The Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis (GISAB) was founded within the School of Business of at the University of Redlands in August 2011 following a year of intensive review of the Center's plan. Professor James Pick was appointed as the Founding Director. In its plan to grow and develop over the next five years, GISAB will interact with other educators and scholars, students, and business practitioners who will offer case studies and experiences that can inform research and teaching in business GIS.
GISAB director Dr. Avijit Sarkar was featured in the Fall 2015 issue of Och Tamale discussing faculty research projects, including one on information and communication technologies in emerging economies. The story can be found here.
GISAB faculty affiliate Dr. James Pick was quoted in a news report on Big Data and GIS by 89.3 KPCC. The news report can be found here.
Information on Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Implementation Strategy Grant awarded to Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (with Information on Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Implementation Strategy Grant awarded to Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (with University of Redlands as co-applicant) can be found here.
James Pick was visiting scholar in Department of Information Systems at City University of Hong Kong in fall of 2012, as part of his sabbatical leave. He gave seminars and workshops at City University, Chinese University, and Lingnan University on China's geographic digital divide and business GIS, and was involved in active research projects, some with Chinese collaborators. In mid-October, he was invited scholar for 10 days at the Institute of Policy and Management of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, where he developed plans for a collaborative research project and gave seminars on China's and Japan's digital divide and on GIS analysis of megacities. He has had corporate interactions with Lenovo, Esri China, and Microsoft, learned many things about China and Hong Kong, and enjoyed making new friends. On his return to U.S. in mid-November, he will be visiting researcher at UC Irvine, returning to University of Redlands in mid-March.