Spatial Data Science Symposium 2019

"Setting the Spatial Data Science Agenda"
December 9-11, 2019 - Santa Barbara, California

Organized with support from

Motivation

Space and time matter not only for the obvious reason that everything happens somewhere and at some time, but because knowing where and when things happen is critical to understanding why and how they happened or will happen. Spatial data science is concerned with the representation, modeling, and simulation of spatial processes, as well as with the publication, retrieval, reuse, integration, and analysis of spatial data. It generalizes and unifies research from fields such as geographic information science, geoinformatics, geo/spatial statistics, remote sensing, and transportation studies, and fosters the application of methods developed in these fields to outside disciplines ranging from the social to the physical sciences. In doing so, research on spatial data science must address a variety of new challenges that relate to the diversity of the utilized data and the underlying conceptual models from various domains, the opportunistic reuse of existing data, the scalability of its methods, the support of users not familiar with the language and methods of traditional geographic information systems, the reproducibility of its results that are often generated by complex chains of methods, the uncertainty arising from the use of its methods and data, the visualization of complex spatiotemporal processes and data about them, and, finally, the data collection, analysis, and visualization playing out in near real-time. Spatial data science does not only utilize advanced techniques from fields such as machine learning or big data storage and retrieval, but it also contributes back to them. Recent work, for instance, has shown that spatially-explicit machine learning methods substantially outperform more general data when applied to spatial data even though this spatial component may seem of secondary importance at first glance.

The Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara is hosting a symposium entitled “Setting the Spatial Data Science Agenda.” The meeting will bring together academic and industry representatives from fields such as geographic information science, geoinformatics, geo/spatial statistics, remote sensing, and transportation studies, with interest in setting an interdisciplinary research agenda to advance spatial data science methods and practice, both from scientific and engineering viewpoints. We also invite experts from related fields and those that are producers or users of spatial data in the social and physical sciences.

Goals

Instead of being restricted by a historically grown partition into small and overlapping communities that deal with spatial data in one way or the other, the overarching goal of this symposium is to put spatial data science at the forefront of a unified field that explores the current research and application landscape to define an agenda for spatial data science for the next 10 years.

Means

About 40 invited and funded experts from academia and industry will convene to share and develop visions, insights, and best practices. Plenary presentations and intense exchanges in small breakout discussion groups offer opportunities for knowledge transfer.

Please direct any questions to Karen Doehner or Krzysztof Janowicz

Participants

NameAffiliation 
Benjamin AdamsDepartment of Geography
University of Canterbury
Bio/Perspective
Sean AhearnDepartment of Geography
Center for Analysis and Research of Spatial Information
Hunter College-CUNY
Bio/Perspective
Clio AndrisCity and Regional Planning
Interactive Computing
Georgia Tech
Bio/Perspective
Thomas Blaschke
Geoinformatics
University of Salzburg
Bio/Perspective
Justine Blanford
Department of Geography
Penn State
Bio/Perspective
Geoff Boeing
Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
University of Southern California
Bio/Perspective
Ling Cai
(student organizer)
STKO Lab
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Somayeh DodgeDepartment of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Ekaterina Egorova
(organizing committee)
Swiss National Science FoundationBio/Perspective
Christian Freksa
Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics
University of Bremen
Bio/Perspective
Mark GaheganComputer Science, Director
Centre for eResearch
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Bio/Perspective
Jing GaoAssistant Professor of Geospatial Data Science
University of Delaware
Bio/Perspective
Song GaoDepartment of Geography
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bio/Perspective
Rina GhoseGeography, Urban Studies
University. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Bio/Perspective
Konstadinos GouliasTransportation, Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Francis HarveyVisual Communication in Geography
University of Leipzig
Bio/Perspective
Brent Hecht
(Invited Speaker)
Northwestern University and Microsoft ResearchBio/Perspective
Yingjie HuDepartment of Geography
University at Buffalo
Bio/Perspective
Krzysztof Janowicz
(organizing committee)
Department of Geography and Center for Spatial Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Karen KempEmerita of the Practice of Spatial Sciences
David Dornsife College of Letters
University of Southern California
Bio/Perspective
Carsten KesslerDepartment of Planning
Aalborg University Copenhagen
Bio/Perspective
Yekaterina Kharitonova
(Invited Speaker)
Department of Computer Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Werner Kuhn
(organizing committee)
Department of Geography and Center for Spatial Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Wenwen LiCyberinfrastructure and Computational Intelligence Lab (CICI)
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
Bio/Perspective
Alan MacEachren
(Invited Speaker)
GeoVISTA Center
Department of Geography
The Pennsylvania State University
Bio/Perspective
Gengchen Mai
(student organizer)
STKO Lab
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Bruno MartinsComputer Science and Engineering
University of Lisbon
Bio/Perspective
Grant McKenzie
(organizing committee)
Platial Analysis Lab
Department of Geography
McGill University
Bio/Perspective
Shawn NewsamElectrical Engineering, Computer Science
UC Merced
Bio/Perspective
Martin RaubalInstitute of Cartography and Geoinformation
ETH Zurich
Bio/Perspective
Shih-Lung ShawDepartment of Geography
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bio/Perspective
Shashi ShekharDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
Bio/Perspective
Josef StroblInterfaculty Department of Geoinformatics
University of Salzburg
Bio/Perspective
Behzad VahediCenter for Spatial Studies, Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Dalia VarankaResearch Physical Science
U.S. Geological Survey
Bio/Perspective
Judith VerstegenGeoinformatics
University of Münster
Bio/Perspective
Monica WachowiczCisco Innovation Chair in Big Data Analytics, NSERC/Cisco IRC in Mobility Analytics
New Brunswick
Bio/Perspective
Dawn Wright
(Invited Speaker)
Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)Bio/Perspective
Yihong YuanDepartment of Geography
Texas State University
Bio/Perspective
Wei ZhaiUrban and Regional Planning
University of Florida
Bio/Perspective
Rui Zhu
(student organizer)
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio/Perspective
Alexander Zipf
(Invited Speaker)
Department of Geography
University of Heidelberg

Important Dates

  • Perspective Submission: August 26, 2019
  • Acceptance notification: September 20, 2019
  • Position statement deadline: September 27, 2019
  • Preliminary agenda available: November 1, 2019
  • Request for Lodging by: November 15, 2019
  • Final agenda available: December 1, 2019
  • Symposium meeting: December 9-11, 2019

Lodging

We have arranged for a block of rooms at discounted rates at the Upham Hotel, and we will pay for three nights in a standard single room. However, if you would like an upgraded room or would like to extend your stay for an early arrival or late departure, we will ask you to assume the extra cost.

Upham Hotel
1404 De La Vina St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-0058
(800) 727-0876

If you plan to stay at the Upham Hotel, please let Karen Doehner (kdoehner@spatial.ucsb.edu) know what your travel dates/times are and if you require an upgraded room. She will provide the hotel with a rooming list, and will need your request for lodging no later than Friday, November 15. At check-in, simply reference “spatial.”

There is no need for you to call the hotel, it only duplicates their records and gets confusing.

Travel

All participants are expected to book their own round-trip travel to Santa Barbara and, upon arrival, to submit their receipts for reimbursement. Suggested travel dates are Sunday, December 8 and Wednesday afternoon, December 11. The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) is about 8 miles from the hotel and is served by commuter affiliates of most major airlines. Airlines with flights to Santa Barbara are:

American Airlines 1 (800) 433-7300
Alaska Airlines 1 (800) 252-7522
Delta Airlines 1 (800) 221-1212
United Airlines 1 (800) 864-8331
US Airways 1 (800) 428-4322

The best way from the airport to the Upham is by taxi. If you do not fly directly into Santa Barbara, ground travel is available from LAX to Santa Barbara through the Santa Barbara Airbus (http://www.sbairbus.com/). Fares are cheaper when booked early, and discounted fares are offered if you are traveling with a companion. Reservations can be made online or by calling their toll-free number, +1 (800) 423-1618. If arriving on the Airbus, get off at the Santa Barbara stop (the Hyatt Hotel, 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd.) and take a taxi to the Upham from there.

Dining

We will be arranging for your lunches and possibly one dinner during the meeting days; breakfast is included in the hotel rate and is available in the hotel lobby. Please let Karen know if you are vegetarian or have any dietary preferences or restrictions that we should take into consideration when arranging for the meals.

Reimbursement

We offer support for your trip ($700 for domestic, $1200 for international travel), as well as lodging for three nights at the Upham Hotel. Please be aware that the University of California travel reimbursement policy requires that all travel be done by economy class on U.S. carriers (unless not available), and that full documentation of travel itinerary and payment be provided. Please be prepared to present these documents, as well as your boarding passes. Reimbursements will be processed upon receiving the required documentation from you. Karen Doehner can accept your documents during the meetings, or if you prefer to mail them later, please mail to: Karen Doehner Department of Geography-4060 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060

Required Documentation for Travel Reimbursement
  • Travel Reimbursement Form (completed, w/ traveler’s signature and mailing address) Please note, university policy requires an original signature, and scanned documents cannot be accepted.
  • Travel itinerary
  • Proof of payment
  • Boarding passes
  • All original receipts related to travel (parking, airbus, taxi, train)
  • Original itemized receipts for any food consumed during transit
  • If personal car is used, miles traveled, license plate number, liability insurance
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, copies of passport picture page and visa page, or copy of green card will be required, as well as an Immigration Status Form.