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Dr Mark Altaweel
103
31-34 Gordon Square
London
UK
WC1H 0PY
Dr Mark Altaweel profile picture
Appointment
  • Reader in Near East Archaeology
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography

BA, MS, PhD
Reader in Near East Archaeology & Graduate Tutor
Associate Editor: Social Science Computer Review, Iraq (editorial board)

Educational Background
PhD (University of Chicago, 2004)
MA (University of Chicago, 2000)
BA (University of Illinois, 1997)

Research Summary

Dr. Altaweel takes a data science approach to his research. He is interested in investigating a variety of heritage, landscape, and social-environmental topics in his research approaches. Dr. Altaweel has been involved in numerous projects on the ancient Near East, application of complex system modelling, and use of machine/deep learning methods for insights on heritage and archaeological topics. He has also broad interests in the ancient climate, environment, and land use in the ancient Near East. Additionally, his work has been published in journals in many different fields, with application to modern and ancient studies.

Research Interests
Data science
Machine learning
Complex adaptive systems
Computational Social Science
Urban systems and complexity science
Image analysis and computer vision techniques
Natural language processing
Near Eastern history and archaeology



Fieldwork

Since 2011, Dr. Altaweel has been involved in fieldwork in Iraq, conducting geoarchaeological and landscape research in Northern Iraq, Kurdistan, and Southern Iraq. Recent work includes the Peshdar Plain region in Iraqi Kurdistan, regions around Nippur and Uruk, and Shalaii Cave near Chamchamal, Iraqi Kurdistan.

Teaching Summary

Mark takes an interdisciplinary perspective in his teaching philosophy and integrates a variety of methods and fields in his courses. He has taught courses on Near Eastern history and archaeology, GIS, remote sensing methods, computational modelling, data science, social-ecological theory, introduction to archaeology, and on land use and environmental change.Mark helped establish the UK's first data science focus in archaeology while his courses in the Near East focus on material culture and its change over time and space.



Appointments
01-SEP-2020 Vice-Dean Innovation, Enterprise and Knowledg Exchange, SHS Social & Historical Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2015 Reader in Near East Archaeology Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2012 Visiting Fellow Computation Institute University of Chicago, United States
15-FEB-2012 Visiting Research Scientist Decision and Information Sciences Argonne National Laboratory, United States
01-SEP-2011 – 30-SEP-2015 Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2008 – 31-AUG-2011 Fellow Computation Institute University of Chicago, United States
01-MAY-2008 – 30-JUN-2011 Visiting Professor Geography and Environmental Studies University of Alaska, United States
01-AUG-2005 – 30-AUG-2011 Computational Social Scientist Decision and Information Sciences Argonne National Laboratory, United States
01-JUN-2003 – 31-JUL-2005 Research Associate Decision and Information Sciences Argonne National Laboratory, United States
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