Award for project on migration and mobility data

Posted by pt91 at Jan 26, 2012 12:40 PM |
University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Kevin Schürer has led a research bid which has won a prestigious international award.


The research is part of an international competition that promotes innovative humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis.

Working together with researchers from the USA Professor Schürer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise and also an honorary research professor at the University of Essex, is leading the Mining Microdata project which involves a team of researchers who are investigating how computational techniques typically applied to the sciences can also be applied to change humanities and social sciences research.

The team of researchers believes that there is still much to be discovered about people's movement, therefore they will use the grant to investigate census data on more than 100 million people, in order to compare geographical and economical mobility in three countries: Britain, Canada and the United States of America. Having access to a huge source of data and due to the new technology they developed for this research, they hope to draw new conclusions about migration.

The award was funded by eight international research organisations from four countries and a total of 14 teams from the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States will receive a share of £3 million in grants from the Digging Into Data Challenge.

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