Monday, 25 August 2014

Short-term Programming Job

The School of Planning is looking for a student consultant for a short term project related to physical activity patterns in urban environments. The student will be responsible for designing a software program that (1) simulates and graphically displays recreational travel routes in urban environments, taking into account physical constraints of the urban setting and characteristics of real, observed recreational travel routes, (2) quantifies physical and spatial characteristics of recreational travel routes. The time period of the project is between September-December 2014 with an hourly salary between $18-$20 CAD dependent on experience.

Suitable applicants must be able to demonstrate:
  • Previous experience writing code in Python and its application in ArcGIS
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and complete projects successfully

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail their resume, contact information for 3 references, and a proposed timeline and preliminary budget to Prof. Michael Drescher at by August 31st, 2014. Only selected applicants will be contact for an interview.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Yelp Dataset Challenge Round 4 and Extended Academic Dataset


Yelp’s got a whole lot of data, and we’re giving it to you. Now proudly introducing an extended dataset for academic research with the launch of the fourth round of the Yelp Dataset Challenge!

From Yelp’s wealth of data about local businesses, we’re bringing you rich data to use for academic or extracurricular research projects.

To up the ante, we’re laying down a special challenge to students: use our data and submit your project for a chance to win one of ten Yelp Dataset Challenge awards for $5,000! Just show us how you use Yelp data in insightful, unique, and compelling ways.

For winning research, there are additional awards available for publishing your work and presenting at industry or academic conferences.

For full details and to access the data, go to our website:

The deadline for submissions to the Yelp Dataset Challenge is Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (23:59:59 UTC). Submit your project to Yelp by visiting