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Brown Bag Talk: Leilei Duan, Ph.D.

February 19, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

“Generalizable Procedural Rules for TOD & Urban Allocations”

Leilei Duan, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Spatial Sciences Institute

Livestream by Bluejeans: https://bluejeans.com/545497356

Transit-oriented development (TOD), the development of compacted, mixed use centers near high quality transit, is increasingly considered a promising method to help communities grow more vibrant, livable, and sustainable communities. However, few planning efforts have examined the urban form changes based on transit frequencies.

This study explores the urban allocation scenarios in San Francisco where the city’s urban form will be generated based on transit frequencies, service types, and land use typologies. We also create a TOD CityEngine rule which allows planners and engineers to examine the urban allocation results on the fly based on changes in planned transit service and land use typologies. This open-source rule can be used by any individuals who are seeking a toolbox to link TOD development with urban allocation.

This study aims combine procedural design and geospatial modeling to provide a rapid response tool for exploring potential development scenarios that can be developed by connecting transit service directly to the codification of urban form.

 


2019 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit

February 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Propel your geospatial career on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the annual one-day professional development and networking event presented by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

Confirmed Speakers:

Olivia Duane Adams, Chief Customer Officer, Alteryx

Jennifer M. Bernstein, Ph.D., Lecturer of Spatial Sciences, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

Sean Boon, Principal Product Manager, Visual Analytics, Tableau Software

Manish Dasur, Managing Director, Accenture Digital Analytics

David DiBiase, Education Sector Lead, Global Business Development, Esri

Michael Flaxman, Ph.D., Founder, Geodesign Technologies

COL [R] Steven D. Fleming, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice of Spatial Sciences and the Institute for Creative Technologies, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

Andrew Jackson, Job Captain, Carrier Johnson + Culture

Andy Kellett, Geospatial Engineer, Sr., AeroVironment

Isaiah Mack, Eclipse Mapping and GIS

Sean O’Brien, Ph.D., Algorithmic Warfare, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Jason Sokol, GISP, GIS/Technical Excellence & Innovation Manager, AECOM | Buildings + Places

Rawleigh Smith, Senior Maps Specialist and Senior Account Executive, North America, Google

Barry Tilton, Vice President of Engineering and CTO for U.S. Government Programs, Vricon

John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences and Founding Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

Network with industry professionals throughout the day.

  • Gain experience in presenting and listening to “lightning talks” and poster presentations.
  • Talk with company and organization representatives at the lunchtime “Knowledge Network” tables (confirmed to date):
    • Alteryx
    • California State University, Long Beach
    • Eclipse Mapping and GIS
    • Esri
    • OmniSci
    • SADA Systems
    • SoCal URISA
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • University of California, Los Angeles
    • University of Redlands
    • USC Spatial Sciences Institute

Qualifies for GISP credit.

Take Metro: use the Jefferson/USC station or the Exposition Park station on the Expo Line.

Self-parking at the event rate at the USC Radisson Hotel is $12/day.

See photos of the 2018 Geospatial Summit.


2019 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit

February 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

Propel your geospatial career on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the annual one-day professional development and networking event presented by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

Confirmed Speakers:
Olivia Duane Adams, Chief Customer Officer, Alteryx
Jennifer M. Bernstein, Ph.D., Lecturer of Spatial Sciences, USC Spatial Sciences Institute
Sean Boon, Principal Product Manager, Visual Analytics, Tableau Software
Manish Dasur, Managing Director, Accenture Digital Analytics
David DiBiase, Education Sector Lead, Global Business Development, Esri
Michael Flaxman, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Geodesign Technologies
COL[R] Steven D. Fleming, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice of Spatial Sciences and the Institute for Creative Technologies, USC Spatial Sciences Institute
Andrew Jackson, Job Captain, Carrier Johnson + Culture
Andy Kellett, Geospatial Engineer, Sr., AeroVironment
Isaiah Mack, Eclipse Mapping and GIS
Craig L. Moll, Vice President, Business Development, Commercial / International Defense & Intelligence, SSL
Sean O’Brien, Ph.D., Algorithmic Warfare, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Jason Sokol, GISP, GIS/Technical Excellence & Innovation Manager, AECOM | Buildings + Places
Rawleigh Smith, Senior Maps Specialist and Senior Account Executive, North America, Google
Barry Tilton, Vice President of Engineering and CTO for U.S. Government Programs, Vricon
Aaron Williams, Vice President of Global Community, OmniSci, Inc.
John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences and Founding Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

Network with industry professionals throughout the day.

Gain experience in presenting and listening to “lightning talks” and poster presentations.

Talk with company and organization representatives at the lunchtime “Knowledge Network” tables (confirmed to date):

  • AECOM
  • Alteryx
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Eclipse Mapping and GIS
  • OmniSci
  • SADA Systems
  • SoCal URISA
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Redlands
  • USC Spatial Sciences Institute
  • Women in GIS

Qualifies for GISP credit.

Take Metro: use the Jefferson/USC station or the Exposition Park station on the Expo Line.

Self-parking at the event rate at the USC Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel at USC) is $12/day.

See photos of the 2018 Geospatial Summit.


Brown Bag Talk: Social Media and Academia

March 19, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

“Social Media and Academia: Opportunities, Risks, and Best Practices”

Jennifer Bernstein, Ph.D., Lecturer, Spatial Sciences Institute, moderator

Speakers:
Jacqueline Gill, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maine
Teresa Lloro-Bidart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Alex Trembath, Communications Director, Breakthrough Institute

Livestream by Bluejeans: https://bluejeans.com/899202030

Today, scholars and students alike engage with one another and the general public on social media. Obvious benefits include the ability to promote one’s work within a community of like scholars; side benefits involve camaraderie, information sharing, and even humor. However, establishing a social media presence as an academic has its risks. In many circles, academics are expected to keep their political and personal views separated from their professional work. Further, vitriol and hostility runs rampant on social media, and an individual with an agenda can publicly attack an academic’s work without following established protocol.

This panel features academics and professionals who have effectively used social media to promote scholarship and engagement. Topics covered will include professionalism, how to promote one’s research, building a network of scholars, common mistakes, dealing with trolls, and more.


Brown Bag Talk: Spatial Data Science and Beyond

April 16, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

“Spatial Data Science and Beyond: Spatial Turns in Education”

Joon Heo, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University

Livestream by Bluejeans: https://bluejeans.com/105320914

The future world under the name of “4th Industrial Revolution” or “Digital Transformation” can be characterized by the keywords, ‘Data’, ‘Smart’, and ‘Connected’, where ‘Spatial’ (Map) is considered the core infrastructure and the realization of the three key words.

Spatial Computing for Sustainable Infrastructure (SCSI) Lab at Yonsei University has strived to contribute to the future from two perspectives: (1) 3D reconstruction of indoor/outdoor and (2) expansion of spatial data science. This presentation will focus on the second part – the efforts of widening the horizon of spatial data science in new fields of applications such as “Education”.

Higher education is facing disruptive innovation that requires provision of a more effective and customized education service to individual student. In the field of Learning Analytics (LA), there has been much effort, in the form of the collection and thorough analysis of a variety of student-related datasets, to optimize learning performance and environments by means of personalization. The datasets include traditional questionnaire surveys, student information, and, more recently in the wake of the big-data-analytics trend, unstructured datasets such as SNS activities, text data, and learning management system (LMS) log data of learner activities.

Spatial data, however, is rarely considered as a key dataset, despite its high potential for characterization of students and prediction of their performances and conditions. As a new field of application, the speaker has proposed “spatial-data-driven student-characterization”, in which spatial data play a pivotal role of improving modeling quality. Based on two and half years’ data acquisition (Fall 2015 – Fall 2017) with respect to 4,000+ freshman students at residential college, SCSI lab conducted preliminary implementation of descriptive and predictive modeling for students’ achievements, satisfaction, and mental health dynamics. The outcomes were promising enough to substantiate the value of spatial data for educational applications.


Gamma Theta Upsilon Induction Ceremony

April 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Gamma Theta Upsilon Induction Ceremony

Please join the USC Nu Theta Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographical honor society, as this year’s inductees are officially initiated into the GTU society and receive their certificates of membership.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Ken Watson, Spatial Sciences Institute academic programs director, at watsonke@usc.edu.

Learn more about the USC Nu Theta GTU Chapter here.

 


 

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