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.

Contact Information:
Phone: 408-924-5882


Our Work

Internet Access Map - CA Assembly District 30

URBP Team:

  • Dr. Ahoura Zandiatashbar (Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Department)
  • Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian (Professor and Department Chair, Urban and Regional Planning Department)
  • Kalyani Deshmukh (Graduate Student, Computer Engineering Department)

Project summary: 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 communcities. 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.

Upcoming Events:

SAVI GIS Talk #5: Using GIS, Drones, and data science for urban and environmental studies

Date & Time: Sep 24, 2021 03:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada

The SJSU Spatial Analytics and Visualization Institute (SAVI) is delighted to welcome Dr. Bo Yang; a new SJSU faculty member in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Dr. Yang joins SJSU with an interdisciplinary education background including degrees in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Ph.D. in Geography that well positions him to advance SJSU scholarly and educational activities on GIScience, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Remote Sensing, Human-environment Interactions, and Citizen Science as his expertise is very supportive of forming evidence-based policies around environmental challenges in the state of California.

In SAVI GIS Talk #5, Dr. Yang will be presenting his advanced research on urban and environmental challenges with using GISci, drones, and data science.

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Past Events:

SAVi GIS Talk #4 - Applications of data science for collaborative decision-making


April 16, 2021 - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

Over the past century, the increased requirements for public involvement in decision making and policy development have stimulated the development of more collaborative decision-making methods. Participatory modeling applies computer models to inform and engage stakeholders in the planning process in order to support collaborative decisions. Among these models, agent-based modeling has been a useful technique by bringing data science advances in supporting collaborative-decision making.

Join us in our SAVi GIS Talk #4 with our very own Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian (Department Chair and Professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning) and Dr. Moira Zellner (Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Director of Participatory Modeling and Data Science in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University) who will present their projects where they applied participatory modeling and spatial analytics for community-driven planning and consensus making.

SAVi GIS Talk #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. 


SAVi GIS Talk #2/GIS Day & 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 GIS Talk #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.