Academic Year News

jaehee parkAugust 24, 2017

Park Receives University Graduate Fellowship

New doctoral student, Jaehee Park, has been awarded the San Diego State University Graduate Fellowship for the 2017/18 academic year. She is the first doctoral student in CAL to receive this University Graduate Fellowship. The Fellowship directs institutional funding to support recruitment, retention, and timely degree completion for excellent graduate students. Fellowships are awarded through a merit-based, competitive process. A faculty advisory committee will review nominations according to a scoring rubric developed by Graduate & Research Affairs and the committee.

Jaehee was nominated and selected for this fellowship because her excellent journal publication records, and the GIS and computational skills matching the need of current NSF funded project (IMEE) at SDSU, title “Integrated Stage-based Evacuation with Social Perception Analysis and Dynamic Population Estimation” (Award#: 1634641).

Her advisor is Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou.


CICS tijuana mosaicSeptember 19, 2017

CICS Researchers Return to Centro de Artes Musicales in Tijuana

In alignment with the collaborative initiative launched by CICS Leave geography site and CAM Leave geography site earlier this year, Co-Director Pottathil, several CICS researchers and students taking the Geospatial Intelligence course (GEOG 596) were happy to accept a special invitation to an exclusive CAM musical evening. Pottathil, along with Mexican elected officials and business leaders, was also invited to give closing remarks.

CAM and CICS leadership further held a meeting to discuss plans for a large musical project with the working title “ESPERANZA: UN VIAJE MUSICAL” that is is scheduled to premiere in 2018. Pottathil will play an active role in developing this project, which aims at raising awareness of issues of global concern while offering music and digital media as a means for affecting positive transformation. “I trust that my personal knowledge of international challenges and digital technology, along with CICS' special capabilities, can be an excellent resource for CAM, contributing energy and expertise towards successful realization of this project,” said the CICS Co-Director.


tom hermanNovember 12, 2017

Thomas Herman Featured Speaker at National Council for the Social Studies Conference

Dr. Thomas Herman, adjunct faculty member and Director of the California Geographic Alliance, was the featured speaker for the Geography Community at the NCSS Conference in San Francisco from Nov. 15-19. Tom’s talk was entitled “Beyond Where: Geographic Inquiry, Trial by Space, and Democratic Citizenship.” To challenge social studies educators to move beyond the use of geographic inquiry to establish context and utilize geographic inquiry for purposes of explanation and decision-making, he pointed out that “Where?” is not the crucial question in geography. Exploration of patterns and processes allow us to understand why people, things, and events are distributed as they are. Interrogation of the social construction and political functions of geographic spaces is a means to generate deep insights and inform democratic citizenship.

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CICS prague mosaicNovember 15, 2017

CICS Affiliate Center Inauguration in Prague

A special event was held in Prague on October 26 to celebrate the inauguration of the Center for Data Analytics and Intelligence Leave geography site (CENDAI), located on the campus of the Czech University of Life Sciences. CENDAI was established at the Faculty of Economics and Management in cooperation with SDSU’s Center for Information Convergence and Strategy Leave geography site. CICS Co-Director Pottathil will serve as CENDAI Co-Director, while CICS Co-Director Skupin has been appointed as CENDAI’s Associate Director for Data Visualization and Analytics. The inauguration was hosted by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, Dr. Martin Pelikán and the Vice Dean for R&D, Associate Professor Milan Houška.

The opening keynote, highlighting the strategic vision and future activities of the Center, was given by Co-Director Akshay Pottathil. Distinguished guests from the Czech Ministry of Interior, private companies and academia then convened and discussed opportunities for collaboration. CENDAI will serve as a research, consultancy and project platform for developing new ideas and support innovative solutions addressing current challenges in technology, security, trade, finance and public affairs.


human trafficking conferenceJanuary 10, 2018

Pottathil on UCSD Panel on Human Trafficking

“NO MORE, NO MORE: Women, Girls, ICT & Violence” is a special program hosted by UCSD’s Social Impact and Innovation Leave geography site initiative. It is aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking and contributing to the national conversation on this critically important and tragic social issue, through panel discussions, conversation, movies, and heartfelt performances.

The next event in this program Leave geography site is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 3pm-6pm, at Atkinson Hall Auditorium, UC San Diego. The event will be opened by Pradeep K. Khosla (UC San Diego Chancellor) & Elizabeth H. Simmons (UC San Diego Executive Vice Chancellor), followed by a keynote by Summer Stephan (San Diego County District Attorney) and a panel discussion moderated by Carrie Hessler-Radelet (President and CEO, Project Concern International - PCI). Concluding remarks will be given by Suresh Subramani (Distinguished Professor and Former Exec. Vice Chancellor, UCSD).

Organizations invited to the discussion panel include UCSD’s < href='http://qi.ucsd.edu'>Qualcomm Institute Leave geography site, the UCSD Center on Gender Equity and Health Leave geography site, the FBI, and SDSU Geography’s Center for Information Convergence and Strategy Leave geography site (CICS), represented by Co-Director Akshay Pottathil.


left of boom 2018January 16, 2018

Left of Boom IV Launch

The Center for Information Convergence and Strategy Leave geography site (CICS) is happy to announce the launch of Left of Boom IV, the Fourth Annual Conference on Proactive Threat Mitigation, which will be held May 2-4, 2018, on the campus of San Diego State University.

Since its launch in 2015, Left of Boom has become a landmark event in bringing together experts in fields as diverse as global security, criminology, medicine, communication, big data, and adaptive intelligence. Its distinct focus on proactive threat mitigation drew endorsements and recognition from several Members of Congress, the San Diego Board of Supervisors, international organizations like the World Customs Organization and BORDERPOL, as well as receiving support from numerous corporate sponsors.

The core mission of the Left of Boom series is to foster cross-fertilization of proactive threat mitigation strategies across domains and to provide a venue for open dialogue and exchange of ideas between public and private organizations. The list of previous keynote speakers reflects this integrative vision. Examples include the former Commander of U.S. NORTHCOM and NORAD, the Consul General of India, the Director of Global Security for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Director of the Office of the General Secretary of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or the Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The CICS leadership team of Akshay Pottathil and André Skupin - who will serve as conference chair and vice-chair, respectively - is grateful for the tireless support provided by CICS researchers, subject matter experts, and volunteers in making Left of Boom IV a reality.


stuart aitkenFebruary 5, 2018

Aitken to Give Keynote at University of Washington Forum

Professor Stuart Aitken will be giving the keynote lecture and evening dinner speech at the University of Washington, Tacoma, Urban Studies Annual Forum. The topic of this year’s forum is “Creating Youth Friendly Cities.” Leave geography site

The forum will be held Thursday, February 15, in the William W. Philip Hall on the University of Washington, Tacoma, campus.


CICS mongolian mosaicFebruary 8, 2018

Mongolian Delegation Receives Security Briefing

Mongolian Consulate officials were briefed by CICS Co-Director Pottathil on a wide array of CICS security training capabilities, ranging from civil protection to countering human trafficking. The briefing was presented within a visit to San Diego State University by Galbadral Enkhtur (Consul General of Mongolia in San Francisco), Mendjargal Ganbold (Consul), and Sukhbaatar Chuluunbaatar (Vice Consul).


CICS tv mosaicFebruary 21, 2018

CICS Global TV Launched

Filming of “Breaking News” started this month at various locations across San Diego. This also represents the official launch of CICS Global TV, a production house under the Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS). “This maiden project will form the core of our upcoming Left of Boom IV conference, and we are confident that it will have a positive impact on that event and the broader community” said Co-Director Pottathil, who is directing this venture. Shooting will continue through March 2018, followed by post-production in April. As stated by Co-Director Skupin, “it is impressive how CICS has transformed itself into a center where no idea is beyond reach.”


stuart aitkenMarch 19, 2018

Aitken Keynote Speaker at International Colloquium in Brazil

Prof. Stuart C. Aitken is the lead keynote speaker at the Colóquio Internacional Crianças e Territórios de Infâncias (International Colloquium - Children and Territories of Childhood), March 26 to 28, 2018 to be held at the Faculdade de Tecnologia, Campus Universtario Darcy Ribeiro, Brasilia Distrito Federal, Brazil. Access the full schedule of the Conference Leave geography site.


doug stowApril 2, 2018

Stow to Give John Jensen Distinguished Lecture at AAG

Professor Doug Stow from Department of Geography at San Diego State University will be the speaker of the John Jensen Distinguished Lecture Series organized by the Remote Sensing Specialty Group of American Association of Geographers.

The AAG annual meeting will be in New Orleans, LA, April 10-14, 2018.

Abstract: Repeat station imaging (RSI) is an approach to multi-temporal image change analyses that minimizes misregistration effects and enables real-time (i.e., on-board) change detection. RSI involves returning the same sensor to the same airborne imaging stations (defined by specific horizontal and vertical positions) over time, and geometrically processing images on a frame-by-frame basis to maintain the benefits of replicated view geometry. This means that baseline (time-1) imagery and flight line and image capture station locations must be available prior to capturing imagery at later points in time. Platform navigation and location-based camera triggering is enabled by global navigation satellite systems. Replicated view geometries mean that automatically generated match points and fairly simple geometric transformation are adequate for achieving image registration near the pixel level, and in near real-time. Anomaly detection algorithms can then be applied to distinguish changes of interest from other changes and radiometric noise. The goal of this presentation is to provide theoretical and technical background of RSI, demonstrate its implementation for a range of geographic applications, and conclude with a vision of the follow-on research that is required to move RSI to operational status for most applications. Theoretical and technical elements of flight planning, image capture, geometric and radiometric pre-processing, information extraction, and data and information delivery will be covered. Geographic applications that will be covered include post-hazard damage assessment, law enforcement surveillance, monitoring vegetation growth/decline, and measuring wildfire spread. Many of the follow-on research requirements pertain to integration of RSI with small unmanned aerial systems.


CICS parking mosaicApril 4, 2018

Pottathil Gives Keynote at Smart Parking / Smart Cities Symposium

CICS Leave geography site Co-Director Akshay Pottathil gave a highly anticipated keynote, titled “Autonomous Motives,' at the Smart Parking / Smart Cities Symposium Leave geography site that was held in conjunction with the annual Parking Industry Exhibition (PIE 2018 Leave geography site) in Chicago. In front of a packed house Pottathil raised many issues - and some eyebrows - regarding emerging transportation infrastructures, questioning key assumptions and approaches of industry stakeholders. Autonomous vehicles are a case-in-point. As Pottathil put it, someone could “hack in, turn off the engine when you are going 80 mph or, in the case of cars that can park themselves, tell it to park in the middle of the street or on the freeway.”


April 5, 2018

Gilliam Wins First Place in AAG Student Paper Competition

Master’s student Shea Gilliam has won first place in the AAG Sexuality and Space Specialty Group Student Paper Competition. The committee commended her on writing “such a well-written, personal, and creative paper”. The paper is based upon Shea’s MA work and is titled, “The Radical Adventures of a Trans Girl in Cis-land: an Autoethnographic Account of Unplanned Activism in the Roller Derby Subculture.” The paper is currently under review at Emotion, Space and Society.

Shea has accepted an excellent Ph.D. position at the University of Southern California (USC) for Fall 2018. Congratulations on all of your successes Shea!


May 18, 2018

CGA Announces ESRI Mapping Showcase Winners

The California Geographic Alliance Leave geography site announced winners for the My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition Leave geography site today. The contest is part of Esri’s ArcGIS Online Competition for US High Schools and Middle Schools Leave geography site.

Congratulations to Jessica Huynh and Sorina Ngin (4th to 8th Grade Division) from James Rutter Middle School in Sacramento, and Emily Woods and Sangam Sharma (9th to 12th Grade Division) from Clark Magnet School in La Crescenta for their first place finishes. They all will advance to the national competition.


Ming-Hsiang TsouMay 30, 2018

Tsou Wins CPGIS Education Award

Congratulations to Professor Ming-Hsiang Tsou on receiving Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science Leave geography site (CPGIS) Education Excellence Award! This award is to honor two members annually for their outstanding contributions to GIScience & Technology education.

The award will be presented during the 26th International Conference on Geoinformatics Leave geography site, June 28-30, 2018, Kunming, Yunnan, China.


Thomas HermanJune 5, 2018

Herman Interviewed Regarding CGA Support for High School Civic Engagement

A KPBS News story Leave geography site that aired on June 4 featured an ongoing partnership between the California Geographic Alliance Leave geography site and Sweetwater Union High School District and included an interview with SDSU Geography Adjunct Professor, Dr. Tom Herman. With the story airing just before the state primary election, the lead-in was about civics education, but the story is about how studying human geography can inform civic action Leave geography site and how Sweetwater, the CGA, and the California Global Education Project Leave geography site are supporting ninth grade students in addressing issues that they see as significant.