Information technology has radically transformed our daily life, society, and our understanding of the world. From crowdsourcing to remote sensing, from GPS tracking to Web mapping, methodological development and continuous study of key issues in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) are crucial to understanding the current geospatial revolution and support the spatial turn in the humanities and social sciences.
The Pete Fisher Unit is a centre of excellence for multi-disciplinary research focused on the development, teaching, use, and critique of GIScience and geographic Data Science methods. Members are drawn from both the Centre for Critical and Creative Geographies and the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research of the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment of the University of Leicester to provide a vibrant, open, and reflective environment for collaboration and discussion.
Core research topics include: Uncertainty in GIS, Spatio-temporal modelling, Spatial statistics, GeoComputation, Geographic Information Visualization. Volunteered Geographic Information and Pedagogies of GIScience.
Professor Peter Fisher
The unit is dedicated to the memory of Professor Peter Fisher, who held a personal chair in the Department of Geography, University of Leicester. Pete’s career was truly exceptional for many reasons not least because he was one of the people at the helm of what became known as Geographical Information Science (GISience) as it emerged out of a diverse range of disciplines such as computational and automated cartography in the early 1990s. Pete’s research is best known for his extensive work on uncertainty, especially fuzzy sets. Pete was also an editor of the disciplinary journal, the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, from 1994 to 2007.