Staff Members

  • Professor Gary Higgs – is currently Director of the GIS Research Centre and a co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) at USW. Over-arching research interests are in the application of GIS in social and environmental studies, most recently in the areas of health geography, environmental justice and emergency planning.
  • Dr David Kidner – has worked extensively in the areas of digital terrain modelling and spatial data compression. Current research topics include GIS/GPS integration and 3D modelling of spatial phenomena (with as special interest in high resolution laser scanning).
  • Dr Mitch Langford – current research interests include dasymetric mapping, population modelling, and
    geospatial analysis within the fields of healthcare, social equality and environmental justice.
  • Dr Mark Ware – is a Reader in GIS. His research interests include automated map genealization, GIS-based optimzation algorithms, GIS and disaster management, spatial data structures and Open Source GIS.
  • Dr Nathan Thomas – completed a PhD in automated cartography working with the Ordnance Survey. More recently has has worked within a small team on a GPS track maintenance smartphone app for National Rail. His research interests currently focus on point cloud mapping for the National Showcaves for Wales and early research into the use of microdrones for aerial imagery processing and analysis.

  • Dave Farthing – main current area of research looks at the application of modern technologies to produce maps of developing countries, with a special emphasis on supporting Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • Dr Alex Lohfink – current research topics are geospatial databases, object-oriented databases, linked data and semantic web.
  • Dr Nigel Ricahrds – is currently working on map generalization problems, with a particular interest in the development of solutions that make use of probabilistic optimisation.

Research Students

  • Robin Frew – current research (as funded by Ordnance Survey) involves investigating the usability of spatial data when used for typical GIS-based analyses and identifying ways to improve their performance and usability.
  • Jon Britton – current research focuses on the use of standard, distributed geospatial web services to provide a browser-based GIS solution in the cloud.
  • Paul Cripps – based in the Hypermedia Research Unit” and the GIS Research Unit, Paul is currently researching the application of GeoSemantic Technologies for Archaeological Research (GSTAR), drawing on the latest developments in the Semantic Web and geospatial research domains. This research involves ontological models of cultural heritage knowledge and spatial information using information systems built around these through the fusion of Linked Data, GIS, database and web technologies and emerging standards and frameworks.