Speaker Series

Every year, the Center for Spatial Business invites guest speakers from a variety of sectors to share their knowledge on how geographic information systems (GIS) has benefitted their business. Drawn from academia and industry, our speakers hail from diverse backgrounds and possess significant expertise and experience in GIS.  We invite you to learn more about our upcoming speakers and explore hundreds of hours of videos and presentation decks from past presentations.

Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events

PasqualettiFlyervF.pngThe Morality of Wind Energy Landscapes

Dr. Mike Pasqualetti
Arizona State University

Wed. March 23, 2022
6 – 7:15 p.m. PST via Webex

RSVP by Mar 20 at www.redlands.edu/pasqualetti
A link to the Webex event will be provided via email after registration.

Academic Year 2021–2022 Speaker Series

All events are scheduled for Wednesdays, 6 – 7:15 p.m. Pacific Time, and will be presented virtually via Webex

October 13, 2021
Dr. Kostas Goulias, UC Santa Barbara
Exploring the Roles of Location and Transportation Provision on Business Establishment Formation, Dissolution, and Relocation

November 16, 2021
Yolanda Richards, Esri
Location Intelligence and Social Justice in the Chi: GIS and its Role in Equity in the Second City

January 27, 2022
Ben Farster, Director Enterprise Location Intelligence

From the Desktop to the Cloud: The Evolution of GIS at Walgreens

February 15, 2022
Jan Kestle, President Environics Analytics
Making People's Lives Better with Transformative Data and Analytics- And How Spatial
Analysis Plays a Key Role

March 23, 2022
Dr. Mike Pasqualetti, Arizona State University
The Morality of Wind Energy Landscapes

Past Speaker Series

Academic Year 2021-2022
Date Topic Speaker(s) Video  Slides
March 23, 2022
The Morality of Wind Energy
Dr. Martin J. Pasqualetti Video Slides
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 Making People’s Lives Better with
Transformative Data and Analytics—
And How Spatial Analysis Plays a
Key Role
Jan Kestle Video Slides
Thursday, January 27, 2022 From Desktop to the Cloud: The Evolution of GIS at Walgreens Ben Farster Video Slides
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Location Intelligence and Social Justice
in the Chi: GIS and its Role in Equity in
the Second City
Yolanda Richards Video Slides
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Exploring the Roles of Location and Transportation Provision on Business Establishment Formation, Dissolution,and Relocation Dr. Konstadinos (Kostas) G. Goulias Video Slides
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 How Businesses Leverage GIS and Location Intelligence to Create Knowledge of Markets: Placemaking for the Future David Beitz and Paris Williams-Allen Video  
Thursday, January 28. 2021 GIS in Business Education: Why, How, Benefits, and Challenge Dr. Joseph Kerski Video  
Thursday, November
19, 2020
 Collecting and Connecting the Dots for COVID-19 Este Geraghty Video Slides
Thursday, November
12, 2020
 A Maker’s Transformation: From Facilities Management to
 Market Planning to the Future in GeoAI
Nikki Stifle Video Slides
Academic Year 2019-2020
Date Topic Speaker(s) Video  Slides
Wednesday, March
11, 2020
On GeoAI in the Real World Mansour Raad Video Slides
Wednesday, February
5, 2020
Empowering an Insurance Enterprise
with Geospatial Insight
Joe Holubar Video Slides
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 The Role of Big Data in Retail Location
Decision Making
Lawrence Joseph Video Slides
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 The Gaps in Your (Team’s) Spatial
Jim Herries Video Slides
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Geoprivacy Attitudes and Personal Location Masking Strategies of Internet Users Dr. Piotr Jankowski Video  
  Academic Year 2018- 2019      
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Cartographer Redefined - Mapping Amongst the Masses. Indy Hurt Video  
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 The Role of Analytics in Southern California Edison's Massive Project to Provide Renewable Energy from the Tehachapi Wind Farm. H. Steven Eimer  Video  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Exploring of Emerging Geospatial and Information Technologies on Earth and in Space at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Tom Soderstrom and Stephanie Granger



November 13, 2018

Understanding Space-Time Diffusion in a Retail Ecosystem for Home Improvement Products: How to Combine the Temporal Bass Model, with Bayes and Spatial Huff Models. Dr. Christopher Franklin



November 8, 2018

Augmented and Virtual Reality for Immersive Spatial Exploration and Decision-Making in Business  Eric Wittner and Rex Hansen 



March 28, 2018

GIS as an Analytic for Location Economics  Wayne Gearey 



March 20, 2018

Digital Transformation and GIS in Utilities  Bill Meehan 



January 23, 2018

Exploring the Geographic Footprints of Google Fiber 

Tony Grubesic


  Academic Year 2016- 2017      
October 17, 2017 Humanitarian Aid and Spatial Technologies in Crisis  Andrew Schroeder Video  
March 28, 2017 The Illusion of Simplicity: The Case for Making Drones Easy to Use Lawrie Jordan Video  
January 31, 2017 Privacy - Preserving Inference of Social Relationships from Location Data Dr. Cyrus Shahabi Video  
December 6, 2016 Driving Innovation with GeoHub in the City of Los Angeles Ms. Lilian Coral Video  
November 1, 2016 Achieving Corporate Global Location Intelligence Dr. Wayne Gearey


Part 1

Part 2

September 20, 2016 Targeted Digital Marketing: A Defense Against Retail Disruption Seann G. Bernshaw, Ph.D. ABD Video Slides
Academic Year 2015-2016
March 7, 2016 The State of Geospatial Big Data Mansour Raad Video Slides
January 27, 2016 On Demand Cities Dr. Thomas Fisher Video Slides
December 2, 2015 Spatial, Temporal and Socioeconomic Characteristics in Crowd-sourced Geographic Information Linna Li, Ph.D. Video Slides
October 1, 2015 Sleepwalking into the Future? A World Without Spatial Thinking Joseph Kerski, Ph.D., GISP Video Slides
November 18, 2015 West Marine's Transition to a Waterlife Outfitter: The Role of Location Intelligence Dr. Lawrence Joseph


Part 1

Part 2

 Academic Year 2014-2015

April 8, 2015

Spatial Data: The Fuel for Spatial Decision-Making 

Dr. Peter Keenan

March 11, 2015 The Criticality of GIS Basemaps: Quality is the Key to Success Milton Ospina Video Slides
December 3, 2014 Applying Real-Time GIS Greg Tieman & Thomas Paschke Video Slides
November 19, 2014 GIS Day: rKnowledge - The Spatial Diffusion of rDNA Methods  Dr. David Rigby Video Slides
September 17, 2014 Incorporating GIS Technology into Local Government Ingrid Bruce Video Slides
Academic Year 2013-2014
September 18, 2014 Situational Awareness and Business Intelligence  Dr. Ming Tsou Video Slides
May 28, 2014 Geomedicine: Getting from Hippocrates to HIE to Hadoop Dr. Estella Geraghty Video  
January 28, 2014 Web GIS: Technologies, Applications and Directions Pinde Fu, Ph.D.


November 20, 2013 Getting to Yes? The Sustainable Energy Modeling Program, a Decision Support System for Infrastructure Siting Dr. Hal Nelson


Academic Year 2012-2013
November 7, 2012 GIS Mobile Resources Management Wolfgang Hall

Part 1
Part 2

October 3, 2012 GIS and Big Data-Theory and Best Practice Case Studies David Schrader



Academic Year 2011-2012

  Maps for Business: Spatial-based Decisions Made Easy  Steve van Vliet


December 5, 2012 House Planner Dr. Carsten Lange