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Prof Tao Cheng - Evolving GIScience

Prof. Tao Cheng at Evolving GIScience

Published: Jul 20, 2015 5:05:55 PM

Prof John Shi

Prof. John Shi on Spatial Data Science

Published: Jul 20, 2015 4:50:37 PM

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

Published: Apr 20, 2015 4:39:32 PM

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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.

Job Opportunity at SpaceTimeLab

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Applicants are invited for a Research Associate position based at the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE). The successful applicant will work as part of a team on an exciting multi-disciplinary project – examining Crime, Policing and Citizens (CPC) and their interaction in space-time networks. The successful candidate will use statistical and machine learning methods to analyse crime and its interaction with policing and citizenships at detailed spatio-temporal level in order to predict when, where and what crime type will happen. Skills in visualisation of space-time data are desirable.

SpaceTimeLab welcomes new members

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SpaceTimeLab is excited to announce the appointment of five new members of staff, and 2 new research students. Sarah Wise, Chris Gale and Toby Davies will take up postdoctoral positions on the Crime, Policing and Citizenship (CPC) project, along with current SpaceTimeLab member James Haworth. Khaled Taalab, formerly of Cranfield University, joins the EU FP7 funded project INFRARISK: Novel Indicators for Risk Assessment of Critical Infrastructure.

Congratulations to Berk Anbaroglu and Ed Manley

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Many congratulations to SpaceTimeLab members Berk Anbaroglu and Ed Manley, who both recently defended their PhD theses. Berk's thesis, entitled Spatio-temporal Clustering for Non-recurrent Traffic Congestion Detection on Urban Road Networks, was very well received. Berk now returns to his native Turkey to take up a position at Hacettepe University. Ed's thesis, entitled Modelling Driver Behaviour to Predict Urban Road Traffic Dynamics was equally successful, and his work at SpaceTimeLab has earned him a role as research associate at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL.

SpaceTimeLab at Geocomputation 2013

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Two members of SpaceTimeLab travelled to Wuhan, China for the International Conference on Geocomputation, 23rd-25th May. Ed Manley presented his research on Markov Chain Topological Route Selection, and James Haworth talked about methods for Improving Forecasting on Sparse Spatial Networks Under Missing Data. Prof. Tao Cheng and Monsuru Adepeju also had their abstract accepted, entitled Detecting Emerging Space-Time Crime Patterns by Prospective STSS, which was presented by James in their absence. All of the talks were very well received and encouraged lively debate. You can view the presentations at the links below.

SpaceTimeLab collaborator Prof. Paul Longley was also in Wuhan to give a keynote speech entitled Geocomputation and Socioeconomic Data Structures.

Public Crime Mapping Survey

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In an effort to improve public crime mapping, we are conducting a research study with people who are based in the UK. By completing our online survey you have a chance to win two £25 Amazon vouchers. 

SpaceTimeLab Launch Event

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SpaceTimeLab Launch Event

The SpaceTimeLab launch event will be held at UCL on 30th October 2012. To mark the occasion, Prof. Michael Goodchild (UC Santa Barbara) will be giving a special keynote talk on Geographic Intelligence. This is a great opportunity to hear from one of the leading figures in GIScience and is not to be missed!

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