Position Type:

  • LURA

Position Title:  Research Assistant/summer researcher

Location:  Petrie Science Building

Professor: Mojgan Jadidi and Costas Armenakis

Department: Earth and Space Science and Engineering

Contact for Professor (Email, phone): mjadidi@yorku.caarmenc@yorku.ca or 416- 736 2100 x: 77704, 416- 736 2100 x55221

# of positions available: 1 Student

Project Description:


Crowd-Sourced Bathymetry (CSB) is envisioned by a certain number of International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) member states to supplement hydrographic databases with measurements from ships of opportunity. Canada envisions developing a crowd-sourced approach to face the huge challenge of collecting hydrographic data in the Northern Canada maritime areas. The main objective of this project is developing approaches and analyzes the associated scientific and technical challenges to process, access and disseminate the crowdsource bathymetric data, enable the indigenous communities to use the technology and provide trusted data to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, namely the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS). The prospective student will work on Development of a Crowdsource Bathymetric Data Management Platform with Graduate students. The main task is explore states of art on web server technologies and database management systems for crowdsource data hosting and maintaining.

Duties and Responsibilities of the student:

  • Literature review the current states of arts in crowd source data platform
  • Explore different open source web server and data hosting to Design and Develop Crowd source data management architecture  
  • Test different open-source platform to manage and stream such system

Skills and Qualifications:

(Technical Skills)

  • Understand the geospatial data structure
  • Familiar with geospatial databases (PostgreSQL and PostGIS, Mango DB)
  • Understand crowdsourcing system architecture
  • Web mapping and location based service

(Interpersonal Skills)

  • Programing in Java, Python, Java Script, HTML
  • Familiar with Linux OS
  • Problem solving and algorithmic thinking


  • C or C++

Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:  Any programing language and computer system architecture courses

Stipend: TBD

Duration:  16 weeks minimum

Start Date:  05/01/2018 (estimated)

End Date:  08/31/2018 (estimated)


If you are interested in this research project, please contact Mojgan Jadidi and Costas Armenakis at mjadidi@yorku.ca  or armenc@yorku.ca.