Host institution and
Co-sponsor with CSISS
Department of Geography
The Ohio State University (http://www.geography.ohio-state.edu)
Mei-Po Kwan - Workshop Coordinator
(The Ohio State University)
Alan Murray, Morton O'Kelly, Michael Tiefelsdorf (The
Ohio State University)
Irene Casas (Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo)
and methods for analyzing accessibility are essential
for understanding many significant social, economic,
and political issues (e.g., access to jobs, healthcare,
transportation and other public facilities for different
population subgroups). This workshop focuses on spatial
approaches to the conceptualization, measurement, and
analysis of accessibility that can be applied to important
societal questions in physical, social, or cyber-space.
A series of lectures introduce network approaches, time-geographic
perspectives, spatial optimization techniques, and spatial
interaction modeling of accessibility. Lectures and
lab exercises will familiarize participants with analytical
methods and procedures for finding solutions for real-world
accessibility problems with significant social implications.
Illustrations will include equity issues about access
to jobs, healthcare, transportation facilities, and
voter polling stations; analysis of social networks
and individual access to social and economic opportunities;
the effects of Internet infrastructure on accessibility
to information resources; and the relationship of accessibility
to commuting and migration patterns.
Participants will learn to apply concepts and analytical
tools in lab sessions in which the use of maps, geographical
visualizations and computational methods will be demonstrated.
Activity-travel data collected through surveys and by
the Global Positioning System (GPS), data on Internet
infrastructure, and a comprehensive geographic database
of urban opportunities and transportation facilities
will be used for hands-on exercises. Participants will
acquire skills in using ArcView GIS and other statistical
software to address important accessibility issues.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own research
problems for discussion with workshop instructors and
Mei-Po Kwan, Alan Murray, Morton O'Kelly, Michael Tiefelsdorf
and Irene Casas (all of the Department of Geography,
The Ohio State University) will conduct the workshop.
Professor Mei-Po Kwan has contributed to the development
and application of space-time accessibility measures.
Her research focuses on the analysis and understanding
of the spatial mobility and space-time access to jobs
and urban opportunities for different population subgroups
using GIS-based geocomputational methods and geographical
Part of Professor Alan Murray's recent research focuses
on equity issues in the access to public transport.
He works in the area of GIS, location modeling, transportation
systems, and spatial optimization methods - with specific
interests in spatial representation, spatial analysis,
and informed decision making.
Professor Morton O'Kelly is best known for his work
in network analysis, location theory (especially for
retail trade), and GIS and spatial analysis. His current
research interests include the application of network
analysis to specific accessibility problems, especially
in the study of urban transportation and Internet accessibility.
The main research interest of Professor Michael Tiefelsdorf
is the development and application of spatial statistical
methods. He has applied these methods on migration analysis
and disease mapping.
Irene Casas, a Ph.D. candidate at OSU, has extensive
experience in teaching GIS. Her dissertation research
examines the effect of real-time travel information
on individual activity-travel behavior using a GIS-based
interactive simulator and neural networks.
More information about the instructors can be found
on the OSU Geography Department's website at http://www.geography.ohio-state.edu/.