Professor Robert Barr OBE
Bob Barr is a social and urban geographer with a special interest in geographic information and data science. He worked at Manchester University for thirty years where he established the Manchester Regional Research Laboratory which was later spun out as Manchester Geomatics.
Bob was involved in resolving the 2001 Census undercount which netted the City of Manchester an additional £100m in revenue support grant, he also helped create the 2011 National Address Register which was the basis of the 2011 Census. He served as a member of the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit Policy Action Team 18 which led to the improvement of the Index of Multiple Deprivation and the establishment of Neighbourhood Statistics at ONS. He was also a member of the Cabinet Office Open Data User Group and the Ministry of Justice Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information.
Between 1992 and 1993 Bob was a Harkness Fellow at the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is a founder member of the Association for Geographic Information and served on the AGI Executive for thirteen years and was Chairman in 2001. He was awarded on OBE for ‘services to geography’ in the 2008 New Year Honours.
Currently Bob leads the Liberal Democrat opposition on Warrington Borough Council and is a Visiting Professor in the Geographic Data Science Lab, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool. He is an external examiner at Sheffield University. He has been a board member of two Housing Associations in the region and is currently Chairman of an affordable warmth company formed by a partnership of housing associations.
He retains a strong interest in open data, and continues to campaign for, and work on technical issues surrounding, an open national address register.
Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith
Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith is Director and Head of Department of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at The Bartlett, University College London.
Andy holds a Chair in Digital Urban Systems and is Editor-in-Chief of both the Future Internet and Urban Planning Journals. He is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Greater London Authority Smart London Board and Course Founder of the MRes in Advanced Analysis and Visualisation at University College London, MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics and the MRes in Smart Cities, his twitter id is @digitalurban.
Finally, Andy is Deputy Academic Director for UCL East, the new UCL Campus at Queen Elizabeth and heads up the academic side of the ‘Smart Park’ work for the London Legacy Development Corporation.
Nick is an author and broadcaster whose books and TV films explore geographical themes.
In recent years, Nick has become best known for presenting the BBC2 TV series Coast, Map Man, Great British Journeys, Nicholas Crane’s Britannia and Town. His books include Clear Waters Rising, Two Degrees West and Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet.
Nick is currently President of the Royal Geographical Society.
Dr Bruce Gittings
Bruce Gittings has taught Geographical Information Science in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh since 1986. He runs their Masters programmes in GIS and delivers courses on topics such as spatial data modelling, database management, spatial technology and distributed GIS.
His interests include gazetteer services, internetworked GIS and the World-Wide Web, GIS performance and usability issues, metadata databases and terrain modelling. Publications are in these areas, and also in relation to GIS education and the Geography of Scotland. He has pioneered bringing geographical information to the web, creating web sites such as The World-Wide Earthquake Locator and The Gazetteer for Scotland. He was awarded the President’s Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his work (2007), followed by an Honorary Fellowship (2012), presented by HRH the Princess Royal.
Bruce is Chair of the GISRUK steering committee and of the Association for Geographic Information in Scotland, and was until recently Vice Chair of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.