Limes – Who? What? When? Where? Why? A ThinkSpatial Recap

The Spatial Center was glad to invite Grant McKenzie, one of Geography’s own graduates, back from the chill of Montreal for a visit and talk on March 5. Formerly from the STKO lab, Grant is interested in how geographic information has a role to play in the study of the the intersection of information technology and society and what we can understand about human behavior.

At the Center, he presented some early exploration he and his group were doing on scooters as a form of public transportation. Here, he asked the audience if anyone frequently used Lime to get around (just one?!):

Engaging participants across disciplines -- Public Scooters
Engaging participants across disciplines — Public Scooters

This analysis led to a discussion about Lime’s function for users as a replacement for or adjacent to bike sharing and other form of shared economy transport means.

Introducing the Subject - Grant McKenzie
Introducing the Subject – Grant McKenzie

One of the takeaways? It looks like (in DC) bikes are used for commute (such as to and from work), whereas scooters are used for quick, short trips (average duration of just 5 minutes!).

Grant

 

ThinkSpatial: Linda Adler-Kassner

thinkspatial_logo On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Spatial Thinking as a Heuristic:

Shaping Learning about Teaching

Linda Adler-Kassner

University of California Santa Barbara

Director, Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education
University of California, Santa Barbara

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)

Abstract:

Teaching is a complex activity, especially for faculty members who are experts in their disciplines. Faculty members need to take into account a number of complex concepts associated with contexts for teaching and learning, disciplinary identities, representational practices, and students and their identities in order to make learning accessible. At the same time, the ways in which these ideas need to be considered are themselves areas of learning. Adler-Kassner will discuss how spatial thinking can serve as a visual metaphor for facilitating faculty members’ thinking about learning. As a faculty member whose research is bound up with contributing to a research-based teaching culture in our research university, she will describe the evolution of a spatial model intended to facilitate others’ thinking about epistemologically inclusive teaching. Since attendees are “also” teaching, feedback and discussion about the idea of spatial thinking as a heuristic will also be encouraged.

Bio: Linda Adler-Kassner is Professor of Writing Studies; Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning; and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Letters and Science. Her research focuses broadly on how literacy is defined, taught, and assessed in disciplinary contexts, and on implications of those definitions for students, for teaching, and for public policy. Adler-Kassner is author, co-author, or co-editor of 11 books and more than 50 articles and book chapters and worked with faculty across the country on issues associated with teaching and learning. She has served as President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and board member of the National Council of Teachers of English. 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 Twitter | Google+ | Google Calendar

ThinkSpatial: Grant McKenzie

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On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Scooter-pocalypse: The When, Where, and Why of Scooter-sharing Services

Grant McKenzie

McGill University

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)

 

Abstract:

We are currently in the midst of a technology-induced revolution in transportation. Ride-hailing services, short-term car rentals, and autonomous vehicles are altering the transportation status-quo. Within this environment, electric, short-term, scooter-sharing services are experiencing explosive growth and adoption in urban centers. Presented as a solution to the last-mile problem, privately funded scooter-share companies have inundated urban centers so quickly that municipal governments are struggling to evaluate the impacts on existing services, determine legality, and assess citizen safety. In much the same way that ride-hailing platforms are disrupting traditional taxi services, the introduction of this new mode of short-trip travel is shifting both public perception and actual usage of existing transportation systems. In this talk McKenzie will present ongoing work on exploring the nuanced spatial and temporal activity patterns of scooter-sharing services, contrasting them with government-funded bike-sharing and traditional motorized vehicle usage. In addition, he will discuss the sociodemographic divide in scooter usage in Washington, D.C. through a spatial lens.

Bio:

Grant McKenzie is an Assistant Professor of Geoinformatics in the Department of Geography at McGill University. Prior to this appointment, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park and an affiliate faculty in the Center for Geospatial Information Science. At McGill, McKenzie leads the Platial Analysis Lab, an interdisciplinary research group that works at the intersection of information science and behavioral geography. Much of his work examines how human activities vary within and between local neighborhoods and global communities. This has driven his applied interests in financial accessibility, geoprivacy, and micro-mobility services as well as the broader role that GIScience plays at the intersection of information technologies and society. McKenzie is a founding member of the Seattle-based start-up consultancy Spatial Development International and has worked as a data scientist and software developer for a range of NGOs and leading technology companies.

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.

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ThinkSpatial: Wolfgang Maaß

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On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Tapping into the Human Data Space:
Predicting the Treatment Success of Obese Children

Wolfgang Maaß

Saarland University

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)

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Abstract:

Childhood obesity is an increasingly pervasive problem. Traditional therapy programs are time- and cost-intensive. Furthermore, success of therapy is often not guaranteed. Typically, therapeutic success is determined by comparison of body mass index (BMI) before and after a therapy. We present a Data-analytical approach that provides predictions of future BMI changes before conducting a therapy. Parameters like age as well as heart rate during a standardized
exercise are considered. By predicting outcomes of a therapy, healthcare practitioners could personalize standard therapies and improve the outcome. We collected data from randomized clinical trial and trained Machine Learning models to estimate whether BMI will decrease after therapy with 85% accuracy. Accuracy of predictions is compared with domain experts’ predictions. Further, we present empirical results of the domain experts’ perception regarding the
proposed information system. The resulting system provides positive evidence as a tool for personalized medicine.

Bio:

Wolfgang Maaß is a professor in Business Informatics and professor in Computer Science (co-opted) at Saarland University, scientific director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and adjunct professor at Stony Brook University, Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, NY. He studied Computer Science at the RWTH Aachen and the Saarland University. His Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Saarland University was funded by the German
National Science Foundation (DFG). He was post-doc researcher at the Institute of Technology Management (ITEM) and Media and Communications Management Institute (MCM) at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland where he also received his habilitation by the Department of Management. Previously he was lecturer at the University of St. Gallen and professor of media and computer science at Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, Germany. He was guest professor at the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, TX and at the Department for Biomedical Informatics at Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, NY. In his research, he investigates the transformation of industries by applying methods of Artificial Intelligence.

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.

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ThinkSpatial: Markus Hoffman

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On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Quantum Computing @Google

Markus Hoffman

Google

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)

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Abstract:

Google AI Quantum is advancing quantum computing by developing quantum processors and novel quantum algorithms to help researchers and developers solve near‐term problems both theoretical and practical. Believing that quantum computing will help us develop the innovations of tomorrow, including AI, we are committed to building dedicated quantum hardware and software today. Quantum computing is a new paradigm that will play a big role in accelerating tasks for AI. We want to offer researchers and developers access to open source frameworks and computing power that can operate beyond classical capabilities.

This talk will provide an overview of Quantum Computing from theory, down to hardware and potential future realworld use cases.

Bio:

Markus Hoffman received his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg in 2013. He has been working in the geographic information industry since 2005, joined the Google Maps team in 2014, and currently runs the Global Quantum Computing Practice in Google Cloud.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/‐markushoffmann

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.

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ThinkSpatial: Elisabete Silva

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On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Coming Home to the Land of Dynamic Spatial Analysis and Simulation:

Adaptive Planning Policy and Practice in a Seamless and Fast-Moving Digital World

Elisabete Silva

Reader, Spatial Planning, Department of Land Economy

Director, Lab of Interdisciplinary Spatial Analysis, LISA Lab

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)

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Abstract:
This presentation links theory and practice of planning, planning support systems and dynamic modelling in order to build the argument that new planning policy requires adaptive planning and models that go beyond static snapshots of analysis and scenarios.

This move toward adaptive planning policy requires dynamic spatial models that produce multiple simulation scenarios through time & space that engage the public and the decision maker in the production of such results. By doing so, it requires a new practice of spatial planning, it questions the idea of certainty (proposing elasticity, the 75% confidence level for short term analysis and the 10% efficiency gain in certain policy contexts as best practice deliverables for spatial planning); it also requires a new vision for the legal and institutional framework of current planning policy and practice as well as the production of spatial plans. Ultimately it links dynamic spatial analysis with data science and complexity theory in order to develop Adaptive Planning Theory and Policy.

The talk will present the context of today’s theory and practice in spatial dynamic simulation and will describe models developed during the past 25+ years as a way to evaluate the importance of adaptive planning policy in this new digital world. It will also question the current practice of both equation base and rule base modelling in the development of dynamic simulation and spatial analysis and will discuss the new contributions towards dynamic metrics, new calibration approaches, the key role of validation and cross-validation and the role of past and new data sets in a ‘smart-city’ policy context.

Bio:

Elisabete Silva has a research track record of approximately 20+ years, both at the public and private sector. Her research interests are centred on the application of new technologies to spatial planning in particular city and metropolitan dynamic modelling through space/time. The main subject areas include: land use change, transportation and spatial plans and policy, the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Spatial Analysis, Dynamic Simulation (in particular using CA and ABM) and New Technologies applied to Planning contexts.  She is the co-author of the Ashgate book, planner’s encounter with complexity (2010); The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods (2014); Comprehensive Geographic Information Systems (3): “GIS Applications for Socio-Economics and Humanity,” Elsevier. Main Editor Bo Huang, Volume 3 Editors: Kai Cao and Elisabete A. Silva (2017).

Website: www.landecon.cam.ac.uk/directory/esilva

Email: es424@cam.ac.uk

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.

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Brownbags 2017-2018

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The UCSB Brownbag Forum on Spatial Thinking

 

Informal noon-time presentations that feature theories, concepts, tools, and applications for spatial thinking across disciplines, including the natural and the social sciences, as well as the humanities. Presentations will take place at the Center for Spatial Studies, Phelps 3512, 12:00–1:00 pm.

Schedule 2017–2018

DateSpeaker/Topic
March 6, 2018Tim DeVries
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Assimilating Spatial Data into a Global Ocean Model

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February 20, 2018Pyry Kettunen
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI)

How to Strengthen Technological Support for Wayfinding and Spatial Communication with Context-Dependent Landmarks and Geo-Pictures

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February 6, 2018Edzer Pebesma
Institute for Geoinformatics
University of Muenster

How can units of measurement improve spatial data science?

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January 30, 2018Vena Chu
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

Hydrologic Dynamics of the Greenland Ice Sheet

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November 21, 2017Alexander Franks
Department of Statistics
University of California, Santa Barbara

From Pixels to Points: Using Tracking Data to Measure Performance in Professional Sports

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November 14, 2017Amr El Abbadi
Department of Computer Science
University of California, Santa Barbara

LocBorg: Location Privacy while Preserving Online Persona

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October 31, 2017Clodoveu Davis
Computer Science Department
Universidade Federal de Minas Gervais

Spatial Integrity Constraints from Conceptual Modeling and their support in Spatially-extended DBMSs

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October 10, 2017Matto Mildenberger
Department of Political Science
University of California, Santa Barbara

The Spatial Distribution of U.S. Climate and Energy Beliefs

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ThinkSpatial: Qinghua Ding

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On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Recent Slow Melt of Arctic Summer Sea Ice caused by Tropical SST Changes

Qinghua Ding

Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)

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Abstract:
Qinghua DingArctic sea ice in September, the minimum observed area each year, is very sensitive to global climate variability. Thus, the abrupt decline of this minimum area since the 1980s has been viewed as a “canary in the coalmine” of human-caused climate change in the Arctic. However, over the recent decade the rate of decline has slowed to a near-zero change. This shift in the rate of sea-ice decline cannot be fully explained by the steady increase of greenhouse gas emissions over the same period. Here we show that this slow-down may be due to internal variability of sea surface temperatures in the Eastern tropical Pacific that generate atmospheric circulation change reaching the Arctic. This change in the Arctic atmosphere has resulted in abnormal, abrupt warming from the early 2000s to 2012 and relative cooling in the recent years in the Arctic that can partially enhance and mask the effects of human-induced warming during the corresponding periods. Given the importance of this internal process in driving the Arctic climate on low–frequency time scales, a better understanding of its underlying mechanisms will improve future projections of Arctic climate..

Bio: Qinghua Ding received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in 2008. His Ph.D. work was to understand the Asian monsoon variability over the last 60 years and its linkage with global circulation variability. In 2010 he started to work at University of Washington as Research Associate on developing an isotope-enabled global climate model and understanding the recent climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic from the perspective of climate dynamics. He found that the recent warming trends in the Arctic and Antarctic are partly attributed to a tropical SST-related natural variability. He joined the Polar Science Center in 2014 and accepted a faculty position at UCSB in 2016. For future research, his focus is on exploring polar-lower latitude connections in the past 1000 years by using atmosphere-ocean-ice fully coupled GCMs, isotope-enabled GCMs and paleo-climate proxy data. The ultimate goal is to provide more reliable projections of the polar climate response to anthropogenic climate forcing.

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.

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ThinkSpatial: Kate McDonald

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On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

The Accidental Digital Humanist: The Bodies and Structures Project and the Challenge of Spatial Humanities

Kate McDonald

Department of History
University of California, Santa Barbara

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)

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Abstract:
Kate McDonaldKate McDonald is excited to share a digital spatial history project, Bodies and Structures: Deep-Mapping the Spaces of Japanese History, which she is currently developing with her colleague David Ambaras (History, NC State). Bodies and Structures is a platform for researching and teaching the spatial histories of Japan, its empire, and the larger worlds of which they were a part. It begins from the premise that space and place are fundamental to humanistic inquiry. It unfolds into a method of writing spatial histories that reveal the multiple topologies of historical experience rather than a chronology of spatial thought or territorial transformation.
The talk will introduce the site and the intellectual stakes of the project. In particular, she will focus on two themes: (a) how she started with a plan to write a new kind of spatial history and ended up knee-deep in the digital humanities; and (b) why, after two years into the project, she argues that the spatial humanities need a digital platform like Bodies and Structures.

There will be time to explore and discuss the site — please bring your laptop in addition to your lunch!

Bio: Kate McDonald is Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan (University of California Press, 2017) and co-director of the Bodies and Structures: Deep-Mapping the Spaces of Japanese History project.

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.

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ThinkSpatial: Timothy Devries

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On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Assimilating Spatial Data into a Global Ocean Model

Timothy Devries

Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)

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Abstract:
Timothy DevriesThe circulation of the ocean plays a major role in controlling Earth’s climate, but most global ocean circulation models have significant errors and biases, making their predictions suspect. This talk presents a way to correct these biases by assimilating large spatial datasets of oceanographic observations into a global ocean circulation model. I will discuss what observations can be used to correct model biases, how these are assimilated into the model, and give some examples of how the data-assimilated model can be applied to simulate ocean processes.

Bio: Timothy received his PhD at UC Irvine in Earth System Science in 2010, and completed his postdoctoral training at UCLA. Since 2014, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at UCSB. His research interests include the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle, the cycling of nutrients and trace metals in the ocean, and ocean heat uptake. His research tools include numerical models, data assimilation, probabilistic models, and machine learning.

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.

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