Dr David Fairbairn
Senior Lecturer in Geomatics
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6353
- Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 6502
- Address: Geomatics
School of Engineering
Cassie Building (Room G.14)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Being fascinated both by the look and the value of maps, I have wide-ranging interests in cartography, from assessing map use strategies in navigation to quantifying the information content of historic mapping. 21st century cartography is redefining this ancient art/science and opening up significant opportunities in geospatial data handling. My current projects on crowdsourcing and VGI, generalisation, the role of geo-visualisation in decision-making, and education in geomatics reflect this: I am keen to work collaboratively in these areas.
I have been a member of staff at Newcastle University since 1978 and thus have considerable experience in teaching and researching in subject areas which have changed beyond recognition in the decades since then. My teaching has always focussed on mapping and the handling of geospatial data. The nature of the discipline of cartography, which covers a vast range of human activity and enquiry, including measurement science, data processing, information technology, image analysis, graphic production, socio-economic and environmental applications, institutional policy, aesthetics, history, and culture, is an essential adjunct to the Newcastle approach to the subject of 'geomatics'. It is this area of the School's activity to which I contribute. My specific research interests are therefore highly varied and are reflected by the topics of my current projects listed above.
I was Degree Programme Director for the two undergraduate degree courses in Geomatics (including the only undergraduate GIS degree in the UK) from the mid 1990s to 2015, acting also as Admissions Tutor for these programmes.
My qualifications include an undergraduate BA degree in Geography from University College London; a postgraduate Diploma in Cartography from ITC, The Netherlands; and an MSc (obtained by research) and a PhD, both from Newcastle University.
I am a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society, and was also recognised by the International Cartographic Association as an Honorary Fellow in 2015.
I have previously been employed both in academia (as a Research Associate at Reading University) and in the commercial world (as an Atlas Editor for George Philip Ltd.).
Map and image data extraction (LIDAR, landscape analysis, historic maps and images)
Spatial data handling (map use, mobile technologies)
Practical map making ('crowdsourcing', generalisation, geo-visualization)
Policy issues (opensource methods, SDIs)
Theoretical cartography (information content, map complexity)
Educational issues in geomatics
Environmental satellite remote sensing
Accuracy of crowdsourced data
Geovisualization and querying of spatial databases
Hydrographic applications of integrated spatial databases
Quantification of data extraction from LIDAR and maps
Coordinator of Newcastle University / Northumberland National Park Authority research liaison
Current supervisor for 4 PhD research postgraduates
Successful research students recently:
Maythm Al-Bakri (Iraq)(2012): Developing Tools and Models for Evaluating Geospatial Data Integration of Official and VGI Data Sources
Khalid Al-Haidan (Bahrain)(2009): Towards a national spatial data infrastructure for the Kingdom of Bahrain
Miao Wang (China)(2008): Real-time dynamic simulation of special event crowd by integrating ABM and GIS
Gobe Hobona (Botswana/UK)(2007): Web-based discovery and dissemination of multidimensional geographic information
Sirivilai Teerarojanarat (Thailand)(2007): Micro-simulation urban land use change modelling : the case of Ladprao, Bankok, Thailand
Wiske Rotinsulu (Indonesia)(2007): Modelling spatial distributions of tropical palms of Sulawesi, Indonesia : an integration of GIS and statistical approaches
Nosakhare Erharuyi (Nigeria)(2006): A task level adaptation approach in mobile GIS for disaster response decision support
Henny Mehner (Germany/UK)(2005): The potential of high spatial resolution remote sensing for mapping upland vegetation using advanced classification methods
Chair, Commission on Education and Training, International Cartographic Association
Honorary Fellowship of the International Cartographic Association
Main supervisor of internationally-sponsored PhD students
Referee for international research council applications
Invited keynote presentations and chairing of sessions at international conferences
Membership of GISRUK (premier UK GIS research body) committee
Capita/Ministry of Defence, Review of educational provision £18,000 2017
JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee)
SAW-GEO OGC Collision project £97,000 2006/8
Newcastle City Council
Metadatabases and knowledge engineering in a local authority £56,000 2004/05
JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee)
eMapScholar £48,000 2001/2
Joint Research Centre, European Union
MURBANDY (Monitoring URBAN DYnamics) 47,700 ECUs (euros) 1999
Cartographic design and editing
module CEG1605 Tutorial Study Skills for Earth Scientists
module CEG1702/1710 Introduction to GIS
module CEG1711 Tutorial Study Skills for Geomatics
module CEG1714 GIS Fieldcourse
module CEG2704 Geographic Information Systems
module CEG2720 Practice and Research Geomatics
module CEG2718 Applied Geospatial Data Handling
module CEG3799 Research Project
- Ji Q, Barr S, James P, Fairbairn D. Graph database implementation of fine spatial scale urban infrastructure networks. In: GISRUK 2018. 2018, Leicester, UK.
- Moreri K, Fairbairn D, James P. Volunteered geographic information quality assessment using trust and reputation modelling in land administration systems in developing countries. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 2018, 32(5), 931-959.
- Ji Q, Barr S, James P, Fairbairn D. A heuristic spatial algorithm for generating fine-scale infrastructure distribution networks. In: 25th GISRUK 2017. 2017, Manchester, UK: GISRUK.
- Fairbairn D. Creating a Body of Knowledge for cartography. In: 28th International Cartographic Conference. 2017, Washington, DC, USA: ICC.
- Hameed M, Fairbairn D, Speak S. Determining the potential role of VGI in improving land administration systems in Iraq. In: International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2017. 2017, Trieste, Italy: Springer.
- Hameed M, Fairbairn D, Speak S. Experiences with Citizen-Sourced VGI in Challenging Circumstances. International Journal of Geographic Information 2017, 6(12), 385.
- Rystedt B, Ormeling F, Buckley A, Coetzee S, Vozenilek V, Fairbairn D, Kagawa A. International Map Year: Results and Implications. In: 28th International Cartographic Conference. 2017, Washington, DC, USA: ICC.
- Mocnik FB, Fairbairn D. Maps Telling Stories?. The Cartographic Journal 2018, 55(1), 36-57.
- Fairbairn D. The effectiveness of cartographic visualisations in landscape archaeology. In: 28th International Cartographic Conference. 2017, Washington, DC, USA: ICC.
- Panneels I, Fairbairn D. Blue Marble. 2015. Sunderland: National Glass Centre.
- Fairbairn D. Letter from the Guest Editor. Cartographic Perspectives 2015, 80, 3-5.
- Fairbairn D. Mapping Disorder: An Exploratory Study. In: Vozenilek V, ed. Modern Trends in Cartography. Springer, 2015, pp.13-22.
- Fairbairn D. Prepress Techniques. In: Monmonier,M, ed. History of Cartography: Cartography in the Twentieth Century. Chicago, IL, USA: University of Chicago Press, 2015, pp.1326-1330.
- Fairbairn D, Moreri K, James P. Technological solutions for citizens’ participation into cadastral mapping. In: 27th International Cartographic Conference. 2015, Rio de Janeiro.
- Fairbairn D. What is to be done? Syllabus content for cartographic education. In: 27th International Cartographic Conference. 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- Gong J, Fairbairn D, Woldai T, Yue P, ed. Data, Information, and Knowledge Sharing for Geo-Education. ISPRS, 2014.
- Fairbairn D. Enseigner la cartographie. Cartes & Geomatique 2014, 221, 155-160.
- Fairbairn D. Experiences in manpower planning for geomatics. In: Gong J; Fairbairn D; Woldai T; Yue P, ed. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2014, pp.25-29.
- Fairbairn D. Reflections on 'The Role of the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain'. In: Field,K; Kent,AJ, ed. Landmarks in Mapping. Leeds, UK: Maney Publishing, 2014, pp.140-143.
- Fairbairn D, Ormeling F. The International Map Year 2015/16. 28th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names: Proceedings 2014, 12.
- Fairbairn D. The role of education in the International Map Year. In: Gong J; Fairbairn D; Woldai, T; Yue P, ed. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. ISPRS, 2014, pp.19-23.
- Fairbairn D, Jadidi MN. Influential Visual Design Parameters on TV Weather Maps. The Cartographic Journal 2013, 50(4), 311-323.
- Fairbairn D. Issues in Cartographic Education: How and How Many?. In: M. Buchroithner, N. Prechtel, D. Burghardt, ed. Cartography from Pole to Pole: Selected Contributions to the XXVIth International Conference of the ICA. Springer, 2013, pp.461-470.
- Fairbairn D, Al-Bakri M. Using Geometric Properties to Evaluate Possible Integration of Authoritative and Volunteered Geographic Information. ISPRS International Journal of GeoInformation 2013, 2(2), 349-370.
- Al-Bakri M, Fairbairn D. Assessing similarity matching for possible integration of feature classifications of geospatial data from official and informal sources. International Journal of Geographic Information Science 2012, 26(8), 1437-1456.
- Cartwright W, Fairbairn D. Outreach programmes for education and training: contributions from the International Cartographic Association. In: XXII ISPRS Congress. 2012, Melbourne, Australia: ISPRS.
- Al-Bakri M, Fairbairn D. User generated content and formal data sources for integrating geospatial data. In: 25th International Cartographic Conference. 2011, Paris, France.
- Fairbairn D. Using entropy to assess the efficiency of terrain representation. In: 25th International Cartographic Conference. 2011, Paris, France.
- Al-Bakri M, Fairbairn D. Assessing the accuracy of 'crowdsourced' data and its integration with official spatial data sets. In: Accuracy. 2010, Leicester: International Spatial Accuracy Research Association.
- Hobona G, Fairbairn D, Hiden H, James P. Orchestration of Grid-enabled Geospatial Web Services in Geoscientific Workflows. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 2010, 7(2), 407-411.
- Fairbairn D, Fraser D. The role of international geomatics organisations in the promotion of continuing professional development (CPD). In: ISPRS Commission VI Mid-Term Symposium: Cross-Border Education for Global Geo-Information. 2010, ITC Enschede, The Netherlands: ISPRS.
- Virrantaus K, Fairbairn D, Kraak MJ. ICA Research Agenda on Cartography and GIScience. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 2009, 36(2), 209-222.
- Fairbairn D, Al-Haidan K. Implementation factors for successful spatial data infrastructures in a small centralised nation state. In: 24th International Cartographic Conference. 2009, Santiago, Chile.
- Fairbairn D, ed. Proceedings of GISRUK17: 1-3 April 2009, Durham UK. Durham, 2009.
- Fairbairn D. Rejecting Illusionism: Transforming Space into Maps and into Art. In: Cartwright, W; Gartner, G; Lehn, A, ed. Cartography and Art. Berlin: Springer, 2009, pp.23-34.
- Fairbairn D. Using vedute to source geospatial information: data flowline and accuracies. e-Perimetron 2009, 4(2), 131-139.
- Mills H, Cutler MEJ, Fairbairn D. Artificial neural networks for mapping regional-scale upland vegetation from high spatial resolution imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing 2006, 27(11), 2177-2195.
- Fairbairn D. Measuring Map Complexity. The Cartographic Journal 2006, 43(3), 224-238.
- Hobona GE, James PM, Fairbairn D. Multidimensional visualisation of degrees of relevance of geographic data. International Journal of Geographic Information Science 2006, 20(5), 469-490.