- Member, Order of Australia (AM), 2013 - for service to cartography and geospatial science as an academic, researcher and educator.
- Thornton Smith Medal, 2012 – School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne. (For outstanding contribution to the engineering profession in the field of Geomatics.)
- Great Officer of Brazilian Cartographic Merit, 2012 - Sociedade Brasileira de Cartografia
- Spatial Professional of the Year, 2011 – Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, Australia
Professor Cartwright is well known for his experimental research work on the application of Integrated Interactive Media to cartography commencing over 25 years ago and as such he is considered to be one of the early Australian researchers in this field. Research has been applied to: computer graphics, videotapes; videodiscs Wireless Handheld Information Appliances (WHIA integrated media; the World Wide Web and cartographic applications; games environments; Web GIS virtual environments; usability studies; and applications of the narrative for visualising geography. He has also been involved with international researchers in setting a research agenda for interface design related to geographical information provision using integrated media. His reputation is evidenced by invitations to author book chapters on this subject edited by internationally regarded researchers. These include: the Manual of GIS, a key book developing concepts for depicting geography differently using interactive media and published by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, a key scientific organization in the Geospatial science community; Geographic Visualization (Wiley), a collection of seminal works on geographical visualization that was developed to set a research agenda for the application of computer visualization tools for representing geography; Landscape Analysis and Visualisation, (Springer-Verlag) (co-edited by Cartwright) which developed concepts for using integrated media for visualizing Australian landscapes; Mapping in a Digital Age (Blackwell), and international collaborative publication that brought-together experts in Geospatial sciences to state current thinking in the geospatial sciences related to the use of digital mapping technologies; Companion Encyclopaedia of Geography: From Local to Global (Routledge), a book which specifies the key research areas in the Geospatial sciences for the forthcoming decade; and Cybercartography (Elsevier Science), which explored the theoretical underpinnings for exploiting the Web for cartographic publishing and information dissemenation. He was also co-editor in 1999 of a seminal work on multimedia cartography: Multimedia Cartography (Springer-Verlag), with Peterson and Gartner. This book formalised research and development in multimedia cartography. Multimedia Cartography Edition 2 of the book was published in 2007.
In 2008 he was a CI in the team that received a Linkage grant: “Geo-placed Knowledge: developing a methodology for provisioning stakeholders in natural environments management with integrated media tools“. This project is developing theory and prototype tools using Web 2.0 to facilitate the better management of Australian parks, with Linkage partner parks Victoria.
Professor Cartwright has extensive experience in the application of integrated to mapping and Geographical Visualization. He is a Member of the Editorial Board and Editor for the Pacific Rim for The Cartographic Journal, a member of the Editorial Board for Transactions in GIS (USA/UK), Blackwell Publishers, a member of the Advisory Board for Cartographica, the Journal of the Canadian Geomatics Association and a member or the Advisory Panel, The History of Cartography Project, Volume 6, The University of Chicago Press.
Senior supervisor for five completed PhD candidates and three completed M App Sc candidates in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT. Co-senior supervisor for one PhD candidate at the University of Vienna, Austria. Second supervisor of three completed PhD candidates in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT, one completed PhD candidate in Design and Social Context at RMIT, Second supervisor of a completed PhD candidate in the School of Art at RMIT, two PhD candidates at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Currently the senior supervisor of one M App Sci candidate and one PhD candidate in the School of M&GS at RMIT. Co-senior supervisor for one PhD candidate at the University of Vienna, Austria. All candidates were/are undertaking research into the application of Integrated Media and geographical information analysis and representation.
Professor Cartwright’s research is conducted in the application of integrated media to mapping and visualizing geographical information. He has worked with integrated interactive media for providing graphical access to geographic information since the mid-80s. His research and development activities have been widely disseminated in over 300 academic publications.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Melb)
- Doctor of Education (RMIT)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (VIC)
- Diploma of Applied Science (RMIT)
- Graduate Dip Ed (Tertiary) (HIE)
- Graduate Dip Media Studies (Victoria College)
- Graduate Dip Info and Comm Ed (Melb)
- Graduate Dip in Graphic Comm Ed (Melb)
Professional interests and links to industry
- Chair, Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies
- Immediate Past-President, International Cartographic Association (ICA)
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- Fellow of the British Cartographic Society
- Hon. Fellow of the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia (MSIA)
- Hon. Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI).
- Member, Society of Cartographers, UK
- Member, The Australian and New Zealand Map Society
Accomplishments and achievements
- Joint Board of geospatial Information Societies
- Chair, 2011 - 2014
- The International Cartographic Association (ICA)
- Immediate Past-President, 2011-2015
- President, 2007 - 2011
- Other positions held:
- Chair, Working Group on Art and Cartography
- Member, Commission on Visualization and Virtual Environments
- Member, Commission on Maps and the Internet
- The Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia (MSIA)
- National President, 1998-99
- Federal Councillor, 1989-91, 2001-current
- National Research and Development Programme Manager, 1990-93, 1995-98
- President, Victorian Division. 1991-92
- Vice-President, Victorian Division, 1990-91
- Secretary, Victorian Division, 1981-82
- Committee Member, Victorian Division, 1976-82, 1989-94, 1997-current
- Convenor, Victorian Division, Research and Development Sub-Committee, 1989-94
- Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI)
- Regional Committee Member, Victoria, 2004-2005
- Australian Map Circle (AMC)
- Vice-President, 1980
- Secretary, 1978-79
- Chair, Working Group 5 - Communication and Visualization of Spatial Data, Technical Commission II, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), 2004 - 2008.
- Adjunct Professor, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan, China, 2014 - .
- Guest Professor, Department of Cartography, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), Switzerland.
- Guest Professor, Institut für Geographie, Universität Wien, Austria.
- Guest Professor, Departamento de Ing. Topográfica y Cartografía, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
- Guest Professor, Institut für Geoinformation und Kartographie, Technische Universität Wien, Austria.
- Honorary Professor, Chinese University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China.
- Former Member RMIT SET College Board
- Member, RMIT SEH College Board, 2012-2013
- Koletsis, E.,van Elzakker, C.,Kraak, M.,Cartwright AM, W.,Arrowsmith, C.,Field, K. (2017). An investigation into challenges experienced when route planning, navigating and wayfinding In: International Journal of Cartography, 3, 4 - 18
- Cartwright AM, W. (2015). Rethinking the definition of the word 'map': an evaluation of Beck's representation of the London underground through a qualitative expert survey In: International Journal of Digital Earth, 8, 522 - 537
- Cartwright AM, W. (2015). Representing the city: Complementing science and technology with art In: De-Signing Design: Cartographies of Theory and Practice, Lexington Books, Maryland, United States
- Moore, A.,Cartwright AM, W. (2015). Special feature: Extracting geography from cartoons in a war context In: Journal of Spatial Science, 60, 19 - 36
- Cartwright AM, W. (2015). A qualitative evaluation of a proposed metro map for Melbourne's underground system In: Proceedings of Research@Locate 15 in conjunction with Locate 15, Brisbane; Australia, 10-12 March 2015
- Cartwright AM, W. (2015). Mapping the past and the present In: Cultural flows across the Western Himalaya, Verlag der �sterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Austria
- Kwan, M.,Arrowsmith, C.,Cartwright AM, W. (2015). Developing a method for visualizing population movements In: Geo-intelligence and visualization through big data trends, IGI Global, United States
- Quinn, B.,Cartwright AM, W. (2014). Geographic board games In: Proceedings of the 2014 Geospatial Science Research 3 Symposium (GSR_3), Melbourne, Australia, 2-3 December 2014
- Moore, A.,Cartwright AM, W.,Hulbe, C. (2014). The geography of World War I cartoons: Gallipoli In: Proceedings of the 2014 Geospatial Science Research 3 Symposium (GSR_3), Melbourne, Australia, 2-3 December 2014
- Cartwright AM, W. (2014). Going around in circles? A qualitative evaluation of a proposed metro map for Melbourne's underground system In: Proceedings of the 2014 Geospatial Science Research 3 Symposium (GSR_3), Melbourne, Australia, 2-3 December 2014
- Geo-placed Knowledge: developing a methodology for provisioning stakeholders in natural environments management with integrated media tools. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2008 Round 2 from (2009 to 2012)
- Towards Gallipoli 2015 - Development of Geospatial Methodologies for Visualising the Political and Physical Geographies of the Campaign. Funded by: RMIT Research Leave Awards from (2009 to 2009)
- Development of Representation, Presentation and Interaction Models for the Delivery of Interactive Geospatial Information Services via the Mobile Internet. Scholarship, Karen Wealands. Funded by: ARC APAI Grant pre-2014 from (2003 to 2006)
10 PhD Completions and 2 Masters by Research Completions2 PhD Current Supervisions