Intended as an inspirational session, the Lightning Talks are a series of delicious, rapid-fire talks on spatially-flavored topics. Each presenter is allotted three minutes to develop a topic. This event is currently organized by Anagha Uppal.

2019 Lightning Talks
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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! Read the full summary of the event here.

John Lee: Race and Space on an American College Campus, 1886-1888 (video) Thomas Hervey: Travel Spaces and their Stories (video) Skona Brittain: Space-Filling Curves (video) Mike Johnson: An R-based Ecosystem for Earth System Data (video) George Legrady: 3D Data Visualization Fundamentals from MAT 259 Course (video) Keith Clarke: Where is Nowhere? (video) Ethan Turpin & David Gordon: An Interactive Fire, Water and Climate Model (video) Dan Montello: Fifty-Four Forty or Fight! (video) Greg Hillis: Mandalas: Buddhist Maps of Perfection (video) Aaron Bagnell: Fuzzy Oceans: Clustering Water Masses to Overcome Local Sampling Bias (video) Ken Dunkley: COOL Terroir: Place and the Character and Quality of Food and Beverages (video) Tom Ekman: Exploring a Watershed with Mexican Youth (video). View all videos on YouTube:

2018 Lightning Talks
View All Videos | View Program The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies hosted another great round of Spatial Lightning Talks, with a whole new batch of spatially-relevant topics. Eight speakers took the challenge to “enlighten us, but make it quick!” Many new and returning faces in the crowd had the opportunity to hear a lively group of speakers and make new connections across campus. This year, there was a 2-minute question and answer period after each 3-minute presentation, allowing the audience to participate more in the program. Read the full summary of the event here. Keith Clarke: The Honda Point Disaster (video) Jeremy Douglass: Panelcode (video) Paul Wilson: Mapping Thomas (video) Joshua Kuntzman: UCSB Crossroads (video) Lily Cheng: Left Hand, Right Hand (video) James Caesar: Thomas Fire: Don’t Fight the Scenario (video) Thomas Crimmel: The Abridged History of the Digital Desktop (video) William Yim: Focus View all videos on YouTube:

2017 Lightning Talks
View All Videos | View Flyer | View Program The sixth annual Lightning Talks event was held on Tuesday, February 28 at the Mosher Alumni House. In this fast-paced, hour-long event 16 speakers from across and beyond campus presented 3-minute talks falling under the broad theme of “space/spatial,” ranging in scope from drone mapping to smartphone organization, offshore wind energy planning, and a history of UCSB campus planning. The event, organized by Kitty Currier, was standing-room-only, with about 80 attendees from diverse departments campus wide, as well as from the local community. Dan Montello: The Un-Spatial Talk (video) Thomas Crimmel: Your Smartphone, Organize It (video) Elizabeth J. Hambleton: Acoustic Spatialization (video) Rui Zhu: IChing and Geography (video) Paul Wilson: The Geography in Cancer (video) James Caesar: UCSB Emergency Preparedness Programs (video) Dennis Whelan: A Lovely Mess– A Brief History of UCSB Campus Plans (video) John Loman: UCSB Communications Network Mapping and Documentation (video) Marc Mayes: Mysteries of a Breathing Biosphere (video) Frank Pendleton: Offshore Wind Energy Planning Waldo Tobler: A New Companion for Mercator Skona Brittain: Time for Space (video) Karly Marie Miller: Using Space As a Proxy for Time to Study Tourism and Fisheries (video) Daniel Phillips: Defining the Community of Interest as a Cognitive Region (video) William F. Yim: A Day in Ventura (video) Eduardo Romero : Drone Mapping (video) View all videos on YouTube:

2016 Lightning Talks
View All Videos | View Program Fifteen speakers presented their work and perspectives in a 3-minute format, making the fifth annual Lightning Talks a great success. Crystal Bae organized this event, which took place at Student Resources Building Multipurpose Room on February 29, 2016. Alexander Boone: Navigation and the Human Stress Response (video) Susan Cassels: Syphilis, Circuit Parties, and Circular Migration (video) James Caesar: Emergency Management and the Use of Information and Maps (video) Keith Clarke: How to Prove the Earth is Round (video) Tommie Dickie: The Iditarod: 1000 Mile Alaskan Test of Courageous Dogs and Mushers (video) Jeremy Douglass: Page Spaces, Remixed: 500+ Excursions through House of Leaves Pages (video) Song Gao: Earth’s Biggest Seasonal Human Migration on a Map (video) Adam Grosshans: Navigating a Volume: The Seattle Public Library (video) Jordan Hastings: What’s in a Gazeteer? (video) Donald Janelle: UCSB Spatial Archives @ eScholarship (video) Sara Lafia: Degrees of Separation: Measuring Musicians and Places (video) Sijie Loo: Space Traveling in Paintings (video) Kevin Mwenda: How High can Mosquitoes Get? (video) Celeste Pilegard: Training Spatial Skills with Video Games (video) William F. Yim: Coast Redwoods in California (video) View all videos on YouTube:

2015 Lightning Talks
View All Videos | View Flyer | View Program Fourteen new and returning speakers made the fourth annual Lightning Talks a success. Kitty Currier organized the event, which took place at Mosher Alumni House on February 25, 2015. Tommy Dickey and Hot Rod Linkin, Polar Bears and Great Pyrenees Dogs: A Matter of Scale! (video) David Gordon, Linking Sound, Image and Place (video) Skona Brittain, More Than Four Colors (video) Yingjie Hu, Metadata harmonization in spatial data infrastructures (video) Todd Bryan, Wedding Cake Geoprocessing for Web GIS (video) Amy Shadkamyan-Talamantes, UCSB Business Continuity (video) Selena Daly, Mapping the Italian Avant-Garde: Futurism in Space and Time (1909-1944) (video) Bernard Comrie, Go West, Young Man: Consistency and Inconsistency in Cognitive Representations of Cardinal Directions (video) Keith C. Clarke, Why isn’t the US metric? (video) Jeremy Douglass, Experimental Game Spaces: virtual visions, architectures, and dimensions (video) William F. Yim, Chinese Calligraphy (video) David A. Hallowell, First-Grade Students and Geometric Diagrams: What do they notice? (video) Kim Yasuda, Light Works: Isla Vista (video) Steve Miley, Beyond the Locked Gate (video) View all videos on YouTube:

2014 Lightning Talks
View All Videos | View Flyer | View Program The third annual Lightning Talks featured a lineup of 11 new and returning speakers, presenting to a full room at Mosher Alumni House on February 25, 2014. Kitty Currier organized the event. Keith C. Clarke, The Four Washington Meridians (video) Tommy Dickey, Teddy, and Linkin, Brave Arctic Gold Rush Dogs (video) Song Gao, Spatial Questions Collected from GIS HelpDesk (video) Margaret R. Tarampi, A Little Pictorial Space Can Change Your Perception of Art (video) William Yim, Airport Terminal Designs (video) Crystal Bae, Lessons from the Road: Cross-Country by Bicycle (video) Paul Wilson, Whale Traffic Control (video) Heather Burte, Individual Differences and the Neural Bases of Allocentric-Headings (video) Andrea Ballatore, Computing the Spirit of Place (video) George Legrady, Image, Interaction and Representation: Some Artistic Projects that Address Space (video) Jeremy Douglass, Navigating Narratives as Networks (video) View all videos on YouTube:

2013 Lightning Talks
View All Videos | View Flyer | View Program Kitty Currier organized this edition of Lightning Talks, held at the Mosher Alumni House over the lunch hour on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. The brave cast of inspirational speakers included: Tommy Dickey, Chasing Ocean Eddies and Pyrenean Sheep! (video) Mary Hegarty, How I Became a Spatial Thinker (video) Song Gao, Spatio-Temporal Patterns from Mobile Phone Data (video) Jim Caesar, Emergency Preparedness (video) Don Janelle, Convergent Places—Warped Spaces (video) Rodrigo Bombardi, Relationships Between Precipitation over Eastern South America and the South Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature (video) Skona Brittain, Where in the World is Hunter San Cazador? (video) Chuck Champlin, Twinkle: A Geometry of Meaning (video) Grant McKenzie, Airports: The Good, the Bad, and the WTF (video) Emily Ellis, Can we use terrestrial biogeography to inform placement of MPA’s? (video) Jon Jablonski, New in MIL: The Fairchild Aerial Surveys Collection (video) William Yim, Airfield Design and Capacity (video) Yingjie Hu, Citation Map: Visualizing the Spread of Scientific Ideas through Space and Time (video) Kitty Currier, Shipshaping and Fiafia (or How I Became a Geographer) (video) View all videos on YouTube:

2015 Lightning Talks playlist
View All Videos March 10, 2010 Organized by Alan Glennon, the brave cast of inspirational speakers presenting to a standing-room-only crowd included: Rick Church, Marine Transportation: OOPS (video) Helen Couclelis, Why Sketching Works (or, Why GIS Needs Design) (video) Kitty Currier, Beyond Street View: Documenting Coral Reefs with “Immersive” Video (video) Alan Glennon, How to Map a Cave (video) Rhonda Glennon, How to become a Private Pilot (video) Michael F. Goodchild, Spatio-temporal Constraints on Social Networks (video) Dan Montello, Baldknobbers of the Ozarks (video) Hugo Repolho, Optimum Location of Motorway Interchanges: Concessionaires’ Perspective (video) Waldo Tobler, Ravenstein Revisited (video) View all videos on YouTube: