Centers and Institutes
The Department is home to five research centers and one institute including the Center for Earth Systems Analysis (CESAR), the International Population Center (IPC), the Young People's Environments, Society and Space Research Center (YESS), the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA), the Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS), and the Watershed Science Institute. These centers and institutes fund faculty and graduate scholarship, help serve the local community, and provide a fulcrum for research locally and in a number of countries around the world.
The Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) is a computer-based research and instruction facility administered by the Department of Geography. The purpose of the Center is to apply state-of-the-art technology in image processing, remote sensing, geographic information systems, automated cartography and numerical modeling to problems with a spatial dimension.
The Young People's Environments, Society and Space Research Center (YESS) supports research that deepens our knowledge base regarding the geographic spaces of children, families, and communities at scales from personal to local to global. The YESS Center pursues its mission through international scholarship and theory development that are helping to define this cross-disciplinary field of study as well as local community research initiatives that provide real-time information to practitioners and policy-makers. SDSU is an internationally recognized leader in the study of children’s geographies and has convened a number of international conferences and research workshops over the past 20 years, including the 4th International Conference on the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families in January 2015
The International Population Center (IPC) was organized in 1985 to promote applied demographic research and to provide demographic technical assistance and consulting, focusing especially on population issues along the U.S.-Mexico Border, as well as elsewhere in the world. It is a "virtual" center drawing as needed upon the physical resources of the Department of Geography (especially CESAR) and upon faculty associates elsewhere in the University (especially in the departments of Economics, Sociology, and the Graduate School of Public Health).
The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) focuses on the transformation of innovative academic research into technological and practical software solutions for solving real world problems (such as disease outbreaks, disaster response and recovery, health disparities in cancer and obesity, drug abuse, urban crime rates, etc.). Our researchers integrate spatial science (GIS and GPS technologies), mobile technologies (smart phone and mobile apps), and big data sources (social media, mobile phone records, and web pages) to analyze real world problems in order to build transformative scientific theories and computational models for understanding human dynamics.
The Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS) aims to catalyze the advancement of San Diego State University as a global leader in knowledge-driven thinking and solutions. The Center is active in diverse domains, including disaster response, global security, threat reduction, business development, biomedicine, public health, and the digital humanities. It emphasizes data acquisition and analytics, social media solutions, strategic mapping, data mining, and systems integration and development. From visualization to machine learning and predictive analytics, CICS leverages information technology to evaluate current trends and develop strategies based on dynamically evolving content. The Center acts as a platform for transdisciplinary research and education, building solutions for government and private industry, and developing partnerships for organic incubation of innovation in strategic regions, including South East Asia, the Middle East, and beyond.
The Watershed Science Institute was established 2015 to foster communication between university faculty and regional water management agencies, and to develop interdisciplinary funded research on watershed science and management. WSI has members in Departments of Ecology, Geography, Civil Engineering, Political Science, and Public Health investigating water resources, including but not limited to southern California and the US-Mexico border region.