Dr. Edward Pultar

El Tío

Jefe, Founder, Presidente, Spatial Scientist, Valarm, California. 2/2012 - Right Here, Right Now, Today

Tools.Valarm.net gives you, your teams, and your organization easy-to-use remote monitoring systems with Industrial IoT sensors. We provide rapid, effective deployment of GPS-tagged, real-time, mobile and stationary sensor networks.

Your organization connects any sensor (existing in the field or brand new) to the clouds and delivers your information in your dashboard, business intelligence / analytics systems like a GIS, and anywhere else you need it.

We specialize in providing ready-to-go packages for you and your teams to easily monitor your assets (like water, flood warning systems, fluids) for any number of factors (flow meter rate, volume, quality).

Who uses Tools.Valarm.net and how does Your Organization do it?

Have a look at our Customer Success Stories from various industries like natural resources, flood warning systems, governments, agriculture, oil & gas, water resources management, fluids, tanks, chemical distribution, and remote environmental monitoring.

How does this improve your business operations and help your organization save time and money?

Learn how by taking a gander at our Web Dashboards for remotely monitoring Industrial IoT sensors.

At Valarm I do a little bit of various things like:
  • Mobile Development (Java, Android)
  • Web Development (JavaScript, HTML5, Esri & Google APIs)
  • Industrial Internet of Things / IoT Engineering
  • Building, Designing, and Making Remote Monitoring Systems
  • Mobile Data Acquisition
  • Geographic Visualization and Analysis
  • Writing, Marketing, Sales, Public Relations, Business Development, Video Production

Core Faculty, Spatial Sciences Institute, USC, Los Angeles, California. 5/2012 - 5/2014

  • Taught courses at USC Dornsife's Graduate Programs in Geographic Information Science and Technology:
    • Mobile GIS
    • Web GIS
    • Spatial Databases
    • Concepts for Spatial Thinking
  • Materials taught include Java SDKs, mapping APIs, JavaScript, ESRI ArcGIS Server.
  • Development of a Mobile GIS course utilizing Android Nexus devices, Android SDK, and ESRI ArcGIS Runtime SDK.

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.

  • Taught courses in Spanish and English to students in the Erasmus Mundus Master in Geospatial Technologies program in addition to students in the computer science bachelor's degree program.
  • Courses taught include GIS, KML, web map APIs, spatial data infrastructures, and dynamic GIS with case studies.
  • Research of volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing, social networks from a GIS perspective.

GIS Engineer Intern, Google, Mountain View, California, USA, 6/2010 - 9/2010.

  • Python programming for Google Earth in a Linux environment.
  • Worked with open source software tools: Eclipse, protocol buffers, GDAL/OGR, uDig, Quantum GIS
  • Used Google Earth Fusion Pro and Google Earth Enterprise to create spatial databases of US government data.
  • Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2012 information in Google Earth.
  • Utilized MySQL and Python to update database of Google Earth's shipwrecks layer.
  • Hurricanes and tropical storms layer in Google Earth
    • Provides dynamic KML data concerning live hurricanes and tropical storms. 
    • Includes forecast path polygons, advisories, and latest news.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 3/2010 - 6/2010 & 3/2009 - 6/2009.

  • Weekly labs for “Geography 176C: GIS Applications”, a capstone class for students studying GIS at UCSB where students work in groups on a large GIS project of their choice throughout the entire quarter.
  • Managed these student group GIS projects and taught skills that include project management, data handling and creation techniques, presentation, research, and writing.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 9/2009 - 12/2009 & 9/2008 - 12/2008.

  • Taught weekly labs for "Geography 183: Cartographic Design and Geovisualization". Created and updated assignments for graduate and undergraduate students that integrate US census data with GIS, Macromedia Flash and Dreamweaver, and KML.

Cartographer, Frommer’s Travel Guides, 3/2009.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 1/2009 - 3/2009.

  • Taught weekly labs for "Geography 115B: Intro to Remote Sensing": a basic understanding of the acquisition and nature of satellite imagery and the tools required to process data from remote sensing systems. 
  • Topics included spectral and spatial enhancement, image classification, geometric and radiometric correction, with emphasis on applications. Analysis of Landsat and SPOT digital image data using image processing software.

Research Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 7/2008 - 8/2008.

  • Research and development of new graduate level GIS course with Dr. Keith Clarke.
  • Created computer lab assignments for utilizing open source GIS, GDAL, QGIS, GRASS, uDig, KML.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 3/2008 - 6/2008.

  • Taught weekly labs for "Geographic Visualization" where students developed novel ways to display an ever-increasing amount of data generated to address important environmental and societal issues. The tools taught were used to facilitate thinking, problem solving, and decision-making.
  • Software tools taught in labs included GIS, Macromedia Flash (for graphic design & animation), KML, and web-based map production.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 1/2008 - 3/2008.

  • Weekly discussions and assignments with students in "Geography 5: People, Place, and Environment", which includes a survey of spatial differentiation and organization of human activity and human interaction with the Earth's biophysical systems.
  • Sample topics taught include human spatial decision-making behavior, migration, population growth, economic development, industrial location, urbanization, and human impacts on the natural environment.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara, 9/2007 - 12/2007.

  • Taught two hour lab sections twice per week for "Geography 118: Cartographic Design" and performed 80-minute lectures when professor is unavailable.
  • Lab course material taught included Dreamweaver and HTML design and ESRI ArcGIS to allow students to practice principles of cartographic design learned in the class.

GIS Specialist, Structural Geology International, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 9/2004 - 9/2007.

  • Work with international raster and vector data in ESRI ArcGIS software.
  • Complete GIS tasks such as data creation, editing, statistics, analysis, and large format printing.  
  • Train an intern on GIS concepts and applications.
  • Write documentation and give support on advanced GIS applications for the company in addition to others we work with on larger projects. 
  • System and Network Administrator for the company's computers.

Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Utah, 7/2005 - 5/2007.

  • Research of dynamic/spatiotemporal GIS under National Science Foundation Grant #NSF-SBS-00416300 (PIs: May Yuan, OU; Michael F. Goodchild, UCSB; Tom Cova, U of U).
  • Creation of Extended Dynamic Geographic Information System (EDGIS) in Java.
  • Implementation of data structures, interfaces, and associated algorithms to support the rapid query, retrieval, and visualization of dynamic geographic representations.

Lab/Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, U of Utah, 8/2005 - 12/2005 & 8/2006 - 12/2006.

  • Taught a weekly 50-minute laboratory class and gave 80-minute lectures when professor was out of town for "Spatial Data Design w/GIS" Course: GEOG 5150/6150.
  • Educated students from a variety of disciplines and academic levels ranging from undergraduate to PhD.
  • Topics included SQL, spatial database design techniques using diagrams, logical data models, and UML.
  • Created assignments concerning geodatabase implementations and applications using MS SQL Server with ESRI ArcSDE and the rest of the ArcGIS suite.

Lab/Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, U of U, 1/2006 - 5/2006 & 1/2007 - 5/2007.

  • Taught Python programming to undergraduate and graduate students in "Spatial Modeling w/ GIS" Course: GEOG 5160/6160.
  • Instructed students in the use of Python with the ESRI ArcGIS suite to write custom GIS applications and tools.
  • Delivered lectures and labs on other ESRI tools such as Model Builder and Tracking Analyst.
  • Class material included concepts and techniques in map algebra, cartographic modeling, descriptive and predictive spatial modeling using the methods of agent-based models (ABM) and cellular automata (CA).

Network and Web Server Administrator, Microfabrication Laboratory, U of U, 8/2002 - 6/2003.

  • Initial setup with continued maintenance of a Mac OS X Server and its HTTP, FTP, wired and wireless network services.
  • Developed and maintained initial webpage at http://www.microfab.utah.edu.

Computer Technician, Webmaster, Department of Medical Informatics, U of U, 8/2002 - 1/2003.

Formal Education

Ph.D. GeographyUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, 2011.  

Honorary Appointment, Visiting Staff, GeomaticsUniversity of Melbourne, Australia, 2010.

  • Conducted research with Stephan Winter & other faculty in School of Engineering, Dept. of Geomatics.
  • Investigation of location-based social network capital.

M.S. GeographyUniversity of Utah, 2007.

B.S. Computer Science, Minor in Mathematics, University of Utah, 2005.

  • Courses in Java, C++, algorithms, web software programming, 2D and 3D OpenGL graphics, AI, databases, computer architecture, UNIX, scientific computation, physics, calculus.

B.S. Geography, University of Utah, 2005.

  • Courses in GIS, physical geography, fire modeling, human geography, spatial statistics, biogeography, spatial databases with Oracle and MS SQL Server using ArcSDE, independent study of wireless network mapping and agent-based modeling. 

Press & Media

Toss C3

Esri E380

The Next Web

Spatially Adjusted

University of California, Santa Barbara

Google LatLong Blog

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 ResourcesInternational Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 7, 277-299.

Articles in Refereed Conference Proceedings

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.

Reviewed Book Sections

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.

Poster Presentations

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.

Selected Presentations

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.

Conferences and Workshops Attended

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 DataMaster 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.

Research Project Participation

The Synergy of Transportation, Social, and Data Networks, Spring Dissertation Award (U.S. Department of Transportation, PI: Martin Raubal) $20,000, 2010-2011. 

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.