USC Spatial Sciences Institute To Host Annual LA Geospatial Summit USC Radisson Hotel – February 23, 2018

University of Southern California will gather geospatial industry professionals (Esri, Boeing, Alteryx& more) & students from six SoCal universities to examine trends in Geospatial Science

Los Angeles, CA, Nov 28, 2017 -- 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 Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit will take place at the USC Radisson Hotel (3540 S Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90007) on Friday, February 23, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The event will feature addresses and discussions from many leading innovators in the world of geographic information science (GIS) and technology as well as presentations from students representing California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Northridge; Rio Hondo College; University of California, Riverside; University of Redlands, and University of Southern California. Partner organizations on the event include SoCal URISA, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and Women in GIS.

"At the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, we  collaborate with a cross-cutting array of researchers, businesses, nonprofits, NGOs, and other entities from a wide range of disciplines and industries to analyze, model, and visualize location-based data," said Wilson. " Although [SK1]  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 undergraduate and graduate students and alumni from numerous different academic institutions who are the next generation of innovators."

The summit will kick off with a keynote from Jeff Jonas, Founder and Chief Scientist for Senzing. Dubbed the "Wizard of Big Data" by National Geographic, Jonas is an acclaimed data scientist who thrives on solving some of the world's most complex business challenges.

Speakers for the Summit will include:

  • Pamela Blake, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Boeing Phantom Works Space Platforms & Products
  • David DiBiase, Esri, Camelia M. Kantor, Ph.D., M.B.A., Director of Academic Programs, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
  • Hugh Keegan, Applications Prototype Lab, Esri
  • Jason Knowles, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, GeoAcuity
  • Travis Longcore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Architecture, Biological Sciences and Spatial Sciences, USC
  • Stephen A. Matthews, Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography (Courtesy Geography and School of International Affairs), and Director, Graduate Program in Demography, Penn State University
  • Nate Novak, Geospatial Technologies Manager, Orca Maritime
  • Greg Peters, Senior Director, Presales North America, Alteryx


Serving on this year's Program Committee are Kerri Bennett, Senior Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Scott Fassett, Executive Director, Commercial Banking, J. P. Morgan; Steven D. Fleming, Professor of the Practice, Spatial Sciences Institute University of Southern California; Derrick Harris, Director of Corporate Relations, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and Susan H. Kamei, Managing Director, University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute..

The Academic Steering Committee for the Summit is comprised of Professors Danielle Bram (CSUN) ,Steven Moore (Redlands), Sergio Rey (UCR), Warren Roberts (RHC),), Suzanne P. Wechsler (CSULB) and John P. Wilson (USC).

The annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is generously sponsored by AeroVironment, Inc., California Geographic Information Association, Eclipse Mapping and GIS, Esri, and the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

Summit Registration

USC Radisson Hotel
3540 S Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA 90007
Friday, February 23, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

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

Early bird registration (ending January 23, 2018) is $85
As of January 24, 2018, registration is $100.
CGIA and SoCal URISA members get a registration rate of $70.
Student registration is $50.
Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Event self-parking rate at the USC Radisson Hotel is $12/day. The USC Radisson Hotel is conveniently located near the Jefferson station and the Exposition Park station on the Metro Expo Line.

About USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute:
Through our unique  Spatial Studies, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence, and  GeoDesign undergraduate programs and graduate programs in  Geographic Information Science and Technology, Spatial Informatics, and Population, Health and Place, we develop the next generation of spatial thinkers, empowering them with capabilities to help address global challenges. Members of our internationally-recognized faculty contribute to the rapidly-evolving body of geospatial knowledge. For more information about our programs, please visit


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