Towards a Spatial and Temporal Representation of Social Processes
- Christophe Claramunt (Naval Academy Research Institute, France)
Social phenomena are largely distributed in space and time, thus calling for the development of novel methods and systems to favour their understanding. Amongst many approaches that can help scientists to facilitate the study of social systems and human social dynamics, geographical information science and systems clearly appear as promising methodological and computational directions still to explore. Over the past few years several spatio-temporal conceptual models and computational frameworks have been suggested and developed to further our understanding of Earth and socially-related phenomena. This 4-hour course will feature a series of recent progress on geographical and social processes, progressing into research achievements and discussions on the issues behind and ahead. We will introduce concepts, theories, and empirical research on representations of social processes within GIS. Participants will be successively introduced to (1) fundamentals of space and time (2) spatio-temporal modelling frameworks and (3) applications to the urban and social-science domains. Attendees will be invited to contemplate and discuss the whole topics through discussions and group works.
Dr. Christophe Claramunt is a Professor in Computer Science and deputy director of the Naval Academy Research Institute in North West France. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Burgundy (France). Before joining the Naval Academy Research Institute, he has been a senior lecturer in computing at the Nottingham Trent University and a senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and a consultant for several GIS companies and international educational GIS programs. He is also a research associate at the Centre for Planning Studies at the Laval University in Canada and a research fellow at the Joint Laboratory for Geographical Information Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research work concerns theoretical and pluri-disciplinary aspects of geographical information science. Publications and details his research are available for download at christophe.claramunt.free.fr. Prof. Christophe Claramunt is also currently acting as the deputy leader of the working group on the representation of movement data and spatio-temporal databases of the European Science Foundation COST action MOVE (Knowledge Discovery form Moving Objects). He is currently co-chairing the ISPRS commission on semantic interoperability and ontology for geospatial information. He serves in the editorial boards of several international GIS journals such as the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, JOSIS, Annals of GIS, and International Journal of Geographic Information Systems. He is also regularly involved in the chairing and program committees of several international GIS conferences.