Clancy Wilmott

Closed (1) Building Partnerships for Participatory, Collaborative and Community Mapping

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project builds partnerships between community groups and academic researchers at studio.geo-?, an experimental mapping studio hosted out of the Department of Geography + the Berkeley Centre for New Media. It connects people and organisations who need cartographic assistance, from simple technical advice, access to geographic data + other resources to community learning workshops and long-term support.

This role is specifically designed for a URAP undergraduate seeking to gain experience in working in participatory mapping, cartographic and GIS research with local community organisations and non-profits. You will learn key transferable skills in:
- community outreach
- stakeholder relations
- working in a collaborative research studio
- knowledge transfer
- visual communication, web design and CMS
- spatial data archiving, practices and management

Day-to-day duties will include:
- Identifying community organisations and potential partnerships
- Working with the studio.geo-? team on cartographic outreach projects
- Research communication + website management
- Assisting with community relations and stakeholder management

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Xiaowei Wang

Qualifications: This position would suit an undergraduate student with an interest in participatory mapping and cartography, community-academic relations, media studies or socially-oriented GIS. We are not discipline-specific and welcome applications from undergraduates from across the spectrum of majors + minors. Required: - A demonstrable interest in any of the following: participatory research, geography, media, GIS or cartography (i.e. either through a class, coursework or extra-curricular). - Excellent interpersonal communication skills - Experience with outreach to external stakeholders Desirable but not essential: - Experience working with websites

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: (Unless remote)

Related website: https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/clancy-wilmott

Closed (2) The Map Is the Territory: Machine Learning + Computer Vision as a Different Cartography

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project uses generative machine learning architectures (DCGAN, StyleGAN and Progressive GANs) to understand and (re)produce cartographies from digitized versions of archival maps.

Qualifications: This position would suit a student with a keen interest in machine learning and computer vision, with experience in working with generative adversarial networks, python notebooks and image analysis. Required: - Intermediate python skills - Background in computer science, digital or computational humanities, new media art or other ai-related fields. - Demonstrable interest or experience (preferred) in ML. Preferred: - Experience working with Tensorflow or Torch - Experience working with cloud computing + GPUs - Capacity to support or contribute to technical troubleshooting + problem-solving.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/clancy-wilmott