Surveying, GIS and geovisualisation

Surveying and geographic information science focuses on the application of spatial information technologies to real-world applications.

This involves developing methods for acquiring information that occur at geographic locations (surveying), assessing this information using geographic information systems (geographic information science), and displaying the results from these analyses in a variety of ways using innovative geovisualisation methods (geovisualisation).

Research activities

  • GIScience applied to humanities based research including cinema and music
  • GIScience applied to “Big Data”
  • Water quality and quantity management
  • Public transport management
  • Vision metrology and close-range photogrammetry
  • Cartography
  • Geographic visualization
  • Volunteered geographic Information


  • “Who owns the city?” ARC DP140102851
  • “Only at the Movies” as part of the “Kinomatics” research group at Deakin University, ARC DP120101940
  • “Intercultural understanding” with Deakin University ARC LP120200319
  • “Changing patterns of housing in Ho Chi Minh City” with RMIT Vietnam
  • “Automation of species recognition and size measurement of fish from underwater stereo-video imagery” with University of Western Australia - ARC LP110201008
  • Integrated Distributed Geo-located Media and geospatial information products
  • Visualization systems for geospatial information
  • Map design and evaluation
  • Art and cartography
  • Movement analytics workbench for big spatial data


  • Associate Professor Colin Arrowsmith
  • Associate Professor Chris Bellman
  • Professor William Cartwright
  • Professor Matt Duckham
  • Associate Professor Don Grant
  • Dr Gang-Jun Liu
  • Associate Professor David Mitchell
  • Ms Gita Pupedis
  • Mr Steve Sheppard
  • Professor Mark Shortis
  • Dr David Silcock
  • Alan Both (Post-doctoral research fellow)

Current PhD students

  • Robert Andronaco
  • Aekarin Borrirak
  • Rui Fernandez
  • Erin Koletsis
  • Ian Mcube
  • Sean Morling
  • Duc Mau Ngo
  • Fiona McConachie
  • Thi Minh Thu Nguyen
  • Georgina Numbasa
  • Gabriela Raducan
  • Nasrin Sultana
  • Sarah Taylor
  • Zhihui Wang

Past PhD students

Dr Mahamed Alhassani
Topic: Building an approach for monitoring climate change on tourism resources in developing countries

Dr Fatima Basic
Topic: Geographic visualization tools for communicating flood risks to the public

Dr Anjali Chhetri
Topic: Modelling spatial tourism and hospitality employment clusters using geographical information systems

Professor Prem Chhetri
Topic: Developing a spatial model of environmental cognition using digital landscapes

Dr Alwyn Davidson
Topic: A method for the visualisation of historical multivariate spatial data

Dr Monique Elsley
Topic: Applying contemporary and collaborative web concepts to the development of a geo-knowledge tool to assist park management

Dr Matthew Kwan
Topic: Visualization and analysis of mobile phone location data

Dr Christopher Marmo
Topic: Designing for emerging spaces: the relationship between space, technology and understanding

Dr Seyed Hamed Mirkarimi
Topic: Landscape ecological planning for protected areas using spatial and temporal metrics

Dr Marjan Mohammadzadeh
Topic: Developing a visitor decision support system for natural tourist destinations

Dr Liddy Nevile
Topic: AccessForAll: Mapping resource components in order to deliver accessible resources to increase the inclusivity of the World Wide Web

Dr Fatemeh Poodat
Topic: Assessment of ecological connectivity for urban environments: a multispecies approach

Dr Seyedhossein Pourali
Topic: Developing a spatial approach to support local flood-risk-based land use planning

Dr Cristhiane da Silva Ramos
Topic: Establishing fundamental theories for internet atlas realisation with application in the Brazilian primary education system

Dr Brian Quinn
Topic: CODE RED : MOBILE is a mobile test bed for training, featuring a Live\Synthetic exercise, which incorporates a comparison of static and dynamic-static media for learning and decision-making by firefighters, and a spatio-temporal and fractal analysis of their movements

Dr Dale Watson
Topic: The regional distribution and significance of stream turbidity in Victoria

Dr Karen Wealands
Topic: Representation models for the useful communication of geospatial information through mobile Location-Based Services

Dr Jianhong Xia
Topic: Modelling the spatial temporal movement of tourists


  • Professor Prem Chhetri (Business IT and Logistics, RMIT)
  • Dr Bronwyn Coate (Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University)
  • Dr Alwyn Davidson (Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University)
  • Karl Donert (Eurogeo and Salzburg University)
  • Dr Kenneth Field (Esri Inc, USA)
  • Professor Christine Halse (Education, Deakin University)
  • Bob Itami (Geodimensions Pty. Ltd.)
  • Associate Professor Libby Porter (Global, Urban and Social Studies RMIT)
  • Dr. Michael Solem (Association of American Geographers)
  • Professor Laurene Vaughan (Media and Communications, RMIT)
  • Professor Deb Verhoeven (Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University)
  • Dr Jeremy Yuille (Media and Communications, RMIT)

Undertake a research degree

Prospective Higher Degree by Research applicants should contact one of our academic or post-doc members to discuss supervision of a research project.

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