Research project

New Data Mining Methods for Geospatial Big Data

Project Description

A PhD position is available at the Department of Geomatics Sciences of Laval University. During his project, the student will design and develop new software solutions to process and analyse big geospatial data. These solutions will be based on the most recent innovations in big data, artificial intelligence (i.e. machine learning) and data mining techniques.

This PhD project is part of a larger research project funded by the Sentinel North Strategy, itself supported by the federal government's Canada First Research Excellence Fund. The main objective of this research project is to understand how the disruption of ecosystems affects microorganisms in Arctic soils. The project will use a microbial in situ culture system, called Ecochip, for measuring the growth of microorganisms in their natural environment that also enables acquiring and transmitting real-time environmental metadata. The PhD candidate will join the research team responsible for the development of innovative approaches to analyse the huge amount of data stemming from EcoChips, but also from other data sources (winds, temperatures, pollutions, humidity, imagery, etc.). These tools will enable the research team to evaluate the impact of environmental changes in the North and effectively add value to the microorganisms found in these environments, which will greatly improve our understanding of the changes occurring in the Northern environments and their impact on human health.

Research Field

- Geomatics
- Computer science
- Artificial intelligence
- Big data
- Machine learning
- Data mining
- Sensors

Research Supervisor

Thierry Badard

Research Environment

Centre for Research in Geomatics

The student will join the Centre for Research in Geomatics and the Big Data Research Centre of Laval University. He will be cosupervised by Thierry Badard and François Laviolette.

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Related Programs

Doctorate in Geomatic Sciences

Program description

Financial aid available*

Financial aid related to research project

$18000 per year for 3 years.

Program-Specific Financial Aid

Graduate Studies Awards

Plan Steps Incentive
Doctoral exam and submission of research proposal before the end of the 5th semester's course selection modification period
$3,300
Favorable report from the supervising committee before the end of the 8th semester's course selection modification period
$2,200
Initial thesis submission before the end of the 10th semester's course selection modification period
$4,400
Publication of an article in a scientific journal  before the end of the 13th semester's course selection modification period
$600
Total $10,500

Université Laval: Student Financial Aid

Funding source Amount
Université Laval Doctoral Admission Scholarship  $2,000
Leadership and Sustainable Development Scholarships 
3 x $10,000
Mobility Grant for Out-of-Province Internships (in French)
$1,000
Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies   
$21,000 to $50,000$
Online Directory of Graduate Scholarships (in French)
$500 to $50,000

Supplemental Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship Program: Entitles international students to pay Canadian student tuition fees, for overall savings of around $30,000.

* Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.

Desired Profile

- Computer Software
- Geomatics Engineering

Requirements and Conditions

We are looking for a candidate with a background in computer science or in geomatics, with skills in software development. The candidate should also have interest for data analysis and data mining methods, for machine learning and for geospatial applications.

Required Documentation

- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitæ
- Student transcript

Find Out More

Thierry Badard
Professeur adjoint
Département des sciences géomatiques
thierry.badard@scg.ulaval.ca