This is embarassing. But if you want a bio for an event I’m speaking at, singing at, dancing at or otherwise frequenting, there’s some lovely boilerplate here, and some lovely photos below:
100 words (academic):
Martin Zaltz Austwick is a Lecturer in data visualization, analysis and programming at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL. He has visualised urban data and networks through animation, mapping, and interactive software tools. He has published work on network analyses of bicycle flows in cities across the world, and is interested in the use of GPS to map walking routes through London, literary geographies, and the science of cities. Dr Zaltz Austwick’s background is in nanotechnology and quantum computing, with experience as a medical laser physicist, leading to a multidisciplinary approach to his work and teaching.
100 words (public events):
Martin Zaltz Austwick is a Lecturer in data visualization and programming at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL, with an interest in cities and networks, having previously studied Quantum Physics and worked as a Medical Laser Physicist. Public engagement is central to his work through data and model visualisation, blogging, podcasting, public talks, video, music and a dedication to supporting and training others. In his spare time he is a musician, urban rambler and award-winning podcaster.
You can find his blog at sociablephysics.com, or follow him on twitter @sociablephysics.
From the CASA website:
Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick lectures in advanced spatial analysis and visualization. He holds an undergraduate Physics degree and a PhD in nanotechnology and quantum computing, and worked as a clinical medical physics researcher from 2006-2010, a varied career which has led to his interest in the adaptation of ideas from the physical sciences to social sciences. Dr Zaltz Austwick has a strong commitment to public engagement, through visualization, podcasting and social media, and has shared in Radio Academy Gold and Silver Awards.
Martin Zaltz Austwick works on visualisation and analysis of human data, often with a strong spatial component. His visualisation frequently utilises Processing to create animated visualisations of spatial movement (for example, Bike Share Schemes in a number of cities, GPS tracks drawn from pedestrian movement in London, and shipping movements around the globe). In analysis of these patterns, he employs spatial interaction modelling and network techniques to determine patterns of activity and connections within systems. He’s also interested in working with spatial databases to facilitate analysis and visualisation in large data sets, scaling and inequality in complex systems, and creating interactive visualisations around agent-based modelling. In his role as an Associate Director at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, Dr Zaltz Austwick works on visualising and analysing spatial data drawn from history, the arts, and other branches of the humanities.