The Center for Location Science

Optimal Facility Location. Spatial Analysis. Geographic Information Systems and Science.

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Center Events and Activities

The Center for Location Science supports academic and scholarly activities for our team and our community:

February 10, 2017
Students Meet with Governor
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Student interns Jin Lee and Pat Guillen-Piazza met Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today when they accompanied faculty member Kevin M. Curtin (the Director of the Center of Location Science) and Associate Director and Affiliate Faculty member Alec D. Barker to the VIRTUES II conference today. The VIRTUES conferences have been sponsored by the 4VA program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia to encourage strategic coordination between industry and academia in the area of unmanned aerial vehicles and systems. The Center for Location Science has been funded by the Office of Naval Research to develop models for optimizing autonomous vehicle logistics for large-scale naval operations. Lee and Guillen-Piazza are critical research team members engaged in data collection efforts for unmanned systems and logistics supply specifications.

January 30, 2017
Montello Guest Lecture
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On Monday, January 30, 2017, the Center for Location Science welcomed Dr. Daniel R. Montello for a guest lecture at George Mason University's Fairfax campus. Dr. Montello is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Psychologist and Geographer who has been working in the broad area of spatial cognition for decades.

Dr. Montello's topic, "Social Wayfinding", is the important but under-researched topic of the social aspects of wayfinding during navigation. Wayfinding is not a solitary process but is influenced by the actions of other people, even their mere presence. Dr. Montello's lecture described a novel framework for understanding wayfinding in complex environments that incorporates the influence, either directly or indirectly, of other people.This framework is structured into four parts based upon (1) the nature of the interaction between the people and (2) the time frame in which the interaction takes place. His presentation highlighted gaps in our understanding of social wayfinding and outline issues for future research.

The Center for Location Science provides education, training, and outreach opportunities to students, faculty, and our community of stakeholders. These efforts are devoted to the development of scientists who conceptualize location as a primary feature of the physical and social worlds. Another purpose of the Center's engagement efforts is to raise awareness in the general public about spatial problems and their solutions. The Center thanks Dr. Montello and those who participated in the lecture.

August 17-18, 2016
Dr. Curtin Presents at VIRTUES
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Dr. Kevin Curtin, Director of the Center for Location Science at George Mason University, was invited to speak at the Virginia Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education Summit (VIRTUES) conference held at James Madison University at Harrisonburg Virginia on 17-18 August 2016. VIRTUES is a Commonwealth-wide initiative, led by the 4-VA partnership, that is fostering the development of research, curriculum, and entrepreneurship centered on unmanned systems. Dr. Curtin offered a presentation about the Center's ongoing research involving optimization of logistics enterprises that rely on unmanned and autonomous cargo systems.

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