Spatial Tech Lunch: Aaron Bagnell

Oct 11, 2017 • Categories: Event | Spatial Tech Lunch

On Friday, October 20, from 12:00–1:00 pm please join us for the next Spatial Technology Lunch in the Center for Spatial Studies (Phelps Hall 3512). This semi-regular series, hosted by spatial@ucsb, aims to promote discussion and interaction within the university’s spatial technology community. Please RSVP to Crystal Bae (cbae@spatial.ucsb.edu) by Wednesday, October 18. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Monitoring Ocean Acidification on Your Mobile Device Aaron Bagnell Abstract: A large percentage of the anthropogenic carbon emitted each year finds its way into the world’s oceans. Following the current trajectory, it is anticipated that the resulting ocean acidification will dramatically alter ocean chemistry later this century. But the effects of this change are expected to be non-uniform in time and space, and certain ecosystems and human communities will likely be more susceptible. This poses a challenge for those monitoring the situation when determining where to utilize finite resources, as data on ocean acidification has been historically sparse. Combining high resolution satellite observations with an artificial neural network allows for a generalized method to address the scarcity of this data by providing global estimates of ocean parameters that are of scientific and public value. With this approach, a database has been assembled that provides daily updates to users via a smartphone app, giving them direct access to ocean acidification parameters at tens of thousands of coastal locations. Aaron Bagnell is a student in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science and the Department of Geography at...

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: Clodoveu Davis

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents “Spatial Integrity Constraints from Conceptual Modeling and their support in Spatially-extended DBMSs” Clodoveu Davis Computer Science Department Universidade Federal de Minas Gervais 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map) Flyer Abstract: Relational database management systems (DBMS) typically offer, through SQL, functions and statements dedicated to establishing and enforcing integrity constraints for conventional data. Spatial extensions for RDBMSs add simple geometric data types, spatial reference systems, and spatial functions, but they have not advanced in the direction of a general specification of spatial integrity constraints. Further, there is a large semantic distance between abstract representation alternatives used in conceptual modeling for spatial databases, as opposed to the much simpler point/line/polygon definitions included in spatially‐extended RDMBSs. This distance has to be covered by application code, or by using general‐purpose (and frowned upon) mechanisms such as triggers. An argument will be presented toward (1) including more advanced spatial data types in spatial databases, and (2) the need for future expansion of data and indexing structures for spatial DBMSs to support the enforcement of spatial integrity constraints by the DBMS, to the benefit of superjacent applications, with greater efficiency. Bio: Clodoveu Davis is an associate professor at the Computer Science Department of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He lectures in graduate and undergraduate courses, and coordinates the Information Systems major at UFMG. In 2015 he created the Interdisciplinary Computer Science Lab (dubbed LabCS+x, where x stands for any other area of knowledge), which he continues to coordinate. He is also the program chair of GeoInfo, the main Brazilian conference on geoinformatics. His primary research interests are: spatial databases, spatial data infrastructures, geographic information systems (GIS), geographic data modeling, geocoding and urban GIS applications. — 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 (kuhn@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...

Reimbursement

Reimbursement We offer support for your trip ($700 for domestic, $1200 for international travel), as well as lodging for four nights at the Upham Hotel. Please confirm your acceptance of this invitation by Friday, October 27. Please be aware that the University of California travel reimbursement policy requires that all travel be done by economy class on U.S. carriers (unless not available), and that full documentation of travel itinerary and payment be provided. Please be prepared to present these documents, as well as your original boarding passes. Reimbursements will be processed upon receiving the required documentation from you. Karen Doehner can accept your documents during the meetings, or if you prefer to mail them later, please mail to: Karen Doehner Department of Geography-4060 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060 Required Documentation for Travel Reimbursement Travel Reimbursement Form (completed, w/ traveler’s signature and mailing address) Travel itinerary Proof of payment Original boarding passes All original receipts related to travel (parking, airbus, taxi, train) Original itemized receipts for any food consumed If personal car is used, miles traveled, license plate number, liability insurance If you are not a U.S. citizen, copies of passport picture page and visa page, or copy of green card will be required, as well as an Immigration Status...

Accommodations and Travel

Accommodations We have arranged for a block of rooms at discounted rates at the Upham Hotel, and we will pay for four nights in a standard single room. However, if you would like an upgraded room or would like to stay for an early arrival or late departure, we will ask you to assume the extra cost. Upham Hotel 1404 De La Vina St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 962-0058 (800) 727-0876 www.uphamhotel.com If you plan to stay at the Upham Hotel, please let Karen Doehner (kdoehner@spatial.ucsb.edu) know what your travel dates/times are and if you require an upgraded room. She will provide the hotel with a rooming list, and will need your request for lodging no later than Friday, November 17. At check in, simply reference “spatial.” There is no need for you to call the hotel. Travel All participants are expected to book their own round-trip travel to Santa Barbara and, upon arrival, to submit their receipts for reimbursement. Suggested travel dates are Sunday, December 10 and Thursday, December 14. The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) is about 8 miles from the hotel and is served by commuter affiliates of most major airlines. Airlines with flights to Santa Barbara are: American Airlines 1 (800) 433-7300 Alaska Airlines 1 (800) 252-7522 United Airlines 1 (800) 864-8331 US Airways 1 (800) 428-4322 The best way from the airport to the Upham is by taxi. If you do not fly directly into Santa Barbara, ground travel is available from LAX to Santa Barbara through the Santa Barbara Airbus (http://www.sbairbus.com/). Fares are cheaper when booked early, and discounted fares are offered if you are traveling with a companion. Reservations can be made online or by calling their toll-free number, +1 (800) 423-1618. If arriving on the Airbus, get off at the Santa Barbara stop (the Hyatt Hotel, 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd.) and take a taxi to the Upham from there. Dining We will be arranging for your lunches and one dinner during the meeting days; breakfast is included in the hotel rate and is available in the hotel lobby. Please let Karen know if you are vegetarian or have any dietary preferences or restrictions that we should take into consideration when arranging for the...

Leadership Workshop on Location Analytics in Business

Location Analytics in Business Hosted by the University of California Santa Barbara and Esri, Inc. Dates: December 11–13, 2017, at the Upham Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. 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 will prepare selected early-career researchers to do just that. Participants will interact with leading scholars in geographic information science and other related fields, and will lead breakout discussions on relevant subtopics. Benefits to participants include learning 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...