Q-Step Quantitative Methods Programme Award
Researchers in the Centre for GeoInformatics in the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews have been selected for a prestigious award under the Q-Step Quantitative Methods Programme funded by a combination of the Nuffield Foundation and the ESRC. The programme recognises the deficit in quantitatively trained social scientists and has provided funds in strategic areas to reduce this deficit. The Co-ordinators of the award are Professor Stewart Fotheringham, Director of the Centre for GeoInformatics and Dr Urska Demsar a lecturer in the Centre for GeoInformatics. The total amount of the award is £812,565 and will enable the appointment of two permanent lecturers in GeoInformatics.
This programme will extend the Quantitative Methods and Geographic Information Science (GISc) teaching in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, building upon significant investment in this area by the university. The grant will allow the development of a solid core of Quantitative Methods and GISc teaching throughout all four years of the undergraduate programme as well as a new MSc in GeoInformatics. Additionally, summer courses in Geoinformatics will be organised and will be open to all students interested in spatial data analysis.
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Professor Fotheringham has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Science
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.
The National Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday 30th April the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Professor A. Stewart Fotheringham, Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Centre for Geoinformatics, School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St. Andrews is among the newly elected members. Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,179 and the total number of foreign associates to 437. There are currently 77 members from United Kingdom and Professor Fotheringham is the only member from the University of St Andrews.
Centre For GeoInformatics does fancy things with trajectories
GPS trajectory walked by Sila, 13 Dec 2012
The Centre for GeoInformatics acts as a focus for research into geoinformatics across both the School of Geography and Geosciences and across the university. Geoinformatics or Geographic Information Science (GIScience) involves the collection, processing, analysis and display of large spatial data sets. This includes any kind of spatial data, i.e. data with specific geographic location, or, if time is considered as well, spatio-temporal data. The area is becoming more and more relevant in today’s world, where large spatial data sets are being collected by individuals in real-time using increasingly available and ubiquitous spatial sensors such as GPS devices on mobile phones, as well as agencies and companies, e.g. census data collected by national statistical agencies or satellite imagery collected by national space agencies or remote sensing companies. Application areas are varied, from health, housing, environment, physical systems and movement ecology to urban analysis and digital humanities.