The UCSB Forum on Spatial Thinking


Informal noon-time presentations that feature theories, concepts, tools, and applications for spatial thinking across disciplines, including the natural and the social sciences, as well as the humanities. Due to the closure of UCSB for COVID-19, presentations that normally take place at the Center for Spatial Studies, Phelps 3512, will temporarily be hosted via Zoom meeting rooms. Please note, the change in time for ThinkSpatial: 11:30 a.m. Times may be adjusted to accommodate international speakers.

Please contact Karen Doehner, or Rui Zhu, to review and schedule possible discussion topics or presentations that share your disciplinary interest in spatial thinking.

Schedule 2020–2021 (also available on our Google Calendar)

April 8, 2021Armin Haller
Australian National University

What Are Links in Linked Open Data? A Characterization and Evaluation of Links between Knowledge Graphs on the Web
December 1, 2020Gengchen Mai
STKO Lab. University of California, Santa Barbara

Space2Vec: Multi-Scale Representation Learning for Spatial Feature Distributions using Grid Cells
November 24. 2020Patricia Murrieta-Flores
Lancaster University

Subaltern Spatial Thinking: Towards a decolonial approach to spatial technologies
October 27, 2020Karl Grossner
University of Pittsburgh World History Center

Representing Place for World Historical Gazetteer
October 13, 2020Nicola Guarino
ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento

Events and their (spatial) context: on the semantics of locative modifiers
October 6, 2020Anna Trugman
University of California, Santa Barbara

The Geography of Forest Hydraulic Trait Compositions: Observed Patterns, underlying Mechanisms, and Future Implications
September 17, 2020Martin Doerr
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas

Identifiable Individuals and Reality - What Do We Describe and Why
June 2, 2020Liz Ackert
University of California Santa Barbara

Latinx Destinations and Health
May 5, 2020Alina Ristea
Northeastern University, Boston

Spatial Crime Patterns vs Safety Perception: Mixed Experiments
April 28, 2020Konstandinos G. Goulias
University of California Santa Barbara

Life Cycle Stages, Daily Contacts, and Activity-Travel Time Allocation for the Benefit of Self and Others
April 21, 2020George Baryannis
University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Qualitative Spatial Reasoning Using Answer Set Programming
March 10, 2020Claudio Fugo (cancelled, to be rescheduled)
University of California Santa Barbara

The Fishing Net and the Spider Web—Making Italians Making Southerners
March 3, 2020Ambuj Singh University of California Santa Barbara

Inferring Network Structure and Flows using Partial Observations
January 21, 2020Emmanuel Papadakis
University of California Santa Barbara

Bridging Space and Place in Geographic Information Systems
January 14, 2020Somayeh Dodge
University of California Santa Barbara

Multiscale Modeling and Analysis of Movement

Archive of the past ThinkSpatial brownbags schedules:

2019-2018 | 2017–2018 | 2016–2017 | 2015–2016 | 2014–20152013–2014 | 2012–2013 | 2011–2012 | 2010–2011 | 2009–2010 | 2008–2009 | 2007–2008