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Coursera - From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing, University of Minnesota

Coursera - From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing
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From Google Maps to consumer global positioning system (GPS) devices, spatial technology shapes many lives in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. Thanks to spatial computing, a hiker in Yellowstone and a taxi driver in Manhattan can know precisely where they are, discover nearby points of interest and learn how to reach their destinations. Spatial computing technology is what powers the Foursquare check-in, the maps app on your smartphone, the devices used by scientists to track endangered species, the routing directions that help you get from point A to point B, the precision agriculture technology that is revolutionizing farming, and the augmented reality devices like Google Glass that may soon mediate our interaction with the real world.

This course introduces the fundamental ideas underlying spatial computing services, systems, and sciences. Topics covered will include the nature of geospatial information, proper statistical frameworks for working with geospatial data, key algorithms and data structures, spatial data mining, and cartography/geovisualization. We will also address applied topics such as where to find spatial data, how to use powerful open source software to analyze and map spatial data, and frameworks for building location-based services.

Course Syllabus

Module 1 - Introduction

Course Introduction
Defining Spatial Computing
Course Structure
Interviews with Johannes Schöning, Loren Terveen and Martin Raubal

Module 2 - Spatial Query Languages

What is a Query? Query Language?
An example database with 3 tables
SQL overview
SELECT statement with 1 table
Multi-table SELECT statement
Why spatial extensions are needed
1-table spatial queries

Module 3 - Spatial Networks

Motivation, Societal use cases
Example spatial networks
Conceptual and mathematical models
Need for SQL extensions
CONNECT statement
RECURSIVE statement
Storage and data structures
Algorithms for connectivity query
Algorithms for shortest path
Interviews with Dev Oliver and Betsy George

Module 4 - Spatial Data Mining

Motivation, Spatial Pattern Families
Spatial data types and relationships
Limitations of Traditional Statistics
Location Prediction model
Spatial outliers
Colocations and Co-occurrences
Summary: What is special about mining spatial data?

Module 5 - Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)

Introduction to Volunteered Geographic Information
Producing VGI
Pros and Cons of VGI
Interview with Michael Goodchild

Module 6 - Positioning

Introduction to Positioning
Overview of GPS
Overview of Wifi and Cellular Positioning
Introduction to Content-based Positioning
Location-field Positioning

Module 7 - Cartography

Introduction to Cartography
Overview of Maps and Mapping
Reference Maps
Thematic Maps

Module 8 - Future Directions

Spatial Databases: Representative projects
Data Mining: Representative projects
Advances in Cartography
Advances in Positioning
Interviews with Vipin Kumar, Wan Bae, Mohammed Mokbel and Len Kne

Coursera - From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing, University of Minnesota

Coursera - From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing, University of Minnesota

Coursera - From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing, University of Minnesota

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