Philip James
Senior Lecturer in GIS

  • Email: philip.james@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6388
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 6502
  • Address: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    Room G.13
    Cassie Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    UK

Background

I joined the then Department of Surveying in 1995 as a Systems Programmer and IT advisor.  Previously I had worked at Nissan as a Software Developer writing in-house system software and participating in the development of 3D Cad.  I have continued to focus on the development of systems and software in the geospatial field.  My research interests include:

  • The internet of things - specifically geosensors and embedded sensors and their incorporation into the geo-information stream
  • Next generation analytics - the application of real-time data and spatial data to facilitate near real-time processing, modelling, simulation and prediction
  • Spatial data management in traditional relational systems and NoSQL type structures 

 I work closely with Civil Engineers in Transport and Water Resources on a range of Earth Systems Engineering Problems focussing on the development of software and systems using spatial data.

Roles and Responsibilities

I head up the Geoinformatics Group as part of the Digital Research Institute

I represent the School on the University IT Experts Group

Qualifications 

BA (Hons) Japanese (Newcastle, 1991) 

Industrial Experience

I work closely with colleagues in industry and manage a successful suite of CPD offerings in GIS and Open Source software to industry.

Research Interests 

I am interested in all aspects of geospatial data management, processing and deployment.  I am interested in developing systems and software with a spatial component to support decision making across a wide range of applications.  My current interests can be summarised as:

  • The internet of things - specifically geosensors and embedded sensors and their incorporation into the geo-information stream
  • Next generation analytics - the application of real-time data and spatial data to facilitate near real-time processing, modelling, simulation and prediction
  • Spatial data management in traditional relational systems and NoSQL type structures 

I work closely with Civil Engineers in Transport and Water Resources on a range of Earth Systems Engineering Problems focussing on the development of software and systems using spatial data.

Postgraduate Supervision 

Current

Craig Robson: Relational database modelling and analysis of complex spatial infrastructure network interdependence, 2011-pres. 

Maythm Al-Bakri: Assessing the quality of crowd sourced geospatial data, 2009-pres

Javier Calderon: Carbon modelling for cities, 2011-pres.

Completed

Gobe Hobona, Sanphet Chunithipaisan, Pannee Cheewinsiriwat, Aengus McCullough

Esteem Indicators

2008 - Present: Member of the Project Management Committee for the UK Climate Impact Projections 2009 

2007 - Present: Reviewer for GISRUK (GIS Research UK Conference) 

2005 - Present: University Representative at the Open Geospatial Consortium, a not for profit international organisation that defines standards for geospatial data and processing.  

2006: Invited Reviewer for Innovations in GIS 

2007 - Present: Manuscript reviewer for  Journal of Flood Risk Management

2008: Invited speaker at GRID/GIS Australia/UK Joint Workshop, Edinburgh

Funding 

NUIDAP (2011 - Present)

In conjunction with AMEY and Medway Council I lead the deployment package integrating real-time air quality sensor data with predictive models to produce near real time air quality data for traffic management.

UKCP09 Data Delivery Program (2007-2009)

This £2m project is funded by DEFRA as part of the Future UK Climate Impact Predictions  activities.  The project, in collaboration with BADC and the Met Office (Hadley Centre), is providing access to terabytes of probabilistic climate predictions.  Within this project Newcastle is responsible for development of the web portal and related web services and integration of core services with weather generator software. (Co-I responsible for web portal and web service delivery)

Tyne River Sediment Study: (2010- 2011)

In association with Newcastle City Council, the Port of Tyne Authority, North Tyneside Council and ONE NorthEast, this £450,000 project  is carrying out the most detailed sediment study of the tidal reaches of the Tyne focusing on the modeling of sediment deposition and flow.  I lead the data modeling, database and visualization Work Package(s). 

Newcastle Carbon Footprint Phase 1: FootPrint (2008- 2010)

In association with Newcastle City Council and funded through the Science City initiative, this project is developing strategies and a strategic management tool for reducing the carbon footprint in the region.  In phase 1 we are charged with data collection, dissemination and development of the core datasets and tools for reporting and monitoring.

NERVE NE Regional Visualisation Engine (2005~2008) I was PI for the Newcastle Development team for this DTI Technology fund research in cooperation with Industrial partners 1spatial and IMASS.  Grant award £670k

SAW-GEO Semantic Interoperability of Geo web services (2006-2007)

This project was funded by JISC under the OGC/GRID collision call.  It is looking at the interplay between OGC and GRID (web) services through the development of a grid based geo-processing service. (Co-I) 

Undergraduate Teaching

CEG1702 Introduction to GIS (module leader 70%)

CEG1710 Introduction to GIS (module leader 70%)

CEG 1708 Programming for Engineering and Scientists (module leader 100%) 

CEG 2003 Engineering Informatics (module leader 100%)

CEG 2706 Geospatial Algorithms (module leader 50%)

CEG 3701 GIS Fieldcourse (module leader 40%)

CEG 3704 Advanced Geoinformatics (30%) 

Postgraduate Teaching

CEG 8702 GIS Fundamentals (module leader 100%)