UFTI Seminar: The Geospatial Dimensions of Transportation

Published: March 20th, 2017

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Weil Hall Room 238


Presented by Dr. Michael F. Goodchild, Emeritus Professor, University of California


Many aspects of transportation are essentially geospatial, from the digital road networks needed to support routing and delivery to highway design and engineering and the inventories of accidents and signage that many transportation agencies maintain. Remotely sensed imagery from aircraft and satellites has long been a major source of geospatial data, recently augmented by ground-based sensing. Several themes emerge from a survey of geospatial applications in transportation, including accuracy and precision, dynamics and update, and the role of the individual citizen. New technologies, including lane-following, self-driving vehicles, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication, are creating new demands and new needs for research.


Dr. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa 
Barbara, where he also holds the title of Research Professor. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. He received his B.A. degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his Ph.D. in geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received five honorary doctorates. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.