In summer 2014, Professor Graham Clarke came for a research visit to the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences to meet with the simSALUD project team. There it was decided that I can do my research work for my MSc thesis at the School of Geography, University of Leeds, which is one of the research partners in the project SALUD, funded by the by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (TRP280-G16).
Thus I went abroad to work on my Master Thesis: ‘Analyzing the distribution of diabetes in Austria using Spatial Microsimulation’. The School of Geography is well-known for its innovations in the topic of spatial microsimulation and therefore it was clear to me that I should take the opportunity to visit Leeds for three months. Throughout my Master Thesis I am using the web based simulation framework simSALUD. My main aim is to visualize hot spots of diabetic patients in Austria and test alternative models using different constraints. Graham and I are able to discuss the results especially in terms of model development and calibration. I also have had the opportunity to look at different PHD projects that the School of Geography is supporting, which is really interesting because it shows a total new range of GIS applications to me.
The exchange is not only a good way to gain new knowledge in GIS but also for finding new friends and get new connections. Therefore I am really looking forward the remaining 1.5 months in Leeds 🙂