Biography

My academic background is in the field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Having completed a BSc Geography at the University of Leicester, I worked and travelled in Canada for a year before returning to Leicester to study for an MSc GIS. In addition to formal studies I have worked for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority as well as undertaking consultancy work for RPS Environmental Consultants. While in Leicester I was involved in a number of projects in the SPLINT Virtual Reality theatre. In 2008, I came to the University of East Anglia to begin my PhD research.

Website: http://www.nickbearman.me.uk

All Publications

Bearman, N., Fisher, P.

(2012)

Using sound to represent spatial data in ArcGIS,

in Computers & Geosciences

46

pp. 157–163

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bearman, N., Appleton, K.

(2012)

Using Google Maps to collect spatial responses in a survey environment,

in Area

44

(2)

pp. 160-169

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bearman, N.

(2011)

Using Sound to Augment 'the Image',

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Bearman, N.

(2011)

Using Sound to Represent Uncertainty in Future Climate Predictions for the UK,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Bearman, N., Appleton, K.

(2011)

Google Maps to collect spatial responses in a survey environment,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Bearman, N., Jones, P., Lovett, A.

(2011)

Using Sound to Represent Uncertainty in UK Climate Predictions 2009 Data: Communication of Uncertainty,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Bearman, N.

(2010)

Usability of GI – Case Study using Address Locations,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Bearman, N., Lovett, A.

(2010)

Using Sound to Represent Positional Accuracy of Address Locations,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Bearman, N., Lovett, A.

(2010)

Using Sound to Represent Uncertainty in Address Locations,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Bearman, N., Lovett, A.

(2010)

Using sound to represent positional accuracy of address locations,

in Cartographic Journal

47

(4)

pp. 308-314

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bearman, N.

(2008)

Using Sound to Represent Spatial Data in ArcGIS,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Bearman, N., Tate, N.

(2007)

Representing Spatial Geographical Data via variations of Volume and Tempo in Sound,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

My research focuses on the use of GIS and associated data, especially how these are used by expert users. My main area of current interest concerns novel ways of representing spatial data, and I have a particular interest in how sound can be used in this environment. Having previously worked with Pete Fisher and Nick Tate at the University of Leicester, and am now working towards my PhD under the supervision of Andrew Lovett. In addition, I am working with the Ordnance Survey and with the UK Climate Projections training programme (PiP).

My PhD

This aims to develop and evaluate a number of ways of representing uncertainties in different spatial data sets using sound. This may be the first piece of research that completes a relatively large user study to evaluate whether this is an effective method of representing uncertainty is spatial data.

The use of sound in this field to represent uncertainty is a relatively new application and a number of evaluative prototypes have been created and evaluated. Sound can be used to represent uncertainty in this way, and works most effectively when used to reinforce information shown visually. The technology used to evaluate this includes a sonification add-on to ESRI’s ArcGIS and an extension to the Google Maps API (see Figure 1 for an example).

Figure 1. An example of the sonification tool developed using the Google Maps API. See http://vimeo.com/17029341 for a video example.


Publications and Presentations

Go to http://www.nickbearman.me.uk/academic.

Research Group Membership

Andrew Lovett
Phil Jones
Glen Hart (Ordnance Survey)
Jenny Harding (Ordnance Survey)
UK Climate Projections 09 (UKCP09)