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Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick
90 Tottenham Court Road
London
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director of the Spatial Data Science and Visualisation Masters degree. He holds an undergraduate Physics degree and a PhD in nanotechnology and quantum computing, and worked as a clinical medical physics researcher from 2006-2010, a varied career which has led to his interest in the adaptation of ideas from the physical sciences to social sciences. Dr Zaltz Austwick has a strong commitment to public engagement, through visualization, podcasting, blogging, public talks and workshops and social media, and has shared in Radio Academy Gold and Silver Awards. In 2016 he was the winner of the UCL Public Engagement Award for Institutional Leadership, and shared in the 2015 UCL award for Public Event at the UCL Communication and Culture Awards.

Research Summary

Martin Zaltz Austwick works on visualisation and analysis of human data, frequently with a strong spatial component.

Visualising Spatial and Social Systems

His visualisation frequently utilises Processing to create animated visualisations of spatial movement (for example, Bike Share Schemes in a number of cities, GPS tracks drawn from pedestrian movement in London, and shipping movements around the globe). Since 2016, he has been Co-Investigator on the EPSRC FTC2050 project, analysing and visualising freight delivery in central London.

Digital Humanities and Text Analysis

In his role as Associate Director at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, Dr Zaltz Austwick works on visualising and analysing spatial data drawn from history, the arts, and other branches of the humanities. He is currently Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded Survey of London: Whitechapel grant, a project embedding Architectural History in an interactive web map, allowing users to learn about the area and contribute their own stories and accounts.

In 2016, he co-published a corpus text analysis of the REF2014 Impact Case Studies to understand classes of Impact in UK Research, and contributed to a project analysing a large British Library text corpus to find historical trends in the description of trades, disease, and geography.


Teaching Summary

Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director of the Spatial Data Science and Visualisation Masters degree. He currently leads Masters-level modules in Programming for Architecture and Design and co-leads a module in Digital Visualisation, and an undergraduate BASc module in Data Science. He has delivered lectures on Data Visualisation for the Faculty of Engineering and the SEAHA Doctoral Training cohort, and lectures on podcasting for the MAPS faculty.

Martin has delivered external training on Data Visualisation, Podcasting and Mapping for ARUP, the UK Home Office, The British Library and HEFCW, and spoken at the Boring Conference, TEDx LSE, Bright Club, Science Showoff, Pint of Science, SciBar and DorkBot, as well as academic conferences.

Academic Background
2004 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
2001 MSc Master of Science – Physics University of Oxford
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