[This is my mug shot.]
I am an Associate Professor in Geocomputation within the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP), School of Geography, at the University of Leeds, UK where I am also deputy director of the Centre for Computational Geography (CCG). I am a former Chair of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) GIS group, but now have jumped ship to the RGS Quantitative Methods Research Group (QMRG) where I was elected as an ordinary committee member in July 2012.
As well as being involved in several large research projects, I am actively involved in the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LiDA). I both develop and deliver teaching and training on a range of geo-spatial methods. My teaching is closely linked to my research, current modules that I teach are Principles of GIS, Web-based GIS and Geocomputation.
My PhD was focused on development of agent-based models for a dynamic geographical system (retail). My subsequent research has focused on the development of agent-based models in a variety of different application areas (education, health, crime, geographical economics and archaeology). Along with Dr Andy Evans, I founded the Multi-Agent and Social Simulation (MASS) group, which has a strong and active membership at Leeds.
Whilst being a little retro, the title of this site reflects the fact that I work both with a variety of methods and applications. While agent-based modelling comprises the mainstay of my research, I’ve also worked with GIS, microsimulation, spatial interaction models, neural networks and genetic algorithms – basically any geocomputational methods.