Space-Time GIS for Human Dynamics Research

Date: 16:00-17:30, March 25, 2019

Venue: 東京大学工学部14号館8階会議室(

Title: Space-Time GIS for Human Dynamics Research


Shih-Lung Shaw, Ph.D.

Alvin and Sally Beaman, Professor & Arts and Sciences Excellence Professor,

Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Due to widespread use of location-aware technology, information and communication technology (ICT) and mobile technology, there have been many important changes to how people carry out their activities and interactions that hace important implications to future transportation systems and services. With the unprecedented data collection of a wide range of human activities and the environments, we now have opportunities to gain insights of human dynamics in a space-time context. In the meantime, we also face many challenges of using geographic information science (GIScience) to properly support human dynamics research. This presentation will share some examples of our work in developping a space-time geographic information system (GIS) for human dynamics research, followed by a critical review of the limitations of conventional GIS and a proposed new GIScience framework to support human dynamics research in a hybrid physical-virtual space that includes four different conceptualizations for space.

About the speaker:

Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw is Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor and Arts and Sciences Excellence Professor of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests cover GIS for transporation, space-time GIS, time geography, transportaton planning and modeling, and human dynamics. His recent research has focused on space-time analytics of human dymamics in a hybrid physical-virtual world based on various types of individual tracking data. Dr. Shaw is an elected Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a recipient of the Edward L. Ullman Award fro Outstanding Contributions to Transportation Geography from the Association of American Geographers (AAG). He served as Interim Associate Provost for International Education and Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee. He is the current Chair of the Research Committee of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), lead editor of Spriger’s Human Dynamics in Smart Cities book series, and editorial board member of International journal of Geographical Information Science, Journal of Transport Geography, Travel Behaviour and Society, among others.


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