Muhammad Adnan is Computer Research Officer at the UCL SpLinT project, and a PhD student at the Department of Geography and Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL. His PhD explores real time geodemographics for public service delivery, involving the development of a computer applications which will classify real time feeds of a variety of public domain data.

Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at UCL where he is Director of CASA. His most recent book is Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005). He is Editor of Environment and Planning B and PI of the NCeSS GeoVUE project. He is Fellow of the British Academy and received the CBE in 2004 for ‘services to geography’.

Mark Birkin is Director of the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy. His research interests include modelling societies and their behaviour, the use of information and communication technologies in the public, industrial and commercial sectors, and the development of Geographical Information Systems for human and environmental analysis.

Chris Brunsdon is Professor of Geographical Information in the Department of Geography at Leicester University, having worked previously in Departments of Town and Country Planning at Newcastle and Computer Science at Glamorgan. He has interests in spatial statistics, geographical information science, and exploratory spatial data analysis, and in particular the application of these ideas to crime pattern analysis and the modelling of house prices.

Andy Burton is a Research Fellow, working on the SpLinT project. He is developing work flows for 3D model building and is creating useable lab-based semi-immersive visualisation environments for teaching and learning. His research background is in the development of Virtual Reality techniques in a wide range of application domains. He has a PhD in the field of Expert Systems for Environmental Engineering from Nottingham.

Martin Clarke is Professor of Geographical Modelling at the University of Leeds. He has worked extensively in applied modelling for over 30 years. One of his main achievements was to transfer spatial modelling technology into common usage with a wide range of organisations around the world. With Professor Sir Alan Wilson, he established GMAP Ltd at Leeds which became one of the largest University spin out companies in the UK. In 2005 he co-founded Twenty PLC which is now an AIM listed company providing integrated marketing services solutions for a wide variety of clients.

Maurizio Gibin is currently working at the Department of Geography, CASA - Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Southwark Primary Care Trust. Before arriving at CASA he obtained a degree in Economics from University of Eastern Piedmont and a PhD in Geography from University of Trieste. His research interests are: GIScience, Spatial Analysis, Geographic Data Analysis of Socio-economic and Population data, Health geography, Geodemographics, Geovisualisation, Cartography and Analytical design in thematic mapping.

Yi Gong is a PhD student in CASA. She is researching the tracking of children from home to school, linking this to their energy use as part of the EPSRC CAPABLE project ( She has an MA in Geography from Liverpool and a BSc degree in Information Engineering from Wuhan.

Peter Halfpenny is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester and Executive Director of the ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science. He was Head of the Department of Sociology from 1993 to 1996, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law from 2003 to 2004, and subsequently Head of the School of Social Sciences in the new University of Manchester from 2004 to 2006. In 1985 he established the Centre for Applied Social Research which has undertaken over 50 projects funded by local authorities, public bodies, research councils and charities. He is currently chair of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, an association for all researchers interested in investigating the voluntary sector. (

Rich Harris is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. His background is in human geography, geographical information science and spatial statistics. He is as interested in how, why and if spatial analysis really ‘works’ to model socio-economic systems as in the methods themselves.

Andrew Hudson-Smith is Senior Research Fellow in CASA where he leads both the NCeSS GeoVUE and Virtual London projects. His focus is on Web 2.0 technologies in geography and urban planning which he has researched since his PhD. His blog features daily news and research updates on the world of urban visualisation.

Paul Longley is Professor of Geographic Information Science at University College London. He serves as Deputy Director of UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and site manager for the HEFCE-funded ‘Spatial Literacy in Teaching’ (Splint) Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). He is an expert in socioeconomic applications in GIS, including the use of geodemographics and Geoweb 2.0 environments.

Jack March is a Research Fellow working on the ‘GeoSpatial Widgets’ project funded by the Visual Learning Lab (, a HEFCE-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He is developing game-like visual interfaces to support teaching and learning. His PhD thesis looked at the use of 3D computer-generated visualisation techniques applied to forensic information.

Richard Milton is a Research Fellow in CASA where he works on the NCeSS GeoVUE project. He previously worked on the Equator project where he used GPS tracked sensors to make fine-scale maps of carbon monoxide around the local area. While at CASA he has released the ‘GMapCreator’ software for creating thematic Google Maps, the ‘Image Cutter’ for publishing large photos on the web and the ‘PhotoOverlayCreator’ for turning panoramic images into photo overlays for Google Earth. He has a BEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College.

Pablo Mateos is Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, and Associate at Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL. His research interests lie within Population and Urban Geography, and focus on investigating new ontologies and geographic visualisations of ethnicity, migration and mobility in contemporary cities and societies.

Jakob Petersen is PhD researcher at Department of Geography and Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL. His research interests concerns emergent digital geographies in the context of health care service planning. His research is part of a project conducted in collaboration with NHS Southwark Primary Care Trust, London, to develop and evaluate new information technology to strengthen the social marketing capability of local health authorities.

Gemma Polmear is a Research Associate, working on the SpLinT project. She is working on tools and techniques for teaching and learning including GIS-based work flows to provide data for use in virtual environments. Her main area of activity is the development of GPS-enabled mobile applications to support fieldwork. She has an MSc in GIS from Nottingham.

Gary Priestnall is an Associate Professor within the GIS research group, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, with research interests in geographic representation, landscape visualisation, and spatially-aware mobile computing. He is site manager for the Nottingham arm of SpLinT (Spatial Literacy IN Teaching – ).

Alex Singleton is Research Officer at UCL Spatial Literacy, Department of Geography and Associate at Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL. His PhD explored the geodemographic analysis of access inequality in Higher Education, including the modelling of neighbourhood participation rates, prior performance and progression (

Duncan Smith is an ESRC CASE award student working on the Virtual London model using 3D GIS to explore new ideas about understanding and visualising accessibility and density. Before coming to CASA, he worked in Edinburgh on transport planning. He has an MA and MSc in Geography and GIS from the University of Edinburgh.

Sir Alan Wilson is currently Professor of Urban and Regional Systems in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL and Chairman of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1991 to 2004, and was a member of the Economic and Social Research Council from 2000 to 2004. He was Director-General for Higher Education in the Department for Education and Skills from 2004-2006. He was elected as MAE in 1991, FBA in 1994, AcSS in 2000, and FRS in 2006 and knighted for services to higher education in 2001. His work in urban and regional modeling set the agenda for the field in the 1970s.