Sochats Receives Appointment


The School of Information Sciences is pleased to announce that Ken Sochats, Director of the Visual Information Systems Center, has been appointed Director of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Visual Analytics (VA) Program at the University Center for Social and Urban Research. 

The University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) was established by the University to serve as a resource for researchers and educators interested in the basic and applied social and behavioral sciences. As a hub for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, UCSUR promotes a research agenda focused on the social and economic issues most relevant to our society, regional economic analysis and forecasting, the psychosocial impacts of adult development and aging, and environmental resource management.

Ken's appointment will strengthen UCSUR's expertise in GIS and VA; the Center will also be able to take advantage of research technologies and techniques developed at the Visual Information Systems Center.  Ken has been the Director of the Visual Information Systems Center since 1999;  he also teaches courses in Management Information Systems, Network Design and Interactive Graphics. His research interests include simulation, artificial intelligence, management information systems (MIS), systems analysis and design, software engineering, network design, and graphics.