spatial@ucsb.local2018: Poster and Plenary Session

Jun 6, 2018 • Categories: Event | Featured | spatial@ucsb.local

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Corwin Pavilion Invitation & Agenda Speakers Posters The annual spatial@ucsb.local2018 Poster and Plenary Session was held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Corwin Pavilion, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year’s theme for the event was Improving Information Accuracy for Extreme Events. Keynotes were delivered by Jessica White (Direct Relief International), Chris Renschler (Dept. of Geography, University at Buffalo), and Brian Heath (Ventura County Fire Department). Representatives from the private sector and industry and campus-wide academics in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and engineering programs were invited to showcase how spatial thinking facilitates research and creativity. A total of 53 posters were submitted for viewing. See agenda, speaker bios and abstracts, and a sampling of posters...

Report on Leadership Workshop on Location Analytics in Business

Apr 4, 2018 • Categories: Featured | News | Workshops

The final report from the Leadership Workshop on Location Analytics in Business is now posted and available to read here. This meeting was held at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara from January 31 to February 2, 2018. The motivation for this workshop originated in an effort by Esri to encourage greater use of location analytics in business, and to that end to engage with the discipline of information systems (IS) as a way of reaching an appropriate set of leaders in business education. Esri staff had made presentations at previous conferences of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) such as the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), and had been encouraged by the level of interest they observed in location analytics. Michael Gould of Esri and three faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB; Michael Goodchild, emeritus; Werner Kuhn; and Krzysztof Janowicz) began the process of planning a workshop to be held in Santa Barbara in early December 2017, with the aim of further developing strategies and building bridges between the IS and GIScience communities. An open call was issued, and invitations were advanced to a number of key individuals. In early December the Thomas Fire broke out and expanded rapidly across a wide area of Southern California, causing unhealthy levels of smoke in the Santa Barbara area, plus substantial risk that the fire would reach the city. The workshop had to be postponed at the last minute, and a new date of January 31 was announced. Unfortunately the new dates were impossible for some of the participants, leading to a workshop that was smaller than anticipated. However a very compelling set of presentations and extensive discussions occurred; this report is an account of the meeting and its conclusions. Read the full report here. The workshop was hosted by the Center for Spatial Studies at UCSB, and sponsored by...

spatial@ucsb.local2018: Call for Posters

Mar 21, 2018 • Categories: Event | Featured | spatial@ucsb.local

Submissions of demos or posters of research and creative works are invited for display at the annual spatial@ucsb.local2018 Poster and Plenary Session on Improving Maps for Extreme Events, which will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Corwin Pavilion. Representatives from the private sector and industry and campus-wide academics in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and engineering programs are invited to showcase how spatial thinking facilitates research and creativity. Although the theme this year is on Improving Maps for Extreme Events, posters reflecting some aspect of spatial thinking on any topic will be accepted. To reserve your space for a poster or to indicate your attendance and join us for lunch, please RSVP to Karen Doehner (kdoehner@spatial.ucsb.edu). Deadline for poster reservation is Monday, May...

Exploration Seminar in Spring 2018

Mar 21, 2018 • Categories: Education | Event | Featured | Freshman Seminars

Announcing the Spring 2018 Exploration Seminar: Thinking Spatially in the Arts and Sciences, open to first-year undergraduate students at UCSB. See flyer linked below. Exploration Seminar Spring 2018 [pdf] ● Explore spatial reasoning for problem solving (sciences), creative expression (arts), and interpretation (humanities) ● Learn how statistics, graphs, maps, and virtual reality aid learning, analysis, data visualization, discovery/solutions to socio-environmental problems, and space/place interpretation ● Arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering faculty illustrate spatial tools to integrate knowledge across disciplines More information on the Exploration Seminar...

Thank you to Spatial Lightning Talk 2018 presenters

Feb 13, 2018 • Categories: Event | Featured | Highlight | Lightning Talks | Photos

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. 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. 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...