Complex Systems: 'Spatially Explicit Modeling of Human-Environment Interactions' - Oct. 17, 2014

by Michelle Saport  |   

Friday, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 105A

Frank Witmer, Ph.D., computer science and engineering professor at UAA, will present "Spatially Explicit Modeling of Human-Environment Interactions."

Abstract: Modeling complex human-environment interactions can take many forms. Most of the data we use to inform our models has a spatial dimension to it, even if it is not recorded as an attribute in the dataset. This presentation discusses the importance of explicitly incorporating the spatial dimension when modeling human-environment relationships. Some common modeling approaches using simulation and regression will be discussed before looking at an example from Witmer's research modeling climate variability and violence in sub-Saharan Africa.

Upcoming Complex Systems talks for fall 2014: Oct. 24 - Meagan Krupa, UAA/APU, biological sciences Oct. 31 - Jamie Trammell, UAA, geography and environmental studies Nov. 7 - Jonathan E. Alevy and Lance Howe, UAA, economics and public policy Nov. 14 - Mollie McCarthy, UAA, biological sciences Nov. 21 - Alan Boraas and Hannah Johnson, KPC/UAA, anthropology Dec. 5 - Kacy Krieger, UAA GINA, data-driven integration

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