School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Stuart Barr

Professor of Geospatial Systems Engineering

Background

Introduction

I am a member of the Geomatics research group within the Infrastructure theme of the School of Engineering. My professorial appointment is also one of the four at Newcastle University in 2017/18 to establish an international leading capability in Spatial Analytics and Modelling (SAM@Newcastle).

My primary research focus, with colleagues from the Geospatial Engineering team in Geomatics, is on the development of  integrated geospatial solutions (spatial data capture, management, analytics, modelling and visualisation) to tackle large-scale systems engineering problems; primarily relating to infrastructure systems, cities and large scale engineered earthworks (e.g., transport corridors). Within the Geospatial Engineering team we are increasingly focusing on integrated urban-infrastructure systems research from the national-scale down to the intra-building level.

Roles and Responsibilities

Management board of Newcastle University Spatial Analytics and Modelling lab (SAM@Newcastle).

Newcastle Co-Director of the NERC DREAM (Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods) CDT (2015-2020).

Geomatics deputy head of group (2016-current).

Previous Positions

2009-2017: Lecturer in Geographical Information Science, School of Civil Engineering& Geosciences, Newcastle University.

2004-2009: Lecturer in Geographical Information Science, School of Civil Engineering& Geosciences, Newcastle University.

1998-2004: Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS, School of Geography, University of Leeds.

1996-1998: Senior Research Officer, Department of Geography, University of Wales Swansea. NERC research grant, "Development of a Region-Based Spatial Analysis System (SAMS) and its Application to Monitor the Urban Environment from Satellite Sensor Images".

1994-1996: Research Computing Officer, Department of Geography, University of Manchester.

1992-1994: Research Officer, Department of Geography, University College London. NERC TIGAR III.3 Research Initiative, "Global and Regional Topography and Vegetation Cover for Continental Scale Hydrological Modelling".

1990-1992: Research Officer, Department of Geography, University College London. ESRC/NERC Initiative on Geographical Information Handling, "Spatial Analytical Tools to Monitor the Urban Environment".

Research

Research Interests

My research interests focus on:
  • Spatial analytical approaches for the analysis of urban systems & cities; particularly the study of urban form and function.
  • Spatial risk assessment of climate change hazards within cities.
  • Integrated urban spatial modelling for city scale adaption and risk analysis.
  • Urban Earth observation including optical, thermal and hyperspectral.
  • Spatial analysis and modelling of complex coupled spatial infrastructure networks.
  • Spatial decision support tools for use in geospatial engineering applications including cities, transport corridors & regional scale land use assessment.

With colleagues in the Geospatial Engineering group in Geomatics I work on a range of cross disciplinary problems in the field of Earth Systems Engineering, collaborating with Civil Engineers on developing robust solutions and adaption options for a range of climate change hazards. I am a member of the University Centre for Earth Systems Engineering and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Postgraduate Supervision

Current:

Daniel Caparros-Midwood: Managing climate risks in cities through optimised spatial planning, 2011-pres.

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

Tomas Holderness: Thermal Earth observation for monitoring intra-urban temperature dynamics, 2007-pres.

Ann Fraszczyk: Transport and GIS analysis of excess travel behaviour, 2007-pres.

Completed:

Pannee Cheewinsiriwat

Andrew Hardy

Nikorn Mahawan

Sirivilai Teerarojanarat

Davina White

Esteem Indicators

2011-2012: Invited member of the steering committee and external international assessor of the Belgium Science Policy funded project ASIMUD (Remote Sensing Data Assimilation in Modelling of Urban Dynamics).

2011: Invited 2-day participation and presentation at Applied Urban Modelling Symposium, Cambridge University, 2011. Two day workshop on developments and challenges in applied urban and cities modelling.

2011: Invited international evaluator of Belgian Government Science Policy Office "STEREO: Support to the exploitation and research of earth observation data" programme proposals.

2011: Scientific reviewer of abstracts for the RSPSoc (Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society) Annual Conference.

2009-2011: Invited member of the steering committee and external international assessor of the Belgium Science Policy funded project MAMUD (Measuring and Modeling Urban Dynamics: Impact on
Quality of Life and Hydrology).

2005-pres: Member of the editorial board of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS) journal.

1999-2005: Convenor of the Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Society special interest group on GIS.

2005: Invited grant reviewer for the Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

2005: Invited expert reviewer/assessor of Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology project DRAGON.

2005: Invited seminar presentation at the open public session of the Belgium Science Policy funded project SPIDER (Improving spatial information extraction for local and regional decision-making using very-high-resolution remotely sensed data). "Urban Earth observation: applications, progress and challenges". Department of Geography, University of Liege, Belgium, 21st January 2005.

2004-2006: Invited member of the steering committee and external international assessor of the Belgium Science Policy funded project MAMASU (Detecting man-made structures using multi-spectral and geometric classification methods).

2004-2005: Invited member of the steering committee and external international assessor of the Belgium Science Policy funded project SPIDER (Improving spatial information extraction for local and regional decision-making using very-high-resolution remotely sensed data).

2003: Invited presentation at the Association of Geographic Information (AGI) meeting on Earth Imagery and Remote Sensing for GIS. "Urban Earth observation: evaluation of new very high spatial resolution satellite sensors for the inference of land use and land cover information". School of Computing, University of Glamorgan, 2nd April 2003.

2002: Invited participation and presentation at a 2-day international research workshop on feature extraction from Earth observed data organised by Ordnance Survey, UK.

2001-pres: Invited manuscript reviewer for Remote Sensing of Environment, International Journal of Remote Sensing, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, International Journal of Information Fusion and Geojournal.

Funding

2010-2015 EPSRC Programme Grant EP/I01344X/1 UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium: Long term dynamics of interdependent infrastructure systems. Co-I (£2,500,000).

2009-2012 EPSRC Grant EP/G061254/1
ARCADIA: Adaptation and Resilience in Cities: Analysis and decision making using integrated assessment. Co-I (£669,579).

2009-2010 Tyndall Centre Phase 2 Transition
Engineering Urban Systems: How can cities grow whilst also reducing vulnerability and emissions? Co-I (£273,826).

2008-2013 EPSRC Platform Grant EP/G013403/1
Earth systems engineering: sustainable systems engineering for adapting to global change. Co-I (£1,345,579).

2008-2010 EPSRC Grant EP/F037422/1
SWERVE - Severe Weather Events Risk and Vulnerability Estimator. Co-I (£446,755).

2007-2010 EPSRC Standard Grant EP/E017428/1
SCORCHIO: Sustainable Cities: Options for Responding to Climate cHange Impacts and Outcomes. Co-I (£124,384).

2007-2009 EU TEMPUS Grant
GISPAL: GIS Core Curriculum for Palistine. Newcastle lead Co-I (250,000euro (56,000euro Newcastle)).

2006-2009 Tyndall Centre Phase 2
Engineering Urban Systems: How can cities grow whilst also reducing vulnerability and emissions? Co-I (£417,445).

2006-2009 EPSRC Standard Grant EP/D023726/1
Remote asset inspection for transport corridor environments. Co-I (£291,719).

2004-2007 NERC Standard Grant NE/B505270/1
SLICES: Changes in Glacier Geometry and Extent in Svalbard: implications for Sea-level Rise During the 20th and 21st Centuries. Co-I (£280,000 (£64,848 to Newcastle).

Teaching

CEG2704: Geographical Information Science: Theory and Application.

CEG2706: Geospatial Algorithms.

CEG2715: Advanced Study Skills for Physical Geographers.

CEG3701: Geographical Information Science Stage 3 Fieldcourse.

CEG3407: Advanced Geoinformatics.

CEG3305: Computational Engineering Analysis.


Publications