-Principal Investigator.   $373,923,  07/01/00-08/31/03.  

 

Spatial determinants of insectivorous bat diversity – Patterns and process in paleotropical rain forest. NSF: SBR9513889, PIs: S. Gopal, T. Kuntz, T. Kingston. – NSF $380,151, 07/01/00-08/31/03. 

 

Complexity of Spatial and Categorical Scale in Landcover Characterization: A Statistical and Computational Framework. E. Kolaczyk (PI), and S. Gopal (co-PI) NSF - BCS-0318209. $535,914.00 08/01/03 - 07/31/06

 

Conservation International Spatial Modeling for Marine Management. S. Gopal (PI), 07/01.2006 – 4/1/2007. $19000.

 

Grant Activity 2000 -present (not funded)

 

The design and implementation of Geospatial Information Intelligence System to Biological Warfare Threats Agency : NIMA. 2000. Gopal (PI),  Requested Amount  : $451,728.

 

A Framework for Multi-sensor Data Fusion in Support of Land-cover Mapping and Characterization

NASA -  NRA2-37143 - Research in Intelligent Systems. 2000. Gopal (PI), Requested Amount  : $1,050,000.   

 

   

ITR/PE: Collaborative research: The science database educational resource: Empowering students to learn fundamental concepts through data mining and visualization experiences. NSF-EIA - ITR Medium Group Grants. 2000. G. Stanley (PI), Gopal(co-PI). Requested Amount: $3,739,619

 

Automating data collection and  mapping biodiversity: the context of insectivorous bat community in peninsular Malaysia NSF - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics – BDEI, 2001. Gopal (PI),  Requested Amount: $47,933             

 

IGERT- Human development and global change: social science applications of remote sensing. R. Kaufmann (PI), Co-PIs: R. Clapp, S. Gopal, C. Woodcock, D. Mookherjee. Requested Amount: $2,119,659.             

 

IGERT - Colloborative Cross-disciplinary graduate training program in biodiversity: from genes to ecosystems

T. Kunz (PI), NSF – Pending. Final Proposal to be submitted, 2002.  

 

ITR- Integrated technology for decisions relating conservation biology and economic impact of brazilian free-tailed bats on agroecosystem: from monitoring to management, PI: T. Kunz, Senior Research Investigator: Gopal, S., NSF – Pending. $4,842,658. 10/01/02.

 

Multi-Scaling in Remote Sensing and GIS: A Multi-Disciplinary Workshop

PI: S. Gopal, Co-PI: C. Woodcock, E. Kolaczyk, NSF-Geography and Regional Science, Pending. Requested Amount  : $44,735.00.

          

ITR Understanding Data, Technologies, and Architectures for M-commerce: Implications for Business Strategy, Individual Adoption, and Group Behavior. PI: S. Gopal, Co-PIs: E. Kolaczyk, Balasubramaniam, G. Shankar, A. Gupta (MIT) and S. Shekar (UMN). NSF-ITR. Requested Amount: $2,0180,816, 01/06/02-01/05/05

 

ITR Collaborative Research: Student Enpowerment through Data Mining and Visualization of Scientific databases. PI: H. E. Stanley, Co-PIs: S. Gopal, F. Bresnahan, NSF-ITR. Requested Amount: $2,999,999.

02/01/02 to 01/31/05.

 

ITR Implications of location-based data and services in decision environments in organizations. PI: G. Shankar, Co-PIs: S. Gopal, P. Balasubramaniam, S. Willems, NSF-ITR. Requested Amount: $496,261.

08/01/02 to 08/31/05.

 

ITR Data mining. PI: Amar Gupta (Sloan School of Management, MIT), Co-PI: S. Gopal, Requested Amount: $2,000,000. BU Sub-contract

 

Opportunities for Hands-On Learning by Integrating Information Technology and Science (request for full proposal  Stanley, E. (physics), Gopal, S. (co-PI).: NSF-Science Literacy

 

 Chaos and Complexity Theories in Social Sciences: Broadening Education in the 21st Century   Investigator. Stanley, E. (physics), Gopal, S. (co-PI). NSF - HSD - DYNAMICS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

 

SEI(GEO): Application of Data Mining Algorithms for the Study and Prediction of Multi-scalar Earth System Phenomena  Anderson, B. and Gopal, S. (co-PI). NSF - Division of Information & Intelligent Systems

 

Spatial Effects of Global and Local Knowledge Networks in Software. NSF- HSD - Spatial Social Science. .Gopal, S (PI)., Gupta, Amar (co-PI) 

 

Network Analysis of Interactions and Structure in a Tropical Bat Assemblage. Gopal (co-PI) and Kingston (PI). NSF Ecology,  277,525 07/01/06 - 06/30/08

 

 

Pending Grants

 

Estimation and evaluation of potentially predictable precipitation variations in observable and numerical modeling systems. NASA. Anderson, B. (PI) and Gopal, S. (co-PI).  $435,719 06/01/06 - 07/31/09

 India visit

 

Understanding the Relationship between Late Holocene Cultural and Physical Landscapes in the Aksum Region of Northern Ethiopia. NSF-SBE/BCS $443254, :09/01/07 - 08/31/10

 

Multisensor data and information fusion with applications to land and water resources management in arid and semi-arid environments. NSF-OISE. Gopal(PI), Koch, M (Co-PI), $ 18,115. : 04/01/07 - 03/31/08

 

 

 

Graduate Student Advising

First Reader for the following Masters/Ph.D. Students:

·         Abuelgasim (Ph.D. 1996), William Albert (Ph.D. 1997), Wigeo Liu (Ph.D. 2001), Tom Harrington (Ph.D. 2001), Junchang Ju (Ph.D. 2003), Tom Lomaglio (Ph.D.),

·         Yvonne Federowicz (MA, 1999), Sara Kunstrom (MA, 2000), Mark McGuire (MA), Asuka Imai (MA,  2000), Matt Adams (2006), Tim Costa (MA 2006), Hrishi Patel (MA, current), Asnake Yeshiwondim (MA Current) 

 

Second or Third Reader for the following Ph.D. Students: 

·         Karen Seto (Geography), Seth Snell (Geography), Doug McKiver (Geography), Aaron Moody (Geography),  Yecheng Wu (Geography), Maria del Carmen Vera Diaz (Geography), Jingyun Wang (Geography)

·         Tigga Kingston (Biology), Siegfried Martens (Cognitive and Neural Systems), Wu (Psychology), Mary Louie (Statistics), . Suhas Chelian (Cognitive and Neural Systems)

 

Post-Doctoral Student Advising

Dr. Tigga Kingston (2003-2006) Dr. Junchang Ju (2004-2006)

 

Undergraduate Advisor – Work For Distinction:

 Greg Unis, Meara Culligan, Ari Krichiver, Jennifer Ahlen, Ben Anderson (2007)

 

Undergraduate Advisor – UROP and REU students:

Recruited and advised 5 students on 3 NSF projects.

 

Courses taught at Boston University

World Regional Geography (GG 201), Multivariate Statistics (GG 516), GIS Introductory and Advanced Levels (GG365, GE 505, and GE 805), Natural Hazards (GE 385), Economic  Geography (GE 103), Environmental Decision-Making (GE 8xx), and Behavioral Geography (GE102).

 

Reviewer  - Journals

Geographical Analysis, Geographical Systems, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of the Environment, Intelligent Systems, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Neural Networks, Transactions in GIS, Environment and Planning A, IEEE Data Mining and Intelligence.

 

Reviewer – Funding Agencies

NSF – Small Business (SBIR), EPA, NASA,  NSF

 

Collaborators for the last five years

 

Gail Carpenter, Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University; Curtis Woodcock, Department of Geography, Boston University; Bruce Anderson, Department of Geography, Boston University; Susan Proctor, Boston University School of Public Health; Manfred Fischer, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria; Shashi Shekhar, Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota; Eric Kolaczyk, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Boston University, Tom Kunz, Department of Biology, Boston University; Amar Gupta, Arizona State University, Tucson; Eugene Stanley, Department of Physics, Boston University, Krishna Mohan, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India and Magaly Koch, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University..

 

Graduate Students:

Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Scholars: A. Abuelgasim (NASA Goddard), William Albert (Fidelity Investments), Tom Harrington (Applied Geographics), Tom Lomaglio (Ph.D.), Wigeo Liu (University of Toledo), Junchang Ju (Post-doc, University of South Dakota).

Masters Students: Yvonne Federowicz (Brown University), Sarah Kunstron (Massachusetts Cancer Registry),  Mark Mcguire (Episilon, MA), Matt Adams (Robert K. Futterman & Associates NYC), Hirshi Patel, Asnakew Kebede

 

Post-doctoral students: Tigga Kingston (Texas Tech University) and Junchang Ju. (University of South Dakota)