The Spatial Lab
The spatial lab is a centre for spatial analysis and GIScience research in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. We focus on developing and applying cutting edge spatial analysis techniques to understand dynamic processes. The work in the Spatial Lab often crosses disciplinary boundaries, and we collaborate with excellent researchers in fields from ecology, to urban planning, to computer and information science. Our work lies at the interface of spatial analysis, epidemiology, and ecology. For what we are working on right now, see the current projects page.
**NOTE** Website revisions currently underway
Recent publications on Google Scholar: Colin Robertson
wildlifehealthtracker.com - tracking wildlife health events in Ontario
Grasslander.org - tracking agricultural activities and bobolinks in southern Ontario
RinkWatch.org – mapping and tracking backyard skating rinks across the globe
Tweetsinthestreets.org – monitoring and mapping emotions in cities using Twitter
News & Events
New Paper Published in GeoJournal: Towards a geocomputational landscape epidemiology: surveillance, modelling, and interventions
New Paper Published by Spatial Lab student Julia Metelka in AIMS Public Health: Japanese Encephalitis: Estimating Future Trends in Asia
New Paper Published by Spatial Lab student Haydn Lawrence in Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modeling and Applications: Identifying optimal study areas and spatial aggregation units for point-based VGI from multiple sources
Spatial model results comparing a reference map (observed data) with one replicate data set simulated by a random draw from posterior distributions of model parameters (replicate data). The SSIM index, squared error, and SSIM components are presented. Dashed lines indicate areas of spatial discrepancy based on SSIM index analysis.