2015 Geospatial Summit Program

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8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
Tateuchi Democracy Forum Lobby

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.:
Welcome: John P. Wilson, Professor and Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute
Opening Plenary Keynote: Location-Based Data and GIS: Changing the Future
Gil Elbaz, CEO, Factual Inc.

Factual Inc is aiming to build the largest set of location-related data in the world. What is on the horizon as data, GPS, and artificial intelligence converge in the location-based commercial marketplace?

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Break

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Student Paper Session I
Moderator: David DiBiase, Team Lead – Education Industry, Esri

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Panel I: Unmanned Aerial Systems

As technology capabilities improve, Unmanned Aerial Systems are collecting more data quantity and more variety from a host of new and emerging platforms and sensors. Platform makers, sensor system developers, and developers of the technology behind the processing and dissemination of UAS-collected information share insights into how the data is used in commercial and government applications.

Moderator: Andre Doumitt, CEO, Digital Adopxion


  • Mark Sarojak, Vice President, PIXIA
  • Val D. Vaughn, Senior Engineering Specialist, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Bingcai Zhang, Technical Fellow, BAE Systems

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Luncheon Keynote: Welcome to the GEOINT Revolution
Keith Masback, CEO, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Lunch | Posters
Aratani Central Hall

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Panel II: GIS and Community Health
The intersection between GIScience and community health has its origins in Dr. John Snow’s hand-drawn map of London in 1854 linking the outbreak of cholera to the Broad Street water pump.  Leaders in epidemiology and public health discusss how the capacities of today’s GISciences and technologies are accelerating innovations in disease prevention and the promotion of community health.

Moderator: Thomas A. Horan, Professor and Dean, School of Information Systems & Technology, and Director, Kay Center for E-Health Research, Claremont Graduate University


  • Myles G. Cockburn, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Spatial Sciences, USC
  • Robert T. Fassett, M.D., Director, Care Delivery Transformation, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Estella M. Geraghty, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director, Esri

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.:Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Student Paper Session II
R. Maxwell Baber, Director of Academic Programs, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.:
Case Study: Comparing Consumer and Mapping Grade GPS Receivers and Applications
Isaiah Mack, Manager, and Jon Gipson, GPS/GIS Sales, California Surveying and Drafting Supply, Inc.
Learn about the difference in workflows using consumer grade receivers (such as tablets and smart phones) compared with mapping grade products (such as the GeoExplorer and Pathfinder Pro Receivers). Software applications, software platforms, real-world workflows and examples, benefits, and downfalls of real-time corrections, including SBAS /WAAS, VRS, H-Star, and, RTX (Centerpoint) will be discussed.

Closing Plenary Keynote: Data Science from the Trenches: NASA, Academia, and Open Source Trial by Fire
Chris A. Mattmann, Ph.D., Chief Architect, Instrument and Data Systems Section, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, Viterbi School of Engineering, USC

4:15 – 4:20 p.m.: Closing remarks: John P. Wilson, Professor and Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Industry Fair | Posters | Networking Reception
Aratani Central Hall