Mike Worboys

Professor Mike Worboys BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor Mike Worboys
BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor

Computing and Information Systems

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

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.

Greenwich GIScience Group Leader

  • 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
  • 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

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.

Funded research 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.

(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.

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Worboys, M.F. The maptree: A fine-grained representation of space. International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2012), Ohio, USA, In N. Xiao et al., editors, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7478, pp. 298-310, Springer, Heidelberg, 2012. 

Walton, L. and Worboys, M.F. A Qualitative Bigraph Model for Indoor Space. International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2012), Ohio, USA, 2012. In N. Xiao et al., editors, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7478, pp. 226-240, Springer, Heidelberg, 2012. 

Worboys, M.F., Modeling indoor space. Third ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Indoor Spatial Awareness (ISA 2011), November, Chicago, IL. 2011.
Yang, L. and Worboys, M.F. A navigation ontology for outdoor-indoor space. Third ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Indoor Spatial Awareness (ISA 2011), November, Chicago, IL. 2011.

Galton, A. and Worboys, M.F. An ontology of information for emergency management. Proceedings of the 8th International ISCRAM Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011.

Giudice, N.A., Walton, L.A., & Worboys, M. The informatics of indoor and outdoor space: A research agenda. Second ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Indoor Spatial Awareness (ISA 2010), November, San Jose, CA. 2010.

Duckham, M., Stell, J., Vasardani , M., and Worboys, M. Qualitative change to 3-valued regions. International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Zurich, Switzerland, In S. Fabrikant et al., editors, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6296, pp. 249-263, Springer, Berlin, 2010.

Walton, L. and Worboys, M. An algebraic approach to image schemas for geographic space. In Spatial Information Theory, pages 357-370. Springer, LNCS 5756, 2009.

Jiang, J. and Worboys, M. Preliminaries for topological change detection in sensor networks. 3rd Int. Conf. on Geosensor Networks, Oxford, England, 2009.

Jiang, J. and Worboys, M. Detecting Basic Topological Changes in Sensor Networks by Local Aggregation. 16th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS 2008).

Stell, J. and Worboys, M.F. A Theory of Change for Attributed Spatial Entities. International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2008), Utah, USA, 2008. (Acceptance rate 24/98)

Farah, C., Zhong, C., Worboys, M., and Nittel, S. Detecting Topological Change Using a Wireless Sensor Network. International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2008), Utah, USA, 2008. 

Jiang, J. and Worboys, M. Event-based topology for dynamic planar areal objects. International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 23(1), 33-60, 2009.

Zhong, C. and Worboys, M. Continuous contour mapping in sensor networks, Proc. Fifth IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC 2008), Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008.

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