Jennifer A Miller, PhD

Jennifer presents research at Geocomputation conference

September 15, 2017 · No Comments

Jennifer presented her work on “A computational movement analysis approach for modelling interactions between pairs of moving objects” at the 2017 Geocomputation conference in Leeds, UK. Paul Holloway (UT PhD ’16) also presented his work on “Individual-based modelling of species’ dynamic resource use.”


Lots of ham was eaten

Friends of Ham

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UT PhD (’16) Paul Holloway starts position at Cork

September 15, 2017 · No Comments

Jennifer’s first PhD student, Paul Holloway, started his new position as a lecturer in the Geography department at University College Cork. Paul’s dissertation focused on incorporating movement in species distribution models and he had a post-doc in the Computer Science department at York University for a year immediately following his graduation.

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Jennifer participates in Leiden workshop

August 25, 2017 · No Comments

Jennifer was back in Europe for a Leiden workshop on Movement: New Sensors, New Data, New Challenges. Lorentz Center (Leiden, The Netherlands), August 21-25, 2017. Jennifer gave a keynote lecture on “Advances & Issues in Spatial Ecology (with applications & implications for Movement pattern analysis and computational movement analysis)”.

We all rented bikes and were able to bike to and from the workshop and to downtown Leiden. The end-of-workshop dinner was on the beach in Katwijk.

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Jennifer participates in Dagstuhl workshop

July 15, 2017 · No Comments

Jennifer was invited to participate in a Dagstuhl Seminar on “From Observations to Prediction of Movement” (17282). Schloss Dagstuhl (Wadern, Germany), July 9-14, 2017

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Research collaboration with AIMS continues

March 31, 2017 · No Comments

Jennifer spent several weeks back in Perth, Western Australia continuing a collaboration with Drs. Ben Radford and Marji Puotinen at the Australia Institute of Marine Science. They focused on using geographically weighted regression to explore spatial accuracy of models of mixed benthos assemblages in the Northern Kimberley region and were able to squeeze in a writing retreat on Rottnest Island.

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Modeling interactions workshop at UT

November 13, 2016 · No Comments

I co-organized (along with Harvey Miller and Gil Bohrer from Ohio State) a workshop on Modeling interactions as part of a two workshop series focused on addressing issues in computational movement analysis. The workshops are intended
to draw participants from both the human movement/mobility and animal movement ecology fields.

The interaction workshop was held at UT-Austin Nov. 10-11, 2016. We had about 30 participants and 3 great keynotes from Francesca Cagnacci, Patrick Laube, and Jed Long. More information is here.

The 2nd workshop will be held at Ohio State May 10-11, 2017. More information is here.

Workshop participants

Workshop participants

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Visiting research fellow at AIMS

January 4, 2016 · No Comments

I just returned from a five week research fellow visit at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Perth, Western Australia. While there, I presented a two day workshop on spatial statistics and spatio-temporal analysis and developed collaborations for future research that will apply these methods to study issues such as ship strike on whales and environmental monitoring.

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New article on analyzing dynamic interactions

June 19, 2015 · No Comments

A new paper that continues my research on analyzing dynamic interactions using GPS data has just been published. This article employs a null model approach to assess how six currently used dynamic interaction metrics vary in terms of the type and magnitude of interaction they measure. ‘Towards a better understanding of dynamic interaction metrics for wildlife: a null model approach‘ (also see ‘Using spatially explicit simulated data to analyze animal interactions: a case study with brown hyenas in northern Botswana‘). This work will be presented as part of a special Frontiers in GIScience Research session at the ESRI User Conference July 22, 2015.

This research is supported by NSF #1424920.

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New project on exploring anonymity in movement trajectories

June 8, 2015 · No Comments

Dr. Jennifer Miller has received funding from UT’s Center for Identity for a new project that explores how anonymous  movement trajectories are based on GPS locations from smartphones. Location data are often released after they have been ‘anonymized’—which means that the trajectory has been stripped of any obvious

Microsoft GeoLife trajectories in Beijing

Microsoft GeoLife trajectories in Beijing 

identifying information such as name, address, phone number, etc. However, personal points of interest (home, work) can be easily identified by mining trajectory data for movement patterns, and these points of interest are often associated with unique individuals. This project will explore privacy issues associated with smartphone location data using a computational movement analysis framework.


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New project on analyzing animal interactions using GPS data

August 25, 2014 · No Comments

I just received a three year grant to support research on developing a framework for analyzing dynamic interactions between animals using GPS data (NSF #1424920). I’m looking for a graduate student (preferably doctoral) to work on the project starting fall 2015. Student should have a GIScience and/or ecology background and be very comfortable with spatial analysis and modeling. Must have very strong R skills and preferably some python programming experience as well.


If you are a potential graduate student interested in working on this project, please see general information about our graduate program here and more specific information about working with me here.

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