School of Geography
University of Leeds
Telephone: +44 113 2333309
Fax: +44 113 2333308
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I am a member of the Centre
for Computational Geography, where I try to create and use spatial
pattern analysis techniques to build geographical models which can help
develop understanding of geographical processes. Currently I am employed
on an EU funded project called MEDALUS
III in which I am attempting to incorporate a human dimension to models
of land degradation in the Mediterranean climate region of the EU. This
overall aim of this research is to develop a Synoptic Prediction System
to forecast the potential impact of climate change on landuse patterns,
details of this task are available here.
I began my undergrduate degree in Maths and Geography in 1993 at Leeds
and during the course of the first year I became interested in Geographical
Information Systems (GIS) having being introduced to the Geographical
Analysis Machine (GAM). In the academic year following the end of my
undergraduate degree I took a Masters in GIS and accepted a research post
that became available in the CCG.
I am interested in Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA) tools and
all sorts of classification and modelling techniques. I am intrigued by
fractal relationships in nature and scales and other general relationships
between abstractions and reality. At present my modelling aims are to produce
useful forecasting systems to help alleviate problems and plan a more sustainable
I enjoy most activities, some favourites include; playing squash, swimming,
playing cards, chess, mountain biking, going to the theatre, playing pool
and drinking beer. I enjoy painting abstract pictures and appreciate a
huge range of art; Dali, Magritte, Escher and my friend Jo Knowles I find
particularly awesome. I like listening to many different kinds of Music
including; Rock and Roll, Drum and Base, and blues. Occasionally I make
time to go for a spin and dance until dawn.
Geographical modelling and geocomputation
Exploratory spatial data analysis
Artificial intelligence and evolutionary computing
Geographical Information Systems
Road traffic accident pattern analysis
Crime pattern analysis
Programming and computing
I have 2 years experience of the UNIX operating environment.
I am capable of programming in Fortran, especially when good compilers
are available. I can parallelise Fortran90 programs to work on parallel
computers (like a network of sun workstations) using the standard Message
I am experienced in the managment of large spatial databases.
I have used various web authoring software to create web pages and know
the basics of HTML.
I am aware of the functionality and capabilities of various proprietary
I can use the main census data extraction software.
I can use various database and statistical packages including; Excel, Minitab,
SAS and SPSS.
I am learning JAVA.
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Visiting the Salvador Dali museum just north of Barcelona.
Reading 'Gödel Escher Bach' by Douglas Hofstädler.
Reasearch into fuzzy modelling approaches. A good introduction is 'Fuzzy
Logic: The Discovery of a Revolutionary Computer Technology' by Daniel
McNeill and Paul Frieburger. The book tells a story about the philosophy,
development, formalisation and application of fuzzy reasoning methods.
Switching off the TV.
Working hard, playing games and being good.