thinkspatial_logoThe UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Identifying the Center of a Spatial Object

Alan T. Murray

Professor, Department of Geography

University of California, Santa Barbara

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)


Abstract. The center of a spatial object or set of objects is conceptually a rather straightforward and well understood concept. Practical interpretation and specification, however, suggests considerable ambiguity. This talk will review many contexts in which the center is or may be important, relevant and significant. A number of formal specifications are detailed, either as a single or multi-dimensional feature.Murray_Map

MurrayBio. Alan Murray (BS, MA, PhD UC Santa Barbara) is a Professor in the Department of Geography at University of California at Santa Barbara. He previously held academic appointments at Drexel University, Arizona State University and Ohio State University. He is editor of International Regional Science Review, associate editor for Socio-Economic Planning Sciences and Annals of the Association of American Geographers. His research and teaching interests include: geographic information science; spatial optimization; health informatics; urban growth and development; land use planning; urban, regional, and natural resource planning and development; and, infrastructure and transportation systems. He is the author of two books and over 210 research articles, book chapters and proceedings papers.

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