School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Stuart Barr

Professor of Geospatial Systems Engineering

Background

Introduction

I am a member of Geospatial Engineering research group specialising on the development of new geospatial data management, analytics and modelling approaches for integrated urban-infrastructure systems. Current funded research focuses on the development of new and novel approaches for the real-time monitoring, adaption and resilience of coupled urban-infrastructure systems, and also modelling for long term spatial planning of cities and infrastructure systems.

Roles and Responsibilities

Director EPSRC CDT in Geospatial Systems (2019-2027).

Director Newcastle University Spatial Analytics and Modelling lab (SAM@Newcastle).

Degree Programme Director MRes in Geospatial Data Science (2019-present).

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

Geospatial Engineering deputy head of group (2016-present).

Previous Positions

2009-2017: Senior 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

Funding

2019-2027 Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). £6.7million ( £4.4million industry funding; including £1.1million of full 4-year studentship funding). PI.

2017-2021 Flood-PREPARED: Predicting Rainfall Events by Physical Analytics of REaltime Data. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) 3rd highlights call on Innovative application of big data techniques to natural hazard prediction and risk mitigation. £1.5million. PI.

2016-2021 UKCRIC National Infrastructure Database, Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation Facilities. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). £8million capital investment project. Co-I (Newcastle PI).

2016-2020 MISTRAL: Multi-scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Programme Grant. £5.3million. Co-I (Newcastle PI).

2016-2017 Integrated geospatial decision support of future development and infrastructure network requirements in cities. Arup Global Research Challenges award with Arup Newcastle. £50,000. PI.

2015-2021 Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) for Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods (DREAM). Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Consortium CDT of Cranfield (lead), Newcastle, Cambridge and Birmingham Universities £2.8million (£700k Newcastle). Newcastle PI and Co-Director.

2015 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) IAA Secondment to the Infrastructure UK unit in HM Treasury to provide new analysis of the National Infrastructure Plan. £19,000. PI.

2010-2015 EPSRC Programme Grant EP/I01344X/1 UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium: Long term dynamics of interdependent infrastructure systems. Co-I (£4,400,000).

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).

Postgraduate Supervision

Current Supervision

Trevor Pearman: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) STREAM EngD award with Northumbrian Water Group.  Water assets and networks: geospatial data representation for modelling and monitoring. £140,000. Commenced Oct 2018.

Tim Rodaway: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) iCASE award with Ordnance Survey UK. Monitoring and modelling human dynamics within transitional urban spaces. £99,517. Commenced Oct 2018.

Jess Hepburn: DREAM CASE award with Atkins. Big data analytics for the geospatial visualisation of environmental risk. £83,936. Commenced Oct 2017.

Tom Gilbert: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) CASE award with Ordnance Survey UK. A geospatial BIM data model for the simulation, analysis and visualisation of cities. £99,517. Commenced Nov 2016.

Grant Tregonning: NERC DREAM CDT award. High-dimensional multi-objective spatial risk and sustainability optimisation tools using cloud-enabled evolutionary computing. £83,936. Commenced Oct 2016.

Surassawadee Phoompanich: Thai Royal Government Studentship. A national scale spatiotemporal risk assessment framework for Thailand. Commenced Oct 2015.

Ji Qingyuan: Self-funded. A geospatial analytics and simulation platform for cities. Commenced Oct 2015

supervision History

Supervised 20 students to PhD award since 2002. Supervised doctoral awards since 2010.

Dr Alistair Ford. Integrated Land-use Transport Models for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.

Dr James Virgo. A Multi-Scale Flexible Framework for Urban Modelling.

Dr C. Robson. Robustness of hierarchical spatial critical infrastructure networks.

Dr D. Caparros-Midwood. Spatially optimised sustainable urban development.

Dr S. Obrike. An evidential reasoning geospatial approach to transport corridor susceptibility zonation.

Dr A. Fraszczyk. Characteristics of excess travel within commuting.

Dr T. Holderness. Quantifying the spatiotemporal temperature dynamics of greater London using thermal Earth observation.

Dr A. McCullough. Sensor web geoprocessing on the Grid.

Dr A. Hardy. Characterising soil moisture in transport corridors using remote sensing.

Dr N. Mahawa. Ground and satellite-based measurement of Bangkok intra-urban temperature dynamics in relation to human comfort and energy demand.

Esteem Indicators

2018-2019: Member of the National Infrastructure Commission Digital Framework Task Group Digital Twin working group.

2018: Member of the Centre for Digitally Built Britain Network FOuNTAIN: Network for ONTologies And Information management for a Digital Built Britain.

2018: Member of the Centre for Digitally Built Britain Network on Planning Complex Infrastructure under Uncertainty.

2018-Pres: Member of the Executive Committee of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI).

2018-Pres: Member of the Governance Board of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI).

2016-Pres: EPSRC Peer Review college member.

2015: Institute for Civil Engineering James Hill Prize for best paper in Municipal Engineer journal.

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.

Teaching

Current Teaching

CEG2721: Spatial Data Modelling and BIM

CEG8716: Geopstail Informatics with Project

CEG8717: MRes in Geospatial Data Sceince Dissertation

CEG8720: Understanding Geospatial Data: Social, Legal and Ethical Perspectives

EXE8021: Geospatial Sensors Platforms and Data

EXE8022: Group Project in Geospatial Systems

Previous 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