New Assistant Specialist: Georgios Technitis

Apr 29, 2016 • Categories: News

The Center for Spatial Studies welcomes Georgios Technitis to its team as an Assistant Specialist. He is interested in SMART applications of GIS methods and remote sensing techniques in the fields of movement ecology, natural hazards and climate change monitoring. His passion for microelectronics and virtual reality technology gave him extensive industrial R&D experience in product design and development. Indoors/outdoors localization solutions, wireless sensor networks and behavior monitoring services are few keywords of his work. Technitis’ main involvement lies in feasibility studies, advanced product quality planning, benchmarking, and validation processes. A geographer by training (Harokopio University of Athens, Upper Class Honors), Technitis completed his specialization in Geo-Informatics at the National Technical University of Athens (Valedictorian M.Sc. 2008–2010). He is currently completing his Ph.D.in the field of GIScience at University of...

Job Announcement: Assistant Specialist

Mar 2, 2016 • Categories: News

ASSISTANT SPECIALIST Center for Spatial Studies Geography Department Area of Specialization: Geographic Information Science Job Announcement Flyer The Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking an Assistant Specialist who will assist the director in research on spatially enabled discovery of library resources. This research involves designing and implementing spatial discovery mechanisms for research data, through their geographic footprint, as well as through their thematic properties and associations with publications. The work will extend an existing experimental open data platform, with the goal of augmenting library research tools. The candidate will also initiate and carry out the development of software demonstrators for the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory (IRC). The IRC needs to attract campus researchers by demonstrable benefits in terms of discovering, sharing, integrating, and analyzing research data. The research required involves working with domain scientists in archaeology, the digital humanities, and ecology (primarily) to develop use cases and demonstrations built around their data and research questions. The candidate will assist in a variety of research management tasks, including identifying pertinent speakers for the bi-weekly ThinkSpatial brown bag, planning quarterly interdisciplinary coffee hours to address solicitations for research proposals, and co-organizing a researcher meeting to be held in Fall 2016. Basic qualifications: the candidate should possess a M.S. in Geographic Information Science or a related field; working knowledge of GIS (ArcGIS in particular, but also open source products), programming in Python and/or Java, and experience in interdisciplinary project work. The appointment is for three months (April 1 to June 30, 2016) at 100%. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales and dependent upon qualifications. Applicants should submit: 1) cover letter describing your research interests and relevant experience, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for 2 references including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers. Submit applications electronically at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00682 You may address questions to: Dr. Werner Kuhn (kuhn@geog.ucsb.edu); please include Assistant Specialist: Center for Spatial Studies in the subject line of the email. All application materials must be received by the close date of March 02, 2016. For additional information on the Center for Spatial Studies, go to http://spatial.ucsb.edu The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by...

ACM video: Andrea Ballatore on map personalization

Nov 30, 2015 • Categories: News | Research

Andrea Ballatore (UCSB) and Michela Bertolotto (University College Dublin) published an article entitled “Personalizing Maps” in the December issue of Communications of the ACM. To accompany it, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has produced a video documentary featuring the Center for Spatial Studies and Andrea Ballatore: Article in Communications of the ACM  –  Open Access author copy Abstract: Geographic maps constitute a ubiquitous medium through which we understand, construct, and navigate our natural and built surroundings. At the intersection of the explosion of geographic information online, data-mining techniques, and the increasing popularity of Web maps, a novel possibility has emerged: Instead of generating one map for large numbers of users, user profiling and implicit feedback analysis can support creation of a different map for each person. The automated personalization of the map-making process is still in its infancy but has the potential to provide more relevant maps to millions of users worldwide....