The Geography Department is pleased to welcome Arnaud Vandecasteele to the fold. Arnaud is starting a two-year postdoctoral fellowship and will be working with Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and the Marine Geomatics Research Lab. The funding for this fellwoship comes from Rodolphe's NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Grant.
Arnaud comes to us from the Center for Research on Risk and Crises at Mines ParisTech, where he completed his PhD thesis in November 2012. His dissertation explores the use of spatial ontologies for detecting abnormal vessel behaviour, focusing on the use of spatial reasoning and spatio-temporal semantic information in order to classify and analyze vessel's behaviour. One of the big challenges of his PhD research was to integrate the spatio-temporal heuristics used by maritime experts in an expert system. His general research interests include, but are not limited to, geographic information systems (GIS), spatio-temporal analysis, semantic information, and the study of spatial patterns.
Arnaud will extend his PhD work for his postdoc by continuing to work on the spatial analysis of maritime behaviour, in addition to conducting research in the field of geocollaboration and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI).
Beyond having fun with research, Arnaud enjoys outdoor activities and martial arts (Brazilian jujitsu). He is also involved with different Open Source (OS) projects, such as the OS mapping project OpenStreetMap, serving as a member of the French Open Source Geospatial foundation (OSGEO-fr).