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2009 CGA Conference: Spatial-Temporal Modeling its implications across disciplines

April 10, 2009

All things happen along the axes of space and time, yet the ancient disciplines of history and geography have traditionally divided the two. The need for a more integrated understanding of the phenomena in our world suggests we should avoid isolating the temporal dimension from the spatial. Spatial-temporal modeling has long posed a challenge, from science fiction to scientific research. Although the technology is still far from being mature, recent advancements have given spatial-temporal modeling a new momentum, leading to a burst in the number of conferences and publications in recent years.

This workshop is aimed at providing a high-level overview of this field, from theoretical research to industrial solutions and multi-disciplinary applications; from 4-dimensional database construction, object manipulation, to simulation and visualization. The audience will come from many disciplines, some with and some without previous experience in spatial-temporal modeling. The keynote address will give a general overview of the field, and the subsequent presenters from Harvard and other local institutions will show-case a sampler of current work in various disciplines. The break-out sessions will give beginners a selection of hands-on learning opportunities while experienced researchers engage in an in-depth discussion of the subject. The workshop’s poster session will display a larger collection of relevant research activities at Harvard.

2009 CGA Conference Presentations

Welcome:   Peter Bol,   Director of Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University

Keynote Address:

Interdisciplinary Spatiotemporal Modelling: It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to
Video   &   PDF    
George Christakos, San Diego State University

Panel I Moderator:   Stephen Ervin,   Director of Computer Resources and Assistant Dean for Information Technology at Harvard Design School

ScenarioCMS: Managing the Temporal Geography of Futures 
Video   &   PDF    
Mike Flaxman, MIT
Synthesizing Interactive Visual Query Interfaces for Spatiotemporal Data Exploration and Analysis 
Video   &   PDF    
Chris Weaver, University of Oklahoma

Panel II Moderator:   Stephen Ervin,   Director of Computer Resources and Assistant Dean for Information Technology at Harvard Design School

Virtual Cities of the Future and Past 
Video   &   PDF    
Paul Cote, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Mapping Africa: Understanding Visual Culture Spatially 
Video   &   PDF    
Suzanne Blier, FAS, Harvard University
Modeling and Visualizing Historical GIS Data 
Lex Berman, FAS, Harvard University

Panel III Moderator:   Paul Cote,   Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Harvard University

Spatio-temporal Analysis of Disease Surveillance Data 
Video   &   PDF    
Al Ozonoff, Boston University
Modeling the Ecology of Urban Inequality in Space and Time 
Video   &   PDF    
Corina Graif, FAS, Harvard University
HunchLab: Spatial-temporal Data Mining for Large Public Safety Databases 
Video   &   PDF    
Robert Cheetham, Avencia

Panel IV Moderator:   Sumeeta Srinivasan,   Preceptor in Geospatial Methods at Harvard University

The Earth Trends Modeler 
Video   &   PDF    
Ronald Eastman, Clark University
Working with Temporal Data in ArcGIS 
Video   &   PDF    
Nawajish Noman, ESRI


Building and Browsing Visual Query Tools in Improvise

Chris Weaver,   University of Oklahoma

The Earth Trends Modeler

Ronald Eastman,   Clark University

Learning to Work with Temporal Data in ArcGIS

Nawajish Noman,   ESRI

STARS: Space Time Analysis of Regional Systems

Sumeeta Srinivasan,   SEAS, Harvard University


2009 CGA Conference Posters

Potential impact of precipitation and land-cover changes on stream flow in Srepok River Basin in Vietnam and Cambodia: An analysis process for local level water resources adaptation   (PDF)
Akiyuki KAWASAKI, Masatsugu TAKAMATSU, Janet HE, Peter ROGERS
Element of Survival: Isolating the causal effect of access to iodized salt on child health in India   (PDF)
Shubha Lakshmi Bhat
Multivariate Disease Mapping   (PDF)
C. Jeffery, A. Ozonoff, M. Pagano
Four Centuries of Campus Planning at Harvard University: A Spatial Temporal Timeline   (PDF)
Harvard University Planning Office
Influence of Traffic on Local Air Quality in Boston, MA: A Community‐University Partnership   (PDF)
Jonathan Buonocore, Harrison Lee, Jonathan Levy
Land Purchase Agreements by Women (1823 - 1910): Factors affecting distribution of female land ownership across the Midwest   (PDF)
Vijaylaxsmi Kesavan and Jeff Blossom
The Challenge of Niigata National University, Japan: A Story of Campus-Wide Support for the Promotion of GIS Research and Education   (PDF)
Niigata National University Human Health GIS Center
Optimising Current and Future Amulance Location in an Urban City, Japan: Combining GIS, Demographic Data and Genetic Algorithms to Support Public Health Planning   (PDF)
Satoshi Sasaki, Alexis J. Comber, Hiroshi Suzuki and Chris Brunsdon
Geographical Visualization of Current Situation on Victims' Long-Term Life Recovery Progress - Based on Victims' Master Database at 2007 Niigataken Chuetsu-oki Earthquake, Japan   (PDF)
Munenari Inoguchi, Keiko Tamura, Haruo Hayashi
Embracing Geographic Analysis Beyond Geography: Challenges and Opportunities:
Page 1   &   Page 2   (PNG)
Jeff Blossom

Handouts & Additional Reference Materials

Program for Event (PDF)