Dr. Nick Hedley [email]
Associate Professor, Geovisualization & Geospatial Interface Research, SFU Geography [link]
Dr. Nick Hedley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Hedley has been researching geovisualization and interfaces for over 14 years, and virtual environments / mixed reality for a decade or so. He simultaneously works in the areas of new interface technology design, empirical human interface use evaluation, and the development of new theories about how humans engage information and each other through these technologies. His current research emphasis is on geospatial tangible augmented reality (GeoSTAR), mobile geospatial augmented reality, and serious games applied to real geographic problems.
Dr. Hedley designs and develops new interfaces to visualize and interact with three-dimensional geospatial data, aiming to maximize the transparency of user interfaces. His ongoing research aims to develop a more sophisticated understanding of how geographic visualization technologies influence practical, conceptual and abstract spatial knowledge acquisition, and to develop cutting-edge visualization technologies to advance exploratory, analytical and presentation-based geographic visualization. He has designed and developed visualization interfaces in a variety of training/education/communication contexts, including risk mitigation, collaborative spatial decision-making, data exploration, complex environmental systems, human exposure to environmental hazards, dynamic oceanographic processes, uncertainty in remotely sensed data, hydrogeology, avalanche hazards, and tsunami ssimulation.
Dr. Hedley's academic research projects have been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, the US National Research Center for Statistics and the Environment, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canadian Water Network (CWN), Geomatics for Informed Decisions (GEOIDE).
In addition to academic research, Dr. Hedley has consulted for numerous major organizations in broadcasting, public education and the movie industry. These include the British Broadcasting Corporation (UK), Broken Hill Proprietary (Australia) and for several well-known science museums, including the Museum of Science (Boston, USA). He was the designer/creator of the augmented reality exhibit seen in the popular museum exhibit Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination - which toured North America between 2005-2008, and internationally between 2009 and 2012.
CURRENT GRAD STUDENTS / RESEARCHERS
Sonja Aagesen (PhD Candidate)Sonja's research interests lie at the intersection of archeological research, spatial analysis and geovisualization. Following up on successful Masters research, Sonja aims to explore the role of 3D geovisualization and geospatial interface research might support powerful new ways to deliver analytical archaeological visualizations in non-linear, user-driven interface environments. Sonja is the holder of a prestigious four-year SSHRC PhD research grant.
Chris Lonergan (MSc Student; BSc Fall 2011)
Olympia Koziatek (MSc Student; BSc Summer 2013)
Olympia is focusing her spatial information, geovisualization and spatial interface skills on interactive geovisual analytical interfaces for marine debris modelling, analysis and geovisualization. She is pursuing new forms of 3D spatial representation and analysis to characterize nearshore bathymetric environments, kelp forests, and how we might generate local debris arrival simulations using ocean basin scale circulation models.
Nick Benoy (MSc Student; BSc Summer 2013)
CURRENT UNDERGRAD RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
Alex Chen (BSc anticipated Summer 2014)
PAST GRAD STUDENTS / RESEARCHERS
Matt Kurowski (MSc graduate)
Matt completed a MSc in tsunami visualization research. His research (Exploring the Relationship Between Geovisualization Interface Characteristics and Mental Models of Tsunami Hazards) has surveyed existing methods to mitigate risk by educating citizens about tsunami hazards. He is developing new visualization methods and interface technologies as potential solutions to update and improve Provincial capabilities to mitigate tsunami risks through public education. After completing his MSc, Matt was hired by FP Innovations to apply his spatial information and visualization skills in new an exciting ways as a research and development specialist. Nice!
Britta Ricker (Research Assistant)
Britta's research in Web 2.0, the semantic web, spatial data infrastructures and ubiquitous gaming, has taken her to developing countries such as Guatemala and Barbados. Through her travels, she has established an understanding of the benefits of the geospatial web for sustainable development. She is interested in the use of the GeoWeb and location-aware devices for environmental learning. After a period at SIRL exporing mobile devices and VGI, she is now pursuing research in Health GIS.
Ranae Kowalczuk (MSc / March 2009)
Ranae has spent the past few years researching the way in which avalanche hazards (in particular, terrain traps) are communicated to winter recreationists. Specifically, there has been an increase in the number of organizations that have adopted interactive, visual interfaces for avalanche education. Her research has explored how various visual and interactive interface elements of such tools may not in fact improve user learning quite the way we might have thought - an important consideration to guide effective future avalanche education. After successfully completing a PDP in teaching, she is now a particularly awesome teacher in Pittsburgh USA!