Programme GISRUK 2016

Conference Programme

Accepted Papers

  • Alyson Lloyd and James Cheshire. Mining Consumer Insights from Geo-Located Social Media Datasets
  • Amy Mizen, Richard Fry and Sarah Rodgers. Evaluating Network datasets for modelling children's walking routes and their exposure to unhealthy food
  • Angelos Mimis. Ant Colony Optimization in zone design
  • Benjamin Sigrist, Patrick Laube, Claudio Signer and Roland Graf. Close Encounters - Analyzing Disturbance Events between Deer and Visitors in a Recreational Forest
  • Chen Wang, David Miller, Yang Jiang and Iain Brown. Integration of GIS and Virtual Reality for Future Land-Use: A Case Study from Royal Deeside
  • Chrysanthi Kollia and Guy Lansley. Youth Spending and Geodemographics
  • Dawn Williams, James Haworth and Tao Cheng. Predicting public confidence in the police with spatiotemporal Bayesian hierarchical modelling
  • Duncan Whyatt, Gemma Davies and Jonny Huck. Belfast Pathways: Space-Time Analysis of Everyday Activities in a Segregated Environment
  • Francis Harvey and Eric Losang. Semiology and Semantics of Geographical Information Representation: Reconsidering Cartographical Visualisation
  • Gemma Davies, Gina Frausin and Luke Parry, How to identify food deserts in Amazonian cities?
  • Gillian Donaldson-Selby and Antonia Eastwood. The Potential of Visualisation to Aid Decision-Making in Multi-functional Woodlands: A Pilot Study from Fife, Scotland
  • Guanpeng Dong, Rich Harris and Angelos Mimis. HSAR: An R Package for Integrated Spatial Econometric and Multilevel Modelling
  • Jonathan Huck, Adrian Gradinar and Paul Coulton. Paths of Desire: Dynamic Visual Hierarchies to Intentionally Influence Route Decision
  • Kaisa Lahtinen, Chris Brunsdon and Sarah Butt. Using geographically weighted regression to explore spatial variation in survey behaviour
  • Karlo Lugomer and Guy Lansley. The impact of local demographics on retail centre health in England and Wales
  • Kira Kempinska, Toby Davies and John Shawe-Taylor. Probabilistic map-matching using particle filters
  • Marcus Saraiva and Joana Barros. Exploring land-use and urban morphology in Southern Brazil using accessibility and centrality measures
  • Marcus Young. An automated framework to derive model variables from open transport data using R, PostgreSQL and OpenTripPlanner
  • Martin Charlton and Chris Brunsdon. Gehlke and Biehl Revisited
  • Martin Charlton and Mairéad Treanor. Volunteer Communities of Science: George Symons and GIS
  • Martin Geilhausen, Patrick Laube, Pascal Ochsner and Michael Doering. A Match made in Heaven - A Hands-On GIS Pipeline unlocks the Potential of Budget Remote Sensing
  • Neil Sang. Weaving time into the Cartographers Canvas : From 3D + 1 to 4D
  • Nikola Davidovic and Peter Mooney. Patterns of tagging in OpenStreetMap data in urban areas
  • Paul Holloway, Jennifer Miller and Simon Gillings. Uncertainty Analysis of the Dispersal Models used in Species Distribution Modelling
  • Paul Norman, Tim Kemp and Jane Minton. Antibiotic resistance: estimating the population level distribution of Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBLs) in West Yorkshire, UK
  • Paula Aucott, Humphrey Southall and Michael Stoner. Gazetteer building with volunteered geographical information: working with Wikidata and Zooniverse
  • Peter Lawrence, Lazaros Filippidis, Anand Veeraswamy and Edwin Galea. Utilising OpenStreetMap for Urban Evacuation Analysis
  • Rebecca King, David Martin, Nicholas Gibbins and Jenny Harding. Supplementing Address Classifications using Ordnance Survey Data
  • Richard Fry, Sarah Rodgers, Scott Orford, Jennifer Morgan and David Fone. Modelling alcohol outlet density using GIS
  • Ruth Hamilton and Alasdair Rae. Micro Travel-to-Work areas: a new way of analysing commuting patterns at the local level
  • Stefano De Sabbata and Elise Acheson. Geographies of gazetteers in Great Britain
  • Usman Lawal Gulma, Andy Evans, Alison Heppenstall and Nick Malleson, Diversity and Crime in Leeds: Does community cohesion matters?
  • Xuan Zhu and Xiaobo Yu. A GIS-Based Approach to Spatially Explicit Analysis of Above-Ground Metal Stocks
  • Yi-Ting Lu, Claire Ellul and Artemis Skarlatidou. Preliminary Investigations into the Usability of 3D Environments for 2D GIS Users
  • Yu Shi, Tao Cheng and Khaled Paul Taalab. Flood Prediction Using Support Vector Machines (SVM)

Accepted Posters

  • Adam Dennett and Sam Page. The Geography of London's Recent Beer Brewing Revolution – Some Initial Spatial Analysis
  • Alexandros Alexiou and Alexander Singleton. Exploring the Relationships of Built Environment Attributes with Socio-economic Classifications
  • Annemarieke de Bruin, Alison Dyke, Rachel Pateman and Glyn Jones. Using maps to communicate tree health risk
  • Binbin Lu, Martin Charlton, Lex Comber, Guanpeng Dong, Paul Harris, Richard Harris, Tomoki Nakaya and Chris Brunsdon. Geographically Weighted Models for Big Data Applications
  • Cheng Jin, Jianquan Cheng and Xu Jing. Analyzing and modelling tourist flows between the scenic spots within Nanjing City using user-generated data 
  • Divya Swaminathan. Land use change and protected forest areas: A case study in Southern India
  • Elisabete A Silva. Adaptive planning policy and dynamic simulation models
  • Kealeboga Moreri, David Fairbairn and Philip James. Establishing the Quality and Credibility of Volunteered Geographic Information in Land Administration Systems in Developing Countries
  • Lynnae Sutton. Spatial Temporal Network Web Visualization Techniques
  • Maythm Al-Bakri, David Fairbairn and Mustafa Hameed. Positional Matching of Open Source Map Data and Evaluating Effects on Possible Applications
  • Peter Mooney, Adam Winstanley and Thoa Pham. Teaching with OpenStreetMap
  • Pouria Amirian and Anahid Basiri. Geospatial Big Data or Big Geospatial Data? 
  • Qian Du. The application of GIS in the research of ancient village transformation and protection


We are pleased to announce two of our three keynotes.

Jeremy Morley, Chief Geospatial Scientist, Ordnance Survey

Jeremy Morley is the Chief Geospatial Scientist at Ordnance Survey. He has worked in geospatial research since the mid-90s, starting in the former Dept. Photogrammetry and Surveying at University College London before moving to the University of Nottingham in 2009 as Geospatial Science Theme Leader in the Nottingham Geospatial Institute. His early career covered topics in environmental Earth observation and radar mapping of the British Isles' terrain. From this base he moved into geographic information science, focusing on topics including crowd-sourcing and citizen science, open and interoperable geographical information services, and applications of geospatial science in fields from plant sciences to planetary mapping. At Ordnance Survey he leads the Research and Education team who carry out research in collaboration with universities and others, and promoting spatial literacy and geospatial education from primary schools through to higher education.

Prof. Ross Purves, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Ross Purves is an Associate Professor of Geographic Information Science at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich. His research interests are centred upon making geographic information more useful and accessible. Thus, he has worked on Geographic Information Retrieval - a collection of methods allowing information retrieval from unstructured text including some geographic context, while also pursuing work on how such unstructured text can be used as a data source in improving our understanding of how people describe space and place. Finally, he has a long history of research interests developing, and more especially evaluating, models of a range of environmental processes.

Prof Nye Parry, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, UK

Nye Parry works as a composer and sound artist with a particular focus on installation and spatial concepts in music. He has created numerous sound works in which the listener navigates through spatialised sonic structures, including a GPS enabled audio drama for the BBC and The Exploded Sound, an installation in which individual partials of complex sounds are spatialised across 60 small loudspeakers. He has written widely on sound and space including a chapter on locative media in the Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio and has recently held residencies and workshops in interactive audio in Porto Digital in Recife Brazil, ZKM in Karlsruhe and at CRiSAP, University of the Arts London.


Workshops will take place before the conference in the afternoon of Tuesday 29th March and the morning of Wednesday 30th March. The following workshops will take place:

1) 3D GIS (Tuesday afternoon) with the OS data challenge (Wednesday morning)

Workshop details TBC

2) Creating GIS apps is easier than you might think (ESRI) (Wednesday morning)

Maps add value and understanding to projects where you must convey complex spatial information to your audience.  Web maps are being increasingly used to allow people to explore this complex spatial data in an interactive and digestible way, making them feel more involved with the project in question. To further enhance the benefits of web maps, this workshop will look at how easy it is to create GIS apps using Esri's ArcGIS platform. In this session, we will cover the ArcGIS App Builders that let us build everything from simple, configurable web apps that require no coding; to advanced native apps that draw on Esri's developer APIs.  By the end of the workshop you should be able to build both native and web apps to support your research, regardless of whether you are a developer or not.

3)   The Early Career Researchers Forum (ECRF) (Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning)

This valuable training opportunity will raise awareness and confidence in Early Career Researchers, addressing a range of issues that will help you complete your PhD and get the most from the GISRUK conference. We will cover:

  • What we are and what we do - Ourselves and our own research topics.
  • Your PhD as an elevator pitch - what you do in 30 seconds.
  • What's a conference for? Getting the most from GISRUK (and other conferences).
  • Networking (& social networking) as ways of getting jobs.
  • Getting Published - An exploration of some of the various routes to publishing research findings and to identify the requirements, opportunities and limitations involved.

GISRUK 2016 is hosted by the , University of Greenwich.