Project FA15g: Spatio-temporal visualization of citizen science GPS movements

Project FA15g: Spatio-temporal visualization of citizen science GPS movements

Researcher: Carolynne Hultquist

Semester for work to be done: Fall 2015

Position type: Data analysis and visualization

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Application URL:

Project description

I am seeking the assistance of one or two undergraduate students, preferably in the Department of Geography, for an ongoing project in the Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Laboratory ( The focus of this project is to use Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) to calculate human exposure to radiation in the hazards case of Fukushima, Japan. We will conduct spatio-temporal analysis of GPS movement paths of individual users. The assistant(s) will have the opportunity to explore the dataset and contribute analytic ideas. The project’s goal is to analyze spatio-temporal radiation exposure and visualize it with a comprehensible scale (in an interactive platform if skills are available) with calculations of radiation exposure given a standard length of time in certain areas. At the beginning, tasks for the research assistant will include readings for familiarity with spatio-temporal GPS movement, citizen science, and radiation decay which could lead to contributions to a literature review. The assistants will be directly involved in the research project and be chosen based on their interests in contributing to the project.

Desired qualifications

Applicants should be well organized and have strong analytical skills. Students must have a background in GIScience with demonstrated course-work in GIS courses. Having an understanding of geospatial data and spatial relationships is important. Familiarity with GIS software and programming abilities are advantageous. Of particular interest are applicants with interest in visualizing spatio-temporal data. Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.


To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

A complete application must include:

1. All required fields of online form:

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_letterMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_letter1114.pdf)

3. A resume

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume1114.pdf)