Ryan Johnston

Ryan Johnston, (PhD Researcher)

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Ryan Johnston is a PhD researcher focusing on the use of Immersive and visual technologies as communication tools for the built environment and NetZero with Ulster University School of Architecture. Ryan specialises in the use of location intelligence tools and data, skills he used in his previously role as Senior Technologist with Connected Places Catapult to support innovation projects in intelligent mobility and smart city solutions such as digital twins for the safe development of connected & autonomous vehicle and national scale mobile phone data analysis. The exposer to new immersive technologies at the Catapult and Ryan’s passionate interest for the interaction between the built and natural world from earlier studies of Geography at Ulster has led to focused curiosity of how a holistic approach can be used to create positive real-world solutions.  

Research Interests

  • Digital Twins
  • Virtual Reality
  • Location Intelligence (GIS) 
  • Built Environment 
  • Intelligent Mobility 
  • Smart City Soultions

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Geographic Information Systems

Award Date: 14 Jul 2014

Bachelor, Geography (BSc Hons)

Award Date: 16 Jul 2012

External positions

Senior Technologist , Connected Places Catapult

10 Aug 201510 Sept 2020

Mapping & Charting Officer , Land and Property Services



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