PhD Studentship - An automated Infrared Computer Vision system for the Remote Sensing of Convective Clouds
The Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University have a PhD studentship studying automated Infrared Computer Vision system for the Remote Sensing of Convective Clouds.
As one of the biggest engineering schools of its kind in the UK, the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has an international reputation for being at the forefront of technological innovation and for maintaining extensive links with industry.
Clouds play an important role in influencing the dynamics of local and global weather climate conditions. Continuous monitoring of clouds is vital for weather forecasting and air-traffic safety. A PhD studentship is available for a high calibre candidate to join a collaborative project between Loughborough University and Campbell Scientific Ltd to develop an automated ground-based image processing system for the recognition and monitoring of clouds. The research topic focuses on developing new concepts, methods and algorithms to enable accurate and reliable ground-based cloud observations using an infra-red camera.
The candidates must be expecting, or have already obtained a first degree (1st class or high 2:1 honours or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or other relevant subject. Good communication skills are essential and an interest in, and understanding of basic meteorology and digital image processing would be an advantage.
Stipend: up to £17,000
Job Ref: DK050814
Closing Date: 1st October 2014
Free CAD Files of 241 Major World Cities
Arch Daily has made CAD files for 241 major cities around the World available free on its website. The data is sourced from OpenStreetMap. The credit for the act of kindness and openness goes to Brandon Liu, a San Francisco based developer.
The files do have some limitations, due to the way they were converted from online data (perhaps the most limiting is that roads are only marked by a single line), however the files give information on roads categorized from major to minor, buildings, railways, parks and bodies of water, with each element given its own layer on the drawing.
More information about how the files were created can be found on Brandon website.
Call for papers for IJGI Special Issue on "Open Geospatial Science and Applications"
We invite original research contributions on all aspects of open source geospatial software and its applications, and particularly encourage submissions focusing on the following themes for this Special Issue special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964):
- The use of open source geospatial software and data, in and for scientific research
- Academic endeavors to conceptualize, create, assess open source geospatial software and data, and teach such usage.
- Use of Open Data and Big Data
- Data quality, software quality
- Open source implementations
- Open SDI
- Community building
- Assessment of costs and benefits of open source applications and open source business models
- Architectures and frameworks for open source software and data
- Teaching geospatial sciences with open source solutions and open data
- Open Source GIS application use cases: government, participatory GIS, location based services, health, energy, water, climate change, etc.
- Human computer interfaces and usability in and around Open GI systems
Abstracts Due: 15/08/2014
Approved Abstracts: 30/08/2014 (put as planned papers online)
Manuscripts Due: 28/02/2015
Decision to Authors: 05/04/2015
Final Papers Due: 15/05/2015 Date August 8, 2014
GRASS GIS 7.0.0 beta 3 is out
Spotted on the Ecostudies blog, GRASS GIS 7.0.0 beta 3 is out. The latest release is still in beta but should bring a raft of fixes and improvements to both the interface and processing speeds.
- The graphical user interface based on wxPython has been enriched with many new features in order to make complex GIS operations available as simple as possible.
- The old Tcl/Tk based GUI has been dropped.
- Relevant new features are available in the core system, among the most important the new Python interface to the C library. This new feature permits Python developers to create new modules in a simple way while at the same time creating powerful and fast modules.
- there are a series of new modules to analyse raster and vector data; some of the already existing modules were improved and made faster (some even 1000 x faster).
For more information, please visit the GRASS GIS page. Date August 7, 2014
Skybox Imaging + Google
Google have completed their purchase of Skybox Imaging for a rumoured $500 million in cash. Skybox Imaging specialises in real-time hi-res satellite imaging and videos. They have been at the forefront of hi-res real time imaging and the deal with Google should ensure that the Skybox team have the resources to continue turning science fiction ideas into reality.
You can read more about the deal and what it means to Skybox imaging on their blog. You can also read two articles about Skybox Imaging posted on GoGeo in October 2013 and May 2014.
NSIDC Release New MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is pleased to announce the release of the MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica 2008-2009 Image Map (MOA2009). This data set consists of two cloud-free digital image maps that show surface morphology and a quantitative measure of mean optical surface snow grain size on the Antarctic continent and surrounding islands.
MOA2009 represents the second in a series of MOA image mappings. The image map products have been generated and presented in a near-identical manner as the first mapping, the MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica 2003-2004 image Map (MOA2004). MOA2004 has also been updated with several new grain size image files providing both springtime and summer estimates of mean snow grain size.
A third MOA image mapping, based on data from the 2013-2014 austral summer (MOA2014), is planned for future publication later this year.
The data for MOA2009 were generated from 259 orbit swaths from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrumentation on board the NASA EOS Aqua and Terra satellites. The algorithm and tools for assembling the mosaic were developed by the NASA Cryospheric Sciences Program. Final processing and some adjustments to the snow grain size were completed under the NASA MEaSUREs Antarctic Ice Velocity grant. The Antarctic Glaciological Data Center (AGDC) at NSIDC offers data access, tools and information at the following page:
Messaging, Augmented Reality and Geofencing
I have just been reading about a new way to combine messaging, augmented reality and geofencing over on the New Scientist website. Essentially the app, Traces, would allow users to create a mini-treasure hunt for their mates. So:
- you send them a message which tells them to go to a location
- they go there and launch the app
- they see a bubble floating in the air on the screen
- they burst the bubble and reveal the treasure which could be a media file, or a link to a present that you have bought them
Quite a nice little concept really which has lots of interesting applications when you think about it. I am sure you could use it in teaching and learning as well to direct students to places where they then discover information related to that place or object.
Date August 5, 2014
Free "Dive into Python" eBook
I have just been reminded by GIS Lounge of the excellent and free eBook Dive into Python.
Python is now firmly established as the language of choice for developers who create plugins for software such as ESRI ArcGIS and QGIS. It is a relatively simple and intuitive language to learn and would certainly be towards the top of the list of languages that i would recommend to GIS students. It really allows you to leverage the most out of GIS packages.
To request your own copy, just click the link below and register your details to receive the download link.
Challenging RISK: PhD Studentship
The EPSRC funded project “Challenging RISK: Achieving Resilience by Integrating Societal and Technical Knowledge” focuses on aspects of earthquake, fire hazards and community engagement. Within this project we have an opportunity for a suitable candidate to be funded for a PhD studentship. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Mordechai (Muki) Haklay (with further support and guidance from Patrick Rickles) and will start in the autumn of 2014, within UCL’s Extreme Citizen Science group.
The project is concerned with socially integrated mitigation of multiple structural risks in the urban environment, with a focus on the linked risks of earthquake and fire, and will develop not only new technical engineering solutions to these problems, but also account for the social context within which they are to be enacted. This multi-hazard risk mitigation approach hopes to create a holistic solution through interactions with communities, local authorities and construction industries, increasing the uptake of structural and non-structural mitigation measures, resulting in reduced life and economic losses. This is a multi-disciplinary project in which we are integrating expertise from Fire Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Structural Engineering, Psychology, Geographic Information Science and Citizen Science.
The candidate must have a first or upper second class degree at undergraduate level and at least a Merit (2.1) in a Master's degree, a relevant professional diploma or equivalent experience. It is highly desirable if the candidate has a combination, between their Undergraduate and Master degrees, diploma or experience, of some of the following disciplines: Engineering Science, Psychology, Communications, Anthropology, Human Geography and Information Science. Knowledge of GIS and geographical analysis would be advantageous, as well as experience in participatory research methods, such as participatory GIS or citizen science.
Salary: a stipend of £15,726 per annum tax free
Closing Date: 15 August, 2014 (extended from 31st July)
Ice and Climate Research RA - University of Sheffield
The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffiled are looking to appoint 2 Postdoctoral Research Associates in the field of Ice and Climate Research. They are looking for candidates to bring research ideas and as such this is a great opportunity for anyone who has just finished their PhD or PostDoc. The research could certainly incorporate GIS or Remote Sensing.
The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield is one of the top 25 worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2014) with research and teaching at the cutting edge of contemporary geography. As one of the largest geography departments in the UK, we have a vibrant community of undergraduates, postgraduates and post-doctoral researchers.
They seek to appoint two Research Associates who will develop their research by collaborating with members of the Ice and Climate Research at Sheffield (ICERS) group and begin a new research agenda. You will work with ICERS colleagues to develop at least one proposal to gain further support for a research project.
Candidates will have recently finished or be finishing a PhD or postdoctoral research position in a relevant discipline and have a desire to work amongst the ICERS group. The ability to think creatively, generate own ideas and guide and motivate own research is essential.
Salary: £28,972 to £36,661
Closing Date: 25th August 2014