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Professor Jason Dykes delivers keynote address at GISRUK 2013

City expert weighs up issues in information visualisation and cartography.
by John Stevenson

Professor Jason Dykes, Professor of Visualisation at City University London's giCentre, was one of three keynote speakers at GISRUK 2013, held at the University of Liverpool from April 3-5.

His keynote topic was titled "Information Visualization: What's Going On?"

GIS-imageThe GISRUK (Geographical Information Science Research UK) conference series was started in 1993. It is the UK's national Geographical Information Science Research conference aimed at the academic community. Each annual conference has attracted delegates from various parts of the world encompassing disciplines such as geography, planning, archaeology, computer science, geology, geomatics and engineering. In addition to being a forum for announcing the publication of GIS research, the yearly GISRUK conference facilitates discussion of research ideas and the promotion of research collaboration. It also offers postgraduate students the opportunity to present their work before an international gathering of academic experts.

Professor Dykes said:

"At GISRUK 2013, I tried to get people thinking about both the tensions and possibilities that arise when information visualisation and cartography are considered concurrently. By using a diverse variety of examples from the giCentre and elsewhere, I was able to show how maps are changing in terms of their content and usage. I hope I kept people entertained - the twitter stream certainly suggested that this was the case."

GISRUK 2013 focussed on a cluster of inter-related themes including simulation and modelling, transport systems, health and wellbeing, spatial analysis, urban planning and environmental geographic information systems. It was also a platform for City to demonstrate leadership in the rapidly changing field of geographic information science.

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