The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Investigating human behavior in urban environments


Martin Raubal, Professor of Geoinformation Engineering, ETH Zurich

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Phelps Hall 3512 (map)

Raubal_Martin_colA5Abstract. In recent decades a majority of our civilization has become a mobile (information) society. People’s increased mobility has impacted many areas, resulting in the overcrowding of urban spaces, increased energy consumption, and complex mobile decision-making for the individual. In this talk I will demonstrate how novel data sources, methods, and technologies provide ample opportunities for GIScientists to investigate human mobility and behavior in urban environments. Such investigations help to identify individual- and urban-oriented problems, and provide ways of addressing them. Examples will cover human mobility analysis from georeferenced mobile phone data and the analysis of personal mobile decision-making through mobile eye tracking.

Martin Raubal is Professor of Geoinformation Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He was previously Associate Professor and Vice-Chair at the Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Junior Professor at the University of Münster. Martin received his Ph.D. in Geoinformation from Vienna University of Technology in 2001 with honors. He holds a M.S. in Spatial Information Science and Engineering from the University of Maine and a Dipl.-Ing. in Surveying Engineering from Vienna University of Technology. Martin’s research interests lie in the areas of Mobility & Energy, more specifically in mobile GIS & LBS, spatial cognitive engineering, mobile eye-tracking, and GIS for renewable energy analysis. His teaching includes courses on GIS, cartography, geovisualization, location-based services, temporal aspects of GIS, spatial cognition and wayfinding, and research methods. Martin is currently Co-Chair of AGILE (Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe) and was a board member of UCGIS (University Consortium for Geographic Information Science) from 2008-11. He serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Location Based Services, and on the editorial boards of Transactions in GIS, Journal of Spatial Information Science, Spatial Cognition and Computation, and Geography Compass. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 books and research papers published in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

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.
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ThinkSpatial: Martin Raubal