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

Beyond academia – interrogating research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2017 Terama E,Smallman M,Lock S,Johnson C,Austwick MRZ
Enabling Complex Analysis of Large-Scale Digital Collections: Humanities Research, High Performance Computing, and transforming access to British Library Digital Collections 2016 Terras MM,Baker J,Hetherington J,Beavan D,Welsh A,O'Neill H,Finley W,Duke-Williams O,Farquhar A,Austwick M
Big Data and Cycling 2016 Romanillos G,Austwick MZ,Ettema D,De Kruijf J
Measuring Interaction in Workplaces 2016 Sailer K,Koutsolampros P,Austwick M,Varoudis T,Hudson-Smith A
Geo-EEG: Towards the Use of EEG in the Study of Urban Behaviour 2016 Mavros P,Austwick MZ,Smith AH
Ensuring VGI Credibility in Urban-Community Data Generation: A Methodological Research Design 2016 O'Brien JR,Serra M,Hudson-Smith A,Psarra S,Hunter A,Austwick MZ
Madrid cycle track: visualizing the cyclable city 2015 Romanillos G,Zaltz Austwick M
Classification of areas through quantifiable spatial attributes 2015 Gkanidou P,Austwick M,Hanna S
Spatial databases: Generating new insights on office design and human behaviours in the workplace 2015 Koutsolampros P,Sailer K,Pomeroy R,Zaltz Austwick M,Hudson-Smith A,Haslem R
PICKS : Exploring Post-Disciplinary Knowledge in a University ’ s Urban Sustainability Research Landscape 2014 Johnson C,Austwick MZ
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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