Dr. Peggy Agouris
Professor & Chair
Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science
George Mason University
Dr. Peggy Agouris is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science at George Mason University. She is also the Director of the Center of Earth Observing and Space Research, one of the largest research centers at GMU. Prof. Agouris received her Diploma in Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, The Ohio State University. Prior to joining George Mason University in 2007, Prof. Agouris was with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (1993 – 1995), and the Department of Spatial Information Engineering, University of Maine (1996 – 2006).
Prof. Agouris’ research interests include the automation of processes for spatiotemporal information extraction from digital imagery, change detection, and the integration of remote sensing and digital image processing and analysis within geospatial information systems.
Prof. Agouris is the recipient of a CAREER award from the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her work has been supported by further grants and contracts from NSF, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), NASA, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Army TEC, BAE Systems, USGS, and others. She has also consulted for the Office of Research and Development (CIA), Milcord, Intergraph, BAE Systems, law firms (as expert witness), and other companies.
Prof. Agouris has authored more than 100 articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings in the image analysis and computer science literature. She has also edited 3 books on digital image analysis for geospatial applications as well as two journal special issues. For her scholastic and research achievements Dr. Agouris has received the 1996 Talbert Abrams Award, the 1990 Leica Photogrammetric Fellowship Award, and the 2009 President’s Best Paper Award (3rd), all from ASPRS. She has also received the 1993 Duane C. Brown Jr. Award from The Ohio State University, as well as the 1998 College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty in Research Award, and the 2001 Dean’s Award of Excellence, both from the University of Maine.
Prof. Agouris is currently co-chairing Working Group IV/2 (“Automatic Geospatial Data Acquisition and Image-Based Databases”) of Commission IV (“GeoDatabases and Digital Mapping”) of the International Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (2008-2012). In the past, she has served as chair of other working groups of the ISPRS, including Working Group IV/2 (“Image-Based Geospatial Information Management”) of Commission IV (“GeoDatabases and Digital Mapping”) (2004-2008), Working Group IV/5 (“Image-Based Geospatial Databases”) of Commission IV (“Spatial Information Systems and Digital Mapping”) (2000-2004), and Working Group III/1 (“Integrated Sensor Calibration and Orientation”) of Commission III (“Theory and Algorithms”) (1996-2000).
Prof. Agouris has served as chair of various national and international conferences, including (among others) the National Conference on Digital Government Research (2003), the invitational National Science Foundation Workshop on “GeoSpatial and GeoTemporal Informatics” (2009), and IEEE’s Workshop on “Spatial and Spatiotemporal Data Mining” (2009). She has supervised numerous Ph.D. and M.S. theses, and several of her advisees are already faculty members in various national and international institutions.