Spatial Computing

Spatial Computing is a set of ideas and technologies that will transform our lives by understanding the physical world, knowing and communicating our relation to places in that world, and navigating through those places.

spacial computing

The transformational potential of Spatial Computing is evident. From Virtual Globes, such as Google Maps and Microsoft Bing Maps, to consumer GPS devices, our society has benefitted immensely from spatial technology. We’ve reached the point where a hiker in Yellowstone, a schoolgirl in DC, a biker in Minneapolis, and a taxi driver in Manhattan know precisely where they are, know where nearby points of interest are, and know how to reach their destinations. Large organizations use Spatial Computing for site-selection, asset tracking, facility management, navigation, and logistics. Scientists use GPS to track endangered species to better understand behavior, and farmers use GPS for precision agriculture to increase crop yields while reducing costs. Google Earth is being used in classrooms to teach children about their neighborhoods and the world in a fun and interactive way. Augmented reality applications are providing real-time place-labeling in the physical world and providing people detailed information about major landmarks nearby.


Spatial Computing Visioning Workshop

Sept. 10th-11th, 2012

This workshop outlines an effort to develop and promote a unified agenda for Spatial Computing research and development across US agencies, industries, and universities. See the original workshop proposal here.