Save the Date: Tangible Space

Apr 12, 2019 • Categories: Event | Featured | News

Put aside your thoroughly cerebral notions of space and spatial change. Space is three-dimensional and in the real world, and this event will bring that dimensionality to the forefront. You will want to block out some time on your calendar for next month to join us for this one-of-a-kind demonstration. Date: May 14 Time: 12-3 pm Details...

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

Mar 12, 2019 • Categories: Event | News | Recap | ThinkSpatial

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?!): 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. 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!)....

Save the Date: Spatial Hangouts 2

Mar 12, 2019 • Categories: Event | News | Spatial Data Science Hangout

Dear all, After a successful first Spatial Data Science Hangout, we would like to run a follow-up on Monday March 18, 2019 from 12-1pm. We got a lot of positive feedback form many of you but even more importantly several useful suggestions on how to change the formula for the hangout and we will implement them for next week. We will also have a light lunch available for you. Finally, you can also join our slack channel if you plan to regularly participate in the hangout series:...

ThinkSpatial: Linda Adler-Kassner

Mar 7, 2019 • Categories: Event | News | ThinkSpatial

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...

New Spatial Visitor: Carlos Carbonell Carrera

Mar 1, 2019 • Categories: Featured | News | Visitors

The Center for Spatial Studies is happy to announce the arrival of a visitor to the center, Carlos Carbonell Carrera (March-June, 2019). Carbonell is an Associate Professor of Surveying, Mapping, Geographic Information Systems and Land Information Technologies in the Department of Techniques and Projects in Engineering and Architecture (Area of knowledge of Cartographic, Geodetic and Photogrammetric Engineering) at the La Laguna University, Spain. He earned an M.Sc. degree in Surveying Engineering in 1992 from Madrid Polytechnic University, Master in Geographic Information Systems in 2005 from Girona University and a Ph.D. in Engineering in 2011 from La Laguna University. Carbonell has previously held two international research stays at the University of Life Sciences and Environment (Iasi, Romania in 2016) and Temple University (Philadelphia, 2018), conducting studies on geospatial thinking with 3D technologies. He has also performed short research stays within the Erasmus + program of the European Commission in Italy, Romania, Poland, Belgium, and Finland. Sponsored by a grant from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain within the mobility stays program for professors and researchers in foreign centers of higher education and research, Carbonell is visiting the Center for Spatial Studies at UCSB during the months March, April, and May 2019.  His research interests focus on the improvement of spatial orientation skill and the study of new media and Geographic Information Technologies for the development of innovative teaching methodologies in the field of Surveying, GIS, and Mapping. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Carbonell to campus! He will be working at 3512 Phelps Hall during his stay–please feel free to contact him — ccarbone@ull.edu.es — if your research interests intersect with...

The Lunch Incubator: A Spatial Data Hangout Recap

Feb 27, 2019 • Categories: Event | News | Recap | Spatial Data Science Hangout

  What a treat it was to host the Center for Spatial Studies’ first Spatial Data Science hangout. Almost 30 usually dispersed graduate students crept out from their hiding places into the bright of day this Tuesday, having heard the call of an informal gathering of spatial data scientists. Initially smelling the hor d’oeuvres from C’est Cheese, they stayed to hear Dr. Janowicz propose two moonshot ideas to advance the field of Spatial Data Science. If we want to make Spatial Data Science a field with a vision, he imagines, we need a big, crazy idea to drive towards. What could that idea be? How about a Geo-Turing test: say a user asks a GIS question of a machine and is unable to tell the difference between a machine’s and a GIS analyst’s results? Or, as another crazy idea, how about detecting and resolving spatial trends of civil destruction, before the Great Filter is upon us? Students then hopped into the mingling space to grab some Mediterranean food and discuss the ideas they’d just heard. What more was there to learn and do? What next could be done? Inter-lab discussion brought a chance to catch up with old friends and get new ways to think about these topics.   We plan to host many more productive discussions on a monthly or a bi-weekly basis by bringing together bright young minds in a space with some brain food and a provocative thought.   If you were unable to make it and are dreaming of the pita, or have ideas for topics of discussion, please contact janowicz@ucsb.edu or join the Spatial Data Slack channel.   Join us for Spatial Data Hangout 2 on March...