2022 Lightning Talks

Announcing the 11th annual

Spatial Lightning Talks

February 28, 2022

10:00 – 11:30 am PST | 6:00 – 7:30 pm GMT

Please register here and confirm by clicking the link emailed to you upon registering. 

Spatial Lightning Talks, February 28, 2022, 10am PST

Inspired by the Ignite Talks, the Spatial Lightning Talks feature intrepid presenters who have three minutes to deliver their idea, story, or message. Topics may be wide-ranging, as long as they somehow relate to space, broadly interpreted. Both serious and lighthearted presentations are welcomed, as long as they stick to the mantra, “Enlighten us, but make it quick.”

The event will be held on Airmeet, which runs best in the Chrome browser. This year, we are again pleased to welcome presenters from across the US and several countries around the world. After all presentations, there will be an opportunity for presenters and attendees to interact through virtual tables (i.e., video chatrooms) in Airmeet’s Social Lounge.

Preliminary Schedule:

10:00 am PST

  • Welcome: Krzysztof Janowicz (Director, Center for Spatial Studies)
  • Technical notes: Kitty Currier (Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Spatial Studies)

10:06 – 11:00 am PST

Lightning Talks:

  1. Tyler Hoffman (Arizona State University)
    Private Wojtek, Soldier Bear: A Tale in Three Maps
  2. David Palacios (KartaSoft Digital Mapping)
    The Future of Location Insights
  3. Tuqa Jirmo (The Nature Conservancy)
    Marine Spatial Planning
  4. Carlos Baez (UC Santa Barbara Geography)
    Institutions in GIScience: What can we learn from Elk Hunting in Yellowstone National Park’s “Zone of Death”?
  5. Craig Beech (Regenerative SPACE)
    9-Square Conservation Bricks
  6. Mable Zhou (Hegarty Spatial Thinking Lab, UC Santa Barbara Psychology & Brain Science)
    Direction estimation and navigation efficiency in an outdoor setting: No gender difference!
  7. Yingjie Hu (Department of Geography, University at Buffalo)
    How much does a neighborhood drink: Human-place interaction and alcohol-related outcomes
  8. Markus Kattenbeck (TU Wien Geoinformation / UC Santa Barbara Geography)
    Let me observe your behavior and I will tell you how native you are
  9. Molly Meyer (Omni Ecosystems)
    Ecosystem Services Across Scales in the Built Environment
  10. Phil Dustan (College of Charleston)
    Sustainability: Overused and Little Understood
  11. Grant McKenzie (McGill University)
    PrivyTo: Privacy Preserving Location Sharing
  12. Mohammad Kazemi (RMIT University, Department of Geospatial Sciences)
    Answering Qualitative Geospatial Questions Using Deductive Spatial Reasoning

11:00 – 11:30 am PST

  • Interact with presenters and attendees at virtual tables in the Airmeet Social Lounge

Browse lists and videos of past Lightning Talks speakers here.

Spatial Lightning Talks: Call for Presenters

Now recruiting presenters

for the 11th annual

Spatial Lightning Talks

to be held online via Airmeet on February 28, 2022 at 10:00 am PT

Submit your presentation idea here by February 11
(Sorry; we are no longer accepting entries.)

Inspired by the Ignite Talks, the Spatial Lightning Talks feature intrepid presenters who have three minutes to deliver their idea, story, or message. Topics may be wide-ranging, as long as they somehow relate to spatial thinking and/or analysis. Both serious and lighthearted presentations are  welcomed, as long as they stick to the mantra, “Enlighten us, but make it quick.”

Affiliates and non-affiliates of UCSB are invited to present and attend. With the online format, we hope to attract participants from around the globe.

2021 Lightning Talks screenshotExamples of past years’ titles:

  • “You Are Here” (Michael Goodchild, 2021; video)
  • “Human [reference] map” (Katy Börner, 2021; video)
  • “Your Smartphone, Organize It” (Thomas Crimmel, 2017; video)
  • “The Un-Spatial Talk” (Dan Montello, 2017; video)
  • “A Lovely Mess–A Brief History of UCSB Campus Plans” (Dennis Whelan, 2017; video)
  • “Acoustic Spatialization” (Elizabeth J. Hambleton, 2017; video)
  • “Why isn’t the US metric?” (Keith C. Clarke, 2015; video)
  • “Go West, Young Man: Consistency and Inconsistency in Cognitive Representations of Cardinal Directions” (Bernard Comrie,  2015; video)
  • “Polar Bears and Great Pyrenees Dogs: A Matter of Scale!” (Tommy Dickey and Hot Rod Linkin, 2015; video)
  • “Navigating Narratives as Networks” (Jeremy Douglass,  2014; video)
  • “Airports: The Good, the Bad, and the WTF” (Grant McKenzie,  2013; video)
  • “Marine Transportation: OOPS” (Rick Church, 2010; video)
  • and many more

We will try to accommodate all submissions, but if interest exceeds the available time slots, we will select talks based on their title and a brief description of the concept (1-3 sentences). Please submit your idea through this Google Form no later than February 11. Confirmation of presenters will be emailed by February 15.

Questions? Contact Kitty Currier, kcurrier@ucsb.edu. We look forward to your submission!

 

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: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6t4627c5

Contact:
Rui Zhu ruizhu@geog.ucsb.edu

Save the Date: Spatial Lightning Talks 2020

Save the Date!

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies presents the 2020 Spatial Lightning Talks on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:00 p.m. This annual series of 3-minute lightning talks brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on a broad range of spatial topics. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to hear speakers from across campus and in the local community share their work and special interests. Program to be published soon.

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 a.m. Where: Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, McCune Conference Room (6020 HSSB).
RSVP HERE. Hope to see you there!

Spatial Lightning Talks 2020

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies presented the 2020 Spatial Lightning Talks on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:00 p.m. This annual series of 3-minute lightning talks brought together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on a broad range of spatial topics. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event gave the audience a great opportunity to hear about diverse topics as speakers shared their work and special interests. The 2020 talks featured some stars from Geography, English, Statistics, Global Studies, Marine Science, as well as off-campus leaders (General Electric, SB Women in STEM).

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“Light Our Minds On Fire!” A Spatial Lightning Talks 2019 Recap

Audience from SLT 2019
Mesmerized..

New space, same (but never old!) event, 2019’s Spatial Lightning Talks were one to remember. As they munched on sandwiches and pizza, our listeners from across campus were regaled with three-minute talks that ran the gamut, and that captured our attention for over an hour. Speakers had the challenge to present a new topic to the audience in only three minutes, after a which a loud (electronic) bell would stop their thought in its tracks – because it was question time!

Now it was the audience’s turn; two minutes to grill the speaker. Our favorite comment (in response to a talk about searching for nowhere — Point Nemo? Gurbantünggüt Desert? Or Nowhere, Oklahoma?): “Nowhere or Now here?”)

Image result for nowhere oklahoma gnis

We had students discussing their research: 

Aaron Bagnell: Clustering Water Masses to Overcome Local Sampling Biases

Others discussed their histories in terms of geographic units:

Thomas Hervey: Travel Spaces and their Stories

Professors from a diversity of departments (History; Religious Studies; Geography) spoke on topics of personal interest – race on college campuses, Buddhist symbols (maps) of the universe, the U.S./Canada border.

We had the opportunity to hear from visitors from the community as well: Skona Brittain, co-founder of SB Family School, about Space-Filling Curves, and Ken Dunkley, retired, on food labeling of country of origin, and its impacts on quality of food and on trade. 

Here is the full list of presenters:

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It was a treat to hear all of these wonderful presenters. Join us again for next year’s event!

If you are interested in presenting a 3-minute lightning talk at next year’s event, get in touch with Anagha anytime. Videos of this year’s talks will be posted on the Spatial Center website once they become available.

Spatial Lightning Talks 2019 — Is Here!

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies presents the 2019 Spatial Lightning Talks on Tuesday, February 19 at 12:00 p.m. This annual series of 3-minute lightning talks brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on a broad range of spatial topics. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to hear speakers from across campus and in the local community share their work and special interests. This year, we bring together an exciting line-up of speakers – see the 2019 program here. When: Tuesday, February 19, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 a.m. Where: Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, McCune Conference Room (6046 HSSB). See location on the interactive map of UCSB. Hope to see you there!

Call for Speakers: Spatial Lightning Talks 2019

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies invites interested speakers for the 2019 Spatial Lightning Talks on Tuesday, February 19 at 12:00 p.m. This annual series of 3-minute lightning talks brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on spatial topics of all sorts. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to share your work or special interest (it doesn’t have to be academic!), and it provides experience in delivering a concise, attention-grabbing talk to a diverse audience. Mark your calendars now, whether you are interested in giving a talk or just attending: When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.; lunch will be served as of 11:45 a.m. Where: Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, McCune Conference Room, 6046 HSSB. Do you think you’re up for the challenge of presenting an interesting, spatially-relevant topic in just three minutes? We are inviting speakers to sign up by Friday, February 1. Since we have limited speaker slots, we will let you know by Friday, February 8 whether you are selected to be one of the Spatial Lightning Talks speakers. Apply here. To see topics for previous presentations see http://spatial.ucsb.edu/lightning-talks/

Thank you to Spatial Lightning Talk 2018 presenters

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies hosted another great round of Spatial Lightning Talks this year, with a whole new batch of spatially-relevant topics. Eight speakers took the challenge to “enlighten us, but make it quick!”

Many new and returning faces in the crowd had the opportunity to hear a lively group of speakers and make new connections across campus. This year, there was a 2-minute question and answer period after each 3-minute presentation, allowing the audience to participate more in the program.

Spatial Lightning Talks 2018

Two speakers, Paul Wilson (formerly of GE / MapFrame) and James Caesar (UCSB Campus Emergency Manager) spoke about the recent Thomas Fire and mudslides. Paul called for map-minded people in the local community to band together and improve the state of emergency mapping; James shared some of his real, on-the-ground experience responding to the recent fire and mudslide events.

Geography Professor Keith Clarke taught us about a local piece of history just around the bend at Honda Point. Thomas Crimmel continued the geographers and history theme with his (very!) abridged history of the digital desktop.

Joshua Kuntzman, graduate student at the Gervitz School of Education, pushed us to think more about what it takes to facilitate true interdisciplinary work through the UCSB Crossroads program. Jeremy Douglass, Assistant Professor of English, gave us a run-through of his project Panelcode.

Spatial Lightning Talks 2018

Graduate student Lily Cheng made everyone stop and think about their well-developed
‘paw preferences’, and aviation consultant William Yim gave everyone a new perspective on focus in photography.

This event was organized by Crystal Bae, bidding adieu to Kitty Currier who has done a great job organizing in years past. If you are interested in presenting a 3-minute lightning talk at next year’s event, get in touch with Crystal anytime. Videos of this year’s talks will be posted on the Spatial Center website once they become available.

Spatial Lightning Talks 2018

Spatial Lightning Talks 2018

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies presents the 2018 Spatial Lightning Talks on Friday, February 9 at 12:00 p.m. This annual series of 3-minute lightning talks brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on a broad range of spatial topics. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to hear speakers from across campus and in the local community share their work and special interests. This year, we bring together an exciting line-up of speakers – see the 2018 program here.

When: Friday, February 9, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Mosher Alumni House, 2nd Floor Alumni Hall
See location on the interactive map of UCSB.

Hope to see you there!