AMU Invited Lectures Series in GIScience

prof.Arika Ligmann-Zielińska

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: Uncertainty in spatial modeling: adversity or opportunity?

Abstract: Comprehensive representations of complex socio-environmental systems usually require coupling models from various disciplines into a large consolidated model characterized by high computational cost, algorithmic complexity, and confounded uncertainty. The latter is usually perceived as an inconvenience that should be curtailed. It can be argued, however, that, if managed systematically, uncertainty can provide an opportunity to discover robust and sustainable futures. To this end, we propose three intertwined design principles that should guide the development of uncertain policy-relevant models: legitimacy, parsimony, and practicality. Model legitimacy encompasses the various sources of uncertainty – from expert opinion, through measurement error, to stakeholder preferences. Legitimacy aims at the faithful representation of the perspectives of all involved stakeholders (uncertainty differentiation). Model parsimony is necessary because legitimate models often result in many overlapping system representations, which can be further simplified and grouped to minimize model complexity (uncertainty reduction). Finally, to satisfy practicality, we need to maintain a certain level of variability in models to provide means of experimentation that can augment consensus building (uncertainty exploration). These principles provide a foundation for a unique framework for studying socio-environmental systems that acknowledges inherent system uncertainty and aims at its exploitation.

October 18th, 2022, 3:00 PM (UTC +2)


DrKatarzyna Siła-Nowicki

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: Movement data and geoprivacy – the caveats of using GPS data in research

Abstract: Human mobility is vital for understanding expansion processes in urban areas, the establishment of transportation services and the spatial distribution of facilities. The development of sensors such as GPS trackers or other wearable devices equipped with various sensors that capture movement data in real-time and at detailed spatial and temporal scales has transformed our ability to collect mobility data. However, even though GPS trackers record an individual's movement very accurately and potentially can be used to identify individuals, they do not record essential characteristics of travel behaviour. In this seminar, I will talk about contextually enhancing raw movement trajectories to uncover these mobility characteristics. Furthermore, I will touch upon privacy concerns resulting from the availability and accuracy of location data and its implications for research.

November 15th, 2022, 9:00 AM (UTC +2)


Prof.Martin Swobodziński

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: Empirical investigations into individual human behavior, decision making, and lived experiences

January 2023

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Prof.Tomasz Stepiński

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: Spatially-explicit predictions of future racial segregation - geographic versus statistical approaches

March 2023

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Prof.Piotr Jankowski

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis as applied to geodiversity assessments

April 2023

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Prof.Agnieszka Leszczyński

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: Where do platforms locate? Splintering amenitization in three Canadian cities

May 2023

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Prof.Monica Wachowicz

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: What is the perfect future for geospatial data science?

June 2023

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The series is funded by project ID-UB 051/01/POB1/0003.