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Dr Colin Robertson obtained his PhD in Geography from the University of Victoria in 2011. Colin’s research interests centre on four inter-related areas: developing methods and tools for spatial-temporal analysis, spatial modelling and surveillance at the animal/human health interface, citizen science and user-generated spatial data for enhancing community engagement in environmental research, and landscape scale spatial pattern analysis.
Dr Colin Robertson

Dr Colin Robertson

Researcher

Dr Colin Robertson obtained his PhD in Geography from the University of Victoria in 2011. Colin’s research interests centre on four inter-related areas: developing methods and tools for spatial-temporal analysis, spatial modelling and surveillance at the animal/human health interface, citizen science and user-generated spatial data for enhancing community engagement in environmental research, and landscape scale spatial pattern analysis.

Dr Steven Roberts received his PhD in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2003. His doctoral work entailed the development of both a spatial data meta-model approach and prototype Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization application using real-world GIS data sets and a Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm to solve a spatial multi-objective combinatorial optimization problem.Steve’s research interests centre on the design and development Geographic Information Science based tools for use in understanding landscape structure and in decision support applications for environmental land use planning. Specific fields of interest include: spatial data models and data structures, combinatorial optimization, genetic algorithms (Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization), applied graph, matroid and category theory, landscape ecology, and parallel and shared memory computing.
Dr Steven Roberts

Dr Steven Roberts

Researcher

Dr Steven Roberts received his PhD in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2003. His doctoral work entailed the development of both a spatial data meta-model approach and prototype Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization application using real-world GIS data sets and a Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm to solve a spatial multi-objective combinatorial optimization problem.Steve’s research interests centre on the design and development Geographic Information Science based tools for use in understanding landscape structure and in decision support applications for environmental land use planning. Specific fields of interest include: spatial data models and data structures, combinatorial optimization, genetic algorithms (Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization), applied graph, matroid and category theory, landscape ecology, and parallel and shared memory computing.

Dr Chiranjib Chaudhuri I love to contribute to the research of weather modeling, hydrological modeling, environmental science, climate change analysis, and their implication on the society. I want to become an expert in the research of climate change and its effect on the terrestrial hydrology cycle and its communication to the society. I am currently pursuing my Post-Doctoral research in Citizen Science project under the umbrella of Global Water Citizenship program. As part of the project I am trying to translate the modelling outputs to community information needs and vice versa using Big Data technology.
Dr Chiranjib Chaudhuri

Dr Chiranjib Chaudhuri

Researcher

Dr Chiranjib Chaudhuri I love to contribute to the research of weather modeling, hydrological modeling, environmental science, climate change analysis, and their implication on the society. I want to become an expert in the research of climate change and its effect on the terrestrial hydrology cycle and its communication to the society. I am currently pursuing my Post-Doctoral research in Citizen Science project under the umbrella of Global Water Citizenship program. As part of the project I am trying to translate the modelling outputs to community information needs and vice versa using Big Data technology.

Current Graduate Students
Karim Malik (PhD) received his MSc in 2015 from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. He is currently a PhD candidate in Geomatics. Karim is working under the supervision of Dr. Colin. His research is focused on spatial pattern analysis. In this domain, Karim is interested in landscape similarity analysis as well as change detection. He aims at deploying computer vision algorithms for landscape change detection. His specific areas of interests include development of machine vision metrics for spatial pattern comparison, and Lichen detection using convolutional neural networks.
Haydn Lawrence (PhD) I was born in Toronto, Ontario, but moved out east to Moncton, New Brunswick in elementary school. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I worked abroad in Japan, China, and Korea for over 7 years, taking the opportunity to travel within these countries and all around Asia and Europe.

I have a Bachelor of Computer Science, Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics, Master of Science in Geomatics, and I am currently working on my PhD at the University of Waterloo. My current research interests are in extracting spatial meaning and applying relevancy measures to allow for better geographic information retrieval and to start to spatially categorize and better understand the plethora of digitized but unfiltered data available, including Native Canadian historic documents.

My masters thesis dealt with optimization algorithms finding optimal grains at which to analyse user-generated data. User-generated data (e.g. tweets, OpenStreetMap, Flickr photos) is inherently unstructured making it difficult to discern how useful it may be, it's accuracy, and at what spatial grains make sense.

The first paper of my thesis won the Best Student Paper/Presentation Award at the Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modeling and Applications (ISPRS) in Toronto, Ontario (2014).

Projects:

RinkWatch - A citizen science project tracking local temperature data from readings by citizens of their backyard rink's skateability. This was featured in the March 2014 issue of National Geographic.
StressScapes
Whitechapel - Spatial sentiment analysis of Whitechapel in the late 1800s.
George Heath (MSc) is a current MSc student in Geomatics. George’s research focuses on modelling recent population migration trends in the Great Plains of the United States with specific interest in identifying movement motivated by environmental changes or hazards His work is rooted in a larger study recognizing how population trends and climate changes over the last forty years have influenced various economic, social and demographic patterns over the Plains landscape.

His research interests include human movement and transportation patterns, cartographic geovisualization and spatial analysis. George previously earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University. George is originally from Newcastle, Ontario.

Nick Wilson (MSc) is currently completing his Msc. in Geomatics at Wilfrid Laurier University. The focus of his research is home range estimation of caribou in northern Canada. His research specifically looks at studying two different ecotypes of caribou, Barren ground caribou (Bathurst Herd, NWT) and Boreal caribou, located in the Dehcho region, NWT. He has experience with field work in the Northwest Territories, performing ground truthing on remote sensing products and developing relationships with stakeholders. His research interests include movement ecology, spatial epidemiology and using open sourced programs and packages.
Ben Bondaruk (MSc) is a joint graduate student at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. With a background in Geomatics and Computer Science Ben’s research interests include working with spatial and abstract data types in a GIScience framework. He also studies the relationship between continuous and discrete objects in planar space using computational and applied topology. He is currently working with Discrete Global Grid Systems (DGGS) to explore concepts of structure and connectivity in both spatial and aspatial contexts using the tools of algebraic topology, such as simplicial complexes and hypernetworks.
Majid Hojati (PhD - January 2019 start) is currently a Ph.D. student. He earned his Bachelor of Urban Studies at Art University Of Isfahan, Iran, in 2012, and his master in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS & RS) from the University of Tehran,Iran, in 2015. In his thesis work, he used satellite images (MODIS data) to model PM10 and PM2.5 concentration in dust storms. He won 1st prize in the SMPR Mobile-GIS and AR Contest in 2015. His research interests are in the area of GIS systems involving spatial data quality and spatial analysis.
Research Assistants
Annie Gray
Annie Gray is a fourth-year student at Wilfrid Laurier University, studying Geography and Geomatics. A recent addition to
the Spatial Lab, Annie is primarily involved with the Global Water Citizenship project. Her research interests include GIS
applications to physical geography and the development of an R Shiny-based tool for CBM water quality data analysis. Annie is an
aspiring geoscientist, with a particular love for rivers and exploring the outdoors.
Sierra Phillips is a fourth-year Geography student with the Environmental Science and Geomatics options. A recent addition to the Spatial Lab, Sierra is primarily involved with the Spatial Pattern Comparison in the Big Data Era project. Her research interests include the representation and analysis of spatial processes, and human impacts on large-scale biogeochemical cycles.

Alumni

Benjamin Friedrich (MSc, 2018)

Clara Greig (MSc, 2018)

Lauren Yee (MSc, 2018)

Julia Metelka (MSc, 2016)

Courtney Jones (MSc, 2016)

Kara Schimmelfing (RA)

Cameron Plouffe (MSc 2015)

Sriram Subramanian (Intern)

Kevin Horrocks (RA)

Samantha Dunlop (RA)

Haydn Lawrence (MSc, 2014)

Joel Meier (MSc, 2014)

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