Announcing the Spatial Discovery III Conference

Jan 15, 2019 • Categories: Event | Featured | Specialist Meetings

Dates: May 1-3, 2019 Location: Upham Hotel   This third and final specialist meeting on the topic of spatial discovery marks the culmination of prototyping efforts to make research data discoverable on diverse platforms and in a variety of environments. This meeting will expand discussions from the prior meeting held in May 2017, with the substantial new turn toward GIS-enabled search in topic spaces. Exciting recent developments at UCSB include experimentation with the expansion of spatial search in ArcGIS Online to topic spaces and the strengthening of research data curation efforts on campus through an NSF-supported pilot project. In addition to sharing research and development results from UCSB, this meeting seeks to bring together librarians with GIS and information retrieval experts to discuss future prospects for enabling spatial discovery in a university library setting. This meeting will also discuss challenges and opportunities for spatial discovery in the context of environmental and ecological research data management in particular. For more information, please contact Karen Doehner...

Call for Speakers: Spatial Lightning Talks 2019

Dec 10, 2018 • Categories: Event | Featured | Lightning Talks

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 1:00 p.m.; lunch will be served as of 11:45 a.m. Where: Mosher Alumni House, 2nd Floor Alumni Hall 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...

Call for Visitors

Dec 5, 2018 • Categories: Featured | Highlight | Research | Visitors

Welcoming New Applications! The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies invites interested scholars, instructors, postdoctoral researchers, and interns to apply to become a visitor with the Spatial Center. Details are available through this...

ThinkSpatial: Wolfgang Maaß

Dec 4, 2018 • Categories: Event | Featured | ThinkSpatial

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) Flyer 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. Follow spatial@ucsb on Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Google...

Spatial Tech Lunch: Jeff Onsted & Nathaniel Roth

Nov 18, 2018 • Categories: Event | Featured | Spatial Tech Lunch

On Wednesday, November 28, 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 here by Monday, November 26. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided.   Science and Spatial Technology at the California Department of Conservation Jeffrey Onsted and Nathaniel Roth   Abstract: The California Department of Conservation’s scientists and engineers are dedicated to balancing today’s needs with tomorrow’s obligations by fostering the wise use and conservation of energy, land, and mineral resources. Our spatial technologies support this work by enabling us to collect, store, analyze, visualize, report, and share data on the state’s resources and serves as a core ingredient to discharging our regulatory, advisory, and conservation responsibilities. Whether mapping the state’s geology and geologic risks, identifying changes within the state’s agricultural spaces, managing portions of the state’s carbon portfolio, or regulating the California’s mineral and petroleum extraction industries, high quality spatial data is essential to meeting our mandates. With very few exceptions, all of our spatial data is either available now or will be in the very near future. Nathaniel Roth, Geographic Information Officer, California Department of Conservation, Ph.D. Geography, UC Davis,  2016; M.A. Geography, UC Davis 2012; B.S., Environmental Biology & Management, UC Davis 2000 Jeff Onsted, Chief Science Adviser, California Department of Conservation, Ph.D. Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 2007; M.A. Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 2002; B.A. Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego,...

ThinkSpatial: Markus Hoffman

Oct 31, 2018 • Categories: Event | Featured | ThinkSpatial

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) Flyer 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. Follow spatial@ucsb on Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Google...