Specialist Meetings

Our annual specialist meetings bring experts from academia and industry together to discuss a specific topic in depth. The proceedings of each event, including presentations and position papers, are made available online and stored in the Spatial Archives.

Leadership workshop on Location Analytics in Business
Location Analytics is the subset of Business Analytics that is concerned with gaining insights by analyzing the spatial component of business data. Leading retail, real estate, finance, manufacturing, and logistics firms, among others, implement location strategies to gain competitive advantage. Furthermore, a new generation of business researchers and educators is beginning to recognize location analytics as a distinctive professional specialty. The role of academics in this field can be to simplify location analysis, propose innovative new theories and methodologies, and educate business and technology leaders.
The Center for Spatial Studies, along with ESRI will hold a 4-day “leadership workshop on Location Analytics in Business” to be held on December 10–14, 2017, at the Upham Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. Read more.

Spatial Discovery II—2017
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In 2015, the UCSB Library and the Center for Spatial Studies received a private grant to study and address the challenges that libraries and researchers face in making research data discoverable via spatial metadata on diverse platforms and in a variety of environments. The goal of this project is an expanded awareness and adoption of spatial discovery and analysis in research and teaching, supported by novel library services.
Partnering in this project with the Center for Spatial Studies, the UCSB Library convened a second expert meeting, “Spatial Discovery II,” which was held at the Upham Hotel and the UCSB campus on May 11 and 12, 2017 in Santa Barbara.
Read more.

Universals and Variation in Spatial Referencing across Cultures and Languages—2016
Specialist Meeting on Universals and Variation in Spatial Referencing across Cultures and Languages. The meeting was sponsored by the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and held on December 7–9, 2016, at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA. Read more…
Spatial Discovery—2015
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Participants contributed expertise in Library Science, as well as knowledge pertaining to spatial information and relevant research on data-seeking behavior. Five keynote addresses as well as several plenary and break-out discussions explored the challenges, best practices, and potential strategies associated with the cross-platform discovery of spatial data in the context of modern libraries.
Read more.

Keynote PresentationsPositions PapersFinal Report

Spatial Search—2014
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Intense and focused discussions contributed toward the development of an interdisciplinary research agenda to advance spatial search for information from computational, geospatial, and cognitive perspectives. Read more.

Call for PapersPositions PapersFinal Report

Advancing the Spatially Enabled Smart Campus—2013
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December 11–12, 2013

“Advancing the Spatially Enabled Smart Campus”

This two-day meeting engaged academic and industry representatives with interest in conceiving, designing, and building a smart campus in a discussion of the Smart Campus.

Call for papersPositions PapersFinal report

Spatial Thinking Across the College Curriculum—2012
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SILC
December 10–11, 2012

“Spatial Thinking Across the College Curriculum”

This two-day specialist meeting discussed the challenges of spatial thinking in different disciplines, cognitive analyses of spatial thinking processes, and current best practices in educating spatial thinking.

Call for papersPositions PapersFinal Report

Future Directions in Spatial Demography—2011
Specialist Meeting on Future Directions in Spatial Demography

December 12–13, 2011

“Future Directions in Spatial Demography”

A two-day workshop for the presentation, discussion, and summarization of current challenges and opportunities for spatial demography

Call for papersPositions PapersFinal Report

Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks—2010
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December 13–14, 2010

“Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks”

A two-day workshop for the presentation, discussion, and summarization of current issues and opportunities on the topic of Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks was convened at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara. The primary presentations were as follows:

The social networking perspective (Kathleen Carley)

The geospatial perspective (Mike Goodchild)

The computational perspective (James Caverlee)

The visualization perspective (Shih-Lung Shaw)

The social perspective (Matt Zook)

Spatial
December 15–16, 2008

“Spatial Thinking in Science and Design”

Discussions of the potential of integrating design more fully into GIS, and over the development of curriculum in spatial thinking were the objectives of the two-day specialist meeting.
The central questions posed were:

“To what extent are the fundamental spatial concepts that lie behind GIS relevant in design?”
“To what extent can the fundamental spatial concepts of design be addressed with GIS?”
“Is it possible to devise a curriculum designed to develop spatial thinking in both GIS and design?”

The meeting was attended by 38 GIS and design specialists from the U.S. and Europe, and included a number of context-setting presentations and ample time for discussion in small groups. The group adjourned, agreeing to hold a follow-up discussion in January 2010, in Redlands, CA.

View the agenda

View the presentations

20th Anniversary of NCGIA—2008
20th Anniversary of NCGIA

December 10–12, 2008

20th Anniversary of NCGIA

UCSB Symposium

Marking the beginning of National Science Foundation funding for the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at its three sites, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Maine, December 1, 2008 represented the twentieth anniversary of NCGIA. In honor of this occasion, a symposium was held at which retrospective and prospective analyses of the work of NCGIA were reviewed.

View the agenda

View the presentations

View NCGIA memorabilia

Volunteered Geographic Information—2007
December 13–14, 2007

Volunteered Geographic Information

Spatial Data Science – Participants and Papers

Participants—Bio-sketches and Papers

NameAffiliation 
Benjamin AdamsDepartment of Geography
University of Canterbury
Bio/Perspective
Sean AhearnDepartment of Geography
Center for Analysis and Research of Spatial Information
Hunter College-CUNY
Bio/Perspective
Clio AndrisCity and Regional Planning
Interactive Computing
Georgia Tech
Bio/Perspective
Thomas Blaschke
Geoinformatics
University of Salzburg
Bio/Perspective
Justine Blanford
Department of Geography
Penn State
Bio/Perspective
Geoff Boeing
Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
University of Southern California
Bio/Perspective
Ling Cai
(student organizer)
STKO Lab
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Ekaterina EgorovaSwiss National Science FoundationBio/Perspective
Somayeh DodgeDepartment of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Christian Freksa
Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics
University of Bremen
Bio/Perspective
Mark GaheganComputer Science, Director
Centre for eResearch
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Bio/Perspective
Jing GaoAssistant Professor of Geospatial Data Science
University of Delaware
Bio/Perspective
Song GaoDepartment of Geography
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bio/Perspective
Rina GhoseGeography, Urban Studies
University. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Bio/Perspective
Konstadinos GouliasTransportation, Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Francis HarveyVisual Communication in Geography
University of Leipzig
Bio/Perspective
Brent HechtNorthwestern University and Microsoft ResearchBio/Perspective
Yingjie HuDepartment of Geography
University at Buffalo
Bio/Perspective
Krzysztof Janowicz(organizing committee)Department of Geography and Center for Spatial Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Karen KempEmerita of the Practice of Spatial Sciences
David Dornsife College of Letters
University of Southern California
Bio/Perspective
Yekaterina Kharitonova
(invited speaker)
Department of Computer Science
UCSB
Carsten KesslerDepartment of Planning
Aalborg University Copenhagen
Bio/Perspective
Werner Kuhn
(organizing committee)
Department of Geography and Center for Spatial Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Wenwen LiCyberinfrastructure and Computational Intelligence Lab (CICI)
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
Bio/Perspective
Alan MacEachrenGeoVISTA Center
Department of Geography
Penn State University
Bio/Perspective
Gengchen MaiSTKO Lab
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Bruno MartinsComputer Science and Engineering
University of Lisbon
Bio/Perspective
Grant McKenzieDepartment of Geography
McGill University
Bio/Perspective
Atsushi NaraSan Diego State UniversityBio/Perspective
Shawn NewsamElectrical Engineering, Computer Science
UC Merced
Bio/Perspective
Martin RaubalInstitute of Cartography and Geoinformation
ETH Zurich
Bio/Perspective
Shih-Lung ShawDepartment of Geography
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bio/Perspective
Shashi ShekharDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
Bio/Perspective
Josef StroblInterfaculty Department of Geoinformatics
University of Salzburg
Bio/Perspective
Behzad VahediCenter for Spatial Studies, Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Dalia VarankaResearch Physical Science
U.S. Geological Survey
Bio/Perspective
Judith VerstegenGeoinformatics
University of Münster
Bio/Perspective
Monica WachowiczCisco Innovation Chair in Big Data Analytics, NSERC/Cisco IRC in Mobility Analytics
New Brunswick
Bio/Perspective
Dawn WrightEnvironmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)Bio/Perspective
Yihong YuanDepartment of Geography
Texas State University
Bio/Perspective
Wei ZhaiUrban and Regional Planning
University of Florida
Bio/Perspective
Rui ZhuDepartment of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Alexander ZipfDepartment of Geography
University of Heidelberg
Bio/Perspective

Accommodations and Travel

Lodging

We have arranged for a block of rooms at discounted rates at the Upham Hotel, and we will pay for three nights in a standard single room. However, if you would like an upgraded room or would like to extend your stay for an early arrival or late departure, we will ask you to assume the extra cost.

Upham Hotel (www.uphamhotel.com)

1404 De La Vina St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 962-0058

(800) 727-0876

If you plan to stay at the Upham Hotel, please let Karen Doehner (kdoehner@spatial.ucsb.edu) know what your travel dates/times are and if you require an upgraded room. She will provide the hotel with a rooming list, and will need your request for lodging no later than Friday, November 15. At check-in, simply reference “spatial.” 

There is no need for you to call the hotel, it only duplicates their records and gets confusing.

Travel

All participants are expected to book their own round-trip travel to Santa Barbara and, upon arrival, to submit their receipts for reimbursement. Suggested travel dates are Sunday, December 8 and Wednesday afternoon, December 11.

The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) is about 8 miles from the hotel and is served by commuter affiliates of most major airlines. Airlines with flights to Santa Barbara are:

American Airlines 1 (800) 433-7300
Alaska Airlines 1 (800) 252-7522
Delta Airlines 1 (800) 221-1212
United Airlines 1 (800) 864-8331
US Airways 1 (800) 428-4322

The best way from the airport to the Upham is by taxi. If you do not fly directly into Santa Barbara, ground travel is available from LAX to Santa Barbara through the Santa Barbara Airbus (http://www.sbairbus.com/). Fares are cheaper when booked early, and discounted fares are offered if you are traveling with a companion. Reservations can be made online or by calling their toll-free number, +1 (800) 423-1618. If arriving on the Airbus, get off at the Santa Barbara stop (the Hyatt Hotel, 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd.) and take a taxi to the Upham from there.

Dining

We will be arranging for your lunches and possibly one dinner during the meeting days; breakfast is included in the hotel rate and is available in the hotel lobby. Please let Karen know if you are vegetarian or have any dietary preferences or restrictions that we should take into consideration when arranging for the meals.

Reimbursement

Reimbursement

We offer support for your trip ($700 for domestic, $1200 for international travel), as well as lodging for three nights at the Upham Hotel. Please confirm your acceptance of this invitation by Friday, September 20. Please be aware that the University of California travel reimbursement policy requires that all travel be done by economy class on U.S. carriers (unless not available), and that full documentation of travel itinerary and payment be provided. Please be prepared to present these documents, as well as your boarding passes. Reimbursements will be processed upon receiving the required documentation from you. Karen Doehner can accept your documents during the meetings, or if you prefer to mail them later, please mail to: Karen Doehner Department of Geography-4060 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060

Required Documentation for Travel Reimbursement
  • Travel Reimbursement Form (completed, w/ traveler’s signature and mailing address) Please note, university policy requires an original signature, and scanned documents cannot be accepted.
  • Travel itinerary
  • Proof of payment
  • Boarding passes
  • All original receipts related to travel (parking, airbus, taxi, train)
  • Original itemized receipts for any food consumed during transit
  • If personal car is used, miles traveled, license plate number, liability insurance
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, copies of passport picture page and visa page, or copy of green card will be required, as well as an Immigration Status Form.

2019 Spatial Data Science Symposium

Spatial Data Science Symposium

“Setting the Spatial Data Science Agenda”

December 9–11, 2019

 

Upham Hotel (https://www.uphamhotel.com/)

Santa Barbara, California

Motivation

Space and time matter not only for the obvious reason that everything happens somewhere and at some time, but because knowing where and when things happen is critical to understanding why and how they happened or will happen. Spatial data science is concerned with the representation, modeling, and simulation of spatial processes, as well as with the publication, retrieval, reuse, integration, and analysis of spatial data. It generalizes and unifies research from fields such as geographic information science, geoinformatics, geo/spatial statistics, remote sensing, and transportation studies, and fosters the application of methods developed in these fields to outside disciplines ranging from the social to the physical sciences. In doing so, research on spatial data science must  address a variety of new challenges that relate to the diversity of the utilized data and the underlying conceptual models from various domains, the opportunistic reuse of existing data, the scalability of its methods, the support of users not familiar with the language and methods of traditional geographic information systems, the reproducibility of its results that are often generated by complex chains of methods, the uncertainty arising from the use of its methods and data, the visualization of complex spatiotemporal processes and data about them, and, finally, the data collection, analysis, and visualization playing out in near real-time. Spatial data science does not only utilize advanced techniques from fields such as machine learning or big data storage and retrieval, but it also contributes back to them. Recent work, for instance, has shown that spatially-explicit machine learning methods substantially outperform more general data when applied to spatial data even though this spatial component may seem of secondary importance at first glance.

Co-sponsored by Esri, the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara is hosting a symposium entitled “Setting the Spatial Data Science Agenda.” The meeting will bring together academic and industry representatives from fields such as geographic information science, geoinformatics, geo/spatial statistics, remote sensing, and transportation studies, with interest in setting an interdisciplinary research agenda to advance spatial data science methods and practice, both from scientific and engineering viewpoints. We also invite experts from related fields and those that are producers or users of spatial data in the social and physical sciences.

Goals

Instead of being restricted by a historically grown partition into small and overlapping communities that deal with spatial data in one way or the other, the overarching goal of this symposium is to put spatial data science at the forefront of a unified field that explores the current research and application landscape to define an agenda for spatial data science for the next 10 years.

Means 

About 35 invited and funded experts from academia and industry will convene to share and develop visions, insights, and best practices. Plenary presentations and intense exchanges in small breakout discussion groups offer opportunities for knowledge transfer.

Call for Applications 

To apply, please submit a one-page, paragraph-style bio with a photograph and a short two-page position paper (in PDF format), discussing your perspective on the subject by August 23, 2019. Participants will be selected by the organizing committee and notified of their acceptance by September 9. Our goal is to achieve a balance of participants from a variety of disciplines and from different career levels. Hence, we especially encourage early-career (including graduate students) participants from both the industry and academia to apply. We will cover the full expense of accommodations and reimburse travel expenses up to $1,200 for international participants and $700 for domestic. 

The meeting will be held at the Upham Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara on Dec. 9–11; suggested travel days are Dec. 8 and the afternoon of Dec. 11.

Please see http://spatial.ucsb.edu for more information. 

Submit your application directly to Karen Doehner <kdoehner@spatial.ucsb.edu>.

Please feel free to contact Krzysztof Janowicz <janowicz@ucsb.edu> if you have questions about the event or the call for applications.

Spatial Discovery III – Participants and Papers

Participants—Bio-sketches and Papers


All position papers and bios [pdf]

NameAffiliation 
Kristin AntelmanUniversity Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Chris BarnettTufts UniversityBio/Perspective
Wade Bishop
School of Information Sciences
University of Tennessee
Bio/Perspective
Tom BrittnacherGeospatial Data Curation, Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Julien BrunNational Center for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis (NCEAS)
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Susan BurtnerDepartment of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Swati ChattopadhyayDepartment of History of Art and Architecture
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Thomas CrimmelDepartment of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Daniel FentonArcGIS Hub
ESRI
Bio/Perspective
Marcel FortinMap and Data Library
University of Toronto
Bio/Perspective
Niklas GriessbaumBren School of Environmental Science & Management
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Karl GrossnerWorld History Center
University of Pittsburgh
Bio/Perspective
Katherine HartGeography and Map Division Reading Room
Library of Congress
Bio/Perspective
Marten HogewegESRIBio/Perspective
Jon JablonskiMap & Imagery Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Krzysztof JanowiczDepartment of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Michael JohnsonDepartment of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Tomi KauppinenAalto Online Learning
Aalto University
Bio/Perspective
Werner Kuhn
(organizing committee)
Department of Geography
Center for Spatial Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Sara LafiaCenter for Spatial Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Christina LastUniversity of BristolBio/Perspective
Gengchen MaiSTKO Lab
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Bruno MartinsComputer Science and Engineering Department
University of Lisbon
Bio/Perspective
Erin MutchUniversity Library
University of California, Merced
Bio/Perspective
Nathan PiekielekTechnological Innovations and Digital Services Library
Pennsylvania State University
Bio/Perspective
Susan PowellGIS and Map Library UC BerkeleyBio/Perspective
Chrissy RissmeyerUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Mark SchildhauerNational Center for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis (NCEAS)
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Katja SeltmannCheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER)
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
André SkupinCenter for Information Convergence and Strategy
San Diego State University
Bio/Perspective
Julie Sweetkind-SingerGeographic and Cartographic Services
Banner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections
Stanford University
Bio/Perspective
Joshua WellsIndiana University South BendBio/Perspective
Amy WorkUniversity Library
UC San Diego
Bio/Perspective

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)

Spatial Discovery III

Spatial Discovery III

Discovery III, the third and final specialist meeting on the topic of spatial discovery, marks the culmination of research and prototyping efforts to make research data discoverable by location. The meeting will expand discussions from the prior meeting held in May 2017, with the substantial new turn toward discovery in topic spaces. Recent developments at UCSB include experimentation with the expansion of visualization in ArcGIS Online to topic spaces and the propelling of research data curation efforts on campus through an NSF-supported pilot project. In addition to sharing and discussing research and development, the meeting seeks to discuss future prospects for enabling spatial discovery in a university library setting. Building on the productive disciplinary mixes of the 2015 and 2017 meetings,  librarians will again meet with GIS and information retrieval experts.

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