Dr. Edward Pultar
Founder, President, Spatial Scientist, Valarm, California. 2/2012 -Valarm is an open platform for sensor and monitoring solutions. Valarm facilitates rapid deployment of real-time, mobile sensor networks by connecting industry standard sensors to our cloud systems or private networks, using readily available, standardized hardware. Valarm-compatible connector hardware includes typical Android mobile devices and other open hardware platforms from multiple vendors.
Core Faculty, Spatial Sciences Institute, USC, Los Angeles, California. 5/2012 - 5/2014
Visiting Professor, Erasmus Mundus Scholar, Institute for New Imaging Technologies (INIT), School of Technology, Department of Languages & Systems, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain, 2/2011 - 3/2012.
GIS Engineer Intern, Google, Mountain View, California, USA, 6/2010 - 9/2010.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 3/2010 - 6/2010 & 3/2009 - 6/2009.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 9/2009 - 12/2009 & 9/2008 - 12/2008.
Cartographer, Frommer’s Travel Guides, 3/2009.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 1/2009 - 3/2009.
Research Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 7/2008 - 8/2008.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 3/2008 - 6/2008.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 1/2008 - 3/2008.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 9/2007 - 12/2007.
GIS Specialist, Structural Geology International, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 9/2004 - 9/2007.
Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Utah, 7/2005 - 5/2007.
Lab/Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, U of Utah, 8/2005 - 12/2005 & 8/2006 - 12/2006.
Lab/Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, U of U, 1/2006 - 5/2006 & 1/2007 - 5/2007.
Network and Web Server Administrator, Microfabrication Laboratory, U of U, 8/2002 - 6/2003.
Computer Technician, Webmaster, Department of Medical Informatics, U of U, 8/2002 - 1/2003.
B.S. Computer Science, Minor in Mathematics, University of Utah, 2005.
B.S. Geography, University of Utah, 2005.
Press & Media
Articles in Refereed Journals
Pultar, E., Raubal, M., Cova, T.J., and Goodchild, M.F. (2009) Dynamic GIS Case Studies: Wildfire Evacuation and Volunteered Geographic Information. Transactions in GIS, 13, 85-104.
Pultar, E., Cova, T.J., Yuan, M., and Goodchild, M.F. (2010) EDGIS: A Dynamic GIS Using Space Time Points. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 24, 329-346. [Top 10 IJGIS Downloads in 2010]
Díaz, L., Núñez-Redó, M., González, D., Gil, J., Aragó, P., Pultar, E., and Huerta, J. (2012) Interoperable Search Mechanisms for Web 2.0 Resources. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 7, 277-299.
Pultar, E., Raubal, M., and Goodchild, M. (2008) GEDMWA: Geospatial Exploratory Data Mining Web Agent. In 16th ACM International Symposium on Geographic Information Systems, SIGSPATIAL ACM GIS 2008, eds. H. Samet, C. Shahabi, and O. Wolfson: November 5-7, 2008, Irvine, California, USA, 499-502.
Pultar, E. and Raubal, M. (2009) A Case for Space: Physical and Virtual Location Requirements in the CouchSurfing Social Network. In International Workshop on Location Based Social Networks (LBSN'09) at 17th ACM International Symposium on Geographic Information Systems, SIGSPATIAL ACM GIS 2009, eds. X. Zhou and X. Xie: November 3, 2009, Seattle, Washington, USA, 88-91.
Pultar, E., Winter, S., and Raubal, M. (2010) Location-Based Social Network Capital. In GIScience 2010 Extended Abstracts Volume, eds. R. Purves and R. Weibel: September 14-17, 2010, Zürich, Switzerland.
Pultar, E. (2010) The Synergy of Social, Transportation, Communication and Data Networks. In Proceedings of the GIScience 2010 Doctoral Colloquium, eds. J.O. Wallgrün and A.-K. Lautenschütz: September 18, 2010, Zürich, Switzerland, 63 - 68.
Pultar, E., Raubal, M., and Goulias, K.G. (2012) The Role of Geography in CouchSurfing Social Network Activities. In 15th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, AGILE 2012. April 24-27, 2012, Avignon, France.
Pultar, E. and Raubal, M. (2009) Progressive Tourism: Integrating Social, Transportation, and Data Networks. In Sharda, N. (Ed.) Tourism Informatics: Visual Travel Recommender Systems, Social Communities and User Interface Design. IGI Global, pp. 145-160.Pultar, E. (2012) Data Mining Location-Based Social Networks for Geospatial Discovery. In Diaz, L., Granell, C., Huerta, J. (Eds.) Discovery of Geospatial Resources: Methodologies, Technologies, and Emergent Applications. IGI Global, Hershey, PA.
Pultar, E. and Torrens, P. (2006) The Geography of Wireless Networks. RS-2006: Eleventh Biennial Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Schill, S., Diaz, L., Perger, C., Fritz, S., McCallum, I., Pultar, E., Nativi, S., McIherney, D., See, I., Schepaschenko, D., and Craglia, M. (2012) Web 2.0 Tools to Improve Global Land Cover: Linking the EuroGEOSS Broker and geo-wiki. EuroGEOSS 2012 Conference, Madrid, Spain.
Invited keynote speaker, GIS Innovation Forum 2015, Makkah / Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2015.
Plenary presenter, Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, D.C., 2014.
Plenary presenter, Esri PUG Conference in Houston, Texas, 2014.
Panelist for Tech in Motion: LA event for business insight and tech talent, Loyola Marymount University, 2013.
Valarm, Startup World LA Competition Finalist, Santa Monica, CA, 2013.Dynamic GIS Case Studies: Wildfire Evacuation and Volunteered Geographic Information, ESRI Annual User Conference, San Diego, CA, 2009.
EDGIS: A Dynamic GIS Based on Space Time Points, first place winner, GIS Specialty Group Student Paper Competition, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 2007.
Open Source GIS, spatial@ucsb spatial technology meeting, 2009.
Hurricanes and Tropical Systems in Google Earth, first place winner, Google Intern Poster Show at Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA, 2010.
Combining social, transport, and data networks, Geospatial Innovation Facility, University of California, Berkeley, 2011.
Data Mining Location-Based Social Networks for Geographic Discovery, University of Münster, Germany, 2011.
Awards & Honors
GIS Software Design Certificate from U of U Department of Geography, inaugural recipient, 2005.
National Council for Geographic Education and Association of American Geographers Award for Excellence of Scholarship, 2005.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, West High School, 2001.
Philippine-American Association of Utah (PAAU) Scholarship, 2001.
Invited Esri Startups Zone Presenter, Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, 2013-2014.
AAG GIS Specialty Group Student Councilor, 2007-2008.
Invited Reviewer for International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Transactions in GIS, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.
Jack & Laura Dangermond Travel Award Recipient, 2007-2009.
Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSB Department of Geography, 2009.
NSF AGEP (Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) Travel Grant Award, 2009.
President's Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010-2011.
Jack and Laura Dangermond Fellowship Award for Excellence in GIScience Research, 2010.
University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) Dissertation Research Grant, 2010-2011.
Esri Federal Conferece, Washington DC, USA, 2014.
Association of American Geographers (AAG), USA, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011.
Esri PUG Conference, Houston, Texas, 2014.
GIScience 2010, Zürich, Switzerland.
Esri User Conference, San Diego, California, 2009, 2012-14.
International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS), 2008, 2009.
RS-2006: Eleventh Biennial Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.
University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) Annual Conference, California, 2008, 2011.
Agent-Based Modeling of Complex Spatial Systems Workshop, NCGIA, California, 2007.
International Symposium on Geographic Information Science, NCGIA, California, 2008.
Specialist Meeting on Spatial Concepts in GIS and Design, NCGIA, California, 2008.
Specialist Meeting: Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks, NCGIA, California, 2010.
Global Geo, Barcelona, Spain, 2011.
INIT Autumn School on 3D Imaging Technologies, Benicássim, Spain, 2011.
GeoMundus, Münster, Germany, 2011.
EuroGEOSS Project Meeting, Ispra, Italy, October 2011.
Jornadas Ibéricas de Infraestructuras de Datos Espaciales (JIIDE), Barcelona, Spain, 2011.
Invited Technical Meeting for Integration of Web 2.0 Broker and Geo-Wiki, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria, 2011.
7th International gvSIG Conference, Valéncia, Spain, 2011.
Crowd Sourcing in National Mapping Workshop, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2012.
EuroGEOSS Conference 2012, Madrid, Spain.
Invited panelist for GIS Education at annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, 2013.
Theses committees (*: principal advisor)
Christopher Donald Weidemann (2014): Geosocialfootprint: Social Media Location Privacy Web Map. University of Southern California, Spatial Sciences Institute.
*Nancy Elizabeth Milholland (2013): Exploring San Francisco's Treasures: Mashing Up Public Art, Social Media, and Volunteered Geographic Information to Create a Dynamic Guide. University of Southern California, Spatial Sciences Institute.
Austin Davis (2013): Testing LANDIS-II To Stochastically Model Spatially Abstract Vegetation Trends In The Contiguous United States. USC, Spatial Sciences Institute.
Mike Wahl (2013): Mapping Native Plants: A GIS-based Mobile Application for Everyone. USC, Spatial Sciences Institute.
*João Eduardo Blasques (2012): FireSpotter: A VGI-Based Forest Fire Reporting System. Master in Geospatial Technologies Program, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU), Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), Münster, Germany, Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Castellón, Dept. Lenguajes y Sistemas Informaticos (LSI), Castellón, Spain, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação (ISEGI), Lisboa, Portugal.
Rustam Kamberov (2012): Environmental Decision-Making Utilizing a Web GIS to Monitor Hazardous Industrial Emissions. Master in Geospatial Technologies, ifgi, Germany, UJI, Spain, UNL, Portugal.
Justina Nainyté (2012): Culture Boundaries in the Semantic Web. Master in Geospatial Technologies, ifgi, Germany, UJI, Spain, UNL, Portugal.
Minu Kumar Limbu (2012): Integration of Crowdsourced Information with Traditional Crisis and Disaster Management Information Using Linked Data. Master in Geospatial Technologies, ifgi, Germany, UJI, Spain, UNL, Portugal.
Alain Tamayo Fong (2011): XML Data Binding for Geospatial Mobile Applications. PhD, Department of Information Systems, Universitat Jaume I, Spain.
The Role of Geography in Social Networks, President’s Dissertation Award (University of California) $18,000, 2010-2011.
Integration of Geographic Complexity and Dynamics in GIS, National Science Foundation Grant, (PIs: May Yuan, Michael F. Goodchild, Tom Cova), $92,000, 2004-2006.
The Geography of Wireless Networks (U of Utah Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, PI: Paul Torrens) $1,200, 2004.
Spanish (Castellano) speaker.
Over 300 hours of volunteer work for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Founded U of Utah's juggling club, president for 6 years while coordinating and performing juggling events at Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics, Utah Opera, TV shows, university functions, Utah Jazz, music concerts, elementary schools.
Organizer of Club Juggling Club at University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007-2011. Host annual juggling festival that donates all proceeds to Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center.
Volunteer juggling teacher and performer for Isla Vista Elementary School students, 2009.
Available upon request.