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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Spatial Analysis | 0 comments

Research Position working with Big Open Data for Social Science

As part of my recently awarded ESRC “Future Research Leaders” grant I am recruiting a researcher assistant/ associate to work with me on the analysis and visualisation of the latest big and open social science datasets. I am after someone who is passionate about (spatial) data and who has the computing skills/ background to work with it. Click here to apply. I have pasted some further details below: Research Associate BODMAS project Department: The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) Reports to: Dr James Cheshire Grade: Grade 7 £32,375 or Grade 6B £28,338 where the successful candidate does not hold a PhD;  [inc London Allowance of £2,834 pa]. Funding duration: 18 months Closing date: 25th September 2013 Interview date: First week of October 2013 The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) develops and researches emerging computer technologies in several disciplines that deal with geography, space, location, visualisation, and the built environment. CASA’s focus is to be at the forefront of what is one of the grand challenges of...

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

CASA Is Recruiting!

CASA Is Recruiting!

Its great news to see that UCL CASA has a couple of lecturer positions available to start this summer/ autumn. So if your research interests match ours why not apply? For full details click on each of the links below.To learn more about CASA visit the homepage. Lecturer in Urban Analytics Lecturer in Spatial Modelling and Complexity   If you are just starting out on your academic career, it isn’t too late to apply for our masters in “Advanced Spatial Analysis and...

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in London, Visualisation | 3 comments

Pigeon Sim- A fresh way to interact with urban data?

Pigeon Sim- A fresh way to interact with urban data?

  Thanks to an Xbox Kinect, Google Earth and some programming wizardry from UCL CASA researcher George MacKerron it is now possible to fly over London. The video below shows “Pigeon Sim” which has been developed to offer a fresh way of interacting with London’s urban data. Using Peter-Pan like arm gestures (above) users can fly over London’s landmarks passing various data feeds (such as real-time tweets or travel information) as they go. Pigeon Sim is one of the most fun methods I have seen for interacting with spatial data in a long time and I can’t wait to see more of CASA’s research outputs integrated into the system. Best viewed full...

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in Resources, Surnames | 0 comments

My Academic Research: What’s in a Name?

My Academic Research: What’s in a Name?

I have spent the last few years investigating the geography of family names (also called surnames). I work with the team who assembled the UCL Department of Geography Worldnames Database that contains the names and geographic locations of over 300 million people in nearly 30 countries (a few of these are yet to be added to the website). My research has focussed on the 152 million or so people we have data for in Europe and they all come from publicly available telephone directories or electoral rolls. I also had access to a historical dataset for Great Britain in the form of the 1881 census.  I have tried to answer two questions: 1. Is it possible to approximately establish the origin of a surname based on its modern day geographic distribution? 2. Are particular surnames more likely to be found together and if so do they form distinct geographic regions? In the past surname research has involved  lot of manual work to create a detailed history of a particular name. With so many surnames in the database I had...

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Media, Surnames | 0 comments

Interview for the Global Lab Podcast

Interview for the Global Lab Podcast

This week I feature on the 4th Episode of the Global Lab podcast. The podcast is a great new initiative led by Martin and Steve from CASA where they talk about cities, global connectivity and the impact of technology on people’s lives. Episode four features some horrendous physics jokes, Einstein’s Garden at the Green Man festival and a few minutes of me sounding a little underwhelmed about my research. You can listen...

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