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Expedition: Hackathon LA

March 25, 2017 - March 26, 2017 @ 12:00 am

Help address issues of food security and regional stability for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at this hackathon sponsored by the Spatial Sciences Institute the weekend of March 25-26. This is a great opportunity to work on a GEOINT and human security issue with an interdisciplinary team and compete for a grand prize of $3,000. SSI Professor of the Practice COL [R] Steven D. Fleming and Academic Programs Director Ken Watson will be on hand. SSI Professor Yao-Yi Chiang is a judge.

Register now at, as spaces are limited and this is expected to sell out.

Rethinking the Maya Settlement System: Lessons from LiDAR

March 28, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for a brown bag lunch presentation by Thomas Garrison, USC assistant professor (teaching) of anthropology and spatial sciences, as he shares insights and new discoveries on investigations in the Maya Lowlands. Archaeologists have struggled for over a century to understand fundamental aspects of the Maya settlement system, long obscured by the welter of vegetation that blankets the karstic landscape. Since 2009, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology has started to change archaeologists’ thinking about Maya settlement patterns, as this exciting innovation allows us to peak through the canopy and truly appreciate the impact the ancient Maya had on their surroundings. A 2016 LiDAR survey of the northern Peten of Guatemala acquired over 2000 km2 of data across the Maya Biosphere Reserve. These new data include important sites such as Tikal, Uaxactun, Holmul, San Bartolo, Naachtun, El Peru-Waka’, La Corona, Tintal, and El Zotz, as well as vast areas surrounding the urban cores. Using examples from the data around El Zotz, this talk will explore some of the lessons learned from this important new data set and also touch on how we need to reconfigure both our ideas and methods for understanding Maya settlement systems moving forward.

SSI Meet-up at AAG

April 05, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Join the Spatial Sciences Institute faculty and leadership attending the 2017 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston for drinks at McGreevey’s, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, starting at 8:30 pm. Come across the street from the Hynes Convention Center after the opening plenary to catch up with SSI alumni, students, and friends from across the country and around the world.

2017 Commencement Reception

May 12, 2017 @ 12:00 am

You are welcome to attend the University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute’s 2017 Commencement Reception.

Allan Hancock Foundation Side Lawn (AHF)
3616 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Kindly RSVP by May 1, 2017
Please include the number of guests.

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