Ben Adams

Associate ProfessorBen Adams

Jack Erskine 310
Internal Phone: 95710
Ben Adams does research in spatial data science and interactive systems for geographic analysis.


Research Interests

In my research I am exploring new ways of using computing technology to advance human understanding of our environment and world. I am interested in understanding, modelling, and improving how the people who want to learn about the world (e.g., scientists, students, and policy makers) interact with and make decisions based on geographic knowledge represented in a computer. The research I undertake is both explanatory and constructive. In the first case I work to develop theories that explain how the information that we produce and share in digital form reflects human conceptualizations of the world. In the second case I build software systems that help people use geographic information better to solve problems. My research methodology is informed by methods from data science, machine learning, spatial information science, interactive systems, and cognitive science.

Recent Publications

  • Adams B., Dodge S. and Purves R. (2023) Spatial Information Science in 2023. Journal of Spatial Information Science (26): 125-127.
  • Papadakis E., Adams B., Gao S., Martins B., Baryannis G. and Ristea A. (2022) Explainable artificial intelligence in the spatial domain (X-GeoAI). Transactions in GIS 26(6): 2413-2414.
  • Schumacher B., Katurji M., Zhang J., Zawar-Reza P., Adams B. and Zeeman M. (2022) Adaptive thermal image velocimetry of spatial wind movement on landscapes using near-target infrared cameras. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 15(19): 5681-5700.
  • Adams B. (2021) Chronotopic Information Interaction: Integrating Temporal and Spatial Structure for Historical Indexing and Interactive Search. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 36(3): 525-541.
  • McKenzie G. and Adams B. (2021) Natural Language Processing in GIScience Applications. Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge 2021(Q4)