SpaceTimeLab News

SpaceTimeLab wins Shanghai Open Data Apps (SODA) Future Star Award

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The 2017 International Open Data and Urban Innovation Summit

SODA is a flagship data innovation challenge organised by the China Industrial Design Institute (CIDI) and SODA DATA Tech, supported by both Shanghai Municipal government and China’s central government (http://shanghai.sodachallenges.com/?lang=en). SODA presents a great opportunity for academic researchers and start-ups to access data from the Chinese government and corporate partners, to create innovative business solutions across a variety of categories including finance, security and transportation. In the SODA 2017 challenge, over 30 datasets totalling over 2TB of data were made available.

Geospatial Seminar Series: Demographic Prediction based on Traffic Smart Card Data

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Geospatail Seminar - Yang Zhang 2017

On the 19th of October 2017, UCL SpaceTimeLab held the first Geospatial Research Seminar in this term at Roberts Building 106. This talk was about ‘Demographic Prediction based on Traffic Smart Card Data’, given by the PhD student Yang Zhang in SpaceTimeLab. A summary of this presentation is given below:

UCL SpaceTimeLab in 2017 New Scientist Live

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 On the 29th of September 2017, UCL SpaceTimeLab presented their latest research at the 2017 New Scientist Live exhibition at ExCel London (https://live.newscientist.com/). New Scientist is the world’s biggest science weekly, enjoyed by over 5 million readers each week, and their Live show is an exciting exhibition of ideas and technologies covering a range of fields including engineering, computer science, biotechnology, earth and cosmos science.

Big Data and Human Dynamics

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On Friday 8th July, Prof Ming-Hsiang Tsou, director of San Diego State University’s Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age visited SpaceTimeLab. Prof Tsou gave a talk on Big Data and Human Dynamics: A Human-Centered Approach to Analyze Human Activities and Movements with Social Media and GIS data, which drew an interested audience from Engineering, Geography, CASA and beyond.

CPC Closing Workshop - Big Data and Intelligent Policing

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On Tuesday 7th June, the University of London’s Senate House provided the venue for the closing event of the EPSRC funded Crime, Policing and Citizenship Project.

Big Data for Intelligent Policing

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This month, the EPSRC funded Crime, Policing and Citizenship (CPC) – Space-Time Interactions of Dynamic Networks - project (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cpc/), led by SpaceTimeLab's Prof Tao Cheng, will reach completion. CPC has been a major multidisciplinary collaboration of geoinformatics, crime science, computer science and geography at UCL, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service. The aim of the project was to develop new methods and applications in space-time analytics
and emergent network complexity, in order to uncover patterning and interactions in crime, policing and citizen perceptions. The work carried out during the project will help inform policing at a range of scales, from the local to the city-wide,
with the goal of reducing both crime and the fear of crime. To mark the completion of the project, the team have produced a report on Intelligent Policing and Big Data, which can be downloaded at the link below:

SpaceTimeLab's new mission statement

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In preparation for the closing event of the Crime, Policing and Citizenship project, we have produced a new version of our leaflet, which you can see here. Thanks to MotionBox for the design. The leaflet incorporates our new mission statement:

SpaceTimeLab welcomes visitors from Didi and the Shanghai Government

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​Following Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the UK last October, cooperation between research institutes in the UK and industry or government in China has increased. In the past weeks SpaceTimeLab has welcomed two visiting groups from China, organised by UK Trade & Investment, and the British Embassy Beijing.

SpaceTimeLab Leaflet 2016

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SpaceTimeLab Themes

 To reflect the growth in SpaceTimeLab over the course of 2015 and consolidate our core business, we have produced a new leaflet. The leaflet outlines our four key research themes, which are:

SpaceTimeLab Newsletter 2015

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As 2016 begins, it is time to reflect on the highlights of 2015 and make plans for the year. 2015 has been a year of continued growth and change for SpaceTimeLab. We rebranded ourselves as SpaceTimeLab for Big Data Analytics to emphasise our focus on the core areas around Big space-time data, in particular prediction, profiling, simulation and visualisation. Our research spans the fields of transport and mobility, intelligent policing, business intelligence, and environmental resilience. We are eager to continue research in these areas, and to explore new areas such as health and energy. Our data portfolios are also expanding. Amongst other items, this year we were excited to be given access to Oyster card data, which is the biggest dataset we have ever worked with. 

Prof. Tao Cheng at Evolving GIScience

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Prof Tao Cheng - Evolving GIScience

Prof. Tao Cheng, Director of SpaceTimeLab for big Data Analytics was invited to give a talk on “Type-n Fuzziness and Spatio-Temporal Analytics” in the international workshop “Evolving GIScience: celebrating Peter Fisher, July 14-15 2015”. The main motivation of the workshop is to celebrate Pete Fisher’s professional life which had 3 strong foci: research, publication and education in GIScience. Twelve world-leading experts in Geography, Computer Science and GIScience made tributes to Pete’s contribution in those 3 foci. 

Prof. John Shi on Spatial Data Science

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Prof John Shi

On Monday, July 13th, Prof. John Shi of Hong Kong Polytechnic University gave a seminar on Spatial Data Science, addressing questions such as fuzzy boundaries and the wide-ranging applicability of geo-informatics more generally. Prof. Shi is the Chair in GIS and Remote Sensing, and the Head of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics. More details about his work could be found here.

Juntao Lai wins best paper by a young researcher at GISRUK 2015

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Congratulations to SpaceTimeLab researcher Juntao Lai, who was awarded the prize for best young researcher paper at GISRUK 2015. Juntao’s paper, entitled Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Passengers’ Interests at London Tube Stations, uses geo-tagged Tweets and topic modelling to explore how potential Tube passenger's interests vary spatially throughout the system. His work was praised for its clarity and rigorousness. It was developed in collaboration with his coauthors Professor Tao Cheng and Dr Guy Lansley, and is available here

SpaceTimeLab research top of the pops!

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Former SpaceTimeLab researcher Dr Berk Anbaroglu's paper on spatio-temporal clustering for non-recurrent congestion detection, co-authored by  Prof Benjamin Heydecker and Prof Tao Cheng, has hit the top spot on the list of most downloaded articles in Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies over the past 90 days. Berk's paper describes a new methodology for detecting non-recurrent congestion, developed as part of the EPSRC STANDARD project.

SpaceTimeLab for Big Data Analytics Newsletter 2014

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SpaceTimeLab Team 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, I want to share with you the highlights of SpaceTimelab in the past year. It has been a year of change and growth for SpaceTimeLab. Most notably, our name has changed to SpaceTimeLab for Big Data Analytics. We feel this change encapsulates the core business of the lab, and situates us at the heart of research into the problems and opportunities of Big space-time data. We were fortunate to host Prof Michael Goodchild in October, who gave an inspiring talk, asking: Is Big (geo) Data the next big thing in GIScience? We hope to answer this question through our work and we hope you share our vision. We are always eager to collaborate with those who share our enthusiasm for this research.

PhD Studenship Vacancy in Orbital Debris Modelling

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 We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for postgraduate research at SpaceTimeLab, in partnership with the Satellite, Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory (SGNL). Supervised by Stuart Grey (SGNL) and James Haworth (SpaceTimeLab), the successful candidate will explore and develop techniques for modelling the space debris environment in order to address on of the major emerging environmental problems of the 21st century. For full details and to apply, visit the following link:

SpaceTimeLab researcher Sarah Wise beats competition to win best paper award at GISRUK 2014

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Sarah Wise wins best paper award at GISRUK 2014

Congratulations to SpaceTimeLab researcher Sarah Wise, who was awarded the CASA prize for best paper at GISRUK 2014, in memory of Sinesio Alves Junior. Sarah’s paper, entitled Agent Based Modelling and GIS: Exploring our New Tools in a Disaster Context, explores the impact of the rapid changes in volunteered geographic data sources that occur in the aftermath of natural disasters on the tools that we use to plan our responses to them. The work builds on an agent based model that Sarah developed with Andrew Crooks at George Mason University. Sarah’s work was praised both for its novelty and its practical importance.  

SpaceTimeLab travels to AAG

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In early April, SpaceTimeLab members Sarah Wise, James Haworth and Monsuru Adepeju travelled with SpaceTimeLab Director Tao Cheng to Tampa, Florida, for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. The Lab had a strong presence in the Spatiotemporal Thinking, Computing and Applications stream, with presentations on space-time scan statistics (Monsuru), agent-based modelling (Sarah) and machine learning (James), all with application to predictive policing.

Congratulations to Adel Bolbol

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 Congratulations to Adel Bolbol, who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled Understanding Travel behaviour from Sparse GPS Data, on Tuesday 4th February. Adel's examiners were Prof. Peter Jones (UCL CEGE) and Prof. Bin Jiang (University of Gävle, Sweden). Adel has now taken up a position as a geospatial intelligence consultant at Envitia. The abstract of Adel's thesis is below.

Geospatial Seminar Series - Prof. Bin Jiang to talk at SpaceTimeLab

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On Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 11.00am, Professor Bin Jiang from the University of Gävle (Sweden) will give a special presentation entitled Head/Tail Breaks for Visualizing the Fractal or Scaling Structure of Geographic Features, in the Thompson Room (101), Chadwick Building, UCL. Details of the talk are below. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from a truly inspiring speaker, so don't miss out.

SpaceTimeLab Director Prof. Tao Cheng talks at ASU

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On Friday 3rd January 2014, SpaceTimeLab director Prof. Tao Cheng gave an invited talk at the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University. Her talk, a collaboration with SpaceTimeLab research student Garavig Tanaksaranond, was on the subject of Exploratory Visualisation of Congestion Evolution on Urban Transportation Networks.

GIS Ostrava 2014

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On Monday 27th of January, Dr. James Haworth travelled to the Czech Republic to deliver a keynote address at GIS Ostrava 2014, on behalf of SpaceTimeLab director Prof. Tao Cheng. GIS Ostrava is an international conference that has been held annually at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava since 2003. Each year, the conference focusses on a different theme within GIS and this year’s theme was Geoinformatics for Intelligent Transportation. The talk, which focussed on Spatio-temporal Analytics of Network Data (abstract below), was very well received by the audience along with the talks of the other keynotes, Prof. Itzhak Benenson, Prof. Bin Jiang and Doc. Ing. Pavel Hrubes. James was very impressed with the organisation and quality of the conference, and looks forward to returning to Ostrava in the future.

Geospatial Seminar Series - Visualisation of traffic in space-time

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4:30pm, Tuesday 3rd December, G07, Pearson Building, UCL

This Tuesday, Garavig Tanaksaranond of SpaceTimeLab will be presenting her work on space-time visualisation of traffic data that she has carried out as part of her PhD studies. All welcome.

Geospatial Seminar Series - Monsuru Adepeju

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On the 19th November, Monsuru Adepeju of SpaceTimeLab presented his recent research at the Geospatial Science Seminar Series in the UCL Geography Department. Details are as follows:

Congratulations to James Haworth

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Congratulations to James Haworth, who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled Spatio-temporal Forecasting of Network Data, on Friday 22nd November. James now takes up a role as Research Associate on the Crime Policing and Citizenship Project at SpaceTimeLab.

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