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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 18, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Steven Roberts

Associate Professor, Geography Academic Advisor

Contact Information
Email: sroberts@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2420

Office Location: 3C11
Office Hours: Mondays 1-4pm or by appointment
Languages Spoken

English

Academic Background

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Director, Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography

Adjunct Professor, Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Ph.D., UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, Waterloo, ON, Systems Design Engineering, 2003.

B.E.S., UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, Waterloo, ON, Honours Urban and Regional Planning, 1991.

B.Sc., McMASTER UNIVERSITY, Hamilton, ON, Mathematics Major, 1987.

Biography

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am interested in the design and development Geographic Information Science based tools for use in understanding landscape structure and in decision support applications for environmental land use planning. Specific fields of interest include: spatial data models and data structures, combinatorial optimization, genetic algorithms (Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization), applied graph theory and category theory, landscape ecology, and parallel and shared memory computing.

I also worked as an Intermediate Planner with the Regional Municipality of Peel, Planning Department, Policy and Research Division, Brampton, ON from 1990 to 2001.

Additional Information

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed journal articles

S.A. Roberts, P. H. Calamai and G. B. Hall, Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization for Landscape System Design. Journal of Geographical Systems, (available on-line, 16 Oct. 2010)

C.M. Moulton, S.A. Roberts and P.H. Calamai, Hierarchical Clustering of Multiobjective Optimization Results to Inform Land Use Decision Making. Urban and Regional Information Systems Journal, 21(2), pp. 25-37, 2009.

S. A. Roberts, G. B. Hall and P. H. Calamai, A Pre-categoric Spatial Data Meta-model, Environment and Planning B, 33(6), pp. 881-901, 2006 (Nov-Dec).

G. Meng, G. B. Hall and S. A. Roberts, Multi-group segregation indices for measuring ordinal classes, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 30(3), pp. 275-299, 2006.

S. A. Roberts, G. B. Hall and P. H. Calamai, Assessing Polygon Edge Integrity, Geographical Systems, 3(1), pp. 87-105, 2001 (Apr).

S. A. Roberts, G. B. Hall and P. H. Calamai, Analyzing Forest Fragmentation Using Spatial Autocorrelation, Graphs and GIS, International Journal of Geographic Information Systems, 14(2), pp. 185-204, 2000 (Mar).

Refereed proceedings

S.A. Roberts, G.B. Hall, and B. Boots, Street Centreline Generation with an Approximated Area Voronoi Diagram, in P. Fisher (Ed.), Developments in Spatial Data Handling, Springer, pp. 435-446, 2005.

B. Boots, R. Feick, N. Shiode and S. A. Roberts, Investigating Recursive Point Voronoi Diagrams, in Geographic Information Science, in Proceedings of GIScience 2002, Second International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Boulder, Colorado, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series V2478, pp. 1-22, 2002 (Fall).

S. A. Roberts, G. B. Hall and P. H. Calamai, Shape-based Properties of the Boundaries between Landscape Feature Types, in P. Forer, A.G.O. Yeh and J. He (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling, Beijing, Aug, pp. 1b.27-50, 2000.

Papers presented at refereed conferences

C.M Moulton, S.A. Roberts and P.H. Calamai, Hierarchical Clustering of Multiobjective Optimization Results to Inform Land Use Decision Making. INFORMS 2007 Conference.

Papers submitted to refereed journals

S. A. Roberts and G. B. Hall, A Shape Measure of the Boundaries between Landscape Features. (in revision for TGIS, submitted Jan 2009)

S. A. Roberts and G. B. Hall, Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization Design for Greenlands Systems: metric implementations. (in revision for IJGIS Special Issue on Spatial Ecology, submitted Jul 2009)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Progress on Shape Metrics for Edge Analysis, CAG 2011, Calgary, 3 June 2011.

Towards Hierarchical Clustering for Spatial Decision Support, AAG 2008, Boston, 18 Apr 2008.

Moving Point Data: Analysis in non-euclidean space, Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 30 May 2007.

(poster) Promoting Sustainable Communities Through Participatory Spatial Decision Support, GEOIDE 7th Annual Scientific Conference, Quebec City, 29-31 May 2005.

(invited) A Pre-categoric Spatial Data Meta-model. 30th International Geographic Congress – Commission on Modelling Geographical Systems, Glasgow, 15-20 Aug 2004.

Street Centreline Generation with an Approximated Area Voronoi Diagram. 11th Annual International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling, University of Leicester, 23-25 Aug 2004.

Using Evolutionary Multi-criteria Optimization for Landscape Design: Some Preliminary Results, Canadian Operational Research Society: 44th National Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada, 4 Jun 2002.

Shape-based Properties of the Boundaries between Landscape Feature Types, International Geographical Union: 9th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling, Beijing, Aug 2000.

Multi-objective optimization for the analysis of landscape structure, Canadian Operational Research Society: 41st National Conference, Windsor, ON, Canada, Jun 1999.

Assessing Edge Integrity Using Attributed Graphs, International Geographical Union: Commission on Modelling Geographical Systems Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, Aug 1998.

Analyzing Forest Fragmentation by Linear Features Using Spatial Autocorrelation Over Graphs, URISA International Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada, Jul 1997.

OTHER PRESENTATIONS

MOEA for Greenlands System Design, GIS Seminar Series, School of Surveying, University of Otago, 6 Nov 2008.

A Pre-Categoric Spatial Data Model, McMaster Centre for Spatial Analysis - invited talk – 28 Mar 2008.

RESEARCH FUNDING

Agency: GEOIDE

Title of project: Promoting Sustainable Communities Through Participatory Spatial Decision Support

Length of project: Winter 2005 – Spring 2009

Budget: total - $593,350+$157,800 in kind contribution

my allocation - $57,600 (includes funding for 2 Masters students)

ACADEMIC SERVICE

-Referee for OGS scholarship awards Feb.-Mar. 2011.

-Referee for Operations Research (International peer–reviewed journal) Oct.2010.

-Referee for Journal of Geographical Systems (International peer–reviewed journal) Sept. 2010.

-Referee for Geographical Analysis (International peer–reviewed journal) Aug. 2010.

-Referee for Operations Research (International peer–reviewed journal) Mar. 2010.

-Referee for OMAFRA New Directions and Alternative Fuels Research Program Feb. 2010.

-Member of the Departmental Undergraduate Program committee 2009/10

-Referee for NSERC-SPG, Jul-Aug 2009.

-Chaired MA thesis defense, Jul 2007.

-Served as member of the Departmental Appointments and Promotions committee 2005/06.

-Refereed article for Environment and Planning B, 2005.

Graduate student supervision

MA - Erin Hamel, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Jan 2008 – 2010 (incomplete – withdrew for full time employment).

MASc - Christina Moulton, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Mar 2007 - , Dec 2007 (graduated, co-supervision with P. Calamai UW).

Graduate student committees

MES – Peter Chu Su, University of Waterloo, 2010 – present

MA – Shawn Gagne, GES, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2010 – present

MES – Michael Leahy, FES, University of Waterloo, 2005 - 20050811 (graduated – currently PhD).

MES – Gang Meng, FES, University of Waterloo, 2004 - 20050715 (graduated - currently PhD).

PhD – Andrew Rees, GES, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2004 - 201004 (graduated).

PhD – Barbara Schwab, GES, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2005 - 20100115 (graduated).

Undergraduate student supervision

Senior Honours Thesis - Scott James, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2004-2005.

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