School of Geography

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Gary Priestnall

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences


Teaching Summary

Geospatial Technologies (level 3/4, convener and sole academic on 20 credit module)

Spatial Decision Making (level 4, convener and sole academic on 20 credit module)

Statistical and Computational Problem Solving (level 4, spring semester of 20 credit module, Python programming)

Dissertation (Year 3) - contribution to marking on school-wide module

Techniques in Physical Geography (level 2, 20 credits, one lecture and one practical)

Research Tutorial (Year 2) - contribution to school-wide module

Exploring Place (level 1, 10 credits, three * joint 2-hour sessions, two* 2-hour sessions just me)

Tutorial (Year 1) - contribution to school-wide module

Research Summary

My research interests are in the area of Geographic representation and visualisation. This includes the design of various forms of geographic situated display, landscape visualisation, and how… read more

Current Research

My research interests are in the area of Geographic representation and visualisation. This includes the design of various forms of geographic situated display, landscape visualisation, and how geographic information is displayed and captured via mobile devices. The 'Grandest Views' website describes various explorations into landscape modeling including Mayson's Ordnance model of the Lake District from 1875, projection augmented relief models, and the Grandest Views exhibition.


Geographic Visualisation - Projection Augmented Relief Models (PARM) - Overview - CAS project - EPSRC project - Digital Terrain Modeling and landscape visualisation. - Technologies for visualisation in the lab and in fieldwork (see EXAMPLES) - Locative media (GeoMoLe, SPLINT, where:now, Augmenting the visitor experience - GeoSpatial Widgets (including LOCATA) 3D interactive desktop apps - Collaborative virtual worlds (DELVE project)


Geospatial Representation - Terrain represenation and derived mapping, Visibility Analysis (left) - Remote Geotagging and Query (Zapp smartphone app) - Mobile Mapping (Rural Divide project, Landmark Salience studies), - Relationship between maps and 3D models (LOCATA) - GIS-based data models (Bollin river project and Flood Risk Consortium) - Object-based Feature extraction (Change detection, ALFIE project)

Spots of Time

Digital Heritage Applications - Grandest Views Exhibition - relief models past and present - Weather Walks (landscape context of locative media) - 'Spots of Time' PARM installation at Wordsworth Trust - Mapping Performance Culture Nottingham (Web-based interactive map) - Towards Pervasive Media ('Curating the landscape' theme) - Digital Community History (historical photos & maps via mobiles)


Geo-Art Collaborations - Geo-location of Artworks (Edward Lear, Savage Grandeur) - Community mapping projects (Real World Mapping) - Geographer - Artist symposium and exhibition (Mapping Change) - Technology in context of art exhibitions (Wordsworth Trust) - Landscape representation and scale (with Jeremy Gardiner via Pervasive Media project) - AHRC Art-Science fellowship with Derek Hampson (Chat Moss)

Past Research

Feature Extraction: Ideas developed during my PhD thesis on automated feature recognition from scanned drawings have been successfully applied to geographical objects found in satellite imagery. Starting with a land use change project and then with ALFIE where we developed an object-based classification using contextual clues to discriminate objects of different types. Some of the general ideas have carried through to later work, for example understanding context continues to be important in terms of representation and visualisation where spatial context helps people orientate themselves.

Future Research

Ongoing research interests, and some ideas for postgraduate research projects, are:

  • Exploring the power of physical relief models
  • Projection Augmented Relief Models for informal learning and spatial decision support
  • Mobile geospatial apps - capturing and re-presenting richness of experience
  • Smart mobile field guides: designing natural language interfaces for orientation in the field
  • Locative media for exploring remote field sites through physical movement
  • Linking museum collections to landscape: geographic footprints for heritage information for delivery via GPS-enabled devices

School of Geography

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