Hosted Conferences

Conferences hosted by the UCSB Center for Spatial Studies. International Conference on the Internet of Things The 8th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2018) hosted by the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara was held October 15–18, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. Read...

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...

spatial@ucsb welcomes Pyry Kettunen

Feb 9, 2018 • Categories: Highlight | News | Visitors

Pyry Kettunen is visiting the Center for Spatial Studies as a Fulbright Junior Scholar Feb–Jul 2018 for a research project on collaborative geospatial thinking. He is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) that is part of the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS-FI). He received his M.Sc. (Tech.) in Geoinformatics from Helsinki University of Technology in 2008 and D.Sc. (Tech.) in Geoinformatics from Aalto University School of Engineering in 2014. His studies included an exchange year at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, and four months as a visiting grant researcher at the LMC lab of the Université Paris Descartes. Kettunen’s research has concentrated on human spatial cognition of landmarks and wayfinding as well as on development and usability of varied kinds of cartographic applications. His current research interests include interpersonal spatial cognition, cartographic animation, and web maps. His personal interests are in endurance sports in nature, choir or group singing when possible, and arts in...

Minor in Spatial Studies

Course requirements Complete Course Listing Summer 2018 Course Listings Fall 2018 Course Listings View Minor flyer Please note: Geography majors are now eligible for the Minor in Spatial Studies. The Center for Spatial Studies is pleased to cooperate with the Department of Geography and the College of Letters and Science to provide advisory support for students seeking to complement their disciplinary majors with a Minor in Spatial Studies. Spatial Studies is framed as an interdisciplinary minor that recognizes the many disciplinary origins of innovations in spatial reasoning, representation, and analysis. All advising is now done through the Department of Geography. General information or document submission: General advising, 1834 Ellison Hall ; Academic advising: during fall quarter, 3512 Phelps Hall; or by appointment: Werner Kuhn. With upper-division courses from more than two-dozen disciplines listed for the minor, students can tap into a creative mix of ideas and tools to enhance their majors and career orientations with spatial perspectives. For the Minor in Spatial Studies, a student selects one of three focus areas that allies most clearly with his/her areas of disciplinary and/or career interest. These include: (a) Spatial Thinking, (b) Space and Place, and (c) Spatial Science. The curricula for these areas of study include a breadth of courses that reflect the pervasive nature of spatial reasoning across diverse fields of knowledge. Focus in Spatial Thinking The Spatial Thinking focus emphasizes spatial cognition and reasoning associated with problem solving and representation, and applications of both elementary and complex reasoning processes in different domains of human activity and knowledge development. This focus represents a concentration on the science of spatial learning at individual and societal levels, and on the mental associations that facilitate learning about and functioning within human and natural environments. Focus in Spatial Science The Spatial Science focus emphasizes the analysis and visualization of information, featuring courses that build methodological and technological competencies for documenting space-time patterns and processes about phenomena in the physical world as well as about behavior and its consequences in the human world. In the design disciplines (including some branches of engineering) the focus is on problem solving and product development that frequently entails the (re)arrangement of spatial entities and documentation of the consequences thereafter. Focus in Space and Place The Space and Place focus builds on courses that apply spatial reasoning and visualization in the humanities. Examples include creative and aesthetic renderings (e.g., stories, visualizations, sounds, and fine arts), the design of lived-in environments that reflect and accommodate human values and activities, the documentation and assessment of affinity to sense of place and region, and communication through use of spatial metaphor and spatialized languages. Geography W12 (Maps and Spatial Reasoning), the required common course for the minor, treats the...

Lightning Talks

Intended as an inspirational session, the Lightning Talks are a series of delicious, rapid-fire talks on spatially-flavored topics. Each presenter is allotted three minutes to develop a topic. This event is currently organized by Anagha Uppal. 2018 Lightning Talks View All Videos | View Program The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies hosted another great round of Spatial Lightning Talks, 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. Read the full summary of the event here. Keith Clarke: The Honda Point Disaster (video) Jeremy Douglass: Panelcode (video) Paul Wilson: Mapping Thomas (video) Joshua Kuntzman: UCSB Crossroads (video) Lily Cheng: Left Hand, Right Hand (video) James Caesar: Thomas Fire: Don’t Fight the Scenario (video) Thomas Crimmel: The Abridged History of the Digital Desktop (video) William Yim: Focus View all videos on YouTube: 2017 Lightning Talks View All Videos | View Flyer | View Program The sixth annual Lightning Talks event was held on Tuesday, February 28 at the Mosher Alumni House. In this fast-paced, hour-long event 16 speakers from across and beyond campus presented 3-minute talks falling under the broad theme of “space/spatial,” ranging in scope from drone mapping to smartphone organization, offshore wind energy planning, and a history of UCSB campus planning. The event, organized by Kitty Currier, was standing-room-only, with about 80 attendees from diverse departments campus wide, as well as from the local community. Dan Montello: The Un-Spatial Talk (video) Thomas Crimmel: Your Smartphone, Organize It (video) Elizabeth J. Hambleton: Acoustic Spatialization (video) Rui Zhu: IChing and Geography (video) Paul Wilson: The Geography in Cancer (video) James Caesar: UCSB Emergency Preparedness Programs (video) Dennis Whelan: A Lovely Mess– A Brief History of UCSB Campus Plans (video) John Loman: UCSB Communications Network Mapping and Documentation (video) Marc Mayes: Mysteries of a Breathing Biosphere (video) Frank Pendleton: Offshore Wind Energy Planning Waldo Tobler: A New Companion for Mercator Skona Brittain: Time for Space (video) Karly Marie Miller: Using Space As a Proxy for Time to Study Tourism and Fisheries (video) Daniel Phillips: Defining the Community of Interest as a Cognitive Region (video) William F. Yim: A Day in Ventura (video) Eduardo Romero : Drone Mapping (video) View all videos on YouTube: 2016 Lightning Talks View All Videos | View Program Fifteen speakers presented their work and perspectives in a 3-minute format, making the fifth annual Lightning Talks a great success. Crystal Bae organized...

Vertices Newsletter

Spatial@ucsb, The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies, is an innovative, university-wide resource and research center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Its mission is to facilitate the integration of spatial thinking into processes for learning and discovery in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, to promote excellence in engineering and applied sciences, and to enhance creativity in the arts and humanities. Spatial@ucsb is dedicated to promoting campus-wide, spatially related events, research, and teaching for all disciplines that share an interest in the importance of spatial thinking in science and in artistic endeavors, the development of spatial analytic tools, and the importance of place in society. Please browse this website to discover the many resources this project has to offer. News and events related to Spatial@ucsb are published in its newsletter, Vertices: Issue 9: New Initiatives Annual Specialist Meeting A Evolves to Spatial Un-Conference Spatial Discovery Project Spatial Coffee Hour New Personnel—Antonio Medrano Issue 8: New Visions New Visions—New Director Spatially Enabled Smart Places Transitions—Janelle Retires, Ballatore Replaces Outreach—4H GIS Project Issue 7: New Directions—New Co-Director Is There Life after Spatial? From spatial@ucsb to a Garden in Seattle Visiting Scholars Research Associates and Post-Docs International Spatial Cognition Summer Institute Freshman Seminar: Thinking Spatially in the Arts and Sciences Minor in Spatial Studies Issue 6: The End of An Era—And the Beginning of a New One Michael Goodchild Retires New Director of spatial@ucsb, Mary Hegarty A note from the New Director Minor in Spatial Studies Spatial Technology Lunch Discussions Freshman Seminar: Thinking Spatially in the Arts and Sciences Caves and Cognition: Exploring the Cave Experience from Multidisciplinary Perspectives Issue 5: LA-Plan: A Virtual Co-laboratory for Policy Analysis of the Greater Los Angeles Basin The End of An Era?And the Beginning of a New One Seek—Scale for Everyday Environmental Knowledge The Beginningof a New Era—A New Academic Minor in Spatial Studies Issue 4: Tools for Map Making Geography on a Motorcycle: The Guinea worm in Niger Goodchild—Accumulating Honors Summer Workshops Past and Future Issue 3: Introducing teachspatial.org. Where in the World is Mike Goodchild? Goodchild & Raubal Awarded NGA Grant Summer Workshops Past and Future Issue 2: A University Minor in Spatial Thinking? Spatial Help Desk Consultations Summer Workshops Spatial Pattern Analysis Summer Workshops Geographic Information Systems for Behavioral Research Geog 176A: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Issue 1: spatial@ucsb Inaugurated Marking the 120th...