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I.O. Oluoch MSc BA (Isaac)

PhD Candidate

About Me

Currently working on research about the use of earth observation technologies in the mapping of slums and hazard-prone areas, focusing on the ethical concerns that exist in the use of these technologies. With a background in Philosophy and Comparative Literature (BA), and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (MSc), my interests include critical theory, postphenomenology, ethics of technology and philosophy of science. 

Expertise

Earth & Environmental Sciences
Earth Observation
Satellite Image
Statistics
Engineering & Materials Science
Earth (Planet)
Economics
Satellites
Statistics
Social Sciences
Statistics

Research

Geographic information (or “geo-data”) is becoming increasingly available for commercial, administrative and research purposes. This availability is largely due to innovations in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, drones, satellites for image capturing, open source platforms and geo-visualization software. These technologies have improved the capability for private as well as state actors to capture, store and process vast amounts of geo-data. But the utility of these technologies is also coupled with a growing awareness of the technical, socio-political and ethical challenges of using geo-data and geo-data technologies (such as concerns over increased surveillance and access/ownership of geo-data). 

Addressing these challenges will be the focus of this project, by building on insights from philosophy of technology, critical geography and remote sensing. We begin with the premise that technologies are not neutral tools but shape the ways in which we perceive and act in the world. To this end, the project will aim to produce a framework to evaluate geo-data technologies and the responsibilities of the actors involved in their use, by investigating three case studies: slum mapping, hazard response mapping and the day-to-day management of a geoinformation system (GIS). 

Publications

Recent
Merodio Gómez, P., Juarez Carrillo, O. J. , Kuffer, M. , Thomson, D. R., Olarte Quiroz, J. L., Villaseñor García, E., Vanhuysse, S., Abascal, Á. , Oluoch, I. , Nagenborg, M. , Persello, C., & Brito, P. L. (2021). Earth observations and statistics: Unlocking sociodemographic knowledge through the power of satellite images. Sustainability (Switzerland), 13(22), 1-21. [12640]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212640

Education

Comparative Literature and Philosophy (BA)

Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (MSc)

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands