Student Travel Grants


NSF Travel Grants Awards!

Thanks to everyone for applying. Here are the NSF Travel Grant Awardees:

  • Ugur Demiryurek, University of Southern California
  • Manish Gupta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Rahul Saladi, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Jing Li, George Mason University
  • Jason Powell, University of North Texas
  • Jan Prokaj, University of Southern California
  • Amr Magdy Ahmed, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Jeremiah Miller, University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Zhe Jiang, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Marcos Vieira, University of California - Riverside
  • Kathryn Crader, University of the Pacific
  • Akash Agrawal, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Michael Olson, California Institute of Technology
  • Zhuojie Huang, University of Florida
  • Md Reaz Uddin, University of California - Riverside
  • Xun Zhou, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Satyen Abrol, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Mukul Sonwalkar, George Mason University
  • Yang Mu, University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • Louai m. AlArabi, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Review Committee Members:

  • Dr. Latifur Khan, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Dr. Shashi Gadia, Iowa State University
  • Dr. Wei Ding, University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • Dr. Goce Trajcevski, Northwestern University

NSF Travel Grants for US Graduate Students

We are pleased to announce NSF Student Travel Grants to encourage computer science students to participate in SSTD, one of the most reputed meetings related to spatial computing. SSTD 2011 will be held on August 24-26, 2011 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

Focus: The International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases 2011 (SSTD 2011) is the twelfth event of a series of biannual symposia that discuss new and exciting research in spatial, temporal and spatio-temporal data management and related technologies and start setting future research directions.

SSTD is a premier research meeting on computer science aspects of geo-informatics, which has become an important part of our everyday life. Google Earth, a popular web-based virtual globe, is widely used for mash-ups to publish a variety of information. Navigation devices and cell-phone/web-based location based services are utilized for finding close by friends, nearby businesses and routes. Accordingly to a recent McKinsey report [1], such services may save USD $600 Billion annually by 2020. Large organizations value it for site-selection, logistics and customer relationship management. Emergency managers turn to it to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters; police to identify crime hot-spots for patrol planning and social interventions, earth scientists to understand climate change, and epidemiologists to track spread of infectious diseases. For example [2], a recent report to Congress lists dozens of federal agencies, which use Geo-informatics for critical tasks.

The primary focus of SSTD symposia is on original results in the areas of theoretical foundations, design, implementation, and applications of spatial and temporal database technology. SSTD also welcomes experience reports from application specialists and the commercial community that describe lessons learned in the development, operation, and maintenance of actual systems in practical and innovative applications. The goal is to exchange research ideas and results that will initially contribute to the academic arena, but may also benefit the commercial community in the near future and encourage a dialog between practitioners and researchers. SSTD has met every other year since 1991 and its proceedings have been published by Springer in the series on Lecture Notes in Computer Science. To facilitate discussions and interchanges, attendance is limited to 100 people representing academia, government and industry. Besides research papers and demonstrations, SSTD 2011 features an inaugural track on challenge and vision papers sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium. It also features panels and invited talks.

Grant: A travel grant will provide up to $1000 to cover reasonable travel expenses, conference proceedings, meals, etc. Grantees should be students of US-based institutions. Grantees agree to attend all sessions at the symposium and provide a short report after the symposium. Grantees agree to allow SSTD to publish their names and reports on symposium website and in NSF reports. The winners will be notified by email and their names will be published on the conference webpage by July 29th, 2011.

Application Process: To apply, students must send an email by Friday, July 8th, 2011 to with subject heading "NSF SSTD 2011 Travel Grant" to express interest in the travel grant. They should also send another email by Friday July 15th, 2011 to with subject heading "NSF SSTD 2011 Travel Grant" and containing a single PDF document with the following items:

  • CV or Resume (2-page maximum)
  • Letter from a faculty member confirming eligibility, need, and benefits (1-page maximum)
  • Summary budget listing items (e.g. hotel, transportation) and estimated costs (.5-page maximum)
  • Statement describing spatial research interests, accomplishments (1-page maximum)

Applicants are encouraged to review the SSTD 2011 website ( including the lists of papers in research, demonstration and challenge/vision tracks. Their statement may address questions such as the following: What have you done so far to explore spatial and temporal computing? What activities do you plan to engage in at SSTD 2011? How would those activities at SSTD 2011 benefit your research?

Click here for a PDF version.

[1] New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says, New York Times, May 13th, 2011.
[2] P. Folger, Geospatial Information and Geographic Information Systems (GIS): An Overview for Congress, Congressional Research Service Report 7-5700, 2011. PDF here.