Spatial Analytics and Visualization (SAVI) Center

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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning; in collaboration with the SJSU Provost's Office and the Institute for Metropolitan Studies, launch a world-class university center focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and urban spatial data science; the Spatial Analytics and Visualization (SAVI) Center at SJSU. Collecting faculty and students from around the University, 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. The SAVI Center facilitates knowledge exchange in GIScience by organizing public events, bringing together scholars and professionals with unique expertise to present cutting edge research findings and hosting educational workshops on technological advances in spatial analytics and visualization.

Our Work

Access to Broadband Explorer: Preparing for Back to School During the Pandemic

This project aims to visualize broadband availability vis-a-vis location of those who are in need of broadband access for remote education.  This project focuses on the communities’ within the Assembly District 30 where; 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. The outcome of this project; the broadband access web-map, will allow users to visualize, overlay and analyze broadband and the location of those who are in need of broadband access. The maps provide an interactive experience which enable detailed assessment of the areas that could face connectivity challenges in order to support both public and private sectors, and local communities to identify opportunities and gaps for a prepared return to school during the pandemic.


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GIStalk #3: Mapping Implications for CA Fire Protection and Management

March 12, 2021

Join us on March 12th to learn about mapping implications for one of the major crises that California has battled, the largest wildfire season on record breaking out in the midst of the pandemic! At the close of 2020, more than 4.2 million acres of the state had been scorched by nearly 10,000 fires.

Our guest speakers will talk about the California megafires, the California Fire Hazard Severity Zone (CFHSZ) web map and implication of CFHSZ data for examining asset impacts to the City of Los Gatos. 

Past events:

Student Story Map Competition

Participating students created an ArcGIS Story Map that conveyed a contemporary topic in an informative and engaging manner. Prizes and certificates were awarded for the most intriguing maps at graduate and undergraduate student levels. Judges from Bay Area colleges and universities selected the winning entries, and students were honored at SJSU's GIS Day event on November 18, 2020.

SAVI GIStalk #1: Leading in a Crisis with Spatial Data

October 2, 2020

The SAVI Center launched SAVI GISTalks with welcoming Ensheng ‘Frank’ Dong of Johns Hopkins University. A doctoral student at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Hopkins, Dong has played a large role in building the highly regarded Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard. SJSU Provost and Professor Vincent (Vin) J. Del Casino kicked off this inaugural event to launch SAVI GIStalks.