thinkspatial_logoThe UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Spatial Modeling, Regional Science, and UCSB

Arthur Getis, Professor of Geography, Emeritus, San Diego State University

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 01, 2016 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)


Abstract. The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara has a strong international reputation in geography. Much of that reputation was built up over a period of time by geographers at Santa Barbara who also identified with the field of regional science, mainly because they professed a commitment to spatial modeling and spatial thinking. In this talk, Getis will outline the current state of the field of regional science, its long term prospects, and the current relationship of geography to regional science.

GetisBio. Arthur Getis is Distinguished Professor of Geography Emeritus at San Diego State University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Washington and his M.A. and B.A. degrees are from the Pennsylvania State University. Getis has been president of several academic societies including the Western Regional Science Association and the University Consortium for Geographical Information Sciences. He has published widely, including a number of articles with J. Keith Ord, on the creation and development of local statistics, and books with Barry Boots on spatial pattern analysis, published by Cambridge University Press and Sage Scientific Books. He has also developed widely used spatial clustering algorithms and spatial filtering techniques. In addition, Getis has edited a number of scholarly texts on spatial analysis including Handbook of Applied Spatial Analysis (with M.M. Fischer). A festschrift in his honor edited by Luc Anselin and Serge Rey, Perspectives on Spatial Data Analysis, was published in 2010. He is now honorary editor-in-chief of the Journal of Geographical Systems, a journal he founded with Manfred M. Fischer. With the support of NIH and NICHD, he is doing research on the transmission of infectious diseases in Thailand and West Africa. He has received the Walter Isard Distinguished Scholarship award from the North American Regional Science Association, Distinguished Scholarship honors from the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and the Robert Aageenbrug Distinguished Career award from the Geographic Information Systems Specialty Group of the AAG. He is a fellow of the Western Regional Science Association, the Regional Science Association International, and the University Consortium for Geographical Information Science. He recently received the Founder’s Medal of the Regional Science Association International.

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: Arthur Getis