The Power of Location Enabled Computer Science - Because Everything Happens Somewhere!

Tuesday 1 November 2016, 5.45pm - 8.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members.


  • 5.45pm - 6.15pm - Coffee/ Tea
  • 6.15pm - 6.45pm - Presentation by Dan Rickman
  • 6.45pm - 7.30pm - Presentation by Claire Ellul
  • 7.30pm - 8.30pm - Networking and light refreshment (Food and wine are provided)


The first half of the talk will cover some of the basics of location science - making and using maps, how GPS works, and focus in particular on a number of examples of how location-enabled data can be used by local and central governments, business, the third sector and the general public.

The second half of the talk will examine the very tight links between computer science trends and location-enabled futures and research - for example how can we merge NoSQL databases, powerful computer graphics, big data and data mining and location, how does location underpin the Internet of Things and Smart Cities.

Benefits to the participants

The participants will learn more about technology such as Google Maps and GPS-enabled devices, and how this underpins much of their daily life both at personal level and beyond - including many of the decisions made in terms of local, national and international policy. They will also learn how location can be coupled with their existing computer science skills, and what new, specialist, skills they’d have to learn to work with location-enabled data.


Dan Rickman

Dan RickmanDan Rickman is Chair of the British Computer Society Location Information (Geospatial) Specialist Group. Dan works for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence as a Data/BI Architect; Solution Architect and Technical Project Manager.

He has experience in the public and private sectors covering telco; cable TV; transport and police sectors among others. He has successfully developed and delivered data management/BI strategies; designed and developed a wide range of complex data-intensive systems, managed internal development teams and external suppliers. He has helped develop geospatial standards through work on BSi and international committees.

Dr Claire Ellul

Dr Claire EllulDr Ellul started her career by studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering, but quickly moved into Geographical Information Science (GIS), working for 10 years as a consultant across Europe and the Middle East. She returned to academia in 2003 to start a PhD in 3D GIS (completed in 2007) at University College London (UCL). This was followed a period of post-doctoral research before being appointed as a Lecturer at UCL in 2010, where she now holds the role of Reader (Associate Professor) of Geographical Information Science. She is Course Director on UCL’s MSc in Geographical Information Science, teaching modules on programming (App Development) and spatial databases. Her research interests focus on technical and data-related aspects of GIS, with particular interest in data usability, 3D GIS and the interoperability of 3D GIS and Building Information Models.

Event Recording
This event will be audio/video recorded and photographs taken for subsequent uploading to the YPG and the Location Information Specialist Group secure area of the website for the benefit of YPG and LISG members worldwide.