James Sprinks

James Sprinks

Research Fellow

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Staff Group(s)
Product Design

Role

Research Fellow in user Interface Design and Development.

Working on the Innovation for Invention project (II-LA-0716-20002) developing human-computer interfaces for both patients and medical practitioners in order to improve the sedation process for local anaesthetic, in-theatre operations.

Career overview

Oct 2015 – Aug 2017.

Research Associate in Human Factors at the University of Nottingham.

Research areas

Current Research:

Working on the Innovation for Invention project (II-LA-0716-20002) developing human-computer interfaces for both patients and medical practitioners in order to improve the sedation process for local anaesthetic, in-theatre operations.

Previous research:

Research associate at University of Nottingham – part of the European Framework 7 project i-Mars (www.i-mars.eu). The broad aim of the i-Mars project was to develop tools and 3D models of the Martian surface through the co-registration of NASA and ESA mission data dating from the Viking missions of the 1970’s to the present day, giving a much more comprehensive interpretation of the geomorphological and climatic processes that have taken and do take place.

Dr. Sprinks’ involvement concentrated on the development of a citizen science platform that allows the online public to analyse change on the surface of Mars. The aim was to achieve a better understanding of how task design, interface design, data presentation techniques and communication tools can be utilised to ensure the best possible user experience whilst ensuring the data produced is still scientifically robust.

Data 4 Sustain (www.lqm.co.uk)

GIS developer as part of the Data4Sustain project, an industry-led collaboration between LQM, the British Geological Survey, the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (University of Nottingham) and Nottingham Energy Partnership Energy Services (NEPes). The project has developed a web-based geographical information system (GIS) decision-support tool for renewable energy technology selection by integrating and adding value to existing environmental datasets and relevant spatial layers dictating feasibility and competitiveness.

PRoViDE (www.provide-space.eu)

WebGIS Developer on the European Framework 7 project PRoViDE. PRoViDE (Planetary Robotics Vision Data Exploitation) assembled a major portion of the imaging data gathered so far from vehicles and probes on planetary surfaces into a unique database, bringing them into a spatial context and providing access to a complete set of 3D vision products. The 3D vision processing complemented a front-end from a multi-resolution visualisation engine that combines various levels of detail to realise a seamless and immersive real-time access to dynamically rendered 3D representations of the captured scenes.

PRoVisG (www.provisg.eu)

WebGIS Developer on the European Framework 7 project PRoVisG. The aim of PRoVisG was to build a unified European framework for Robotic Vision Ground Processing. State-of-the-art computer vision technology was collected inside and outside Europe to better exploit the image data gathered during future robotic space missions to the Moon and the Planets.

External activity

Mars in Motion (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/imarsnottingham/mars-in-motion). A citizen science project allowing the online public to help detect geological changes on the surface of Mars.

MarsCAPE (https://marscape.wordpress.com). An engaging and informative display that communicates key aspects of the Martian landscape to the public, including the nature and scale of landscape forms, using a unique combination of physical landscape models and synchronised 3D perspective views. It combines the proven power of physical relief models for providing overviews of landscape and discerning subtler spatial forms and relationships, with first person game-like perspectives on the ground. By synchronising the two, for example, the path across the landscape of a ‘rover- like’ vehicle can be followed whilst seeing the ‘on-the-ground’ perspective through a coupled digital display.

STEM Ambassador. Offering school and outreach sessions involving the MarsCAPE model and the Zooniverse citizen science platform, that has classes designed for different key stages adapted for the curriculum of many different STEM subjects (www.zooniverse.org).

Sponsors and collaborators

Current Innovation 4 Invention project:

University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, B Braun Medical Ltd.

i-Mars European Framework 7 project:

University of Nottingham, Mullard Space Science Laboratory - University College London, Freie Universität Berlin, The German Aerospace Center (DLR), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Seoul.

PRoViDE European Framework 7 Project:

University of Nottingham, Mullard Space Science Laboratory – University College London, TU Berlin, Czech Technical University, mii MIIGAiK, Extra-terrestrial Laboratory Research (MExLab), VRVis Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung Forschungs-GmbH, Vienna/Austria, Aberystwyth Unviersity, Imperial College London, The German Aerospace Center (DLR), Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria.

Data 4 Sustain project:

University of Nottingham, British Geological Survey, Nottingham Energy Partnership Energy Services.

PRoVisG European Framework 7 project:

Aberystwyth University, Centre National D’etudes Spatiales, CSEM SA, Neuchatel, Switzerland, Czech Technical University, The German Aerospace Center (DLR), EADS Astrium, Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, SCISYS UK Ltd., Surrey Space Centre, TU Berlin, Mullard Space Science Laboratory – University College London, University of Bremen.

Publications

J. Sprinks, J. Wardlaw, R. J. Houghton, S. Bamford, J. Morley (2017). Task Workflow Design and its Impact on Performance and Volunteers’ Subjective Performance in Virtual Citizen Science, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Vol. 104, pp 50-63

J. Sprinks (2017). Designing Task Workflows to Ensure the Best Scientific Outcomes in Citizen Science, University of Nottingham PhD Thesis, April 2017

J. Wardlaw, J. Sprinks, R. J. Houghton, J.-P. Muller, P. Sidiropoulos, S. Bamford, S. Marsh (2017). Comparing Experts and Novices in martian Surface Feature Change Detection and Identification, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, In press, June 2017

J. Sprinks, J. Wardlaw, G. Priestnall (2017). MarsCAPE: Exploring the Martian Landscape through PARM (Projected Augmented Relief Model), Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU2017-16620-1, Vol. 19

J.-P. Muller, P. Sidiropoulos, Y. Tao, K. Putri, J. Campbell, S.-T. Xiong, K. Gwinner, K. Wilner, L. Fanara, M. Waehlisch, S. Walter, B. Schreiner, R. Steikert, A. Ivanov, F. Cantini, J. Wardlaw, J. Sprinks, R. J. Houghton, J.-R. Kim (2017). EU-FP7-iMARS: Analysis of Mars multi-resolution images using auto-coregistration, data mining and crowd source techniques: A final report on the very variable surface of Mars, Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU2017-18917-1, Vol. 19

J. Sprinks, J. Wardlaw, R. Houghton, S. Bamford, S. Marsh, J.-P. Muller, P. Sidiropoulos (2016). Mars in Motion: An Online Citizen Science Platform Looking for Changes on the Surface of Mars, DPS 48 / EPSC 11 Planetary Science Meeting, Pasadena, California, USA

J. Sprinks, J. Wardlaw, R. Houghton, S. Bamford, S. Marsh (2016). Better the Martian You Know? Trust in the Crowd vs. Trust in the Machine when using a Martian Citizen Science Platform, DPS 48 / EPSC 11 Planetary Science Meeting, Pasadena, California, USA

J.-P. Muller, P. Sidiropoulos, Y. Tao, K. Gwinner, K. Willner, L. Fanara, M. Waehlisch, S. Walter, B. Schreiner, R. Steikert, A. Ivanov, F. Cantini, J. Wardlaw, J. Sprinks, M. Giordano, J.-R. Kim, R. Houghton, S. Bamford (2016).  EU-FP7-iMARS: Analysis of Mars Multi-Resolution Images using Auto-Coregistration, Data Mining and Crowd Source Techniques: A Status Report, DPS 48 / EPSC 11 Planetary Science Meeting, Pasadena, California, USA

Y. Tao, J.-P. Muller, P. Sidiropoulos, K. Gwinner, K. Wilner, L. Fanara, M. Waehlisch, S. van Gasselt, S. Walter, R. Steikert, B. Schreiner, A. Ivanov, F. Cantini, J. Wardlaw, J. Morley, J. Sprinks, M. Giordano, S. Marsh, J.-R. Kim, R. Houghton, S. Bamford (2016). EU-FP7-iMARS: Analysis of Mars Multi-Resolution Images using Auto-Coregistration, Data Mining and Crowd Source Techniques: Processed Results – A First Look, AOGS 13th Annual Meeting, 31 July – 5 August, Beijing, China

A. Ivanov, J.-P. Muller, Y. Tao, J.-R. Kim, K. Gwinner, S. van Gasselt, J. Morley, R. Houghton, S. Bamford, P. Sidiropoulos, L. Fanara, M. Waehlisch, S. Walter, R. Steinkert, B. Schreiner, F. Cantini, J. Wardlaw, J. Sprinks, M. Giordano, S. Marsh (2016). EU-FP7-iMARS: Analysis of Mars Multi-Resolution Images using Auto-Coregistration, Data Mining and Crowd Source Techniques, 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 30 July – 8 August, Istanbul, Turkey

J.-P. Muller, Y. Tao, P. Sidiropoulos, K. Gwinner, K. Wilner, L. Fanara, M. Waehlisch, S. van Gasselt, S. Walter, R. Steikert, B. Schreiner, A. Ivanov, F. Cantini, J. Wardlaw, J. Morley, J. Sprinks, M. Giordano, S. Marsh, J.-R. Kim, R. Houghton, S. Bamford (2016). EU-FP7-iMars: Analysis of Mars Multi-Resolution Images using Auto-Coregistration, Data Mining and Crowd Source Techniques: Processed Results – A First Look, Int. Arch. of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Vol. XLI-B4, 2016, XXIII Congress, 12-19 July 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

R. Houghton, J. Wardlaw, J. Sprinks, S. Bamford, S. Marsh (2016). Martian Factors: A systems ergonomics approach to citizen science, Human Factors in Complex Systems, June 2016, Nottingham, UK

J. Sprinks, S. Bamford, R. Houghton, J. Morley (2016). Ground Control to Major Tom (Dick & Harry)… Using Citizen Scientists to Age the Surface of Mars, 13th Early Career Planetary Scientists’ Meeting, Jan 2016, Leicester, UK

J. Wardlaw, J.Sprinks, R. Houghton, S. Bamford, J. Morley, S. Marsh (2015). iMars: Crowd-Sourced Analysis of Imagery for Geological Change on Mars, Geological Remote Sensing Group 26th Annual Conference ‘Challenges in Geological Remote Sensing’, Dec 2015, ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

J. Sprinks, R. Houghton, S. Bamford, J. Morley (2015). Citizen Scientists: The Importance of Being Needed and not Wasted, CHI PLAY ’15 Workshop: The annual symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, Oct 2015, London, UK

J. Sprinks, R. Houghton, S. Bamford, J. G. Morley, J. Wardlaw (2015). Is that a Crater? Designing Citizen Science Platforms for the Volunteer and to Improve Results, European Planetary Science Congress 2015, EPSC2015-694, Vol. 10

J.-P. Muller, V. Yershov, P. Sidiripoulos, K. Gwinner, K. Willner, L. Fanara, M. Waelisch, S. V. Gasselt, S. Walter, A. Ivanov, F. Cantini, J. G. Morley, J. Sprinks, M. Giordano, J. Wardlaw, J. Kim, W.-T. Chen, R. Houghton, S. Bamford (2015). EU-FP7-iMARS: Analysis of Mars Multi-Resolution Images using Auto-Coregistration, Data Mining and Crowd Source Techniques: A Mid-Term Report, European Planetary Science Congress 2015, EPSC2015-673, Vol. 10

R. Barnes, S. Gupta, M. Giordano, J. G. Morley, J.-P. Muller, Y. Tao, J. Sprinks, C. Traxler, G. Hesina, K. Sander, B. Nauschnegg, G. Paar, K.Willner, T. Pajdla (2015). Geological Interpretation and Analysis of Surface Based, Spatially Referenced Planetary Imagery Data using PRoGIS 2.0 and Pro3D, European Planetary Science Congress 2015, EPSC2015-375, Vol. 10

J. Sprinks (2015). Human Factors in Citizen Science, The Ergonomist, 539, pp4-5

J. Sprinks, J. G. Morley, S. Bamford, R. J. Houghton (2015). The Impact of Task Workflow Design on VGI Citizen Science Platforms, GIS Research UK, Apr 2015, Leeds, UK

J. Sprinks, R. Houghton, S. Bamford, J. Morley (2015). The Impact of Task Workflow Design on Citizen Science Users and Results, Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015, pp371-378, Apr 2015, Daventry, UK

J.-P. Muller, P. Sidiropoulos, V. Yershov, K. Gwinner, S. V. Gasselt, S. H. G. Walter, A. Ivanov, J. G. Morley, J. Sprinks, R. Houghton, S. Bamford, J.-R. Kim (2015). EU-FP7-iMars: Analysis of Mars Multi-Resolution Images using Auto-Coregistration, Data Mining and Crowd Source Techniques: One year on with a focus on auto-DTM, auto-coregistration and citizen science, Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU2015-10807, Vol. 17

M. D. Flintham, R. Velt, M. Wilson, E. Anstead, S. Benford, A. Brown, T. Pearce, D. Price, J. Sprinks (2015). Run Spot Run: Capturing and Tagging Footage of a Race by Crowds of Spectators, CHI ’15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Apr 2015, Seoul, South Korea

J. Sprinks, J. Morley, S. Bamford, R. J. Houghton (2015). The Impact of Task Design on Citizen Science Results, 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting, Feb 2015, San Jose, CA, United States

J. Sprinks, J. Morley, S. Bamford, R. J. Houghton (2015). Keeping Citizen Scientists Interested: The Importance of Task Workflow Design, Citizen Science Conference, Feb 2015, San Jose, CA, United States

J.-P. Muller, Y. Tao, P. Sidiropoulos, V. Yershov, J.G. Morley, J. Sprinks, G. Paar, B. Huber, A. Bauer, K. Willner, C. Traxler (2014). European Geospatial Image Understanding Tools for Mars Exploration, Eighth International Conference on Mars, Jul 2014, Pasadena, United States, pp1138

J.Morley, J. Sprinks, J.-P. Muller, Y. Tao, G. Paar, B. Huber, A. Bauer, K. Willner, C. Traxler, A. Garov, I. Karachevsteva (2014). Contextualising and Analysing Planetary Rover Image Products through the Web-Based PRoGIS, Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU2014-16013, Vol. 16

Y. Tao, J.-P. Muller, K. Willner, J. Morley, J. Sprinks, C. Traxler, Gerhard Paar (2014). 3D Data Products and Web-GIS for Mars Rover Missions for Seamless Visualisation from Orbit to Ground-Level, Proc. ISPRS Technical Commission IV Symposium, Geospatial Databases and Location Based Services, May 14 – 16th 2014, Suzhou, China