2019 Full Program

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2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit Program

USC Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel at USC)| Friday, February 22, 2019


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Galleria Lobby, second floor
Pre-Registration Check-in | On-site Registration | Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Center Ballroom 

Master of Ceremonies: Jennifer M. Bernstein, Ph.D., Lecturer, Spatial Sciences Institute
Welcome: John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

Keynote Address: “Transforming Geospatial Data Into Intelligent Enterprise: The Future is Now”
Manish Dasaur, Managing Director, Accenture Digital Analytics

Panel Discussion:

Manish Dasaur, Managing Director, Accenture Digital Analytics

Olivia Duane Adams, Chief Customer Officer, Alteryx

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

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.: Center Ballroom 
Student Lightning Talk Session I
Students from participating Southern California GIS academic programs present 5-minute lightning talks, followed with discussion and Q&A 

Respondents: To be announced

Student Presenters:

  1. Hanfeng Gu (UCLA) :“Mapping Cropland Extent Change in Al-Raqqa, Syria”
  2. Adam Vaccaro (USC): “Automated Wetland Hydroperiod Mapping Integrating Optical Satellite Imagery and Synthetic Aperture Radar”
  3. Marlee Antill (Cal Poly Pomona): “Post-fire vegetation mapping for restoration planning in the Angeles National Forest”
  4. Samantha Levi (USC): “Investigating Submarine Groundwater Discharge on Santa Catalina Island, CA”

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Center Ballroom
Esri Education Update: “What is GIS? Crowdsourcing the Elevator Pitch”
David DiBiase, Director of Education, Global Business Development, Esri

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.: Victory Room
Poster Presentations

  1. Marlee Antill and Erin Questad (Cal Poly Pomona): “Testing the effects of site selection and artificial shelters on native plant recruitment from seed in a degraded coastal sage scrub restoration”
  2. Hannah Bockenfield and Heather Torres (University of Redlands): “Monitoring Native Plants of Cultural Significance to Southern Californian Tribes”
  3. Austin Chow and Zoe Lee (USC): Title TBA
  4. Anuradha Diekmann (University of Redlands): “Location Value and Spatial Maturity: Findings from a Private Sector Survey”
  5. Matt Duyst (UCLA): “The Mendocino Complex Fire: Measuring Vegetation Changes and Anomalies”
  6. William Fulkerson; Elisha Ibanga; Cari Porter; and Richard Windisch (USC): “Disaster Mitigation Through Data Collection and Exploitation”
  7. Jenna Gray (USC): “LA ROSAH - Affordable Housing and Open Space Development Analysis”
  8. Seung Won Ha; Shira Alcouloumre; and Jose Rico (USC): “The Relationship of California School Shootings in the Last Forty Years to Urban Areas and Poverty Levels”
  9. Kay Kite; Danielle M. Slabaugh; Ava Cheng; Patricia K. Kaihara Arce (Cal Poly Pomona) “Rooted Communities  – Transform Disadvantaged Communities in the Age of Climate Change”
  10. Harrison Knapp; Cameron M. Levine; Kiana Kerr; Ariel L. Simons; Xiazhe Yin; Dee W. Pack; Travis Longcore (USC): “Characterizing light pollution along the Southern California coast using hemispherical photography”
  11. Alex Lorch (CSUN): “Geospatial analysis of existing utility-scale PV solar projects to determine ideal site-suitability for future projects in select US states”
  12. Tori Oulie (USC): Title TBA
  13. Maria Raquel N. Reynolds; Lana Jeries; Jordan Henry; and Lauren M. McKenna (Cal Poly Pomona): “Rewilding the Green Heart of Los Angeles in the Age of Climate Change"
  14. Daniel Scheir; Laurel Skinner; and Chris Weathers (Cal Poly Pomona): “Capturing the coast – Reconstructing Coastal Community in the Age of Climate Change”
  15. Kate Vavra-Musser (USC): “Spatial Analysis of Agricultural Burning in California”
  16. Richard Windisch; Jong-Su Kim; and Young-Kyung Kim (USC): Title TBA

11:30 a.m. –  12:30 p.m.
Buffet Lunch (Galleria) and Knowledge Network Tables (Champion Room)

  • Alteryx
  • California Geographic Information Association
  • Eclipse Mapping and GIS
  • Esri
  • OmniSci
  • SADA Systems
  • SoCal URISA
  • US Geological Survey
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Redlands
  • USC Spatial Sciences Institute
  • Women in GIS

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.: Center Ballroom
Short Bursts I: Use case examples from the geospatial industry

Interactive Exploration of Million+ Feature Geodata Using GPU Computing Dashboards
Michael Flaxman, Ph.D., Founder, Geodesign Technologies, and Aaron Williams, Vice President of Global Community, OmniSci

Spatially-enabled sensors are in our cell phones, cars, drones, and satellites. As planners, we wish to extract value from this data in order to understand and address socioeconomic and environmental issues in the public sphere. But to do so, we need methods which can handle data streams orders of magnitude larger than conventional tools.

GPU databases and dashboards are two important innovations which can handle this challenge. When run within a cloud environment, they require no installation and avoid massive data downloads. They allow planners to use their existing skills to interactively explore data within a rich web environment, or - using web services - within other common planning tools such as GIS and CAD.

We will briefly show one example in environmental planning and a second in mobility. We will first consider how LIDAR and satellite data can be processed to visualize potential fire risk in the immediate vicinity of woodland urban interface structures. This allows us to go beyond conventional modeling approaches, and test “geodesign” ideas interactively.

Our second example will consider how anonymized trip data can help planners understand how people are using new transportation services such as bike and car sharing. Such insights are important if we are truly to design cities for the future.

Isaiah Mack, Eclipse Mapping and GIS

Craig L. Moll, Vice President, Business Development, Commercial / International Defense & Intelligence, SSL

1:15 – 2:15 p.m: Center Ballroom
Student Lightning Talk Session II
Students from participating Southern California GIS academic programs present 5-minute lightning talks, followed with discussion and Q&A.

Respondents: To be announced

Student Presenters:

  1. Jonathan Quinn (University of Redlands): “Legionnaires’ Disease – A Prototype Tool To Identify At-Risk Hospital Rooms”
  2. Christian DeCasas (CSUN): “Utilizing GIS to Inform Public Health Emergency Planning for Mosquito-Borne Infections”
  3. Grace Corsi (USC): “Changing Our Global Infrastructure in East Los Angeles, California: An International Collaborative Geodesign Studio”
  4. Christopher Konieczny (Cal Poly Pomona): “A Shift in Value – Redefining Downtown Los Angeles in the Age of Climate Change”

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.: Center Ballroom
Short Bursts II: Use case examples from the geospatial industry

Intelligent Insight – Leveraging Drone-Based Analytics To Drive Efficiency & Continuous Improvement
Andy Kellett, Geospatial Engineer, Sr., AeroVironment

Quantix hybrid drone and Decision Support System (AV DSS) data analytics platform provides growers across the U.S. with actionable intelligence to optimize farm resources and improve yield potential. AV’s farming partners have taught us the impact that subtle geospatial and spatio-temporal cues can have and the value of continuous improvement.

Jason Sokol, GISP / Technical Excellence & Innovation Manager, AECOM

Andrew Jackson, Job Captain, Carrier Johnson + Culture

3:15 – 4:15 pm: Center Ballroom

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, GIS and Geospatial Technologies

A team of scientists will discuss some of the latest advances and challenges in AI/ML as applied to geospatial data collection, analytics, and geovisualization.

Moderator: COL [R] Steven D. Fleming, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice of Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute


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

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

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

4:15  – 4:30 pm Center Ballroom

Closing remarks
Dr. John P. Wilson, USC Spatial Sciences Institute