New Spatial Visitor: Weiming Huang

The Center for Spatial Studies is happy to announce the arrival of a visitor to the center, Weiming Huang (September-November, 2019)

Weiming Huang is a Ph.D. student in Geographical Information Science at Lund University, Sweden. His research topic is “Knowledge-based geospatial data integration and visualization with Semantic Web technologies.” His research interests span geospatial semantic web, geospatial semantics, data integration, data visualisation, and machine learning.

His work can be explored at: https://www.nateko.lu.se/weiming-huang

Please join us in welcoming Weiming to campus! He will be working at 3512 Phelps Hall during his stay–please feel free to contact him — weiming.huang@nateko.lu.se — if your research interests intersect with his.

Weiming Huang

Department of GIScience

Lund University, Sweden

September-November 2019

Weiming Huang is a Ph.D. student in Geographical Information Science at Lund University, Sweden. His research topic is “Knowledge-based geospatial data integration and visualization with Semantic Web technologies.” His research interests span geospatial semantic web, geospatial semantics, data integration, data visualisation, and machine learning.

His work can be explored at: https://www.nateko.lu.se/weiming-huang

Carlos Carbonell Carrera

Department of Techniques and Projects in Engineering and Architecture

La Laguna University, Spain

March – June 2019

Carlos Carbonell Carrera 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. 

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.

Pyry Kettunen

Pyry KettunenDepartment of Geoinformatics and Cartography
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI)

February to August 2018

Pyry Kettunen was a visitor at the Center for Spatial Studies as a Fulbright Junior Scholar conducting 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 general.

ThinkSpatial: Pyry Kettunen

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On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

How to Strengthen Technological Support for Wayfinding and Spatial Communication with Context-Dependent Landmarks and Geo-Pictures

Pyry Kettunen

Senior Research Scientist
Department of GeoInformatics and Cartography
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map)

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Abstract:
Pyry KettunenWayfinding is the core intellectual component of everyday human navigation, which we often find challenging and in which we often make mistakes largely due to inaccurate spatial communication—particularly in unfamiliar environments. Wayfinding typically depends heavily on landmarks, that is, prominent features of the physical environment utilized as points of reference in geospatial thinking. In real use, utilized landmark sets can vary importantly between conditions and the individuals navigating, thus making interpersonal exchange about navigation arduous and even misleading. Still, such exchange plays a central role for the success of collaborative wayfinding efforts in everyday situations, such as a spontaneous gathering in a city, or even in lifesaving group tasks, such as search for a missing person.

In this ThinkSpatial talk, I will present a short general history of spatial cognition research with regards to wayfinding, as well as present results from our empirical in situ landmark studies in nature that show the dependence of utilized landmark sets on summer/winter, and day/night conditions. I will discuss the acquisition of landmark, route, and configuration types of spatial knowledge from geospatial pictures that commonly serve as our initial exposures and wayfinding aids in unfamiliar environments. I will conclude with my suggestions for future work to enhance personal navigation technology with context‐dependent landmark‐based wayfinding guidance in collaborative settings, and my project at the spatial@ucsb.

Bio: 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 general.

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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spatial@ucsb welcomes Pyry Kettunen

Pyry KettunenPyry 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 general.

Marc Tim Thiemann

Marc Tim ThiemannJanuary 16–June 15, 2017

Marc Tim Thiemann is a digital media undergraduate student from the University of Bremen​, Germany​,​ who is visiting ​the Center for Spatial Studies from mid-January until mid-June​,​ 2017 ​to write his Bachelor thesis. ​His thesis is about “Usability Engineering of an Interactive Campus Map” and includes desktop and mobile usability tests as well as front​-​end development work to improve the usability of the new ICM.

Emmanuel Papadakis

Emmanuel PapadakisDepartment of Geoinformatics
GIScience Doctoral College at the University of Salzburg

March 15–August 15, 2017

Emmanuel Papadakisis received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Computer Science, from University of Crete. He was a researcher at the Information Systems Laboratory of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) for two years and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geoinformatics at the GIScience Doctoral College at the University of Salzburg, under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Blaschke. His research involves the representation and modeling of the notion of place, as well as, the integration of such a formalization in the rigid world of a GIS platform. His primary objective is an approach of a place-based GIS design-implementation that will infuse the common raster-vector representation of space with a human-oriented spatial conceptualization.​

He is currently visiting the Center for Spatial Studies to collaborate with his co-supervisor Prof. Helen Couclelis on evaluating the function-based model of place, proposed as part of his thesis, and utilizing it in real-case scenarios. During his visit he plans to focus on building an algebra of functions to describe place’s functionality and consequently developing a composition method that will aid on the spatial projection of places. Further, he is developing a system that will specialize on supporting function-based search of space, e.g., “Locate all places that can support the functions of a shopping center,” even if they do not fall in that category.

Papadakis research interests include knowledge representation and reasoning, data visualization, Semantic Web, modeling languages, reality modeling, ontology engineering, interfaces and Human-computer interaction. His Master’s thesis focused on topics relevant to spatiotemporal knowledge representation, such as the objective and subjective perception of space and time, temporal imprecision and incompleteness, the four-dimensional nature of events, as well as the impact of semantic association on spatial and temporal knowledge. Parts of his work have been published in the eChallenges 2014 and TPDL 2015 conferences. In addition, Papadakis’ research on temporal primitives at FORTH is currently under consideration for inclusion to CIDOC CRM, an ISO certified standard for representing cultural heritage information.