Professor Mark Nicholas Gahegan
PhD (Curtin University), BSc (University of Leeds)
I have worked as a delivery boy, fitness instructor, musician, and software engineer so geography seemed the next logical choice.
My research interests are broad, covering most aspects of GIS, visualization, philosophy of science, semantics and pragmatics, e-science, representation of scientific knowledge, geocomputation, digital remote sensing, artificial intelligence tools, spatial analysis, Voronoi diagrams, spatial databases and algorithms, and spatial reasoning. This is because I can never sit still for too long and am easily distracted................Oh, yes, I've also dabbled in mineral potential mapping, epidemiology, habitat analysis, bio-informatics, e-learning and predicting land-cover change.
While at Penn State University I was involved in a number of funded research projects, from ontology capture to spatial epidemiology. I also directed a new Professional Masters degree program in GIS www.worldcampus.psu.edu/MasterinGIS_GIS.shtml, developed at the Dutton e-Education Institute www.e-education.psu.edu at Penn State, and delivered through World Campus www.worldcampus.psu.eduhttp://www.worldcampus.psu.edu.
In whatever spare time is left over after family, work and trying to keep in shape, I play guitar in a local band.
Research | Current
My research interests cover most aspects of GIS, visualization, philosophy of science, semantics and pragmatics, e-Research (e-Science), representation of scientific knowledge, geocomputation, digital remote sensing, artificial intelligence tools, spatial analysis, Voronoi diagrams, spatial databases and algorithms, and spatial reasoning.
I direct the Centre for eResearch, a group that aids researchers to tackle challenging computational research by providing scientific computing and software engineering expertise, patternable services such as virtualised compute platforms, research data services, visualisation and analytics, and educational offerings to upskill the research community.
I have been advisor to completed 9 Ph.D. and 7 Masters students, with more currently underway. I greatly enjoy working with research students, it is one of the best things about my job.
- Member, Geosciences Network (GEON)
- Editorial Board member of International Journal of GIScience (Editor Americas 2004-2007), Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geographical Analysis, Transactions in GIS, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Computers & Geosciences, Spatial Cognition and Computation, Compass.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Gahegan, M. (2019). Fourth paradigm GIScience? Prospects for automated discovery and explanation from data. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE10.1080/13658816.2019.1652304
- Vandevijvere, S., Young, N., Mackay, S., Swinburn, B., & Gahegan, M. (2018). Modelling the cost differential between healthy and current diets: the New Zealand case study. The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 15 (1)10.1186/s12966-018-0648-6
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Boyd Swinburn, Sally Mackay, Nick Young
- Harris, R., O'Sullivan D, Gahegan, M., Charlton, M., Comber, L., Longley, P., ... Singleton, A. (2017). More bark than bytes? Reflections on 21+years of geocomputation. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 44 (4), 598-617. 10.1177/2399808317710132
- Gahegan, M. (2017). Our GIS is too small. Canadian Geographer10.1111/cag.12434
- Roper, J., Gahegan, M., Gustafsson, M., Gaskett, A., Campos, I., Lee, W., ... Addis, D. (2016). University of Auckland Centre for eResearch Annual Report 2017. Auckland, New Zealand: Centre of eResearch, University of Auckland.10.17608/K6.AUCKLAND.4534256
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Moore, Marcus Gustafsson, Anne Gaskett, Allan Badley, Donna Rose Addis, Nicholas Rattenbury, Nick Young, John Rugis
- Adams, B., & Gahegan, M. (2016). Exploratory Chronotopic Data Analysis. In J. A. Miller, D. OSullivan, N. Wiegand (Eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science: GIScience 2016: Geographic Information Science, 9927, 243-258. Montreal, Canada: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-45738-3_16
- Gahegan, M. N. (2016). We Need to Rethink How We Describe and Organize Spatial Information. In Rückemann C, Y. Doytsher (Eds.) GEOProcessing 2016: The Eighth International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications, and Services GEOProcessing, 131-136. Venice, Italy: IARIA. Related URL.
- Adams, B., McKenzie, G., & Gahegan, M. (2015). Frankenplace: Interactive thematic mapping for Ad Hoc exploratory search. WWW 2015 - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web, 12-22. Florence, Italy: ACM. 10.1145/2736277.2741137