Geospatial Scientist

Mike has a PhD in mathematics and is professor of spatial informatics in the Department of Computing and Information Sciences, University of Greenwich, London, England, where he is leader of the Greenwich GI Science Research Group (g3). Mike is also an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh. Until the end of 2012 he was director of the School of Computing and Information Science, and a professor in the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the University of Maine, USA. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, and held a professorial fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Mike is a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM, a Life Member of the London Mathematical Society, and received the 2008 UCGIS Research Award. He was a member of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Research Council, under the auspices of the US National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.

Mike is co-author, with Matt Duckham, of the 2nd edition of the textbook GIS: A Computing Perspective.  Mike is also founding editor of the Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS). JOSIS is an international, on-line, open access journal, that publishes top-quality research and review papers in geographic information science.

Mike has worked for many years at the boundary between computer science, mathematics, and geographic information science. His current research interests include:

  • Ontologies and data models for dynamic geographic phenomena, including those sensed by wireless sensor networks;
  • Formal models of the topology of spatial scenes;
  • Unified models of indoor and outdoor spaces;
  • Qualitative approaches to spatial reasoning under uncertainty;
  • Geospatial technology in the emergency management domain.

Composer and sound artist

Mike is a composer and sound artist. His instrumental music, which includes work for violin, harp, percussion and chamber ensembles, has been performed at the London Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), the National Maritime Museum, and other venues around London. His electroacoustic projects are based on field recordings in natural and artificial environments. He uses space - performing spaces, environmental spaces, virtual spaces, musical spaces - in the development of his work. As a mathematician and computer scientist, notational and algorithmic questions are always preoccupations.

He is enrolled on the MMus in Composition course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he is working with Paul Newland, Sam Hayden and Gwyn Pritchard.