Invited Talk: "Social and Spatial Networks of Wild Pigs: A Visual Exploration"

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Geoinformation und Umwelt

Andrè Skupin & Timothy Schempp (Department of Geography, San Diego State University) and Michael White & Ben Teton (Tejon Ranch Conservany) present their researching results on wild pigs in the United States on Thursdya, 1st june at Campus Villach.

Invited Talk: 

"Social and Spatial Networks of Wild Pigs:A Visual Exploration" 

André Skupin & Timothy Schempp (Dept. of Geography, San Diego State University);
Michael White & Ben Teton (Tejon Ranch Conservancy) 

Thursday, 01.06. 2017 at 4:00 pm
HS 1 – FH Kärnten, Europastrasse 4, Villach – St. Magdalen


Wild pigs in the United States cause damages estimated at $1.5 billion annually. In the agricultural sector, this includes damage to crops and livestock, while threats to forests and native wildlife are key environmental concerns. This extends to health concerns, especially in regards to infectious diseases that can be spread to other animals, like foot and mouth disease or African swine fever, but also zoonotic diseases, like rabies or swine influenza. When further considering the fertility and potential movement range of these animals, it is clear that effective strategies for proactive mitigation of threats posed by wild pigs requires the accumulation of a significant knowledge base regarding their socio-spatial behavior patterns. We need to develop a more thorough understanding of their movements and social interaction, and how they depend on and impact environmental conditions.

In pursuing that vision, researchers at Tejon Ranch Conservancy installed a grid of 48 cameras inside Tejon Ranch, the largest contiguous private property in California, straddling the Tehachapi Mountains. The motion-triggered cameras are arranged roughly in a 6-by-8 kilometer grid. Images are examined by wildlife experts, specifically with the goal of identifying individual animals. We report on a first experiment in interactive web-based visualization of a multi-month record of these data. Several types of networks are constructed and visualized, which involve not only direct interaction among animals, but also indirect spatial interaction, which may be of particular significance relevance for the modeling of pathogenic threats.

Prof. Dr. André Skupin

Founder & Co-Director, Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS), San Diego State University; Associate Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), University of Dubai; Assistant Director, Master in Homeland Security Management (MHSM) Program Lyceum of the Philippines University, Laguna;Board of Directors, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS); Co-Founder & Co-CEO BigKnowledge LLC.


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Professor for Geoinformation
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