giCentre at GIScience

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giCentre researchers attended the Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science at the Vienna University of Technology. This bi-annual forum is the premier venue for research in the discipline.

An ICA Commission on GeoVisualization Workshop on GeoVisual Analytics had well received contributions from PhD candidate Sarah Goodwin and Dr Cagatay Turkay whose approaches allow analysts to interactively assess the effects of scale as they explore multiple attributes of geographic locations.

The meeting involved a touching tribute to giCentre friend and colleague Professor Peter Fisher who passed away suddenly in May. Pete received a minute's applause. Jason Dykes also paid tribute to Pete, who supervised Jason's PhD, in a keynote lecture in which he described giCentre approaches to creative cartography that combine Information Visualization and more traditional cartography. You can find links to the various resources used and mentioned in an accompanying blog posting.

Research Assistant in Visual Analytics

We are looking to hire a Research Assistant in Visual Analytics / Machine Learning as part of the FareViz project at City University London. The project involves developing new ways of visualizing and analysing ticket pricing of rail journeys in the UK. Its aim is to reveal structure and anomalies in the complexities of UK rail pricing to support the general public, transport analysis/policy and ticket vendors.

The 15 month full-time post will involve developing new visual analytic software combining interactive visual exploration with machine learning based approaches to analysis. The project is funded by the ESRC / Technology Strategy Board in partnership with Transport API, RailEasy and DigitalMR. The deadline for application is 7th September 2014.

Further details and online application.

Research Officer post: Big Data in Survey Research

We are looking to hire a Research Officer to use Big Data in survey research undertaken in collaboration with the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys (CCSS) at City University London. The post will be based in CCSS in the School of Social Sciences and will involve working closely with the giCentre. CCSS undertake the European Social Survey (ESS), which measures, monitors and interprets changing social attitudes in Europe and develops methods for cross-national research. The giCentre develop analytical visual interfaces to make sense of data, often with a spatial emphasis.

The post is central to an 18-month ESRC-funded research project - Using multi-level multi-source auxiliary data to investigate non-response bias in UK general social surveys, through which CCSS and giCentre will explore the extent to which the predictive power of Big Data can be used to address poor survey response rates. The Research Officer will be required to work on all parts of the project, including scoping suitable auxiliary data sources, conducting non-response analysis, producing non-response weights, conducting geographically weighted spatial analysis and using data visualisation to derive and present results. 

Further details and online application.