Thinkspatial: Matto Mildenberger

Oct 2, 2017 • Categories: Core | Event | ThinkSpatial

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents The Spatial Distribution of U.S. Climate and Energy Beliefs Matto Mildenberger Department of Political Science University of California, Santa Barbara 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map) Abstract: Addressing climate change in the United States requires enactment of national, state, and local mitigation and adaptation policies. The success of these initiatives depends on public opinion, policy support and behaviors at appropriate scales. Public opinion, however, is typically measured with national surveys that obscure geographic variability across regions, states and localities. Matto Mildenberger will present validated, high-resolution opinion estimates of public opinion using a multilevel regression and post-stratification model. The model accurately predicts climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy preferences at the state, congressional district, metropolitan, and county levels, using a concise set of demographic and geographic predictors. Mildenberger will also share research extensions to map the spatial distribution of Republican and Democrat partisan opinions, and to model the spatially-resolved responsiveness of U.S. communities to messaging experiments. — 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 Karen Dohner (kdoehner@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 | Google+ | Google...

ThinkSpatial: Liz Chrastil

Jan 17, 2017 • Categories: Event | ThinkSpatial

On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents “Navigation: Spatial Knowledge, Individual Differences, and Neuroscience” Liz Chrastil GIScience Center, Department of Geography Department of Geography University of California, Santa Barbara 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map) | (View Flyer)             Abstract: Navigation is a central part of daily life. For some, getting around is easy, while others struggle, and certain clinical populations display wandering behaviors and extensive disorientation.  Working at the interface between immersive virtual reality and neuroimaging techniques, Chrastil’s research demonstrates how these complementary approaches can inform questions about how we acquire and use spatial knowledge. She will discuss some of her recent work as well as upcoming experiments that center on: (1) how we learn new environments, (2) the type of spatial information we learn from environments, and (3) how individuals differ in spatial abilities. The behavioral and neuroimaging studies presented in this talk inform new frameworks for understanding spatial knowledge, which could lead to novel approaches to answering major questions in navigation. Bio: Elizabeth Chrastil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at UCSB and is a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Dynamical Neuroscience Program. She attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate degree, majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) and History. She later received an M.S. in Biology from Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Brown University in 2012 and completed a postdoc in Psychology at Boston University. She joined UCSB in the fall of 2016. — 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 Werner Kuhn (805-893-8224, kuhn@geog.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 | Google+ | Google...

Thomas Hervey SIGSPATIAL Presentation

Nov 1, 2016 • Categories: Event

Farmers face pressure to respond to unpredictable weather, the spread of pests, and other variable events on their farms. At this year’s ACM SIGSPATIAL conference, Thomas Hervey presented preliminary work during the Geographic Information Retrieval workshop on building a notification decision support system for farmers. From collaboration with colleagues in UCSB’s computer science department, this work focuses on matching a farmer’s parcel location and hazard events of interest keywords with social media reports. The title of the talk was Extracting Spatial Information from Social Media in Support of Agricultural Management...

ThinkSpatial: Tomi Kauppinen

Oct 24, 2016 • Categories: Event | ThinkSpatial

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents “On Spatial Aboutness” Tomi Kauppinen Aalto University School of Science Helsinski, Finland 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map) View Flyer   Abstract: Search for information has become an inherent part of our life, both at work and for leisure. The challenge is that information needs to be indexed to allow for search to be effective. Kauppinen will discuss one particular task: how to deal with “spatial aboutness” of information objects (such as books at a library, paintings at a museum, experiences of people in spaces or tagged contents of a social media platform). The main, emerging question is how different approaches can together be made to support the spatial aboutness of objects to be more explicit. He will use examples to illustrate different tasks (such as finding out what places have been studied in given research papers) and results (such as visualizations of spatial aboutness of human observations). Bio: Tomi Kauppinen is a project leader and docent at the Aalto University School of Science in Finland. He holds a habilitation (2014) in geoinformatics from the University of Muenster in Germany and a Ph.D. (2010) in media technology from the Aalto University. From April 2014 to September 2014 he was appointed as the Cognitive Systems Substitute Professor at the University of Bremen in Germany. He has been active in opening and sharing data, and created semantic recommendation and information exploration engines. The central themes in his research and teaching are linked data, data science and information visualization applied to spatio‐temporal phenomena, and supporting the understanding of related cognitive processes. He has actively created online tutorials on these themes and has run related courses and tutorials at international conferences and universities. He has co‐chaired workshops on visual approaches, spatial thinking and linked science, including the International Workshops on Linked Science 2011—2015 at the International Semantic Web Conferences. He is also the founder and community leader of LinkedScience.org. — 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 Werner Kuhn (805-893-8224, kuhn@geog.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 | Google+ | Google...