School of GeoSciences

EEO-AGI(S) Series Programme

A Seminar Series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and GeoInformatics organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the AGI-Scotland

2018-19 Programme

The New GeoEnlightenment (2020): Edinburgh and More...

A range of leading speakers, several Edinburgh-based, working locally, nationally and globally.

Old Library, Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP

Unless otherwise indicated, all talks are held at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Institute of Geography , University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

These are then followed by AGI Geo-Drinks in Teviot Library Bar, EH8 9AJ at 5.45 allowing plenty room for informal professional networking.

Friday 28th Sep 2018, 4.30pm - Cancelled/Postponed

Prof. Ewan Klein

School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh Living Lab

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Title: The Internet of Things at the University of Edinburgh

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Prof. Ewan Klein is Professor Emeritus of Language Technology in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics. From September 2017 he has also been a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.

Prof. Klein's research career spans a range of topics, including theoretical linguistics; computational phonology, syntax and semantics; spoken dialogue with mobile robots; text mining in domains such as medical biology and digital history; the use, interpretation and social embedding of different forms of data in the context of Living Labs and the Internet of Things.


Friday 12th Oct 2018, 4.30pm

Joint EEO-AGI(S)/Hutton Club Seminar

Dr. Lesley Gibson and Dr. David Rush

School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

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Title: Remote sensing detection of fires in informal settlements

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Informal settlements are highly vulnerable to fire due to high dwelling density, inadequate building methods and flammable building materials used in construction. IRIS-Fire is an international and interdisciplinary research project, between engineers and social scientists looking to Improve the Resilience of Informal Settlements to Fire. The project is developing fundamental understanding of the social, political, and technical issues regarding fire safety and fire spread within informal settlements situated in the Western Cape of South Africa and beyond. This seminar will present some of the geospatial research being undertaken by the IRIS-Fire project team including: 1) the use of Sentinel 2 data in Google Earth Engine to identify historic fires, 2) the development of spatial metrics as indicators of fire risk, and 3) identification of settlements most at risk.

Friday 16th Nov 2018, 4.30pm

Joann Russell

Head of Estates, Historic Environment Scotland

Title: GIS and BIM for Heritage Estate Management

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Friday 7th Dec 2018, 4.30pm

Joint EEO-AGI(S)/Hutton Club Seminar

Dr. Graeme Buchanan

RSPB Scotland

Title: Remote Sensing for Conservation

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Friday 18th Jan 2019, 4.30pm

Layla Gordon

AR/VR Lead, OS Labs, Ordnance Survey

Title: AR/VR and OS Labs

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Friday 1st Feb 2019, 4.30pm

Elliot Hartley

Managing Director, Garsdale Design

Title: GeoDesign and CityEngine-ering

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Friday 1st Mar 2019, 4.30pm

Prof. Alison Heppenstall

Geography, University of Leeds

Title: Bringing the Social City to the Smart City

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Technological developments, such as the rise in GPS enabled devices and Web 2.0 technologies have created social transformations in how we connect and share information through the mass uptake of smart phones and social media platforms. This new generation of mobile technologies work as individual sensors capturing data on a wide range of human behaviours that have been previously unavailable. These include data on individual movement, preferences and opinions. Understanding these behaviours is crucial if we are to create a holistic approach to simulating how cities breathe and grow. However, considerable work is required in adapting and developing new technologies from machine learning to extract behaviours which can be embedded into cutting-edge modelling techniques. Creating this bridge between ‘big’ data representing the ‘real’ world, and simulations producing alternative versions of reality is of value to both academics and policymakers looking to develop new solutions to many of the challenges that today’s cities face. To do this we need to understand how factors within the “Social City” (the impact of individual movements and decisions) play out every day in the “Smart City” (data collected from fixed sensors on for example, traffic counts or air pollution).

This presentation will give an overview of work that is being undertaken through an ESRC-Alan Turing Fellowship to address the challenges of bringing the social city to the smart city.