We are lucky to have two international visitors working in collaboration with the RISER project, both of whom arrived last week. Francisco Escobar (right) is Professor in the Department of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alcalá, Spain. Professor Escobar’s research is at the intersection of GIS, visualization, and spatial analysis, with particular experience in the application areas of land use and public health. Professor Escobar is a MERIT Visiting Scholar and on 12th November gave a seminar on his recent work, on using cellular automata and participatory GIS for understanding and planning for land use change.
Antony Galton (right) is Reader in Knowledge Representation in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science, University of Exeter. He has a long record of world-leading research in spatiotemporal knowledge representation, and in particular in the development of an account of spatial change. He has extensive experience in the application area of emergency management, and holds an EPSRC (UK research council) grant for collaboration with the RISER project. In the coming weeks Antony, Matt, and Peter will be working together on new algorithms and techniques for identifying causal relationships in sensor data sets. Antony and Francisco will be in Melbourne until the end of 2014.