Two projects still available for GB Home Rated applicants

The CDT is re-advertising two projects available for GB Home rated applicants only.

The projects are:

‘Exploring the role of social interactions in farmers’ adoption of ag-environmental schemes using integrated data and agent-based modelling ‘ in collaboration with Defra.

‘Development of automated negotiation protocols using spatial data for participatory processes’ in collaboration with GeoDesignHub

The application deadline for both projects is 7th July 2022.

CDAS at GISRUK, Newcastle 2019

The centre was recently very well represented at the GISRUK conference – From Data to Decisions.  Presentations were given by several of our students and others also presented posters at the conference.

Annabel Whipp who is in her 2nd year at CDAS, was awarded one of only ten Early career researcher scholarships in order to pay for her attendance and then went on to win the best poster prize at the conference. Annabel’s poster which was based upon her work on spatio-temporal incidences of deliberate fire within West Yorkshire can be found as a digital copy here – Annabel Whipp GISRUK Poster



Nikos Patias – A Scalable Analytical Framework for Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Neighbourhood Change: A Sequence Analysis Approach 

Jennie Gray – Exploring the Dynamics of Geodemographics 

Keiran Suchak – Data Assimilation for Agent-Based Modelling: An Implementation of the Ensemble Kalman Filter 

Sedar Olmez – Modelling the dynamics of police demand and resourcing over space and time

Lena Kilian – Understanding patterns of consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions in Bristol 

Annabel Whipp – Developing a methodology for validating pedestrian counts from Wi-Fi sensors to aid in quantifying the ambient population 



Annabel Whipp – Incidences of deliberate fire in West Yorkshire: Spatio-temporal patterns and influences on trends

Krasen Samardzhiev – Analyzing urban vitality patterns with topological data analysis

Melanie Green – Comparing the urban environment with socioeconomic characteristics using features extracted from aerial imagery

Ryan Urquhart – Socio-demographic and spatial disaggregation of E-commerce use in the grocery market in Great Britain


CDAS first Annual Partner Event

On the 18th September, the Centre for Data Analytics and Society held its first annual partner event at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). Attended by academics from across the CDT institutions and representatives from partner organisations, the event proved a great opportunity for networking and for the students to share what’s been keeping them so busy in their first year.

The event was opened by LIDA Director, Professor Mark Birkin, who was key to the establishment of the CDT. It was then over to the students from each of the CDT institutions at the Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. The students gave group presentations showcasing their learnings from the MSc modules, experiences of working with partners during internship projects, and how they’d already started applying their new data skills to their PhD topics. With research areas ranging from health to crime, transport, retail and more, the students displayed a broad use of data science techniques such as clustering and text analysis, including some ‘just for fun’ projects like Keiran’s analysis of Pokémon characteristics. The presentations gave a real flavour of the interdisciplinary nature of the CDT and a clear sense of collegiality was on show.

Marking the completion of the first year for the Data Analytics and Society CDT, the event also provided an opportunity for feedback and discussion from student, academic and partner perspectives. We’re excited that the ideas raised during the event have led to the launch of our new @DataCDT twitter page and the set-up of thematic interest groups to promote collaboration and knowledge-share across the institutions. We feel that this is especially important now that the CDT has grown in number, having recently welcomed a brand-new cohort of first year students.

Having completed day two of the Introduction to Programming module in Python, the new student cohort later joined the event for an informal poster and networking session. This was a chance to view academic posters prepared by each of the current students and to ask questions about their work and experiences so far, which seemed to fuel excitement and settle nerves in equal measure among the new students.

As the CDT enters its second year, we’re excited to work with new academics and partners and to see ongoing projects progress. A number of our students have already been getting out to share their preliminary research findings at conferences nationally and overseas. So, watch this space and follow our twitter page to stay in touch with our CDT students as they continue to work at the cutting edge of their subject areas.

Vicki Jenneson

Presentations from the students are below and posters from this event can be found on this page –

CDAS Leeds presentation

CDAS Sheffield presentation

CDAS Manchester Presentation

CDAS Liverpool presentation