Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2018)

The 8th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2018) Full Conference Website Register for the Conference The 8th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2018) hosted by the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara will take place from October 15–18, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California, USA. The rapid advancement and ubiquitous penetration of mobile networks, Web-based information creation and sharing, and software-defined networking technology enable us to sense, predict and control the physical world using information technology—on top of the resulting Internet of Things (IoT), business models and processes have been redesigned across a broad range of industries. To maximize the social and economic benefit of the technology, issues of interoperability, data and service mash-ups, the development of open platforms, and standardization across technology layers have to be addressed. Pervasive connectivity, smart devices and demand for data testify to an IoT that will continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Computing power is dropping in price while new sensors are being developed and incorporated into everyday objects, and as people buy into IoT technology, economies of scale lend themselves to the creation of ever more data-centric businesses. Instrumenting and connecting devices has massive potential to deliver value, but there is need for a coordinated effort when rolling out the next generation of self-reporting paradigms. With strong support from industry and academia, the International Conference Series on the Internet of Things has become the premier gathering place for visionary, academic researchers and practitioners in the IoT domain. The 8th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2018), building on the success of its predecessors since 2008, is the premier forum for such efforts, to share, discuss and witness cutting edge research in all areas of development for the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things Conference is seeking original, high-impact research papers on all topics related to the development of the Internet of Things. Papers will be reviewed and selected based on technical novelty, integrity of the analysis and social impacts and practical...

Thinkspatial: Matto Mildenberger

Oct 10, 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...

Leadership Workshop on Location Analytics in Business

Location Analytics in Business Hosted by the University of California Santa Barbara and Esri, Inc. Wednesday, January 31 to Friday, February 2, 2018, at the Upham Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. Final Report [pdf] Abstact Location Analytics is the subset of Business Analytics that is concerned with gaining insights by analyzing the spatial component of business data. Leading retail, real estate, finance, manufacturing, and logistics firms, among others, implement location strategies to gain competitive advantage. Furthermore, a new generation of business researchers and educators is beginning to recognize location analytics as a distinctive professional specialty. The role of academics in this field can be to simplify location analysis, propose innovative new theories and methodologies, and educate business and technology leaders. This 3-day workshop prepared selected early-career researchers to do just that. Participants interacted with leading scholars in geographic information science and other related fields, and led breakout discussions on relevant subtopics. Benefits to participants included understanding the current capabilities of a modern location analytics platform, gaining ideas and advice for implementing location analytics in next-generation business school curricula, and crossing disciplinary boundaries to network and collaborate with kindred scholars. Results may include a jointly-authored review and/or manifesto article for a peer-reviewed journal....

Spatial Discovery II

In 2015, the UCSB Library and the Center for Spatial Studies received a private grant to study and address the challenges that libraries and researchers face in making research data discoverable via spatial metadata on diverse platforms and in a variety of environments. The goal of this project was an expanded awareness and adoption of spatial discovery and analysis in research and teaching, supported by novel library services. Partnering with the UCSB Library in this project, the Center for Spatial Studies convened a second expert meeting, “Spatial Discovery II,” at the Upham Hotel and the UCSB campus on May 11 and 12, 2017 in Santa Barbara. This meeting built on the discussions at the first Spatial Discovery meeting in June 2015, of challenges, practices, and potential strategies associated with cross-platform content discovery. The fundamental questions discussed were: How can spatially mediated discovery provide single-point access to research data, across distributed repositories and catalogs? How can the discovery of research objects in general be spatially supported? and How can spatial discovery be applied to topic spaces, not just geographic ones? Participants, typically involved in research on data-seeking and its requirements, contributed expertise in Library Science, as well as in Geography and Computer science, pertaining to spatial information. Thursday, May 11 was devoted to discussions in plenary and small-group sessions. Friday, May 12 was spent in part on campus, demonstrating first project results and involving campus researchers and administrators in a discussion of how to move forward.          ...

Universals and Variation in Spatial Referencing across Cultures and Languages

Specialist Meeting: Dec. 7–9, 2016. Universals and Variation in Spatial Referencing across Cultures and Languages, sponsored by the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (http://spatial.ucsb.edu/) with a contribution from Esri, was held December 7–9, 2016, at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA (http://www.uphamhotel.com/). By “spatial referencing” we mean the function with which a natural language expression locates something in the world. What do we know (and what would we like to know) about how such expressions and their referring function stay the same or vary across languages and cultures? Are there universals and systematic variations? Forty-two researchers were hosted for an open discussion of research results and needs addressing these and related questions. Participants represented the broadest possible range of disciplines and professions offering insights on the topic. The Specialist Meeting Organizing Committee: Werner Kuhn, (Chair), Director of the Center for Spatial Studies and Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography, UCSB Niclas Burenhult, Associate Professor of General Linguistics, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University; and Research Associate, Language and Cognition Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen Bernard Comrie, Distinguished Faculty Professor, Department of Linguistics, UCSB James Pustejovsky, Chair, Language and Linguistics and Computational Linguistics Programs and Director, Lab of Linguistics and Computation, Brandeis University Thora Tenbrink, Director of Research, College of Arts and Humanities and Reader in Cognitive Linguistics, Bangor University. Invited Speaker: Stephen C. Levinson, Director, Max Planck Institute for...