SIRL is a research lab dedicated to geospatial interface research and geovisualization research, based in the Department of Geography [link] at Simon Fraser University [link], in British Columbia, Canada.

Researchers at SIRL include: graduate student researchers specializing in geovisualization and geospatial interface research; undergraduate research assistants developing research skills and experience; faculty associates collaborating on joint projects; and visiting scholars wishing to spend time conducting collaborative research with us.

What we do:

  • We design, develop and evaluate advanced geospatial interface technologies
  • We design, develop and evaluate geographic visualization techniques
  • We apply these technologies and methods to a variety of real-world projects.
  • We develop the science and theory behind their design, application and use
We are always adding new content to the website, so please take a look and check back for updates.

Check out our RESEARCH and NEWS pages to learn more about our latest work.

Check our PEOPLE page, to learn about Dr. Nick Hedley, and the team of multi-skilled researchers at SIRL .

Please contact us if you have questions  about the Spatial Interface Research Lab, research projects, research opportunities,, are interested in perhaps joining us, or would like to propose a collaborative project.


Contact:         Dr. Nick Hedley / Director, Spatial Interface Research Lab.

Email:            hedley@sfu.ca Telephone:   778.782.4515 (office)FAX: 778.782.5841

Address:       Dr. Nick Hedley 
                       Spatial Interface Research Lab.
                       Department of Geography / RCB 7229, 
                       Simon Fraser University
                       8888 University Drive
                       Burnaby, BC 
                       V5A 1S6