My name is Peter Johnson, and I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. My research seeks to understand how governments, citizens, and private companies share information through geospatial technology, including open data, the geoweb, social media, mobile devices, and the process of crowdsourcing.
I am always looking for motivated students interested in a variety of geospatial technology projects to join my team. If you are interested in working with me, please read this information first.
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Current Graduate Students (listed by start date)
Brenda Lo, MA Student
Mingyu (Stephanie) Liu, MES Student
Chen Chen, MSc Student
I am a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Geomatics at University of Waterloo. My research interest lies in mobile technology and volunteered geographic information (VGI). I am passionate about the gamification of location-based applications on mobile devices to encourage public participation in geographic data collection.
Sara Harrison, MES student
I am a recent graduate from the Geography and Environmental Management program at the University of Waterloo, with a specialization in Geomatics. This September, I’ll be continuing my studies at the University of Waterloo in the Masters of Environmental Studies program. My research interests lie in the application of crowdsourcing and volunteered geographic information (VGI) in disaster management. My current research project will focus on using VGI to display storm damage in Canada on a live web-map for organizations such as Environment Canada, emergency response, and insurance companies
Qing (Lucy) Lu, MES student
Simone Philpot, PhD student
I am a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. In my research I aim to develop and evaluate a Decision Support System for use in water management. This project allows me to explore my interests in water management, geomatics, and the interface between society and technology in a meaningful, solution oriented fashion. My other interests include social resilience and sustainability, systems approaches, sedimentology, and the philosophy of science.
My past research has been in the field of archaeology. Following Undergraduate studies at Trent University, Peterborough, I completed a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary studies at Concordia University, Montreal. During my MA I examined the role of water management at an ancient Maya site, focusing on methodology, interdisciplinary research, and the role of water management in social change. I hope to build upon this base to develop innovative solutions to contemporary water challenges.