This year’s GIS Research UK (GISRUK) conference included three presentations by Edinburgh staff and students. 2014 MSc graduate Maud van Haeren gave a paper based on her MSc GIS dissertation entitled “The Influence of Familiarity on Route Choice: Edinburgh as a Case Study“. PhD student Ellie Bates presented a talk entitled “Understanding Spatio Temporal Patterns of Crime Using Hotspot AND Coldspot Analysis“, while Senior Lecturer William Mackaness gave a paper titled “Strategies in the Use of Referring Expressions to Describe Things Urban“.
As part of their MSc in GIS studies, a group of Edinburgh students made what is now an annual pilgrimage to the GIS Research UK (GISRUK) conference, held this year in Leeds. Fourteen students were able to attend workshops and research presentations over the four-day conference, as well as network with researchers and other students. The conference was attended by 250 people, the highest number in its 23-year history, together with over a hundred research presentations and three keynote addresses from Ed Parsons of Google, Steven Ramage of What3Words, Dom Stubbins of ESRI and Sarah Williams of MIT. The event included an excellent conference dinner in the Leeds Armouries.
The students were also able to explore the Royal Geographical Society’s remarkable outdoor exhibition Britain from the Air, together with a 16-metre Ordnance Survey map of the UK, laid out in Leeds City Centre. Our photograph shows the students standing on the map on some of their home-towns.