I have recently got back from Ritsumeikan University where I and my collegaue Alex Singleton were invited by Professor Keiji Yano to give a week long introduction to GIS course. As part of this teaching activity the students were set a group project to examine the geographic distribution and origins of five Japanese names. These […]Continue reading »
I am pleased to announce that the QMRG prize for the best dissertation in quantitative geography will again be awarded in 2009 and that nominations are now invited. As in previous years, the prize is for the best dissertation in *any* area of quantitative geography, which include the application of existing techniques or the development […]Continue reading »
This is a conference sketch by Shopf, J., Oat, C., Barczak, J., presented in Siggraph Asia 2008.I’ve been talking about how I am looking into creating a crowd simulation on the GPU. The sketch states that, to their knowledge it is the first implementat…Continue reading »
As has been recently announced, Oxford circus is to get a pedestrian-friendly revamp. Here is a video of a pedestrian model, first referred to me by Duncan Smith, a PhD student at CASA. The model consists of 5000 people, where a particle-based system w…Continue reading »
This is a paper by Treuille, A. Cooper, S., and Popović, Z, presented in Siggraph 2006.It’s a real time crowd model based on continuum dynamics. The motion of crowds is controlled by a dynamic potential field, which allows it to avoid moving obstacles…Continue reading »
13th April 2009, Kyoto, Ritsumeikan UniversityContinue reading »
As mentioned in an earlier post that I will be posting a pseudocode for a Netlogo to 3DMax implementation.This pseudocode is mainly for the Netlogo traffic simulation, but I will try and make it as general as possible in order to use in other models.Ne…Continue reading »
Two prizes came from the UCL camp at this years GISRUK. The previously mentioned “mashup”, and also the prize for the best young research paper by my student Adnan – titled: “Moving to real time segmentation: efficient computation of geodemographic cla…Continue reading »
Today was a jolly nice day with Ollie and I winning the Ordnance Survey Geospatial Mashup Challenge at GISRUK 2009. There were some really good entries and I was quite surprised with the result. One site which really impressed me was: “User Adaptive Tr…Continue reading »
I just presented this paper at GIS Research UK (GISRUK) in Durham sparking an interesting debate about ethics and use of transactional data. This is my first attempt at Keynote on OSX / Macbook – which after an initial failure at getting technology con…Continue reading »
I have just published a new working paper:
Computer mediated communication and the Internet has fundamentally changed how consumers and producers connect and interact across both real space, and has also opened up new opportunities in virtu…Continue reading »
I will be occasionally posting details of books that I have come across, which some may find interesting.This book gives a very good review of what is out there in the Crowd Simulation area. This includes different disciplines such as physics, sociolog…Continue reading »
The first few posts will be a catch up of what has been done so far. The first piece I worked on was a Netlogo to 3D Max implementation. This implementation is for a street level scale of a city. Although, 3D Max is used for crowd and particle simulati…Continue reading »
As this is my first post, let me detail a little about me, and about this blog.I am currently studying for a PhD in Crowd Simulation in the Centre of Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London (UCL). I did an MSc in Vision, Imaging & Virtual …Continue reading »
Anybody who I have come in contact with over the past two weeks has probably been subjected to me showing them an old 1904 map of Manchester and Salford housing conditions. This has really nice cartography and is accompanied by a book featuring rich te…Continue reading »
Towards a Higher Education Profiler, University College London, London – 11/2/09Continue reading »
Measuring Segregation: Methods, tools and data, a two day workshop. University of Bristol, Bristol – 11/2/09Continue reading »
Everybody likes free data! The Free the Postcode project aims to collect geo-locations using GPS for every UK postcode.
This is now much simpler using an iPhone application: http://www.opengeodata.org/?p=351Continue reading »
Public Engagement: The London Profiler, Public Profiler and the E-Society Classification, University College London, London – 8/1/09Continue reading »
This review begins by acknowledging the success of geodemographics as an important area of activity in applied geography. However, it then develops a critique of the conceptual and computational underpinnings of the approach, and argues that changes in data supply and online communication have rendered current practices obsolete. It presents elements of a new perspective, entailing: changes in the specification, estimation and testing of online geodemographic systems; adoption of consultative practices from online folksonomies; automated generation of pen portraits; and
Singleton, A.D., and Paul A. Longley. 2009. “Geodemographics, Visualisation, and Social Networks in Applied Geography.” Applied Geography 29 (3): 289–298. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2008.10.006.
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Good news today for OS X users is Google Earth Browser Plug-in is now available on Mac OS X:
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http://www.spatialkey.com/ looks a promising new GIS based start up built around geovisualisation. Of particular note are the heat map visualisation demos which link both time and place.
It appears to be built in the new Flex framework which I think w…Continue reading »
I am also affiliated with the QMRG and we have just finished digitising the vast majority of the CATMOG series of quantitative methods guides. These are a great resource and can be downloaded from [here]Continue reading »
Two things stop me from migrating to OS X, firstly SAS and secondly GIS. The former is very unlikely to be solved any time soon, however, GIS on OS X appears a growing area. Here are a list of full GIS and GIS types software I have found:
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ESRC Research Methods, University Oxford, Oxford – 1/7/08Continue reading »
Always on the look out for nice visualisations I came across Wordle today. I have generated one of my research interests:Continue reading »
Gibin, M., Singleton, A., Milton,R., Mateos, P., Longley, P. (2008) An Exploratory Cartographic Visualisation of London through the Google Maps API. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy. 1(2), 85-97.
This paper begins by reviewing the ways i…Continue reading »
I have always struggled to find a nice easy way to create cartograms. That was until I found a relatively new tool called ScapeToad (http://chorogram.choros.ch/scapetoad/). Within minutes I had generated a very appealing cartogram of London at Output …Continue reading »
Haklay, M., Singleton, A.D., Parker, C. (2008) Web Mapping 2.0: The Neogeography of the GeoWeb. Geography Compass.
The landscape of Internet mapping technologies has changed dramatically since 2005. New techniques are being used and new terms have been invented and entered the lexicon such as: mash-ups, crowdsourcing, neogeography and geostack. A whole range of websites and communities from the commercial Google Maps to the grassroots OpenStreetMap, and applications such as Platial, also have emerged. In their totality, these new applications represent a step change in the evolution of the area of Internet geographic applications (which some have termed the GeoWeb). The nature of this change warrants an explanation and an overview, as it has implications both for geographers and the public notion of Geography. This article provides a critical review of this newly emerging landscape, starting with an introduction to the concepts, technologies and structures that have emerged over the short period of intense innovation. It introduces the non-technical reader to them, suggests reasons for the neologism, explains the terminology, and provides a perspective on the current trends. Case studies are used to demonstrate this Web Mapping 2.0 era, and differentiate it from the previous generation of Internet mapping. Finally, the implications of these new techniques and the challenges they pose to geographic information science, geography and society at large are considered.
Haklay, M., A.D. Singleton, and C. Parker. 2008. “Web Mapping 2.0: The Neogeography of the GeoWeb.” Geography Compass 2 (6): 2011–2039. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00167.x.
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Nestoria (www.nestoria.co.uk) kindly requested an interview to discuss some of the activities we have been working on recently in CASA and the Department of Geography.
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So on Friday I went to hear my supervisor, Peter Hall, on a panel discussion with Hank Ditmar (of the Prince’s Foundation) and Will Alsop (famous architect/urban designer). The title for the discussion was “The Object, the City & the … Continue reading →Continue reading »
I have to admit loving this one — what a way to mess with people’s heads. The background is here. And for a higher-quality version than the one on YouTube, watch this.Continue reading »
Over at Naked Capitalism, there has been a lot of talk about the risk of default in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As someone without a mortgage or a home part of me is kind of enjoying the whole debacle … Continue reading →Continue reading »
I came across an amusing coincidence between life and art/comedy recently: in the first corner we have The Onion’s take on why other people should shift to public transportation; and in the second corner we have the New York Times … Continu…Continue reading »
The idea that a ‘starchitect’ could regenerate an entire city effectively began with the ‘Bilbao Effect’, and a host of other cities have jumped on this particular bandwagon. Apparently, you pretty much have to get Gehry, Calatrava, Foster, Rogers, or … Continue reading →Continue reading »
Apparently I’m not the only one who finds recycling in Britain (and especially London) confusing. As the article notes, part of the problem is that each council manages its own recycling system — so council A takes one set of … Contin…Continue reading »