Archive for the ‘Department News’ Category

Four Out of Ten Top Paying Jobs for Women in IT

Monday, April 26th, 2010

A recent CNN report indicates that of the top ten paying jobs for women, 4 out of 10 are in IT. (see the article) Combining this with the “Best Jobs in America” previously which assessed job satisfaction, security, compensation and numerous additional factors and we see a great future for both men and women with high level skills in our disciplinary programs.

Emergency Sensing

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

UMaine informatics research is helping the Maine National Guard create an improved disaster relief information system. See UMaine Today

Onsrud Speaks at Law and Technology Centers

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A frequent invited speaker on law and technology topics, Professor Harlan Onsrud  was featured as an invited speaker on March 5 for the opening of the new Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. His talk on Ubiquitous Tracking: Supporting Privacy and Free Speech described emerging and likely pervasive surveillance environments in our future and then suggested combined technological and legal solutions that might be used to protect both privacy and corporate free speech within our digital future. On March 19 he was featured also at an international workshop at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information/Communication Technologies (ICRI) at Katholieke Universitet Leuven in Belgium speaking on Open Access Licenses and Lessons for Creating a Global Marketplace in Geographic Data.

Spatial Information and Volunteering

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Graduate students Guillaume-Hallee and Matt Dube report on the value of their spatial technology skills in aiding others through volunteerism in a short article on Spatial Information and Volunteering

Best Jobs in America

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Check out the best jobs in America at You will find that many of them involve in-depth information technology skills including the top rated job in the nation. The criteria for selecting the best jobs is quite interesting. After narrowing the field of over 7000 jobs down to the top one hundred jobs using objective criteria, over 35,000 people in the top hundred jobs were asked to evaluate their jobs based on quality of life factors such as flexibility, stress, and personal satisfaction. Current employment, long-term growth, pay, security and projected openings were also considered. This study comports with many earlier studies including those focused on spatial technologies and the results are consistent. The information technology skills provided through the department’s graduate courses and programs are and will continue to remain in high demand both across the nation as well as in Maine.

Jake in the News: UMaine Researchers Study Emergency Responder Technology

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Jake Emerson was recently interviewed concerning his development research with emergency response technologies See the video at WLBZ News at

Worboys Selected for National Research Council Advisory Committee

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Michael Worboys, chair of the Department of Spatial Information Science and Engineering, has been selected to serve on the Mapping Science Committee of the National Research Council, under the auspices of the  National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. The appointment runs from Jan. 2009 through Dec. 2012. The Committee provides independent advice to society and government at all levels on geospatial science, technology and policy. It also addresses  aspects of geographic information science on the acquisition, storage and use of spatial data used in a variety of interdisciplinary ways. Congrats!

Nittel invited talk on Advances in Geosensor Networks at Workshop on Geospatial Information for Developing Countries at IIT Bombay, India

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Dr Nittel presented an invited talk on the topic of “Advances in Geosensor Networks” at the Workshop on Geospatial Information fophoto_lg_mumbair Developing Countries: Science and Technology at IIT Bombay, India, December 16-18, 2009. This workshop was organized by the Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), IIT Bombay,  and Department of Computer Science,  University of Minnesota, USA under the  Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) to discuss state-of-art in GIS technologies, understand the challenges in applying them to problems in developing nations, and set future research directions.

Three Funded Graduate Research Assistantships available in the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Lab

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Three funded graduate research assistantships are currently available to work in the VEMI Lab, directed by Dr. Nicholas Giudice in the Department of Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine, USA. Students will register for the degree of Masters or PhD.
All of the assistantships offer a generous support package, including a competitive stipend, complete tuition expenses, a book purchase program, a contribution to health insurance, and conference travel. All positions are immediately available but we are prepared to wait for as long as it takes for the right candidates. More information about the VEMI lab and these positions can be found at: or by emailing Dr. Giudice at:

SIE Department has Facebook page!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The SIE Department announces its presence on Facebook.  Check us out here and feel free to become one of our fans!