Hanan Samet, Students, Colleagues awarded ACM SIGSPATIAL 10-year Impact Award for 2018

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Professor Hanan Samet’s paper (written with students and colleagues) entitled “A New View on News,” has been awarded ACM SIGSPATIAL’s 10-year impact award for 2018.  Originally published in 2008, this paper, which describes a system (called NewsStand newsstand.umiacs.umd.edu) that uses a map query interface to collect, analyze, and gather news stories, has garnered many citations and has been the discussion of many researchers in the academic community. In October 2014, Samet’s work was the subject of a short video produced by the ACM.


NewStand monitors thousands of newsfeeds daily and then groups 50,000 articles 
from online news sources into topics using a fast online clustering algorithm.  Using a custom-built geotagger, the system extracts geographic content from the articles, and allows uses to examine stories based on regional and topical significance.

About SIGSPATIAL: The International Conference on Advances in
Geographic Information Systems began in 1993 with the aim of bringing 
together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation
to novel systems based on geospatial data and knowledge, and fostering
interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of
geographic information systems. The conference is the premier annual
event of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM
SIGSPATIAL) and has become known as the SIGSPATIAL Conference.


Bibliographic References:

Teitler, Benjamin E., Michael D. Lieberman, Daniele Panozzo, Jagan
Sankaranarayanan, Hanan Samet, and Jon Sperling. "NewsStand: A New
View on News." In Proceedings of the 16th ACM SIGSPATIAL International
Conference on in Advances. Geographic Information Systems, ACM, 2008, 
at http://www.cs.umd.edu/~hjs/pubs/newsstand-acmgis2008.pdf

See also H. Samet, J. Sankaranarayanan, M. D. Lieberman,
M. D. Adelfio, B. C. Fruin, J. M. Lotkowski, D. Panozzo, J. Sperling,
B. E. Teitler.  Reading news with maps by exploiting spatial synonyms.
Communications of the ACM, 57(10):64-77, October 2014 (cover  article 
of the issue at http://www.cs.umd.edu/~hjs/pubs/cacm-newsstand.pdf 
and the video prepared by ACM at http://vimeo.com/106352925).

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