2023 Full Program

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2023 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit Full Program

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Watch as many of these pre-recorded technical workshops as you like. The recordings will be available for six months after the 2023 Geospatial Summit.

Summit Day (all times PT)

8:00 - 8:30 am: Pre-Registration Check-In | On-site Registration, Galleria Lobby (second floor)

8:30 am: Welcome: Laura C. Loyola, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Teaching) and Director of Undergraduate Studies, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

8:30 - 9:30 am: Opening Session

Keynote: "Navigating Geospatial Growth"

Manish Dasaur, Managing Director, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Accenture -- Applied Intelligence

"The Power of Spatial Data": How can geospatial professionals take advantage of the latest advances in computing, new geospatial data streams and emerging spatial methods to produce actionable information?

    • Conan Cheung, Chief Operations Officer, Los Angeles Metro
    • Sean O'Brien,  Vice President, Intelligent Systems, HRL Laboratories
    • John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

9:30 - 9:45 am: Solutions Supporting the City of LA Homeless Count

9:45 - 10:30 am: Maxar Student Lighting Talk Session
Three students from participating Southern California GIS academic programs will present 5-minute lightning talks.

  • Sebastian Espinoza, California State University Long Beach, M.S. in GIS, and on behalf of Minerva Lara, Joshua Moreno, and Michael Pazmino: "Mapping the Prominent Flora at Abalone Cove Reserve for Habitat Preservation of At-Risk Species"
  • Owen Giron, University of Redlands, Master in Business Analytics: "Mobile Digital Divide Across U.S. Counties"
  • Tristan Pekron, USC Spatial Sciences Institute, M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence, and on behalf of Joseph Canas and Justice Batiste: "Post-Disaster Imagery Collection Based on the U.S. National Grid"

Following their presentations, a panel of industry professionals will engage them in a lively discussion.

  • Cora Chong, GIS Specialist, Retail Analytics, CBRE
  • Christy Monaco, Vice President of Programs, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
  • Barry Tilton, Technology Evangelist for Strategic Growth, Maxar Technologies

10:30 - 11:30 am: Esri Student StoryMap Competition
Talk with students from participating universities as they present their research through StoryMaps. Esri is awarding prizes for the most innovative use of technology, most compelling communication using maps, and the most suitably applied methodology or analysis.

11:30 am - 1 pm: Buffet Lunch and Knowledge Network
Network with representatives of these companies and organizations:

1 - 1:45 pm: "Emerging Trends in Spatial Data Acquisition with Remote Sensing"

Moderator: Yi Qi, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Teaching), Spatial Sciences Institute


  • Josh Chapple, NV5 Geospatial
  • Canserina Kurnia, Senior Solution Engineer | Education, Esri
  • Jennifer Horowitz, Senior Technical Strategic Product Partnerships Manager, Enterprise Earth Intelligence, Maxar

1:45 - 2:30 pm: "Place, Business and Equity"
Geospatial sciences and technologies can increase the value proposition for businesses, organizations and local governments in simultaneously achieving goals that promote economic, environmental and social well-being.

Moderator: Thomas A. Horan, Ph.D., H. Jess and Donna Senecal Endowed Dean’s Chair and Dean, School of Business, University of Redlands


  • Kayla de la Haye, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Population and Public Health Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Michael Ann Lane,  Global Education and Inside Sales Manager, Hexagon Geospatial
  • Andrew Haney, Senior Geospatial Consultant, 1898 & Co., a part of Burns & McDonnell

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

  • John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Director and Professor, USC Spatial Sciences Institute
  • Announcement of the Esri Student StoryMap Competition winners: Andrew Haglund, Higher Education Account Manager, Esri