The Asia GIS Conference was first held in Hong Kong in 1994. Since then, it has been held in Bangkok, Taipei, and Tokyo. After the Asia GIS 2001 Conference in Tokyo, China hosted the Asia GIS 2003 Conference which was held in Wuhan, China, from 16-18 October 2003. In addition to GIS scholars and experts in the Asia-Pacific region, well-known international scholars were invited to deliver thematic lectures.Year by year the conferences grew in attendance, number of exhibits, and the variety and number of sessions. It became apparent that the biennual conference had grown too large to be handled in the somewhat informal way we were following. A group of people who have been active in putting on the conferences met and agreed to take a more formal approach. Thus was born the Asia GIS Association (AGISA), incorporated as a not-for-profit professional association.

The Association will take overall responsibility for the future biennual conferences in the Asian area as well as offer other services to members.

The Preparatory Committee of Asia GIS Association was comprised of experts and professionals from universities and other research institutes with active GIS involvements. The founding memberswere:

  • LI, Deren (Co-Chairman), LIESMARS, Wuhan University, China
  • YEH, Anthony (Co-Chairman), Hong Kong GIS Association and GIS Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China
  • SHI, Lite (Secretary), LIESMARS, Wuhan University, China
  • CHEN, Jun, China GIS Association, China
  • CHEN, Xiaoyong, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • GONG, Jianya, LIESMARS, Wuhan University, China
  • LI, Zhilin, Department of Land Surveying and Geoinformatics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR China
  • HAYASHID,A. Sachiko, Faculty of Science, Nara WomenĄŻs University, Japan
  • SHIBASAKI, Ryosuke, Center for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • SUN, Chih-Hong, Department of Geography, National Taiwan University, China-Taipei
  • PARK, Chong-hwa, Department of Landscape Architecture, Seoul National University, Korea
  • YAAKUP, Ahris, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
  • ZHOU, Chenghu, The State Key Lab of Resources and Environmental Information System, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • ZHOU, Qiming, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR China


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