Malcolm Williamson

Malcolm Williamson

Research Associate

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(CAST)-Center For Advanced Spatial Technologies

Phone: 479-575-2734

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Malcolm has worked at CAST since 1993. He currently serves as Geospatial Applications and Education Manager, overseeing a wide diversity of programs ranging from K-12 outreach, to a broad spectrum of spatial analysis projects, to architectural and archaeological 3D visualization.

Malcolm's projects at CAST include program management of our outreach to the EAST Initiative; high-resolution terrestrial LiDAR scanning at sites in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Peru (Machu Picchu), Greece (Eleusis), Cyprus (Kalavasos), Italy (Ostia), and Egypt (Amarna); GIS-based analysis of wetlands across Arkansas; mapping of wetland classes and subclasses based on the Hydrogeomorphic approach; development of environmental decision-support tools for unconventional natural gas exploration and production; and management and development of the Northwest Arkansas Community Asset and Development Information System.

3D data aquasition and object recognition within a retail environment
Pedagogical approaches for K-12 geospatial education
High-resolution 3D documentation and characterization of architectural and archaeological landscapes
GIS-based modeling of wetland morphology and function
3D dental morphometric modeling and analysis
Dynamic data modeling techniques in vector GIS

Short courses, grades 2-12 for the EAST Initiative, 1997 - Present

Preliminary GIS/GPS
Geospatial Projects Workshop
Advanced Geospatial Techniques


Short courses, professional

Introduction to GeoMedia - professional short course taught at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Introduction to GRASS4.1 & XGRASS - professional short course taught at: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; U.S. Army Engineers Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg MS
Administration of GRASS Systems - seminar taught at the Ninth Annual GRASS GIS Users Conference, Reston, VA


Instructor, University of Arkansas

Introduction to GRASS Applications (GEOG/ANTH)
GIS in the Social Sciences (co-instructor) (GEOG/ANTH)
Introduction to GIScience (GEOS/ANTH)

B.A. with High Honors, Anthropology, University of Arkansas

Research Associate, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Develop proposals, design and implement research, encompassing fields ranging from ecological and archaeological research to primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Team leader of multiple research projects with 8 research staff members. May 1993 - Present.

Specifics from recent years:

High Accuracy/Resolution Landscape and Structure Characterization System: Worked with a team of researchers at CAST to develop new methodologies and applications for a range of specialized equipment ranging from 3-D laser scanners to real-time kinematics GPS.
Northwest Arkansas Community Asset and Development Information System: Co-managed this joint project with the City of Fayetteville and the EAST program, which developed Web-based geographically-oriented three-dimensional building models of the City of Fayetteville.
GIS-Based Natural Resource Analyses for the Ozarks Wetland Planning Region; GIS-Based Mapping of Wetland Classes and Subclasses for the Western Lowlands: Developed and refined methodologies for evaluation of wetlands in these cooperative projects with the Arkansas Multi-Agency Wetland Planning Team.
Development of instructional materials and techniques for EAST student training: Led a team of five researchers in developing more effective strategies and materials for instructor-led and student-centered training of middle school, high school, and college students.
Development of dynamic analysis methodologies using Intergraph GeoMedia software: Collaborated with several colleagues in designing and testing innovative approaches for dynamic spatial analysis.
Development of Web-based instructional methods and materials for EAST students: Developed methodologies and materials to provide self-paced instruction in geospatial technologies for middle school, high school, and college students.