Edinburgh GIS Student Conference

GISEOConfMonday 4th may saw the Edinburgh GIS students present their dissertation research progress to an audience of their peers, lecturers and visitors, including staff from EDINA and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland. This marked the end of the taught component of the GIS programme for most of the students, with work on their dissertations moving from part-time to full-time, through until completion in mid-August.The conference was organised into seven sessions, their titles illustrating the breadth of topics: UAV applications, Ecology, Modelling & Mapping, Location-Based Services, Geology, Geomorphology & Remote Sensing, Web Applications and Remote Sensing & Forests. The talks were assessed as part of the students Research Practice and Project Planning course and a prize was offered to the best. Such was the quality of the presentations that staff had a difficult decision, but decided the winner was Lynne Anderson, for her talk entitled “High frequency velocity variations of Kronebreen, Svalbard revealed from time-lapse photography“. Programme Director Bruce Gittings said “It was a great day. The students put a lot of effort in and there were many excellent presentations.”  Peter McKeague from RCAHMS said “Many thanks for the invitation to the Student conference, it was most informative”.

Three Edinburgh Presentations at GISRUK

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“.

Edinburgh GIS students go to GISRUK

gisruk2As 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.

gisruk1The 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.