I received my PhD in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2003. My doctoral work entailed the development of both a spatial data meta-model approach and prototype evolutionary multi-objective optimization application using real-world geographic information science (GIS) data sets and a non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm to solve a spatial multi-objective combinatorial optimization problem.
Prior to joining Laurier, I worked for 11 years as a regional planner at the Region of Peel, Ontario. While there I was part of a team that introduced GIS technology to the Official Plan creation process, drafted environmental policy and worked on many geo-computational and other land-use planning analysis projects.
I am interested in the design and development of GIS-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, matroid and category theory; landscape ecology; and parallel and shared memory computing.
I am willing to supervise technically adept graduate students in the areas of spatial analysis, spatial data modelling and spatial decision support.