Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick

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Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick lectures in advanced spatial analysis and visualization. He holds an undergraduate Physics degree and a PhD in nanotechnology and quantum computing, and worked as a clinical medical physics researcher from 2006-2010, a varied career which has led to his interest in the adaptation of ideas from the physical sciences to social sciences. Dr Zaltz Austwick has a strong commitment to public engagement, through visualization, podcasting, blogging, public talks and workshops and social media, and has shared in Radio Academy Gold and Silver Awards.

Research Summary

Martin Zaltz Austwick works on visualisation and analysis of human data, often with a strong spatial component. His visualisation frequently utilises Processing to create animated visualisations of spatial movement (for example, Bike Share Schemes in a number of cities, GPS tracks drawn from pedestrian movement in London, and shipping movements around the globe). In analysis of these patterns, he employs spatial interaction modelling and network techniques to determine patterns of activity and connections within systems. He's interested in mapping research landscapes, communities of practice, and sociotechnical systems using network techniques, in working with spatial databases to facilitate analysis and visualisation in large data sets, scaling and inequality in complex systems, and creating interactives around agent-based modelling. 

Martin Zaltz Austwick is one of five BEAMS Public Engagement Fellows funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award.

In his role as Associate Director at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, Dr Zaltz Austwick works on visualising and analysing spatial data drawn from history, the arts, and other branches of the humanities.

Research outputs

Big Data and Cycling 2016 Romanillos G,Zaltz Austwick M,Ettema D,De Kruijf J
Measuring Interaction in Workplaces 2016 Sailer K,Koutsolampros P,Austwick M,Varoudis T,Hudson-Smith A
Spatial databases: Generating new insights on office design and human behaviours in the workplace 2015 Koutsolampros P,Sailer K,Pomeroy R,Austwick MZ,Hudson-Smith A,Haslem R
Classification of areas through quantifiable spatial attributes 2015 Gkanidou P,Austwick M,Hanna S
Madrid cycle track: visualizing the cyclable city 2015 Romanillos G,Zaltz Austwick M
Social physics and antisocial science 2014 Zaltz Austwick M
PICKS : Exploring Post-Disciplinary Knowledge in a University ’ s Urban Sustainability Research Landscape 2014 Johnson C,Austwick MZ
The Structure of Spatial Networks and Communities in Bicycle Sharing Systems 2013 Zaltz Austwick M,O'Brien O,Strano E,Viana M
Monitoring collagen gelling by elastic scattering spectroscopy (ESS) 2011 Jawad H,Austwick M,MacRobert S,Kuraishi A,Tully F,Alkseeva T,Brown R
A Randomised Controlled Trial of ALA V Photofrin PDT for High Grade Dysplasia in Barrett's Esophagus 2011 Dunn JM,Mackenzie GD,Thorpe S,Austwick M,Mosse CA,Oukrif D,Rodriguez-Justo M,Winstanley A,Novelli M,Banks MR,Bown SG,Lovat L
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Research activities

Common Road to 2050: Energy Networks and Policy design (ENP2050)
ENFOLDing: Explaining Modelling and Forecasting Global Dynamics
KTP: Big Data in the Office
UCL Postdoctoral Mobility Award: Exploring locational influences in energy consumption through spatial analysis