Announcing spatial@ucsb’s new co-director

Jun 28, 2017 • Categories: Featured | News

We are happy to welcome Krzysztof Janowicz, Associate Professor for Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics in the Department of Geography, as the Co-Director of spatial@ucsb, beginning July 1. Read more.

spatial@ucsb Retreat

May 31, 2017 • Categories: Event | Featured | News | Photos

Students, interns, ​and the center director of spatial@​ucsb enjoyed a weekend ​retreat with great weather, beautiful nature, and spatial thinking at La Casa de Maria in Montecito. The group​ built camaraderie over meals​, hikes,​ and ​other activities. Several work sessions were spent discussing how to improve specifications for core computations of spatial information. Students enjoyed learning more about the functional language​,​ Haskell​,​ and were eager to implement core computations using other languages like Python. A particular highlight ​of the retreat ​was a beautiful afternoon hike on the San Ysidro trail,​ which was lined with running creeks and wildflowers, and ended with a humble waterfall....

spatial@ucsb.local17: Poster and Plenary Session

May 15, 2017 • Categories: Event | Featured | News | spatial@ucsb.local

spatial@ucsb.local2017 Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Santa Barbara Channel Thursday, June 8, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion Invitation & AgendaSpeakersPosters The annual spatial@ucsb.local17 Poster and Plenary Session that showcases how spatial thinking facilitates research and creativity was held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Corwin Pavilion. With Rockney Rudolph presiding, the Channel Islands Regional GIS Collaborative (CIRGIS) held its annual meeting; Grace Goldberg moderated the Plenary Session on Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Santa Barbara Channel, and 38 posters were submitted for viewing and discussion after the meeting. Representatives from the private sector and industry and campus-wide academics in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and engineering programs participated in this event. Photo credit: George Naugles Presenter: Carrie Kappel Presenter: Morgan Visalli Speakers Carrie Kappel, Ph.D. Associate Research Scientist, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara Planning for Aquaculture in the Southern California Bight, with Models, Maps, and Real Stakeholders Marine spatial planning (MSP) is increasingly used to reduce conflicts and environmental impacts and promote sustainable use of marine ecosystems. We developed a modeling framework to coordinate the development of multiple emerging ocean uses while balancing multiple existing management objectives. In this talk I will demonstrate its value for guiding offshore aquaculture (bivalve, finfish and kelp farming) development in relation to existing sectors and environmental concerns (wild-capture fisheries, view shed quality, benthic pollution and disease spread) in the Southern California Bight. We identified >250,000 MSP solutions that show that aquaculture can be highly compatible with other ocean uses while generating significant seafood supply and billions of dollars in revenue with minimal impacts. To illustrate, I’ll discuss how these results are being used to inform offshore shellfish aquaculture planning, and stakeholder engagement in Ventura, CA. Bio: Carrie Kappel is an Associate Research Scientist at University of California’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. She earned a B.S. with Honors in Biology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University. A marine conservation biologist and community ecologist by training, she has worked in coral reefs, kelp forests and rocky intertidal systems and now uses collaborative synthesis science to develop conservation solutions that protect marine ecosystems and enhance human well-being. Morgan Visalli MESM, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Whales, Ships, and Missiles in the Santa Barbara Channel: Solving Complex Environmental Problems with Innovative Spatial Tools The Santa Barbara Channel region has an exceptional abundance and diversity of marine species, and provides important habitat for Gray, Blue and Humpback whales. The area is also heavily transited by large cargo ships and serves as a military testing ground. These dynamics have resulted in fatal ship strikes on endangered whales and conflicts among ocean users. This talk will explore...

Center for Spatial Studies activities at Spatial Cognition 2016

Aug 15, 2016 • Categories: Event | News

The recent Spatial Cognition 2016 conference was held in Philadelphia, PA from August 2–5, 2016. Conference organizers Mary Hegarty (UCSB Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Associate Director of the Center for Spatial Studies), Christoph Hölscher (ETH Zurich Professor of Cognitive Science), Dan Montello (UCSB Professor of Geography), and Nora S. Newcombe (Temple University Professor of Psychology and PI of SILC) brought together scholars in spatial cognition research from a variety of fields, including psychology, computer science, geography, linguistics, and anthropology. Conference sessions included paper presentations on development and education, individual differences, navigation, and language and space. A paper by Werner Kuhn, (Director of the Center for Spatial Studies) on “Conceptualizing Space” was the impetus for a panel discussion in which he participated along with Nora Newcombe, Dan Montello, and Anjan Chatterjee (University of Pennsylvania Professor and Chair of Neurology), on how the core concepts of spatial information for computation could be formulated in terms of human spatial concepts. Margaret Tarampi, postdoctoral researcher with the Center, presented a poster on comparing performance using paper-and-pencil versus computer-based assessments of spatial ability. Also from UCSB, Psychological and Brain Sciences Ph.D. candidate Alex Boone presented a paper on individual differences in navigation using the Dual Solution Paradigm, as well as a poster on the effect of verbal instructions in visually communicating uncertainty in hurricane forecasts. UCSB Assistant Professor of Geography Liz Chrastil participated in a panel discussion on using virtual reality in study navigation and presented a paper on the neural mechanisms of human path...

Kuhn FOIS 2016 Co-Chair

Jul 6, 2016 • Categories: News

Center Director Werner Kuhn is the program co-chair of the 9th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2016), taking place in Annecy, France, July 6th-9th, 2016. FOIS conferences have always had a strong link to spatio-temporal information and cognition and this year’s program includes a high number of papers of interest to our...