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Welcome to SAVi

The SAVi Center at SJSU uses the power of geography and Geographic Information Science to produce impactful research and professional services to serve our university departments, neighborhood organizations, public agencies and private sector entities in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.



GIS Day 2022

SAVI is hosting the first in-person GIS Day 2022 with workshops and poster competition in SJSU student unoin.

GIS Day 2022 this year had generous sponsorship from the Public Interest Technology University Network to support students awards

Posters may focus on using GIS for assessing/boosting digital equity, transportation and environmental applications, including theory and practice of GIS and remote sensing, landscape design and urban planning, economic and mobility spatial analysis, transportation planning and design.

GIS Day 2022 more info.


FA 22' SAVI Workshop Series Launched

SAVI lab workshops in November offer professionals and students the opportunity to learn innovative and hands-on, practical and skill sets in 3-hour lab sessions to progress in the technology oriented job market and data driven projects and knowledge.

With the generous support of Public Interest Technology University Network, the SAVI workshops are free for SJSU studnts. 


SJSU student register here for free seat!

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A new SAVi study assesses high-tech firm location

A recent SAVi study authored by SAVi-codirector assesses the relationships between transportation amenities and high-tech firm location in the U.S. tech clusters.

Featured Project

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Internet Access Map - CA Assembly District 30

This project assessed and visualized broadband availability vis-a-vis the location of those who are in need of broadband access in the Assembly District (AD) 30 communities. In AD 30; according to the Census 2018 estimates, one out of every three people is below 18 years old; who could be a student needing broadband service for the new academic year. A preliminary analysis revealed that the communities with a higher share of vulnerable households in this district are also the areas that have relatively lower broadband access fixed services. This project was done in collaboration with the SJSU Lurie College of Education and resulted in a report and a broadband access web-map which allows users to visualize, overlay and analyze broadband and the location of those who are in need of broadband access. The results of this project enable detailed assessment of the areas that could face connectivity challenges in order to support both public and private sectors, and local communities to work towards closing a digital divide within the AD 30 communities.

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SAVi Workshops
SAVi Workshop

Spatial Analytics & Visualization Lab Workshops; Fall 2022

The Spatial Analytics and Visualization Institute (SAVI) is delighted to launch the Fall 2022 spatial analytics and visualization workshop series. These five lab workshops in November offer professionals and students the opportunity to learn innovative and hands-on skill sets in 3-hour lab sessions with expert instructors from private industry and higher education. The skill sets covered in these lab workshops will help professionals to progress in the tech oriented job market and students to advance their data driven projects and knowledge. With the generous support of Public Interest Technology University Network, these workshops are FREE FOR SJSU STUDENTS!

Register Here!

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Event OnNov16

GIS Day 2022 Event and Poster Competition (SJSU SAVi + MTI + VTA)

Time:5 p.m. - 8 p.m.Location:Student Union 01, 4A
Event On,Apr22

GISci and Mapping Implication for Environmental Studies and Sciences Research

Event starts at:,2:30 pm - 4:00 pm PSTEvent is located at:,SJSU Student Union, Meeting Room 2A & 2B
Event OnMar24

Public Participatory Geography Research Panel

Time:3:30 pm - 7:00 pm PSTLocation:San Jose Downtown Guildhouse
Event OnDec6

Creating A Vibrant Downtown Together

Time:6:30 pm onwardsLocation:Guildhouse, 420 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
Event On,Nov17

Virtual GIS Day @ SJSU: Speaking of GISci Advances

Event starts at:,5 p.m. - 8 p.m.Event is located at:,Virtual Zoom Event
Event On,Sep24

SAVi GIS Talk #5 - Using GIS, Drones, and data science for Urban and Environmental Studies

Event starts at:,3 p.m - 4 p.m.Event is located at:,Virtual Event
Event OnJun21

California's Housing Data Strategy

Time:12:00 pm PSTLocation:Zoom Event
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The DJI Phantom 4 Pro

West Coast Drone Mapping

Coastal ecosystems and eelgrass habitats provide important services to the marine environment, including primary production, carbon storage, nutrient cycling, habitat for fisheries species, and erosion control. UASs with high spatial resolution, temporal flexibility, and cost-effectiveness for repeat photogrammetry, afford a significant advancement in other remote sensing approaches for coastal mapping, habitat monitoring, and environmental management. They provide essentially on-demand remote sensing at low cost and with reduced human risk. Drone imagery will be collected at least annually in coordination with in situ samplings which will also be used to validate the imagery by ground-truthing across a range of points within each meadow. Because eelgrass extent in some regions is subtidal and challenging to visualize from the air, we utilize DJI Phantom 4 Pro (RGB) and DJI Inspire (multispectral) drones and related drone mapping technology through Esri Drone2Map. Each year, ideally we allocate 4-6 days at each site for each drone mission to maximize ideal conditions for collecting drone imagery, striving for lowest spring tides, and calm, bright conditions with roughly vertical sunlight.

Know More about West Coast Drone Mapping