Research Labs > The SPARCS Laboratory


The SPARCS Laboratory for Spatial Analysis Research in Computational Science is located in ICT building - ICT 715B.


Follow this link to former SPARCS web site for more details.

Our project on Marine Risk Analysis description can be found on MARIS research project web site.

The Lab provides new and exciting opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students in both academia and industry (M.Sc and Ph.D programs, MGIS program, Microsoft Inc. scholarships and internships opportunities for undergradute students, etc.).

The main research interests are in the theory and analysis of algorithms in:

  • Geographical information systems
  • Computer graphics
  • Shape and object recognition
  • Spatio-temporal analysis
  • Medical data analytics
  • Remote sensing and path planning
  • Visualization
  • Modeling and simulation

Current and Past SPARCS Lab Students

Ph. D. Students

Priyadarshi Bhattacharya

  • 2011 – Present
  • Supervisor
  • Thesis Title:"Exploring Spatial Consistency for Real-Time Landmark and Scene Recognition"
  • NSERC PGS D Scholarship recipient

Ahmed Russel Apu

  • 2005 – 2009
  • Supervisor
  • Thesis Title: "Robust Shape Representation and Analysis Using CART"
  • iCORE Scholarship recipient

M. Sc. Students

Shikha Nayyar

  • 2009 – 2011
  • Supervisor
  • Thesis Title:"Performance and Integration of Real Time Location System in Healthcare",
  • Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship
  • Canadian Geomatics Conference 2010 best paper award

Xin Liu

  • 2007 – 2009
  • Supervisor
  • Thesis Title: "High-Quality Visual Hull Reconstruction based on Surface Sampling and Delaunay Triangulation"

Priyadarshi Bhattacharya

  • 2005 – 2007
  • Supervisor
  • Thesis Title: "Optimal Path Planning using Spatial Neighborhood Properties"

Apple Award recipient

B. Sc. Students

Gregory Genoud

  • 2013 – 2013
  • Academic Advisor
  • Project Title: "Visualization and Analysis of Mobile GIS Data"

Jimmy Yue

  • 2013 – 2013
  • Supervisor
  • Project Title: “GIS Study of Visualization Methods for Fisheries in Alberta"

Jonathan Gilgen

  • 2009 – 2009
  • Academic Advisor
  • Thesis Title: "Modeling Floor Plan for RFID Medical Applications"
  • B. Sc. thesis student exchange project with Technical University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Giroud Mathieu

  • 2008 – 2008
  • Academic Advisor
  • Thesis Title:"Conceptual Floor Plan Model Representation and
    Visualization for Medical Applications"
  • B. Sc. thesis project exchange student from Technical University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Beat Wolf

  • 2008 – 2008
  • Academic Advisor
  • Thesis Title: "Grid-based Model for Marine Accidents"
  • B. Sc. thesis Exchange project with Technical University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Daniel Ginez

  • 2007 – 2008
  • Supervisor
  • Thesis Title: "Network Security using Biometric Identifiers"
  • Honors