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Dr Muhammad Adnan
Chorley Institute
Pearson Building, Department of Geography
University College London
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

I completed an MSc in Software Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London. I Joined UCL in 2007 as a Research Assistant and then started my part-time Ph.D. in January 2008. My PhD investigated the creation of real-time geodemographic classifications. This involved the research on developing a tool for the creation of real-time geodemographic classification. Because geodemographic classifications are created by intensive clustering algorithms, hence the main theme of my PhD remained around the optimization of clustering algorithms.

My Ph.D. was funded through a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) between University College London and a company called LFG (Local Futures Group). The KTP aimed at introducing new GIS technologies in LFG and the development of their Local Knowledge web based system. Using the latest GeoWeb 2.0 technologies, I developed the web-based system which LFG currently uses for their research and analysis activities.

From September 2011, I am working on an EPSRC funded project as a Research Associate. The Project is called "Uncertainty of Identity: Linking Spatio-Temporal Information between the real and virtual worlds".

Research Summary

My research work involves the analysis and visualization of large social media datasets. I am quite interested in finding out the activity patterns and demographic characteristics of the social media users.  I have been involved in the analysis of two large datasets a) a database of more than 700 million tweets b) a database of 'surnames' accounting for a billion population around the world. My research work, as part of this project, has been picked-up and published by different national and international media outlets including Daily Mail, Guardian, and Evening Standard.

For more information, please visit : http://www.uncertaintyofidentity.com

01-NOV-2009 – 31-OCT-2011 Research Assistant / KTP Associate Department of Geography University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2007 – 31-OCT-2009 Computer Research Officer Department of Geography University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Geographic Information Science University College London
2007 MSc Master of Science – Software Engineering Queen Mary College, University of London
2005 BCIT Bachelor of Computer Science & Information Technology – Computer Science NED University of Engineering & Technology
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