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Joao Porto de Albuquerque (Associate Professor)

João Porto de Albuquerque (Associate Professor)

Dr João Porto de Albuquerque is Associate Professor and Impact Director at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Co-Director of the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities. He directs the MSc in Urban Informatics and Analytics and is an associate member of the Human-Centred Computing Group of the Department of Computer Science.

Dr Porto de Albuquerque has an interdisciplinary background in computational, social and geographical sciences. He is a sociotechnical researcher in the emerging interdisciplinary field of Urban Geospatial Analytics and active in the international scientific communities of Geographic Information Science and Information Systems Management. He develops innovative research methods to improve our understanding of sociotechnical urban environments, particularly in the global South, with a view to making cities more resilient and to improving human development.

His research is situated within an interdisciplinary problem space that intersects geographic information science, information management, and science & technology studies. His sociotechnical approach draws on social research and geo-computational methods, covering a wide range of topics that include collaborative information systems, crowdsourced and volunteered geographic information, decision support systems, disaster management, urban resilience, and sustainable urban development.

Academic Profile

After studying Computer Science, Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Campinas, Brazil, Dr Porto de Albuquerque did a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Campinas and in the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany (2006). He conducted post-doctoral research in social studies of information systems at the University of Hamburg, Germany, as a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2006-2008). From 2013-2015 he acted as a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Geography of Heidelberg University, Germany, from which he currently holds a fellowship funded by the DFG’s Excellence Programme. Previously, he worked at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities of the University of São Paulo (2008-2010) and at the Department of Computer Systems of the Institute of Mathematical and Computing Sciences of the University of São Paulo (2010-2015), Brazil, with which he still maintains an honorary affiliation.

Research Projects

Dr Porto de Albuquerque's research has been sustained by a solid track record of third-party funded grants as PI and Co-I, held in three different countries (UK, Germany and Brazil) with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - Global Challenges Research Fund, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), LUBW/Environment Agency of the State of Baden-Württemberg (Germany), CAPES and FAPESP (Brazil).

Current projects:

Co-I: NIHR Global Health Unit on Improving Health in Slums at the University of Warwick (PI Richard Lilford/Warwick Medical School, ~£5.6m, managed budget ~£600K). National Institute for Health Research, awarded June 2017-March 2021. Leading WP1: Geo-spatial mapping of health services in slums. Press release, Global Health Unit summary.

PI: Social Media for Resilience? A comparative investigation of decision-making processes using volunteered geographic information, Brazil Partnership Fund 2016-17 (£8.8K), University of Warwick/Santander Universities, awarded August 2016-July 2018. Co-I: Dr Nathaniel Tkacz.

Co-PI: AGORA – A Geospatial Open collaboRative Architecture for building resilience against disasters and extreme events. CAPES (Foundation of the Brazilian Ministry of Education), April 2015-March 2018 (R$ 899K total, managed budget R$ 110K). Part of the“Alerts and the Centre for Research on Disasters at University of São Paulo (ALERTA-CEPED-USP)”. PI: Carlos Rodriguez (University of São Paulo).

Past projects (selection):

PI: UK-Brazil Collaboration on Leveraging Crowdsourced and Sensor Data to Support Decision-Making towards Urban Resilience. EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Award (£50K), June/2016-March/2017, project partners: British Geological Survey, National Disaster Monitoring and Early-Warning Centre (CEMADEN), Brazil Geological Survey (CPRM), University of São Paulo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Co-I: Dr Nathaniel Tkacz.

PI: Open Flood Risk Map: A decision-support system based on user-generated spatial data for communities in support of emergency response planning in flood management (at Heidelberg University). LUBW (Environmental Agency of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany) (EUR 110K), awarded 2014-2016.

Publications (recent)

For a complete list of my publications see my profile on Google Scholar

Selected publications:

Restrepo-Estrada, C., de Andrade, S. C., Abe, N., Fava, M. C., Mendiondo, E. M., & de Albuquerque, J. P. (2017). Geo-social media as a proxy for hydrometeorological data for streamflow estimation and to improve flood monitoring. Computers & Geosciences.

Horita, F. E. A., de Albuquerque, J. P., Marchezini, V., & Mendiondo, E. M. (2017). Bridging the gap between decision-making and emerging big data sources: An application of a model-based framework to disaster management in Brazil. Decision Support Systems, 97, 12–22.

de Albuquerque, J. P., Herfort, B., & Eckle, M. (2016). The Tasks of the Crowd: A Typology of Tasks in Geographic Information Crowdsourcing and a Case Study in Humanitarian Mapping. Remote Sensing 2016, Vol. 8, Page 859, 8(10), 859.

de Albuquerque, J. P., & Christ, M. (2015). The tension between business process modelling and flexibility: Revealing multiple dimensions with a sociomaterial approach. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 24(3), 189–202. Winner of the JSIS Best Paper Award as “Best Runner Up”. doi:10.1016/j.jsis.2015.08.003. 2015

de Albuquerque, J. P., Herfort, B., Brenning, A., & Zipf, A. (2015). A geographic approach for combining social media and authoritative data towards identifying useful information for disaster management. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 29(4), 667–689. doi:10.1080/13658816.2014.996567

Other recent publications:

Przeybilovicz, E., Cunha, M. A., Macaya, J. F. M., & de Albuquerque, J. P. (2018). A Tale of two “Smart Cities”: investigating the echoes of new public management and Governance discourses in Smart City projects in Brazil. In Proceedings of the 51st Hawaiian Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2018) (pp. 1–10). IEEE Digital Library (in press).

de Andrade, S. C., Restrepo-Estrada, C., Delbem, A. C. B., Mendiondo, E. M., & de Albuquerque, J. P. (2017). Mining Rainfall Spatio-Temporal Patterns in Twitter: A Temporal Approach. In A. Bregt, T. Sarjakoski, R. van Lammeren, & F. Rip (Eds.), Societal Geo-innovation. GIScience 2017. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography (pp. 19–37). Heidelberg: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg.

de Albuquerque, J. P., Horita, F. E. A., Degrossi, L. C., Rocha, R. dos S., Camargo de Andrade, S., Restrepo-Estrada, C., & Leyh, W. (2017). Leveraging Volunteered Geographic Information to Improve Disaster Resilience: Lessons Learned From AGORA and Future Research Directions. In C. E. C. Campelo, M. Bertolotto, & P. Corcoran (Eds.), Volunteered Geographic Information and the Future of Geospatial Data (pp. 158–184). Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global.

de Albuquerque, J. P. , Herfort, B., Eckle, M., & Zipf, A. (2016). Crowdsourcing geographic information for disaster management and improving urban resilience: an overview of recent developments and lessons learned. In C. Capineri, M. Haklay, H. Huang, V. Antoniou, J. Kettunen, F. Ostermann, & R. Purves (Eds.), European handbook on crowdsourced geographic information (pp. 309–321). London: Ubiquity Press.

Steiger, E., Resch, B., de Albuquerque, J. P., & Zipf, A. (2016). Mining and correlating traffic events from human sensor observations with official transport data using self-organizing-maps. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 73, 91–104.

Klonner, C., Marx, S., Usón, T., de Albuquerque, J. P., & Höfle, B. (2016). Volunteered Geographic Information in Natural Hazard Analysis: A Systematic Literature Review of Current Approaches with a Focus on Preparedness and Mitigation. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2016, Vol. 5, Page 103, 5(7), 103.

Assis, L. F. F. G. de, de Albuquerque, J. P., Herfort, B., Steiger, E., & Horita, F. E. A. (2016). Geographical Prioritization of Social Network Messages in Near Real-time Using Sensor Data Streams: An Application to Floods. Brazilian Journal of Cartography, 68(16), 1231–1240.

de Albuquerque, J. P., Diniz, E. H., & Cernev, A. K. (2016). Mobile payments: a scoping study of the literature and issues for future research. Information Development, 32(3), 527–553.

Horita, F. E. A., de Albuquerque, J. P. de, Degrossi, L. C., Mendiondo, E. M., & Ueyama, J. (2015). Development of a spatial decision support system for flood risk management in Brazil that combines volunteered geographic information with wireless sensor networks. Computers & Geosciences, 80, 84–94. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2015.04.001

Steiger, E., de Albuquerque, J. P., & Zipf, A. (2015). An Advanced Systematic Literature Review on Spatiotemporal Analyses of Twitter Data. Transactions in GIS, 19(6), 809–834. doi:10.1111/tgis.12132

Modules Taught

IM913 - Spatial Methods and Practice in Urban Science

IM928 - Urban Resilience, Disasters and Data

Research Supervised

I'm currently interested in supervising students motivated to work on urban analytics and urban data studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. My supervised students can receive PhD scholarships from the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (Centre for Doctoral Training in Urban Science & Progress) and from the Alan Turing Institute. Furthermore, I'm a fellow alumnus of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and can host postdoctoral fellows with funding from the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship.

PhD students as primary supervisor:

  • Lívia Castro Degrossi (University of São Paulo, with Renata Fortes): A Methodological Approach for Obtaining High-quality Volunteered Geographic Information applied to Flood Risk Management
  • Sidgley Camargo de Andrade (University of São Paulo, with Alexandre Delbem): An approach to high-granulation event detection and monitoring through social media streams and sensor data streams: an application in the area of flash flooding
  • John Rahilly (Warwick, with Stephen Jarvis): A Green and Pleasant Land? Investigating the Relationship between Planning Policy and 'Urban Green Infrastructure
  • Philipp Ulbrich (Warwick, with Jon Coaffee): Resilience-Thinking in Critical Urban Infrastructure Governance
  • Alex Caton (Warwick, with Stephen Jarvis): Digital Epidemiology: Spatial analyses of social media data to mitigate disease spread

PhD students as co-supervisor:

  • Camilo Restrepo Estrada (University of São Paulo, with Eduardo Mario Mendiondo): Reduction of the hydrological vulnerability supported by volunteered geographic information
  • Vangelis Pitidis (Warwick, with Jon Coaffee): The geological dimension of urban resilience: Impact of geo-hazards in resilient urban design and policy
  • Vikki Houlden (Warwick, with Scott Weich and Stephen Jarvis): The Relationship Between Mental Wellbeing and Greenspace Characteristics in the Urban Environment


Co-Director of the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities

Director of the MsC in Urban Informatics and Analytics

Impact Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Editorial/Professional Service and Associations

President of the Special Interest Group on “Organizational Systems Research Association” (SIG-OSRA) of the Association of Information Systems (2015-2017)

Panel member for NERC Highlight Topics 2016 - "Innovative application of big data techniques to natural hazard prediction and risk mitigation"

Editorial Board Member: Journal Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards/Springer (since 2015)

Professional Association Memberships: Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), Member of the International Association for Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), Member of the Brazilian Computing Society (SBC), Founding member of the Brazilian Association for Science, Technology and Society Studies (ESOCITE.BR)

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