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December 16, 2016
USC Spatial Sciences Institute To Host 7th Annual LA Geospatial Summit

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 Seventh Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit will take place at the USC Radisson Hotel ( 3540 S Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90007) on Friday, February 24, 2017 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. The Summit also will feature presentations from students representing University of Redlands; Occidental College; University of California, Los Angeles; Loyola Marymount University; California State University, Long Beach; and USC.

“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 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 from numerous different academic institutions who are the next generation of innovators.”

At the Summit, students and professionals will get the industry lowdown on the potential opportunities from drones with GIS, hear how the City of Los Angeles’ GeoHub has impacted the cross-over between Big Data and government, and discover “tips and tricks” for GPS data collection. Students can also get access to mentorship advice from some of the industry’s leading minds through a series of networking programs, poster presentations and “lightning talks.”

Plenary speakers for the Summit will include two members of the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: Lilian Coral, Chief Data Officer, and Sari Ladhi, Data Fellow. The two data specialists will present their latest findings in a presentation called “Los Angeles GeoHub: The Impact of Open Data in Government.” Dana J. Poirier, GXP General Manager, Geospatial Exploitation Products of BAE Systems, and Mark Greninger, Chief Data Officer of Los Angeles County, also will be featured speakers at the event.

Moderators, respondents and panelists for the day’s events include:

Yao-Yi Chiang, Associate Professor (Research), USC Spatial Sciences Institute
LTC Ian Irmischer, Assistant Professor, GISc Program, United States Military Academy
Isaiah Mack, GPS/GIS Sales Manager, California Surveying and Drafting Supply, Inc.

Ben Marcus, AirMap, Cofounder & CEO
David DiBiase, Team Lead – Education Industry, Esri
Nick Franchino, AICP, GISP, GIS Manager, County of Los Angeles
Melisa Caric Lee, GISP, President, Compass Rose GIS and SoCal URISA
Shawn Oliver, GIS Analyst, Evari GIS Consulting

The Program Committee is made up of Steven D. Fleming, Professor of the Practice, Spatial Sciences Institute University of Southern California; Susan H. Kamei, Managing Director, Spatial Sciences Institute University of Southern California; Melisa Caric Lee, President of Compass Rose GIS; and Salvador Rivas, Senior Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations for USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

The Academic Steering Committee for the Summit includes Professors Steven Moore (Redlands), Michael Shin, Associate Professor (UCLA), Suzanne P. Wechsler (CSULB) and John P. Wilson (USC).

The Seventh Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is generously sponsored by California Surveying and Drafting Supply, California Geographic Information Association, Esri and USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

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 and lunch) are as follows: Students: $40, CGIA and URISA 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:
Through our unique  Spatial Studies 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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