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Centre for Geo-Information Studies


About us

The Centre for Geo-Information Studies is an established research centre of the University of East London. We specialise in all aspects of geo-information science, systems and engineering applied broadly to areas of the physical, social and cultural environment. In particular, we have an international reputation for data integration and analysis, modelling and simulation. Our remit is to work in diverse partnerships both internal and external to the University in all areas of endeavour where data analysis has a role.
  • Geo-Information Science:
    Concerns generic issues in the handling and analysis of geo-spatial data such as data structures, visualisation, spatial data analysis, spatial data quality and the propagation of uncertainty.

  • Geo-Information Systems:
    Concerns the use of specialist software in mapping and data mining applications in such diverse areas as the environment, crime, health, education, transport and business.

  • Geo-Information Engineering:
    Concerns the design and construction of specific spatial information solutions such as in predictive modelling, spatial decision support and location-based services.

Specific areas of application expertise that constitute the hallmark of CGIS are:

  • GIS and external simulation modelling:
    GIS, whilst good at organising and integrating diverse spatial data sets, have limited in-built analytical capability. Coupling with external models such as those used in environmental sciences, civil engineering, business and the social sciences, radically extends the specific application areas and affords the possibility of simulation modelling and constructing spatial decision support systems.

  • Spatial data mining:
    with the exponential rise in the size of databases, their increasingly complex structures and the rate at which they can accumulate on even a daily basis, there is an urgent need for techniques that can mine very large databases for the knowledge they contain; spatial data mining techniques are those developed for the discovery of meaningful patterns from large data sets where an important dimension of interest is geographical location of events.

  • Location-based services:
    a new and fast-growing application of geo-information engineering arising from recent convergence in ICT, the Internet, position fixing and spatial databases to provide information and data services to mobile devices customised to the specific location and context of the recipient.
The Centre undertakes teaching on programmes in the relevant Schools, MRes, supervision of MPhil and PhD students, short courses, continuing professional development (CPD), contract research and consultancy.


  • Professor Allan Brimicombe (Head of Centre)
  • Dr. Yang Li
  • Professor Nod Miller (Emeritus Professor of Innovation)
  • Professor David Stubbs (Visiting Professor)
  • Professor Eric Sorensen (Visiting Professor)
  • Mr. Patnaraz Mungroo (Honorary Visiting Senior Fellow)
  • Professor David Powell (Visiting Professor)
  • Professor Martin Callingham (Visiting Professor)
  • Dr. Olanrewaju M Lawal (Visiting Researcher)
  • Deepinder Chhabra
  • Dominic Potter
  • Nick Siantonas
  • Rita Obatolu
  • Kulvinder Kalsey
  • Sharjeel Imtiaz
  • Adebayosoye Awonaike
  • Victor Adejola
  • John Oguntimehin
  • Kinga Owczarek
  • Hakim Harrach
  • Wesam Madhoun
  • George Jordon
  • Jimi Bolusire
  • Alrick Spencer
  • Brian Rupasinghe
  • Dr. Frank Ekpenyong
  • Paul Tsui


Contact us

General enquiries to the Centre for Geo-Information Studies can be made to:
Professor Allan J Brimicombe BA(Hons) MPhil PhD C.Geog FRGS FGS AcSS (Head of Centre)
Tel: +44 20 8223 2352
Fax: +44 20 8223 2918

Dr Yang Li
Tel: +44 20 8223 2603

Centre for Geo-Information Studies
School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
Room KD2.28, The Knowledge Dock, Docklands campus
University of East London, London, E16 2RD

We are based in UEL's Docklands campus which has excellent public transport links. View map