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

New Spatial Visitor: Carlos Carbonell Carrera

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 his.

The Lunch Incubator: A Spatial Data Hangout Recap

 

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 15!

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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“Light Our Minds On Fire!” A Spatial Lightning Talks 2019 Recap

Audience from SLT 2019
Mesmerized..

New space, same (but never old!) event, 2019’s Spatial Lightning Talks were one to remember. As they munched on sandwiches and pizza, our listeners from across campus were regaled with three-minute talks that ran the gamut, and that captured our attention for over an hour. Speakers had the challenge to present a new topic to the audience in only three minutes, after a which a loud (electronic) bell would stop their thought in its tracks – because it was question time!

Now it was the audience’s turn; two minutes to grill the speaker. Our favorite comment (in response to a talk about searching for nowhere — Point Nemo? Gurbantünggüt Desert? Or Nowhere, Oklahoma?): “Nowhere or Now here?”)

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We had students discussing their research: 

Aaron Bagnell: Clustering Water Masses to Overcome Local Sampling Biases

Others discussed their histories in terms of geographic units:

Thomas Hervey: Travel Spaces and their Stories

Professors from a diversity of departments (History; Religious Studies; Geography) spoke on topics of personal interest – race on college campuses, Buddhist symbols (maps) of the universe, the U.S./Canada border.

We had the opportunity to hear from visitors from the community as well: Skona Brittain, co-founder of SB Family School, about Space-Filling Curves, and Ken Dunkley, retired, on food labeling of country of origin, and its impacts on quality of food and on trade. 

Here is the full list of presenters:

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It was a treat to hear all of these wonderful presenters. Join us again for next year’s event!

If you are interested in presenting a 3-minute lightning talk at next year’s event, get in touch with Anagha anytime. Videos of this year’s talks will be posted on the Spatial Center website once they become available.

Spatial Lightning Talks 2019 — Is Here!

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies presents 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 a broad range of spatial topics. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to hear speakers from across campus and in the local community share their work and special interests. This year, we bring together an exciting line-up of speakers – see the 2019 program here. When: Tuesday, February 19, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 a.m. Where: Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, McCune Conference Room (6046 HSSB). See location on the interactive map of UCSB. Hope to see you there!

Announcing the Spatial Discovery III Conference

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. 
 
For more information, please contact Karen Doehner (kdoehner@spatial.ucsb.edu)

Call for Speakers: Spatial Lightning Talks 2019

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 1:15 p.m.; lunch will be served as of 11:45 a.m. Where: Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, McCune Conference Room, 6046 HSSB. 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 see http://spatial.ucsb.edu/lightning-talks/

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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