Dr GODWIN YEBOAH
BSc, MSc, MSc, PhD, MGhIS, MTPS (till '15), MRICS('15), FRGS

Research Fellow

Overview

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room 110 St Mary's Building, University of Aberdeen, Elphinstone Road, Aberdeen AB24 3UF, Scotland, UK.

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Research

Research Interests

My broad research interest covers but not limited to:

  • Transport and Technology;
  • Geographical Information Science;
  • Attitudes to travel and behaviour change;
  • Modelling and Simulation (particularly using Agent based techniques and spatial statistics);
  • Big Data and Visual Analytics to knowledge;
  • Geomatic engineering;
  • Low carbon energy futures and climate change;
  • Social Media Research;
  • Psychology of travel mode choice;
  • Policy effectiveness, pubic acceptability and political deliverability;
  • Spatially enabled web technologies;
  • Social informatics and Environmental Geography.

Current Research

Dr Yeboah is a named researcher on Technology Strategy Board (TSB) "Innovate UK" grant "Smart Routing". The research will develop and trial the Smart Routing System - an enhanced, personalised, end-to-end real-time journey routing service for travellers, delivering improved user experience, reduced industry and local authority operational overheads and innovative new business models, using a multi-sided data sharing marketplace.

Smart Routing will provide a step change in the user experience of door to door journeys involving public transport through greater personalisation of travel information, multi-regional real-time planning, strong user data privacy, better data quality through attention to provenance, and new business models. It provides new sources of user verified data to extend the oneTRANSPORT platform (using the oneM2M standard as core platform & HyperCat for search & discoverability of data & services), and leverages the award winning Commuter mobile App (Ayoupa & Caution Your Blast). Project outcomes include reporting on end-to-end trials across multiple geographical regions and a strategy for national/global adoption. New IP is anticipated in travel behavior, data management & analysis & new route planning mechanisms and technology.The project is delivered by a consortium comprising: Caution Your Blast Ltd, (Lead Partner), InterDigital Europe Ltd, Ayoupa Ltd, University of Aberdeen and Birmingham City Council. Source: Gov.UK

Current project website and news arcticles:

a) Smart Routing Project website: https://www.smartrouting.co.uk/

b) TheStreet news: Innovate UK Mobile App Project Extends oneTRANSPORT Reach to UK’s Second-Largest City

c) NASDA news article by GlobeNewswire: Birmingham Smart Routing Project will Drive Commercial-Grade oneM2M Application; Extends Smart City Initiative to Region's 2.5 Million Residents.

Previous projects I have been involved in the UK:

  • EPSRC funded DEMAND (Dynamics of Mobility, Energy and Demand involving the analysis of time use diary and GPS location data to understand daily mobility patterns across space and time. Worked with the following people: Prof. Dr. Jacob Torriti, Prof. Dr. Angela Druckman, Dr. Ben Anderson, Dr. Richard Hanna, and Dr. Corelia Baibarac.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) sponsored project - “Social Media: Developing Understanding, Infrastructure & Engagement”: Work package A1 - Exploration of Twitter Data Use in Transport Disruption Research. Worked with the following people: Prof. John Nelson, Prof. Jillian Anable, Dr. Caitlin D. Cottrill, Dr. Paul Gault, Dr. David Corsar, Charles Tochukwu Ofoegbu, and Mujtaba Mehdi.
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) sponsored project - “MOT (Motoring and vehicle Ownership Trends) in the UK”. Worked with the following people: Prof. Jillian Anable, Prof. Eddie Wilson, Dr. Tim Chatterton, Dr. Jo Barnes, Dr. Sally Cairns, Dr. Simon Ball, and Paul Emmerson.
  • ClimateXChange (CXC) sponsored project on electric vehicles. Worked with the following people: Prof. Jillian Anable and Dr. Craig Morton.

Collaborations

  • Co-organized RGS sponsored GIS for Transport Application (GIS4TA) workshop with colleagues from University of Leeds, University of Liverpool (UK) and GIS experts from the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) in Sydney (Australia). GIS for Transport Applications (GIS4TA) was a day-long workshop focussed on developing practical skills in emerging open source tools for analysing the spatial characteristics of transport systems and transport behaviour. It took place at the University of Leeds on 14th April 2015. For more details on the workshop, and the GISRUK conference of which it is a part, please see here: http://leeds.gisruk.org/gis4ta.html. The main focus of the workshop was practical: we explored advanced methods in R, QGIS and Routino together with a mini-hackathon with tutorial in python programming for QGIS.

  • Co-organized EU sponsored international workshop with Dr. Seraphim Alvanides, Dr. Stefan Van der Spek, Prof. Nico Van de Weghe in 2013. Workshop was on Understanding Urban Cycling: A data challenge (CDC2013) which was one of AGILE 2013 Conference Workshops with sponsorship from EU MOVE-COST Project and collaboration with ChoroChronos.org from 13-14 May 2013 in Leuven, Belgium. I used my individual level GPS datasets from my PhD Research for the workshop. I also drafted the proposal with guidance from more experienced researchers in the workshop organization team. Developed workshop website: https://sites.google.com/site/cdc2013workshop/home

Research Grants

  • Technology Strategy Board (TSB) "Innovate UK" grant on "Smart Routing – Enhancing the End to End Journey". I was a named researcher.Total grant amount is £1, 252, 837. Project comprises the following partners: University of Aberdeen, Caution Your Blast Ltd, Ayoupa, Interdigital Europe Ltd, and Birmingham City Council.

  • ESRC - I was part of multi-disciplinary team, as named researcher, in securing research project funding totalling £1.4 million from Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom.

  • PhD Research Grant - Northumbria University Research Development Grant (2010 to 2013). The grant covered 13, 529 yearly stipend and tuition fees for three years. I submitted PhD research proposal.

  • DAAD Research Grant - “3-month research grant to conduct research in Berlin in 2014”. I submitted a proposal. The grant comprises a monthly allowance of €1,000, an initial extra payment towards travel expenses, and an accident/personal liability insurance policy for the duration of the visit.

  • UK Erasmus National Agency Grant “for academic visit to Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Germany. March – June 2012”. I submitted an application. Grant was 1,116 Euros.

  • EU COST IC0903 MOVE Travel Grant - “for Space-Time Cube expert meeting at University of Twente, Netherlands. June 2012.” I submitted a proposal for presentation. Grant: 500 Euros.

  • EU COST IC0903 MOVE Workshop Grant - “Urban Utility Cycling data challenge”, Leuven, Belgium. I co-submitted a proposal and co-organized the workshop. Unknown total as organizers and participants submitted their cost individually to Grantor.Workshop website: https://sites.google.com/site/cdc2013workshop/

  • EU COST IC0903 MOVE Research Grant - “Short Term Scientific Mission MOVE-COST Research Grant. Mission: Exploration of agent-based modeling technique for cycle track modeling, 5th - 8th November 2012. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.” Grant: 1,948 Euros. Grant reference: ECOST-STSM-IC0903-051112-023655.

  • DAAD Scholarship/conference bursary to participant in Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment Conference, 2009, Stuttgart, Germany. Flight: up to 970 Euros; Train Frankfurt a.M - Stuttgart and back: up to 108 Euros; Daily expenses (up to 7 days) - up to 560 Euros; Visa: up to 20 Euros; Health insurance: up to 30 Euros.

  • Various Bursaries - Several conference and travel bursaries from: MODAP, Forge Network, UK Transport Geography Research Group, UK Geographical Information Science Research and Quantitative Methods Research Groups (140 GBP in 2012/2013), UK RGS-IBG (150 GBP in 2009), over 600 GBP from Northumbria Graduate School as well as Marketing Department, 49 GBP from Star Lab Barcelona for Gfg2 Workshop in 2012.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

GIS and Remote Sensing, 3rd year students, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen (Co-delivery)

 

Past Teaching:

 Aug. 2010 – Sept. 2010 Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Ghana, Ghana. Developed lecturing materials based on curriculum and taught undergraduates “Computer applications”. 
 Oct. 2009 – Feb. 2010 Part-time International Guest Lecturer, Univ. of Applied Management, Germany (Ghana Campus). MBA Programme. Developed lecture notes based on curriculum and taught the course Information Technology (I.T.) Infrastructure and Strategy (also in Healthcare Sector). 
 Oct. 2008 – Feb. 2009 Part-time International Guest Lecturer, Univ. of Applied Management, Germany (Ghana Campus). MBA Programme. Developed lecture notes based on curriculum and taught the course Information Technology Infrastructure and Strategy. 

 

Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • Active member, British Council UK Panel on Social Sciences (26/10/2015 - 31/3/2016, 18/7/2016 - 31/3/2019)
  • Technical Program Committee member, International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Engineering and Smart City (ITESC 2017), August 23-25, 2017 Guilin, China
  • Steering committee member, Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG) Conference, 2015 - present
  • Programme Committee Member, Science Data Conference 2016 (http://www.scidatacon.org/2016)
  • Advisory Panel Role for the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN)
  • Member, RTPI-TPS Transport Planning Network (since October 2014)

Additional Honours and Awards

•Technology Strategy Board (TSB) "Innovate UK" grant on "Smart Routing – Enhancing the End to End Journey". I was a named researcher.Total grant amount is £1, 252, 837. Project comprises the following partners: University of Aberdeen, Caution Your Blast Ltd, Ayoupa, Interdigital Europe Ltd, and Birmingham City Council.

•ESRC - I was part of multi-disciplinary team, as named researcher, in securing research project funding totalling £1.4 million from Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom.

•Fully sponsored special invitation, as RDA P6 Early Career European Researcher, to attend and report on Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe Plenary Six Meeting in Paris, France.

•Steering committee member and reviewer, Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG) Conference, 16-17 October 2014. Publication URL.

•Special invitation by UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee to present PhD Research at the House of Commons. 18th March 2013.

•Committee Member, UK RGB-IBG Geographical Information Science Research Group

•Winner of BC Advanced System Scholarship. Courtesy of British Columbia Advanced Systems Institute. Designed a tool to generate Scalable Vector Graphics.

•Volunteer, Northumbria Friends International 2011-2012

•Member, Local Organizing Committee: 7th AARSE International Conference, October 2008

•One of KNUST Geodetic Engineering Team for Ghana Industry and Technology Exhibition – March 2001

•Ghana National Brilliant Science and Math Quiz for Senior Secondary School. Subject area: Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry. (One of 3 competitors who represented the school)

Selected Memberships and Networks

  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) (FRGS)
  • Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) in 2015
  • Standard member, Transport Planning Society (MTPS)
  • Professional member, Ghana Institution of Surveyors (MGhIS)
  • Member, Research Data Alliance (RDA)
  • Member, Free Software and Open Source Foundation For Africa
  • Member, Spatial Network of Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC), USA
  • Member, UK Transport Geography Research Group
  • Member, UK RGB-IBG Geographical Information Science Research Group
  • Member, International Geospatial Society (IGS)
  • Member, Global Positioning Systems in Health Research Network
  • Member, EU MOVE-COST Action IC0903 Working Group 1
  • Member, Newcastle Cycling Campaign
  • Member, International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPEN)
  • Member, OSGeo UK Chapter
  • Member, Geographic Information Knowledge Network (GIK)
  • Member, The AESOP Young Academic Network
  • Member, Internet Society
  • Member, Data in Context IG; Data Citation WG; Data Description Registry Interoperability; Data Type Registries WG; Metadata Standards Directory Working Group; Practical Policy WG; Standardisation of Data Categories and Codes WG; Big Data Analytics IG; Community Capability Model IG; Defining Urban Data Exchange for Science IG; Development of cloud computing capacity and education in developing world research; Geospatial IG; Metadata IG; RDA/WDS Certification of Digital Repositories IG; RDA/WDS Publishing Data IG; Research Data Provenance; Service Management IG; Urban Quality of Life Indicators
  • Member, Open Agent Based Modeling Consortium

Selected Publications

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Peer-reviewed)

  • Cottrill, D. C., Gault, P., Yeboah, G., Nelson, J., Anable, J., Budd, T. (2017), “Tweeting Transit: An examination of social media strategies for transport information management during a large event”. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. DOI: 10.1016/j.trc.2017.02.008
  • Chatterton, T. J., Anable, J., Barnes, J., & Yeboah, G. (2016), Mapping household direct energy consumption in the United Kingdom to provide a new perspective on energy justice. Energy Research & Social Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2016.04.013
  • Torriti, J., Hanna, R., Anderson, B., Yeboah, G., Druckman, A. (2015), Peak residential electricity demand and social practices: Deriving flexibility and greenhouse gas intensities from time use and locational data. Indoor and Built Environment. DOI: 10.1177/1420326X15600776
  • Yeboah, G., Alvanides, S., (2015), Route choice analysis of urban cycling behaviours using OpenStreetMap: Evidence from a British Urban Environment. In: Jokar Arsanjani, J., Zipf, A., Mooney, P., Helbich, M., OpenStreetMap in GIScience: experiences, research, applications. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. ISBN: 978-3-319-14279-1 (Print) 978-3-319-14280-7 (Online), pp. 189-210, Springer Press. New York.
  • Yeboah, G., Alvanides, S., Thompson E. M., (2015), Everyday cycling in urban environments: Understanding behaviours and constraints in space-time. In: Helbich M., Arsanjani J.J., Leitnez M. (ed) Computational Approaches for Urban Environments, Geotechnologies and the Environment Series. ISBN 978-3-319-11468-2, pp. 185-210, Springer Press. New York.
 
Conference Proceedings (Peer-reviewed)
  • Yeboah, G., Anable, J, Chatterton, T., Barnes, J., Wilson, E. R., Turnbull, O., Cairns, S. (2015), Understanding car ownership elasticities in England and Wales: Advancing the evidence base with new data sources. In: GIS Research UK (GISRUK) 2015 Proceedings. figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1491375, pp.704-713. Retrieved 10:27, Jul 22, 2015.
  • Chatterton, T., Barnes, J., Yeboah, G., Anable, J. (2015), Energy Justice?  A spatial analysis of variations in household direct energy consumption in the UK. European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) 2015 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency, 1–6 June 2015, Club Belambra Les Criques, Presqu’île de Giens Toulon/Hyères, France. Paper ID: 1-159-15.
  • Morton, C., Anable, J., Yeboah, G., Cottrill, C., (2015), Exploring the Spatial Diffusion of Electric Vehicles in Scotland. In: Proceedings of Scottish Transport Applications and Research (STAR) conference. Technology and Innovation Centre. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. May 20 2015.
  • Gault, E. P., Cottrill, C., Yeboah, G., Nelson, J., Anable, J. (2015), Tweeting public transport: Examining the use of social media during large events. The 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR 2015), Windsor, Beaumont Estate, Windsor, 19 July 2015 – 23 July 2015.
  • Yeboah, G., Alvanides, S. (2014), “Perceptions and attitudes of urban utility cyclists – a case study in a British Built Environment”, Cycling and Society Symposium 2014, 15th September 2014, Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK.
  • Alvanides, S., Yeboah, G. (2014), Profiling and visualizing activity spaces of urban utility cyclists, 22nd GIS Research UK Conference 2014, 14th – 15th April 2013, University of Liverpool, UK.
  • Yeboah, G., Alvanides, S. (2013), Everyday cycling in urban environments: Understanding behaviours and constraints in space-time, 21st GIS Research UK Conference 2013, 3rd – 4th April 2013, University of Liverpool, UK. Won RGS-IBG Conference bursary.
  • Yeboah, G. (2009), The Provision of Digital Orthophoto Maps in Colour for Land Use Planning and Management under the Land Administration Project in Ghana, Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment, vol. 103, pp72-79, 2009. Won DAAD Conference Scholarship.
 
Other conference proceeding/paper/poster/presentation/abstract (Peer-reviewed)
  • Morton, C., Yeboah, G., Cottrill, C., Anable, J., (2015), Exploring the Spatial Diffusion of Electric Vehicles in the UK. In: RGS–IBG Annual International Conference AC2015, Session: GIS for sustainable transport, University of Exeter, 1-4 September 2015.
  • Cottrill, C., Gault, E. P., Yeboah, G., Nelson, J. (2015), Communicating trusted transport information: Social media as a tool for the smart city. Smart Urban Mobility Workshop, Edinburgh Napier University on 26-27 November 2015.
  • Morton, C., Anable, J., Yeboah, G., Cottrill, C., (2015), Exploring the Spatial Pattern of Demand in the Early Market for Electric Vehicles: Evidence from the United Kingdom. In: Association of American Geographers 2016 Annual Conference. San Francisco, USA.
  • Chatterton, T., Barnes, J., Anable, J., Yeboah, G., Cairns, S., Wilson, E. (2015), New geographies of motoring: Variations in car type, size, usage, emissions and energy use in the UK. The 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR 2015), Windsor, Beaumont Estate, Windsor, 19 July 2015 – 23 July 2015.
  • Alvanides, S., Yeboah, G. (2015), Exploration of spatial variability of cycling in a British Urban Environment - Evidence from North East England. In: Proceedings of SCience in TEchnology, 5TH – 7TH November 2015, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece. Volume 1, pp. 244-247. ISBN: 978-618-5208-01-1. URL: http://www.scinte.gr/proceedings/VOLUME_1_SCINTE.pdf
  • Yeboah, G., Cottrill, C., Gault E. P., Nelson, J., Anable, J., Corsar, D. (2015), Exploring the usefulness of transport Spatial Tweets from big events: A case study of 2014 Commonwealth Games (Poster). 23rd GIS Research UK (GISRUK) conference ('GISRUK2015'), University of Leeds, 15th - 17th April, 2015.
  • Hanna, R., Baibarac, C., Yeboah, G. (2014), Geovisualising time use data to understand the timing and flexibility of social practices and energy demand in UK cities. In International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR), Åbo Akademi University, University of Turku, Finland, 30 July – 1 August 2014. (Abstract & Presentation).
  • Chatterton, T., Barnes, J., Anable, J, Yeboah, G., Wilson, E., Cairns, S. (2014), Energy usage from private car usage and its relationship to domestic energy usage - a spatial analysis of the key determinants and related socio-demographic characteristics. 3rd European Conference on behaviour and energy efficiency ('BEHAVE'), Oxford, September 2014. (Only Abstract & Presentation).
  • Yeboah, G., S. Alvanides (2011), Application of GIS and DPT in Systematic Surveying, Inventory and Title Registration of Properties – A pilot study of Kaneshie town area in Ghana, 19th GIS Research UK Conference 2011, 27th – 28th April 2011, University of Portsmouth, UK. (Poster)
 
Conference Proceedings/papers/presentation/abstract (Not peer-reviewed)
  • Yeboah, G., Anable, J., Chatterton, T., Cairns, S., Emmerson, P., Ball, S. (2016), Exploring variance of car ownership at the local level: beyond income and density. 48th Annual UTSG Conference, University of the West of England, Bristol and the University of Bristol 6-8 January 2016.
  • Chatterton, T., Barnes, J., Anable, J., Cairns, S., Yeboah, G. (2016), Financial implications of car ownership and use: a social and spatial distributional analysis. 48th Annual UTSG Conference, University of the West of England, Bristol and the University of Bristol 6-8 January 2016.
  • Cottrill, D. C., Yeboah, G., Gault, P., Nelson, J., Anable, J., Budd, T., 2015. “Tweeting Transport: Examining the Use of Twitter in Transport Events.” 47th Annual UTSG Conference, Collaborative Transport Hub, City University London, 5-7 January 2015.
 
Publications I have been acknowledged (by way of contribution):
  • Chatterton, T., Anable, J., Cairns, S., Wilson, R.E (2017). Financial Implications of Car Ownership and Use: a distributional analysis based on observed spatial variance considering income and domestic energy costs, Transport Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2016.12.007
  • Ball, S. D., Cairns, S., Emmerson, P., Wilson, R., Anable, J., Chatterton, T. (2016), Exploring distributions of car mileages: new insights into travel patterns using data from every private car registered in Great Britain. TRL Report. Available from: http://trl.co.uk/umbraco/custom/report_files/MIS016.pdf
  • Oueslati, Walid, Alvanides, Seraphim and Garrod, Guy (2015), Determinants of urban sprawl in European cities. Urban Studies, 52 (9). pp. 1594-1614. ISSN 0042-0980
  • Chatterton, T., Barnes, J., Wilson, R.E., Anable, J., Cairns, S. (2015). Use of a novel dataset to explore spatial and social variations in car type, size, usage and emissions, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 39, August 2015, Pages 151-164, ISSN 1361-9209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2015.06.003
  • Chatterton, T., Anable, J., Cairns, S. and Wilson, R. (2016), Financial implications of car use and the drive to work: A social and spatial distributional analysis using income data and area classifications. In: DEMAND Conference 2016, Lancaster, UK, 13-15 April 2016. Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/28729
  • Thompson, Emine Mine, Horne, Margaret, Lockley, Steve and Cerny, Martin (2011), Towards an information rich 3D city model: virtual NewcastleGateshead GIS Integration. In: CUPUM '11 12th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, 5 - 8 July 2011, Alberta, Canada.

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