University of Iowa News Release
Feb. 11, 2005
Armstrong Named To National Research Council Panel
Marc Armstrong, professor and chair of the Department of Geography in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), has been appointed to the National Research Council's (NRC) newly created Panel on Confidentiality Issues in Linking Remotely Sensed and Self-Identifying Data.
The panel, composed of eight researchers representing the UI, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Duke University and other institutions, will address several information age issues including:
--The scientific value of linking remotely sensed and self-identifying social science data.
--Tradeoffs involving data accessibility, confidentiality and quality.
Armstrong, who also serves on the NRC Committee on Basic and Applied Research Priorities in Geospatial Science, says that the issues have arisen only during the past decade with the development and widespread use of geographic information systems (GIS).
"The combined use of new information technologies and improved, high-resolution data sources could enable a nefarious person to discover personal-level information about an individual without receiving permission," Armstrong says. "The panel will investigate key geospatial data linking issues that will guide policy formation by federal agencies and archives."
NRC panel and committee members contribute to the national research effort by selecting research directions, setting priorities and advising policy-makers. Members are selected on the basis of contributions made to their scientific field as shown by research, publications in scientific journals and other scientific activities, achievements and honors.
Armstrong's research interests include the development of approaches to help researchers and decision-makers find answers to computationally complex geographic questions through the use of high performance, or parallel, computing. His other areas of interest lie in mobile computing, privacy aspects of geo-spatial technologies and evolutionary computation.
Armstrong, who came to the UI in 1984, also holds an appointment in the Graduate Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences and is a member of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. He earned his doctorate in geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988.
He has written more than 100 scholarly papers on geographic information science, papers published in a variety of journals ranging from the Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association to Statistics and Medicine. He has served as North American editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science and associate editor of Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, and Geographical Analysis.
The National Research Council is part of the National Academies, which also comprise the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine. The private, nonprofit institutions provide science, technology and health policy advice under a congressional charter. The NRC was organized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and technology with the Academy's purposes of further knowledge and advising the federal government.
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