About Me

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I am Lecturer in Geoinformatics at the DGSD, School of Geography & Geosciences, University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom.

I am originally from Ljubljana, Slovenia and I have two degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Ljubljana.Then I moved to Sweden, to obtain my PhD in Geoinformatics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden under the supervision of Dr Hans Hauska.

Before coming to Scotland, I worked first as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof Stewart Fotheringham and then as lecturer in geocomputation at the National Centre for Geocomputation, National University of Ireland Maynooth. During my time in Ireland I was also part of the StratAG research cluster. Previously I was a researcher at the Geoinformatics Department of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and a teaching assistant in Mathematics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana.

SACHI3-small-100Since January 2014 I am also External faculty member of St Andrews Human Computer Interaction Research group, School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews.

My research interests fall under the general area of spatio-temporal visual analytics. I am interested in using a combination of analytical and visual techniques for knowledge discovery from spatial and spatio-temporal data. I explored this in my PhD work and in my postdoctoral work I focused on visualising model outputs from spatial statistical methods, such as Geographically Weighted Regression and other methods. For details, see my list of publications.

In recent years I became interested in analysing and visualising movement, which includes spatial trajectories and spatial flows. My trajectory visualisation work expanded through my participation in the COST Action MOVE and through international collaborations that I established through this research network. For more on outputs from MOVE see also my publications.

Geoinformatics or Geographic Information Science is these days a collaborative enterprise – I enjoy this aspect of it and have a number of on-going collaborations. Some of these are local, working with my PhD students and postdocs, but the majority are international – I have worked and published with people from all over Europe (for some trivia, my two most-long-standing collaborations are with Finland and Switzerland and the country from which I have had the largest number of co-authors is the Netherlands) and I enjoy the multicultural dimension that this brings to my work.

ICA_headerRelated to my international work, in the period 2015-2019 I am the Co-chair of the Commission on Visual Analytics of the International Cartographic Assocation. During the next four years we are planning a set of exciting events in spatio-temporal visual analytics, so check the commission website for updates.

Find me on Twitter, on Linkedin, on Google Scholar and at the Research Portal of the University of St Andrews.

 

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