Seventh Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit Program

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Seventh Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit Program

USC Radisson Hotel | Friday, February 24, 2017


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Pre-Registration Check-in and On-site Registration (Galleria Lobby, second floor)

Continental Breakfast (Galleria)

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome: John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute (Center Ballroom and Victory Room)

Keynote Address: Digital Revolution: The Intelligent Enterprise
Manish Dasaur, Managing Director, Accenture Digital

The Digital Revolution is here.  Today is an age of human empowerment and of intelligent enterprises. Leaders are capitalizing on digital trends and new capabilities to create a people-centric experience that is smarter, easier and more satisfying than ever. And the pace of change is accelerating every day. Are you ready?

 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Student Lightning Talk Session I
Students from participating Southern California GIS academic programs present 5-minute “lightning talks,” followed with discussion and Q&A with industry professionals and the audience.


David DiBiase, Team Lead – Education Industry, Esri

Suzanne P. Wechsler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, California State University Long Beach

Student Presenters:

(1) Alex Pakalniskis, California State University, Long Beach
“Airborne Rotorcraft Remote Sensing of Sahelian Savanna Landscape”

(2) Jason Lemus, University of Redlands
“Implementing Location Analytics and Big Data Across the Business Curriculum”

(3) Alejandro Aronna, Jose Valdovinos, California State University, Long Beach
“Voter Reaction in a Troublesome Election: A Social Media Study of the 2016 Presidential Election”

(4) Mallory Graves, University of Southern California
“Spatial Narratives of Struggle and Activism in the Del Amo and Montrose Superfund Cleanups: A Community-Engaged Web GIS Story Map”

10:10 – 10:25 a.m.

Update from the Esri Education Outreach Team
David DiBiase, Team Lead - Education Industry, Esri

10:40 – 11:10 a.m.

Los Angeles GeoHub: The Impact of Open Data in Government

The Mayor’s Data Team implements Mayor Garcetti’s vision of a data-driven Los Angeles. In collaboration with city departments, the civic tech community, sister cities, private partners, and academics, DataLA develops insights and digital tools that make the City more livable and equitable for all Angelenos. One major initiative is the LA GeoHub, a one-of-a-kind platform for collaboration and innovation across departments, spur innovation, and increase civic engagement by providing access to open, up-to-date, and quality data.


Lilian Coral, Chief Data Officer, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Sari Ladin, Digital Strategy and Analytics Fellow, Ash Center for Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

11:10 – 11:25 a.m.

Accessing New West Coast Lidar Data
Kenneth W. Hudnut, Ph.D., Science Advisor for Risk Reduction
Natural Hazards Mission Area, U. S. Geological Survey

 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Buffet Lunch and Knowledge Network Tables (Champion Room)

  • California Surveying and Drafting Company
  • California Geographic Information Association
  • Esri
  • Northrop Grumman
  • SoCal URISA
  • US Geological Survey
  • Women in GIS

 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Poster presentations (Victory Room)

(1) Brandon Brooks, University of Southern California
“Connecting with Landscapes Through Physical Models”

(2) Joseph F. Diminutto, California State University, Long Beach
“Going Beyond the University Art Museum: The Spatiality and Significance of CSULB Artwork”

(3) Tessa Foster, Adrian Laufer, University of Redlands
“Spatial Analysis of Marine Mammals in the Southern California Bight”

(4) Pamela Hathaway, University of Southern California
“Census (almost) Made Simple: Developing a toolbox/add-in to facilitate quick sums and mapping of American Community Survey (ACS) data”

(5) Sumner MacPherson, University of Redlands
“Civic Ecology: Planting Trees in Underserved Communities”

(6) Kevin Mercy, University of Southern California
“A Comparison of Impact from Different Resolutions of Ems in Terrain Analysis”

(7) Nandan Nayak, University of Southern California
“Ocean Acidification”

(8) JungHo Park, University of Southern California
“An ArcGIS Toolkit for Vintage Analysis on Rental Housing Market”

(9) Liz Parrish, University of Redlands
“Multivariate and Geospatial Analysis of Technology Utilization in Latin America and the Caribbean”

(10) Julieta Perez, University of Redlands
“Park Equity in Redlands, California”

(11) Benjamin Suber, University of Southern California
“Transportation Accessibility Impacts of the Tucson Modern Streetcar”

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Drones and GIS: The Lowdown on Small UAS Opportunities (Center Ballroom and Victory Room)

The use of drones (small unmanned aircraft systems or UASs) has rapidly expanded since their successful application in post 9-11 military operations. The availability of commercial, low-cost systems presents a unique opportunity in applications such as aerial photography, 3D mapping, land surveying, and precision agriculture. The recently passed FAA regulation for commercial use of drones opens the door to generate more than $82 billion and 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years in the U.S. alone.

 In this session, learn about:
- the context of past and current drone use and applications;
- acquiring technological capabilities and best practices for the next phase of drone-enabled operations;
- leveraging GIS technologies to create data infrastructures for safe and efficient drone navigation; and
- developing new applications and innovative ways to maximize the potential uses of drones and drone-enabled datasets.

Moderator: Yao-Yi Chiang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Research), USC Spatial Sciences Institute


LTC Ian Irmischer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, GISc Program, United States Military Academy

Lawrie Jordan, Director of Imagery and Remote Sensing, Esri

Jason Melbourne, Ph.D.,  Data Engineer, AirMap

Dana J. Poirier, GXP General Manager, Geospatial Exploitation Products, BAE Systems

 2:10 – 3:10 p.m.

Student Lightning Talk Session II
Students from participating Southern California GIS academic programs present 5-minute “lightning talks,” followed with discussion and Q&A with industry professionals and the audience.


David DiBiase, Team Lead – Education Industry, Esri

Steven Moore, Ph.D., Director of Spatial Studies, Center for Spatial Studies, University of Redlands

Student Presenters:

(1) Izzy Mitchell, University of Southern California
“A Spatial Analysis of Street-level Crime Trends in Los Angeles”

(2) Trevor Togashi, University of Redlands
“The Use of Geographical Systems in Analyzing the Potential for Long Range Transport of Persistent Organic Pollutants”

(3) Rebecca Lee Jacobs, California State University, Long Beach
“Fire Intensity and Severity Influences Likelihood of Satellite Imagery Capture of Burned Area in West African Savanna”

(4) Nathan Novak, University of Southern California
“Predictive Habitat Distribution Modeling of Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) within the Central Gulf of Alaska utilizing Passive Acoustic Monitoring”

3:25 – 4:25 p.m.

Demystifying Mentorship
What is the value of mentorship? How do I get a mentor? What could I expect out of a mentorship? How do I make the most of a mentorship?

Moderator: Travis Longcore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Architecture, Biological Sciences, and Spatial Sciences, University of Southern California


Melisa Caric Lee, GISP, President, Compass Rose GIS and SoCal URISA

Shawn Oliver, GIS Analyst

Suzanne P. Wechsler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, California State University Long Beach

4:25 – 4:30 p.m.

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