Rob Harrap

Rob Harrap

Office Bruce 326
Phone 613-533-2553

I work at the intersection of new media, computation, and the geosciences: my interest is how we use our minds and our tools to understand the Earth. I am active in game design, GIScience, LiDAR, terrain analysis, and field data collection tool design. I've been an active promoter of geoesign (a 'new' field according to some) for over 20 years, integrating human-centered design and HCI with natural sciences fieldwork practice and artificial intelligence to build intelligent decision support tools and methods. 

Research Interests/Current Research

My background is in geological engineering, structural geology, and archean tectonics. Since the early 1990's I've worked almost exclusively on rethinking how people work in and out of the field using new computation and visualization tools including GIS, 3d visualization and modeling, augmented reality, game engines, and mobile applications. I'm interested in how we create and augment world models using software tools and field data capture; this encompasses the relevant aspects of geology, urban design, architecture, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, game design, laser scanning, and CAD and increasingly includes how these techniques can be used in the field.

I've been very active in the GIScience community in Canada, including multiple grants from the GEOIDE Network Center of Excellence, membership on the Research Management Committee of GEOIDE for many years, and partnerships with industry and with the Canadian military. I frequently teach short courses on GIScience, GIS tools, LiDAR, and game design to industry and professional groups. 

Supervising Information

I supervise and co-supervise students in geology, geological engineering, geography, and computer science. I also supervise research projects for the course MSc program in geology.

I am currently supervising MSc students working on knowledge representation issues in geology and on LiDAR modeling of unstable slopes.

Professional Associations

International Association of Mathematical Geologists

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence


See my web page. 


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