This site contains information on the research and teaching activities by Dr R E Sieber and her team at McGill University.

Jin Xing finishes his Masters thesis

Congratulation, Jin for finishing your Masters. Now you can start your PhD!

IHC3: An Integrated Hybrid Cloud Computing Cyberinfrastructure for GIS/RS Research

ABSTRACT: With the advancement of technologies, earth observation data could be obtained with finer spatial and spectral resolution. However, the increasing volume and complexity of those high resolution data presents new challenges in geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) research, such as heterogeneous distributed data handling, efficient parallel data processing algorithms, easy manageability of the underlying cyberinfrastructure, new collaboration model and lower computation costs. Geospatial cloud computing is leveraged in GIS/RS research to address the challenges of heterogeneous distributed data and its processing. Although the early experience has proven it is a great success to utilize cloud computing in GIS/RS research, the manageability of the cyberinfrastructure cannot be neglected. To be manageable, I argue that cloud computing must handle domain specific problems in GIS/RS, manage privacy of data, ease of use, and be inexpensive.

Guest Talk

Gave a talk to the Dr. Catherine Potvin's Panama Research Group on Ethical Issues in GIS/RS.


Honours Thesis, Pierre Beaudreau

Congratulations, Pierre on finishing your undergraduate honours thesis as well as a dynamic application.

YouSayCity: an Online 3D Public Participation Tool for Urban Planning

This project explores the opportunities offered by Web 2.0 technologies and ICTs in developing an online 3D interactive application oriented towards public participation, information sharing, and online deliberation in the context of urban planning. Using existing technologies and previous research as the basis for the application development criteria, a new application, coined ‘YouSayCity’ for the purpose of this research, is developed.



Open House to promote McGill's School of Environment. 


Welcome to the new year!

Welcome to the new school year everyone. Our new students are


Drew Bush, PhD candidate, Use of the Geoweb to Understand Space and Place for Climate Change Perceptions

Genevieve Reid, PhD candidate, GIScience in the Service of Indigenous Aspirations

Jin Xing, PhD candidate, Distributing Geostatistics and Remote Sensing Algorithms on the Cloud

Ana Brandusescu, MA candidate, Mobile Phones for Community Economic Development

Korbin daSilva, MA candidate, Comparing Online and Offline Urban Design Tools for Effective participation

Returning students are

Jian Zhou, MSc candidate, The Geoweb for Climate Change Education

Pierre Beaudreau, Undergraduate Honours, YouSayCity


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