USC Spatial Sciences Institute to Host 5th Annual LA Geospatial Summit at Japanese American National Museum

University of Southern California Spatial Science Institute will gather industry professionals
(Esri, Pixia & more) and students from 12 SoCal universities to examine emerging trends in Geospatial Science

Dec 11, 2014, Los Angeles, CA – John P. Wilson, Professor and Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute, and the Program Committee of the Los Angeles Geospatial Summit have announced the details of their hallmark one-day conference. The Fifth Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit will take place at the Japanese American National Museum (100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012) on Friday, February 27, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event will feature addresses and discussions from many leading innovators in the world of geographic information science (GIS) and technology. The Summit also will feature presentations from students representing more than a dozen different Southern California colleges and universities.

“At the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, we collaborate with a cross-cutting array of researchers, businesses, non-profits, NGOs, and other entities from a wide range of disciplines and industries to analyze, model, and visualize location-based data,” said Wilson. “Although there are many geospatial conferences across the country and around the world, our Summit has the distinctive mission to connect current leaders in the spatial sciences with students from numerous different academic institutions who are the next generation of innovators.”

At the summit, students will be able to learn about emerging trends in geospatial science, technology, and applications; present papers and posters about their own research; network with industry professionals; and introduce themselves to geospatial company representatives at the closing Industry and job fair.

Industry professionals will have the opportunity to learn what leaders in their field see as emerging geospatial trends, create greater awareness for their company by sharing materials at the Industry Fair, network with other geospatial professionals, and have a chance to influence what academic programs are teaching to the next generation of GIS professionals.

Plenary speakers for the Summit will be Gil Elbaz, CEO, Factual Inc. presenting “Location-Based Data and GIS: Changing the Future,” Keith Masback, CEO, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and Chris Mattmann, Ph.D., Chief Architect, Instrument and Data Systems Section presenting the case study “Data Science from the Trenches: NASA, Academia, and Open Source Trial by Fire.”

Moderators and panelists for the day’s panel discussions and concurrent presentations will include:

Estella M. Geraghty, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions, Esri
Chris B. Dunbar, Principal Director, Guidance & Control Subdivision, The Aerospace Corporation
Mark Sarojak, Vice President, PIXIA Corp.
Bingcai Zhang, Technical Fellow, BAE Systems
Robert Fassett, M.D., Director, Care Delivery Transformation, PricewaterhouseCoopers
David DiBiase, Team Lead – Education Industry, Esri
Isaiah Mack, Manager, California Surveying and Drafting Supply, Inc. 
Thomas A. Horan, Professor and Dean, Claremont Graduate University
Myles G. Cockburn, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Spatial Sciences, USC
Andre Doumitt, CEO, Digital Adopxion
R. Maxwell Baber, Director of Academic Programs, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation 

The Program Committee includes representatives from both industry and academic leaders in the geospatial industry, including Digital Adopxion, the County of Los Angeles, Claremont Graduate University (CGU), USC, Red Bull North America and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

The Academic Steering Committee for the Summit includes faculty from California State University; Channel Islands; Loyola Marymount University; California State University, Northridge; University of Redlands; University of California, Los Angeles; CGU; CSULB; and USC.

The Fifth Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is generously sponsored by California Surveying and Drafting Supply, California Geographic Information Association, Esri, PIXIA Corporation, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

Summit Registration
Geospatial sciences students from any college or university as well as industry professionals can register for the conference here:

Fees (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and reception) are as follows: Students: $40, CGIA Members: $55, Industry Professionals: $65. Attendance and participation in the Summit can qualify for GISP credit.

A detailed program breakdown of the Summit can be found here:

About USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute:
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