Director’s End of the Academic Year Talk

About the Appearance of Chairs during the Disappearance of Bikes—Space, Time, Photography, and a bit of Drama


Krzysztof Janowicz

Center for Spatial Studies and Department of Geography

University of California Santa Barbara

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Abstract. As director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies, my role is largely to moderate, facilitate, and provide an overall vision for our research. With the academic year coming to an end, I would like to use this opportunity to present some personal thoughts on spatial thinking, semantics, and theories of categorization by sharing a campus photography project during COVID in an interactive and, hopefully, cheerful style. Overall, the talk will be more about photography and society as compared to geoinformatics (in a narrower sense).

Google Earth Web (and KML) was used for an optional geographic discovery game. 

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2021 Lightning Talks

The Center for Spatial Studies’ Lightning Talks are designed to be serious or funny, as long as the mantra is followed: “​Enlighten us, but make it quick​.

This year the talks were held on ​Tuesday, March 16, 2021. This annual series of ​3-minute​ lightning talks typically brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus and the local community to enlighten the crowd on thought-provoking ​spatial topics of all kinds​. Since this year the event was held online, it had much broader participation from across the globe with an exciting lineup of speakers from the spatial community worldwide. See the list of selected speakers and the titles of their talks below. Recorded videos can be found here.

Special note: ​The 2021 annual Center for Spatial Studies ​Lightning Talks​ were dedicated to the memory of Paul Wilson, who was one of the Center’s most avid and constant participants of all things spatial. Paul’s presence at our ongoing activities will be sorely missed. See his 2014 Lighting Talk on Whale Traffic Control:

Rui Zhu