The Future is Now: USC's Geospatial Summit Tackles Issues of Global Need


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University of Southern California will assemble geospatial industry experts (Esri, Google, Northrop Grumman, Alteryx & more) as well as students from six Southern California universities and colleges to examine trends in Geospatial Science

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Los Angeles, CA) – John P. Wilson, Professor and Founding Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute, and the Program Committee of the Los Angeles Geospatial Summit have announced the details of their hallmark annual 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 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“The USC Spatial Sciences Institute established the Los Angeles Geospatial Summit to be a community of practice connecting current leaders in the spatial sciences with the next generation of geospatial innovators, who are undergraduate and graduate students and alumni from the numerous Southern California different academic institutions which teach geography, geographic information science, spatial data science, and related disciplines. What distinguishes our Summit from other geospatial conferences is our mission to bring together 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.

The Summit will kick off with a keynote from Manish Dasaur, Managing Director of Accenture Digital Analytics, with a talk titled Transforming Geospatial Data into Intelligent Enterprise: The Future is Now. Dasaur has been a leader in Accenture’s Digital practice, including authoring points of view, developing delivery capabilities, establishing relationships with technology partners and delivering strategic engagements across several industries. Following his keynote remarks, Dasaur will be joined on stage by Olivia Duane Adams, Chief Customer Officer, Alteryx, and Sean Boon, Principal Product manager, Visual Analytics, Tableau Software, for a discussion on the how geospatial data and visualization are at the core of business operations today.

The Summit will close with a panel discussion focused on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Other Evolving Geospatial Technologies with participants from industry partners Google, Northrop Grumman, and Vricon. This team of scientists plan to discuss some of the latest advances and challenges in AI/ML as applied to geospatial data collection, analytics, and geovisualization.

“A new element in the 2019 Geospatial Summit program will be a series of ‘short burst’ industry presentations. In these short bursts, geospatial managers will share use case examples of how they use GIS in pioneering ways in their companies and practices,” said Susan Kamei, managing director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute and chair of the Summit Program Committee.

Speakers for the Summit will include:

• Olivia Duane Adams, Chief Customer Officer, Alteryx

• Jennifer M. Bernstein, Ph.D., Lecturer of Spatial Sciences, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

• Sean Boon, Principal Product Manager, Visual Analytics, Tableau Software

• David DiBiase, Education Sector Lead, Global Business Development, Esri

• Michael Flaxman, Ph.D., Founder, Geodesign Technologies

• COL [R] Steven D. Fleming, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice of Spatial Sciences and the Institute for Creative Technologies, USC Spatial Sciences Institute

• Andrew Jackson, Job Captain, Carrier Johnson + Culture

• Andy Kellett, Geospatial Engineer, Sr., AeroVironment

• Isaiah Mack, Eclipse Mapping and GIS

• Craig L. Moll, Vice President, Business Development, Commercial / International Defense & Intelligence, SSL

• Sean O’Brien, Ph.D., Algorithmic Warfare, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

• Jason Sokol, GISP, GIS/Technical Excellence & Innovation Manager, AECOM | Buildings + Places

• Rawleigh Smith, Senior Maps Specialist & Account Executive, North America, Google

• Barry Tilton, Vice President of Engineering and CTO for U.S. Gov. Programs, Vricon

Partner organizations on the event include the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA), SoCal URISA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Women in GIS.

The event will feature lightning talk and poster presentations from students representing:

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Northridge

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Redlands

University of Southern California.

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 Drs. Nick Burkhart (Coordinator, Geospatial @ UCLA), Mario A. Giraldo (Associate Professor, Department of Geography, California State University, Northridge), Weimin Li (Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), Steven Moore (Director of the Center for Spatial Studies and Sponsored Programs Director, University of Redlands), Suzanne P. Wechsler (Professor, Department of Geography, California State University, Long Beach), and John P. Wilson (Professor and Founding Director, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California).

The annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is generously sponsored by Alteryx, Eclipse Mapping and GIS, Esri, OmniSci, SADA Systems, the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, and Wells Fargo as Gold Sponsors, and AECOM, CGIA, California State University, Long Beach, and the University of Redlands as Bronze Sponsors.

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.

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

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


Early bird registration (ending January 22, 2019) is $85.

As of January 23, 2019, registration is $100.

Members of several professional organizations get a registration rate of $70 (see website for details).

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 Spatial Sciences Institute:

Since its founding in 2010, the USC Spatial Sciences Institute has been using the power of connecting place, space, and time to help address global challenges, including those connected with population growth, environmental sustainability, and human well-being. Housed in the USC Dornsife College of letters, Arts and Sciences, the research and academic programs of the Spatial Sciences Institute contribute to the rapidly evolving body of geospatial knowledge and are innovating ways to empower decision makers with the analysis, modeling, and visualization of location-based data. As the hub of spatially related academic programs at USC, the Spatial Sciences Institute is unique in offering interdisciplinary courses and degrees at every higher educational level.

For more information about our research and academic programs, please visit


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