Monday, May 11, 2009

Lecture Announcement -- Statistics, Census Data, RS and GIS for China Studies

Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is pleased to announce that Dr. Shuming Bau from University of Michigan will give a lecture on "Statistics, Census Data, RS and GIS for China Studies" at the University of Toronto on Thursday, May 28. Please see event details below and RSVP your attendance to

Title: Statistics, Census Data, RS and GIS for China Studies
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2009
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Locataion: Current Periodical Area, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (8th Floor, Robarts)
Lecturer: Dr. Shuming Bau, Senior Research Coordinator for China Initiatives, China Data Center, University of Michigan

The government statistics and census data of China provides comprehensive demographic and business information for the research and education on China. This presentation will give an introduction to some background information of China government statistics, census data, and GIS data, including methodologies, definitions, and data coverage. The presentation will demonstrate how the demographic and business data can be integrated with GIS maps of China at province, prefecture, county, township, and grid levels. Some innovative technologies and applications in regional development, migration, environment, disaster assessment, and population projection will be introduced for advanced spatial data studies of China.

Biography of Dr. Shuming Bau:
Shuming Bau received his B.S. in computer science from Hefei University of Technology in 1982, M.A. in applied statistics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 1987, and Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University in 1996. He was a research scientist at MathSoft from 1996-97, and is currently a senior research coordinator for China Initiatives at the China Data Center of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Bau's primary research interests are in GIS, regional economics, spatial statistics and econometrics. He served as the president of the Association for Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science (CPGIS) for 1999-2000 and the vice-president of the Chinese Economists Society (CES) for 2002-2003, and the executive director of the Chinese Economists Society since 2005. Dr. Bau has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters.

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