My first research job was an ESRC-funded project on integrating spatial statistics with GIS, with applications in disease epidemiology. We explored ways of putting advanced spatial statistics into a GIS, but with the lack of even simple statistics in the GIS, we ended up putting spatial statistics into a statistics system.
Since then I have worked on many other projects, most of them applied data analysis combined with software development. I work closely with data providers and scientists to understand and model their data appropriately, and to produce results they can interpret in order to answer their research questions.
I spent three weeks working in Perth with Adrian Baddeley on integrating some of my code into
spatstat package, and working on the fundamental ideas of spatial data in R.
As a developer of open-source geospatial software, I am active in the Open Geospatial Foundation, and was part of the team that brought the international FOSS4G conference to the UK for the first time.
The Software Sustainability Institute have a fellowship programme to promote the aims of the institute - producing high quality sustainable software environments for reproducible research. I was awarded one of the 2013 fellowships and continue to promote the goals of the institute by stressing the importance of 'open' in research whenever I can. I encourage researchers to publish their code, use reproducible research tools for their benefit as well as others, and consider using only open-source tools in their work.