Professor Mike Worboys BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor

Mike has a PhD in mathematics and is professor of spatial informatics in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Greenwich, London, England. Until the end of 2012 he was director of the School of Computing and Information Science, and a professor in the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the University of Maine, USA. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, and held a professorial fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Mike is a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM, a Life Member of the London Mathematical Society, and he was honored to receive the 2008 UCGIS Research Award. He is a member of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Research Council, under the auspices of the US National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.
Mike is co-author, with Matt Duckham of the 2nd edition of the textbook GIS: A Computing Perspective. The website for this textbook may be found here .
Mike is an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS). JOSIS is an international, on-line, open access journal, that publishes top-quality research and review papers in geographic information science.

Mike has worked for many years at the boundary between computer science, mathematics, and geographic information science. His current research interests include:

  • Ontologies and data models for dynamic geographic phenomena, including those sensed by wireless sensor networks;
  • Formal models of the topology of spatial scenes;
  • Unified models of indoor and outdoor spaces;
  • Qualitative approaches to spatial reasoning under uncertainty;
  • Geospatial technology in the emergency management domain.

Responsibilities within the university

Greenwich GIScience Group Leader

Awards

  • 2009 Selected as member of Mapping Science Committee (MSC) of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. 
  • 2008 University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) 2008 Research Award
  • 2006 Association of Computing Machinery, Distinguished Scientist
  • 2004 University of Maine, School of Engineering, Dean's Award of Excellence
  • 2001 (joint with Matt Duckham) Best paper award for "Computational structure in three-valued nearness relations", International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, Morro Bay, CA, USA

Recognition

  • Distinguished Scientist of the ACM
  • Life Member of the London Mathematical Society
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Spatial Information Science
  • Member of the Mapping Sciences Committee of the US U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council

Research / Scholarly interests

The boundary between computer science, mathematics, and geographic information science. Current research interests include:

  • Ontologies and data models for dynamic geographic phenomena, including those sensed by wireless sensor networks;
  • Formal models of the topology of spatial scenes;
  • Unified models of indoor and outdoor spaces;
  • Qualitative approaches to spatial reasoning under uncertainty;
  • Geospatial technology in the emergency management domain.

Key funded projects

A Galton (PI) (visitor M. Worboys), UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Council, Research Grant, Spatio-Temporal Knowledge Representation for Emergency Management, UKPounds 12, 900, 2010-11.

M. Worboys (PI), K. Beard, S. Nittel, A. Abedi, Global Relief Technologies, Critical Infrastructure and Logistical Assets, $490,000, 2009-2010.

M. Worboys (PI), N. Giudice, National Science Foundation, Research Grant, Proposal No: 0916219, III:RI:Small:Information integration and human interaction for indoor and outdoor spaces, $478,715, 2009-2012.

M. Worboys (PI), Government of South Korea, Indoor Spatial Awareness, $270,000, 2008-2011.

M. Worboys (PI), S. Nittel, National Science Foundation, Research Grant IIS-0534429, Monitoring dynamic spatial fields using responsive geosensor networks, $309,000, 2006-2009.

Publications

(Journal papers - last 10 years)

Worboys, M. Using bigraphs to model topological graphs embedded in orientable surfaces, Journal of Theoretical Computer Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tcs.2013.02.018, pp 56-69, 2013.

Farah, C., Schwaner, F., Abedi, A. and Worboys, M. A distributed homology algorithm to detect topological events via wireless sensor networks. IET Journal of Wireless Sensor Systems 1(3): 123-178, 2011.

Stell, J. and Worboys, M. Relations between adjacency trees, Journal of Theoretical Computer Science 412, pp. 4452-4468 DOI: 10.1016/j.tcs.2011.04.029, 2011.

Jiang, J., Nittel, S. and Worboys, M. Qualitative change detection using sensor networks based on connectivity information, GeoInformatica, 15(2): 305-328, 2011.

Klippel, A., Worboys, M.F., and Duckham, M. Identifying factors of geographic event conceptualization, International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 22, 183-204, 2008.

Duckham, M, Worboys, M., and Galton, A., Efficient generation of simple polygons for characterizing the shape of a set of points in the plane, Pattern Recognition, 41, 3224-3236, 2008.

Bruny, T. T., Taylor, H. A., & Worboys, M. Levels of detail in descriptions and depictions of geographic space. Spatial Cognition and Computation, 7(3), 227-266, 2007. 

Worboys, M.F. and Duckham, M. Monitoring qualitative spatial change for geosensor networks. International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 20(10), 1087-1108, 2006.

Duckham, M., Lingham, J., Mason, K. and Worboys, M.F., Qualitative reasoning about consistency in geographic information, Information Sciences, 176 (6), 601-627, 2006.

Worboys, M.F. Event-oriented approaches to geographic phenomena. International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 19(1):1-28, 2005.

Duckham, M. and Worboys, M., An algebraic approach to automated information fusion. International Journal of Geographic Information Systems, 19(5): 537-558, 2005.

Worboys, M., Duckham, M. and Kulik, L. Commonsense notions of proximity and direction in environmental space. Spatial Cognition and Computation, 4 (4), 285-312, 2004.

Duckham, M., Kulik, L. and Worboys, M., Imprecise navigation, GeoInformatica 7:2, 79-94, 2003.