The Spatial Lab

The spatial lab is directed by Dr. Colin Robertson, an Assistant Professor in 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.

News & Events

The Toronto Twitter Study is underway! We are hoping to validate metrics of emotion derived from social media data this summer with Twitter users that live and work in Toronto. Check out  for more info!

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

The Spatial Lab has joined the ICA-OSGeo international network of geospatial labs - looking forward to this great initiative to help make “geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all”.

Paper Published by Spatial Lab student Cam Plouffe in Environmental Modelling and Software: Comparing interpolation techniques for monthly rainfall mapping using multiple evaluation criteria and auxiliary data sources: A case study of Sri Lanka