New Spatial Visitor: Christian Freksa

Dec 3, 2014 • Categories: News | Visitors

Christian Freksa is briefly visiting the Center for Spatial Studies, at 3512 Phelps Hall. Freksa holds the Chair of Cognitive Systems at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Bremen, Germany. His research concerns representation and reasoning with incomplete, imprecise, lean, coarse, approximate, fuzzy, and conflicting knowledge about physical environments. Particular emphasis is on qualitative spatial and temporal reasoning. Freksa received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from UC Berkeley. He carried out research at the Max Planck Institute and at the Technical University of Munich, at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, and at the University of Hamburg. In 2002 he initiated the International Spatial Cognition Quality Network and the Spatial Cognition Research Center in Bremen and Freiburg that he has directed since 2003. Christian Freksa is a Fellow of the European AI society ECCAI....

ThinkSpatial: Debra Lieberman and Erica Biely

Dec 2, 2014 • Categories: Event | ThinkSpatial

The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents Debra Lieberman and Erica Biely Center for Digital Games Research, UCSB Using Spatial Experience in Digital Games to Support Learning and Health Behavior Change Phelps Hall 3512 (map) 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Abstract. Digital games are worlds in which players explore, tackle challenging problems, and see the consequences of their actions.  In this talk, we will present several approaches to game design that have used time and space to enhance motivation, engagement, understanding, learning, and behavior change, and research findings on their effectiveness. Debra Lieberman, Ph.D., directs the Center for Digital Games Research at UCSB. From 2007 to 2013, at UCSB, she directed the Health Games Research national program. She conducts research on cognitive and emotional processing of digital media and games with a focus on improving user engagement, learning, and health behavior. Erica Biely, MA, is Associate Director of the Center for Digital Games Research at UCSB. Previously she served as Deputy Director of the Health Games Research national program, headquartered at UCSB. Her research interests include media effects, entertainment-education, behavioral health, and health promotion. – The objectives of the ThinkSpatial brown-bag presentations are to exchange ideas about spatial perspectives in research and teaching, to broaden communication and cooperation across disciplines among faculty and graduate students, and to encourage the sharing of tools and concepts. Please contact Andrea Ballatore (893-5267, aballatore@spatial.ucsb.edu) to review and schedule possible discussion topics or presentations that share your disciplinary interest in spatial thinking. Follow spatial@ucsb on Facebook | Twitter |...

UCGIS Webinar: Spatial Universities

Dec 2, 2014 • Categories: Event | News | Related Initiatives | Research

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) invites you to join for their next webinar, The How and Why of Spatial Universities, on Tuesday, December 2, 4-5pm EST (1-2pm PST). The How and Why of Spatial Universities (link) by Dr. David Cowen, Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of South Carolina As the presence and use of geospatial technologies expands in higher education, the idea of a “spatial university” is emerging. Many believe that the identification of exemplary universities that foster spatial thinking and research across the campus would elevate the structure of our discipline, provide an avenue for highlighting particularly strong programs, and add prestige to selected universities. These ideas have begun to be explored during a recent Specialist’s Meeting at UC Santa Barbara and by Esri, but the final vision remains open. Ideally the process would encourage innovation and provide examples of best practices to be replicated across other institutions. First, however, there must be wide-spread acceptance by a broad GIS community of criteria and metrics that reflect success and quality. This webinar will focus on the merits of identifying spatial universities and describe scenarios and alternatives for their selection. We will present feedback on this initiative that has been gathered at previous forums, and provide an opportunity for UCGIS members and others to express their opinions about the concept.  Read...

ThinkSpatial: Steven Franconeri

Nov 25, 2014 • Categories: Event | ThinkSpatial

The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents Steven Franconeri Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University Visual attention creates structure over space and time Phelps Hall 3512 (map) 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Abstract. Selective attention allows us to filter visual information, amplifying what is relevant and suppressing what competes. But recent work in our lab suggests another role – extracting and manipulating visual structure. I will describe four such lines of research, showing a role for selective attention in grouping objects with similar features, extracting spatial relationships between objects, imagining manipulations of objects, and maintaining object identity over time. I will also describe interactions of these processes with spatial language and highlight potential applications for improving pedagogy and displays related to math and science education. Steve Franconeri is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University. His lab studies visual cognition, graph comprehension, and data visualization. He completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Harvard with a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship, and did postdoctoral work at UBC with a Killam Fellowship. He has received the Psychonomics Early Career Award and an NSF CAREER award, and his work receives funding from the NSF, NIH, and the Department of Education. – The objectives of the ThinkSpatial brown-bag presentations are to exchange ideas about spatial perspectives in research and teaching, to broaden communication and cooperation across disciplines among faculty and graduate students, and to encourage the sharing of tools and concepts. Please contact Andrea Ballatore (893-5267, aballatore@spatial.ucsb.edu) to review and schedule possible discussion topics or presentations that share your disciplinary interest in spatial thinking. Follow spatial@ucsb on Facebook | Twitter |...