PhDs and EngDs

We are currently supporting the following PhDs & EngDs:

Enriching 3D building models – Cardiff University
Augmenting 3D models by automatically extracting semantic information documents and imagery.

3D data quality – University College London
Investigating ways in which to represent and assess 3D data quality though the development of a toolset.

Capturing and presenting crowd-sourced information: human factors design challenges – Loughborough University
The PhD will look at new interaction methods for information capture; understand what motivates people to contribute different kinds of information and how this understanding could influence the types of people that contribute; and identify how crowd-sourced information might best be presented.

Flood risk modelling – University of Portsmouth
Using OS height models to investigate the flood risk in association with improved land cover and land use mapping.

Negotiating environments - tracking environmental and mediated information use – Swansea University
Using motion tracking technology and other sensors in the context of the urban and rural environments, this PhD will investigate the behaviour of users of mobile device apps.

Mapping vernacular geographies in places of super-diversity – Royal Holloway
The project will investigate the experiences of place in an area of socio-cultural ‘super-diversity’ focusing on the implications for how GI products (including maps) can best engage diverse urban users.

Sensory geographies of the city and the everyday practises of geo-spatial technology, Royal Holloway
The thesis will build upon existing geographical work examining the relationships between people and place in urban environments with respect to technologies such as mobiles and tablets. Royal Holloway

Investigating the role and uses of location and vernacular geography within identities of people and communities, with respect to the digital economy – University of Nottingham
Within the Nottingham University Horizon Digital Economy theme of ‘My Life in Data’, the project investigates the role of vernacular geography within themes of people’s and communities’ identity, their expression of this digitally and how such location and place-based information can help enhance services for communities and individuals.

An Ontological approach to data integration, University of Nottingham
The PhD involves developing methods for integrating information from OS MasterMap and OpenStreetMap using ontologies.

Improving the Situational Relevance of mobile maps, University of Nottingham
The research focuses on the design and evaluation of alternative map displays for mobile devices, building upon previous collaborations between the University of Nottingham and Ordnance Survey.

Exploiting multi-ray photogrammetry for 3D urban mapping and modelling, University of Newcastle
This PhD is investigating the use of photogrammetric techniques (dense point matching) to investigate methods of Digital Surface Model creation and the extraction of 3D information from such models.

Temporal activity modelling of topographic objects, University of Southampton
This PhD aims to produce advances in both theoretical and practical aspects of modelling population distribution throughout the day and not simply where people are at night based on the Census.

Spatial data usability, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
For a selection of different applications the PhD will investigate the limits of usability of various OS Products.

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