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Columbia University, New York, US
October 16th.

Spatial Data Science Conference

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The Spatial Data Science Conference (#SDSC19) is the first event to bring together Data Scientists and Developers who specialize in working with spatial data.

Founded in 2017, the conference brings together organizations who are pushing the boundaries of spatial data modelling - ranging from large enterprise, to cities and government, as well as thought leaders from academic institutions.

What to expect

The agenda will be packed with keynotes, panels, technical workshops, and opportunities to network with experts in spatial data from across the globe.

  • Keynotes: Keynote speakers will inspire you with their vision for the future of Spatial Data Science, focusing on the latest in modelling techniques and new data streams.
  • Technical Workshops: Learn first-hand how to use new geospatial technology in your Data Science workflows. Connect with industry experts, product gurus and innovators from a range of industries.
  • Panels: Data and geospatial experts will come together to discuss how they see our space evolving, focusing on how the growth of Spatial Data Science is affecting the Location Intelligence ecosystem.
  • Networking Events: There’s more than just great content—it’s also an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas & valuable industry insights with other professionals in our networking lounge and dinner.
Speakers
Sina Kashuk
Senior Data Scientist at Uber

Sina Kashuk

Sina has been recently focus on promoting geospatial indexing systems using hexagons to enable machine learning for geospatial analytics.

Dunia Simunovic
Global Head of Real Estate Data & Insights at WeWork

Dunia Simunovic

Dunia is the Global Head of Real Estate Data and insights at WeWork. Her focus has been to build tools to optimize WeWork’s pre-opening scale and speed, as well as leading Market Intelligence.

Jack Linshi
Data Scientist at Airbnb

Jack Linshi

Jack is on Airbnb's Homes Platform team, focusing on developing scalable products to onboard and manage hosts where short-term rental regulations apply.

Esteban Moro
Professor at MIT

Esteban Moro

Esteban Moro is associate professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and currently, He is a visiting professor at MIT Media Lab.

Danil Kirsanov
Engineering Manager at Facebook

Danil Kirsanov

Danil works on ML problems in Facebook Spatial Computing group. He holds PhD in Applied Math from Harvard and prior to Facebook worked on scalable computing at Microsoft and MathWorks.

 Neera Chatterjee
Product Manager at Instacart

Neera Chatterjee

Neera is a Senior Product Manager at Instacart, the North American grocery delivery and e-commerce company. As part of Instacart's Emerging Products team, Neera leads geographic and category expansions.

Javier de la Torre
Founder & Chief Strategy Officer at CARTO

Javier de la Torre

Javier founded CARTO with a vision to democratize data analysis and visualization. Under his leadership, it has grown into one of the fastest growing geospatial companies in the world.

Stuart Lynn
Data Scientist at TwoSigma Data Clinic

Stuart Lynn

After leading Data Science at CARTO for 4 years, Stuart now works at TwoSigma with non-profits, government agencies and academics to make the most of their data.

Rayne Gaisford
Head of Data Strategy at Jefferies

Rayne Gaisford

Rayne leads data acquisition and analysis for Jefferies Equity Research division.

Kevin Stofan
Data Scientist at DataRobot

Kevin Stofan

Kevin Stofan is a Data Scientist at DataRobot and an Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania State University with over 19 years of experience implementing geospatial analytics solutions.

Julia Koschinsky
Executive Director of the Center for Spatial Data Science

Julia Koschinsky

Julia Koschinsky is the Executive Director of the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago and has been part of the GeoDa team for over ten years.

Mengdie Zhuang
Researcher at The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL)

Mengdie Zhuang

Mengdie focuses on understanding user engagement with spatial data visualization. Her current work is to analyze and visualize complex datasets for infectious disease identification and intervention.

James McClain
Software Engineer at Azavea

James McClain

James is a Software Engineer on the R&D Team at Azavea. He is a computer enthusiast, interested in all aspects from theory to programming to games.

Edzer Pebesma
Co-Director ifgi & spatio-temporal modelling lab lead

Edzer Pebesma

Edzer leads the spatio-temporal modelling laboratory at the institute for geoinformatics at University of Münster. He is one of the authors of Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R (second edition).

Tim Kiely
Lead Data Scientist at American Securities

Tim Kiely

Tim works both on the investment decision side, where he helps identify growth opportunities in potential acquisition companies and on the portfolio company operations side to unlock value through predictive modeling.

 Violet Whitney
Product Manager At Sidewalk Labs

Violet Whitney

Violet leads the Generative Design product at Sidewalk Labs as a PM and she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Kirk Marple
CTO at Kespry

Kirk Marple

Customer-focused Technology leader with extensive expertise in multimedia data ingestion, processing and distribution workflows.

Anna Dixon
Data Scientist at Datafoss & DataKind

Anna Dixon

Anna is a data scientist and founder at Datafoss. Recently, she has been applying her skills to humanitarian causes at DataKind including solving logistics problems around sanitation in Haiti.

Alex Singleton
Professor of Geographic Information Science at University of Liverpool

Alex Singleton

Alex is a Professor of GIS at the University of Liverpool, where he was appointed as a Lecturer in 2010. His research sits at the boundary between the social and computational sciences.

Frode Bjerke
CTO at Unacast

Frode Bjerke

As the CTO at Unacast, Frode manages the overall Technology and Product strategy, always looking to create and deliver purposeful products from data assets.

Maarten Vanhoof
Research Fellow at CASA

Maarten Vanhoof

After spending a PhD mining mobile phone data, Maarten is now taking a deep dive into spatial interaction models at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis UCL.

Mudit Srivastav
Head of Advanced Analytics

Mudit Srivastav

Mudit leads the Advanced Analytics function at Origin Energy. Origin is a leading provider of energy to homes and businesses throughout Australia.

Chris Jenness
Data Scientist at Dstillery

Chris Jenness

Chris works at Dstillery, the leading custom audience solutions company, empowering brands and their agencies to maximize the value of customer data and transform the way they connect with their audiences.

Adam Waksman
Core Technology Division lead at Foursquare

Adam Waksman

Adam Waksman runs the Core Technology Division at Foursquare, which includes engineering and data science related to foot traffic, POI, marketing insights, and other areas of location technology.

Michael Dowd
Data Scientist at DataKind

Michael Dowd

Michael spent over a year working in close collaboration with some US cities. This was the first and largest multi-city, data-driven collaboration of its kind to support Vision Zero efforts within the U.S.

Isaac Brodsky
Senior Software Engineer at Uber

Isaac Brodsky

Isaac Brodsky is a Senior Software Engineer at Uber, and is the lead for the H3 open source project. He has experience in big data and real time analytics.

Shan He
Senior Software Engineer at Uber

Shan He

Shan is a coder, a designer, a data artist, and an architect by training. She is the founding member of Uber's data visualization team, creator of kepler.gl, and the Gold winner of Kantar Information is Beautiful Award.

Carolina Pinzón
Business Analyst

Carolina Pinzón

Carolina is a data scientist experienced in leading end-to-end analytics projects to translate obscure and unstructured data into business insights and recommendations.

Agenda

Oct 15th, 2019 - Workshops

at 307 Fifth Av

The day before the conference we'll be hosting a series of interactive workshops with experts from across the globe. Places are limited, and available to SDSC attendees only.

10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Edzer Pebesma – An Introduction to Spatial Data Science with R.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Andy Eschbacher – Using CARTOframes in your Spatial Data Science Workflows.

Oct 16th, 2019 - Presentations

at Columbia University
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMRegistration & Welcome Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM
    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Javier de la Torre

    Keynote

  • 9:30 AM
    9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

    Sina Kashuk

    Lightning Talk

  • 9:45 AM
    9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

    Edzer Pebesma

    From Data Science to Spatial Data Science

  • 10:15 AM
    10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

    Mudit Srivastav

    Spatial Modelling in the Utilities Industry

10:30 AM - 11:00 AMCoffee Break
  • 11:00 AM
    11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

    Stuart Lynn

    Lightning Talk

  • 11:15 AM
    11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

    Esteban Moro

    Exploring The Atlas of Inequality in US Cities

  • 11:30 AM
    11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

    Violet Whitney

    Data Mining the City: Agent Based Simulation for Spatial Behavior Prediction

  • 11:45 AM
    11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    Alex Singleton

    Why the future of urban data might not be open…

  • 12:00 PM
    12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

    Neera Chatterjee

    From Growth Hacking to Growth Mapping

  • 12:15 PM
    12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

    Jack Linshi

    Geospatial Processing & Natural Experiments for Regulatory Affairs

12:30 PM - 1:30 PMLunch
  • 1:30 PM
    1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Data Streams Panel

    Improving spatial models with new location data streams chaired by Javier Perez Trufero, Head of Data at CARTO.

  • 2:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

    Mengdie Zhuang

    Using complex datasets for infectious disease identification and intervention

  • 2:15 PM
    2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

    Rayne Gaisford

    Lightning Talk

  • 2:30 PM
    2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

    Anna Dixon

    Spatial Data Science for Social Good: Improving Haitian’s access to dignified sanitation through data

2:45 PM - 3:05 PMCoffee Break
  • 3:05 PM
    3:05 PM - 3:20 PM

    Speed Talks

    A series of Spatial Stories from leading Data Scientists.

  • 3:20 PM
    3:20 PM - 3:35 PM

    James McClain

    The Vehicle Routing Problem: Optimizing School Bus Routes in Philadelphia through Spatial Analysis

  • 3:35 PM
    3:35 PM - 3:50 PM

    Julia Koschinsky

    Making Spatial Access Measurement Accessible

  • 3:50 PM
    3:50 PM - 4:05 PM

    Carolina Pinzón

    Lightning Talk

  • 4:05 PM
    4:05 PM - 4:20 PM

    Kirk Marple

    Lightning Talk

  • 4:20 PM
    4:20 PM - 4:35 PM

    Dunia Simunovic

    Lightning Talk

  • 4:35 PM
    4:35 PM - 4:50 PM

    Lightning Talk

    -

  • 4:50 PM
    4:50 PM - 5:05 PM

    Tim Kiely

    Using Whitespace Analysis for PE Investment Decision Making

  • 5:05 PM
    5:05 PM - 5:20 PM

    Lightning Talk

    -

  • 5:20 PM
    5:20 PM - 5:25 PM

    Closing Comments

    -

5:45 PM - ∞Afterparty at Amity
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SDSC Workshops - Oct 15th, at 307 Fifth Av

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Edzer Pebesma

An Introduction to Spatial Data Science with R

This workshop will give an introduction to the R-spatial software ecosystem, its history and recent developments. It will discuss spatial

feature data, raster data, spatio-temporal data, movement data, show examples, and discuss future developments. It will also point to places for further reading, finding software packages, and asking questions.

Prior knowledge of R is useful, but not required.

R-spatial

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Andy Eschbacher

Using CARTOframes in your Spatial Data Science Workflows

CARTO's Lead Data Scientist and CARTOframes creator, Andy Eschbacher, will host a workshop that introduces basic spatial data science workflows to show how to get more information out of geodata, including exploratory spatial data analysis, spatial lag and spatial error models, as well as dynamic visualization of model outputs in a map in a notebook.

Python
  • DataRobot
  • TomTom
  • SafeGraph
  • Geospatial World
  • GEO Awesomeness

Don’t miss a unique opportunity to put your organization at the forefront of the Spatial Data Science space, building your brand and connecting with more than 300 Data Scientists and Developers from a wide range of industries.

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Venue

Alfred Lerner Hall
Columbia University,
New York, 10027.

  • Alfred Lerner Hall
  • Entry
  • Subway Station
  • Columbia Campus
  • After Party
Previous editions
From Knowledge Graphs to Community Graphs: Leveraging the power of data linkage in spatial analysis

Marc DaCosta

From Knowledge Graphs to Community Graphs: Leveraging the power of data linkage in spatial analysis

Large-scale geospatial visualization with Kepler.gl

Shan He

Large-scale geospatial visualization with Kepler.gl

sdsc2018-01
Talkin’ Trash

Yuan Shi and Mary John

Talkin’ Trash

Digital Vapor Trails: Using Website Behavior to Nowcast Entrepreneurial Activity

Alyssa Bianco

Digital Vapor Trails: Using Website Behavior to Nowcast Entrepreneurial Activity

sdsc2018-02
sdsc2018-03

Take a look back at Spatial Data Science Conference highlights from 2018 and 2017