Anna Klimkowska

  • PhD Researcher (Nottingham)

My adventure with academia began with my studies at the Warsaw University of Technology where I did my MSc in Geodesy and Cartography. That’s when I first learnt about the geospatial world and decided to follow this path in the future. My subsequent years were interspersed with the deepening of theoretical knowledge as well as the use of this knowledge in practice. I held another MSc which I acquired at the University of Nottingham in Environmental Management and Earth Observations. The last few years I spent in Seoul, South Korea, where I was doing research on ship detection from UAV images at the Department of Geoinformatics, University of Seoul. Data collection, management, analysis and visualisation were the topics of my work, both at the telecommunication company and Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute. This experience allowed me to turn theoretical knowledge obtained at the university into practical work in real life scenarios.

The expression that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ has a new meaning for me since I tide up my professional life with geospatial information and systems. Until now I am amazed how much we can learn from photos, how many things that are invisible to the naked eye can be read from the pictures. It is fascinating how much more there is still to discover. My main interest concerns geospatial data itself, its potential, usage and applications, and its possible fusion which allows to reduce data limitations as well as unveil their new applications (between geospatial data and other areas). I am also interested in implementing state-of-the-art techniques (machine learning, deep learning, etc.) which can help with information extraction from geospatial data. Last but not least, I would like my work to be a useful and meaningful source of information which could be used for fast-growing cities.

Working on the PhD at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems would be a great opportunity to learn from highly experienced experts, exchange knowledge, and to work in a fast-developing environment. It has been my aspiration to stay on the cutting edge of research and I believe knowledge exchange and discussion can create a new generation of scientists and enrich existing research. I believe in constant development and sharing of knowledge and I am ready to commit my time and effort to fully contribute to obtain a PhD degree.

In the future, I see myself as a mentor and supervisor who is able to share my knowledge, as well as to guide students and help them to find their path. Pursuing this PhD will help me to learn more about my area of interest and develop a wider understanding of remote sensing. Ultimately, however, I see a PhD as an end in itself, a professional stepping-stone to achieve greater things in my future. I enjoy studying geospatial techniques and how they can be applied in shaping the world around us for its own sake and I would like to continue my career on the level demanded by the PhD program.