About me

My daughter, Gaëlle, and I.
My daughter, Gaëlle, and I.

Welcome, my name is Cyrille Médard de Chardon and I am a professional Geographic Information System (GIS) analyst and researcher. While I enjoy teasing out answers to complex spatial questions I also greatly enjoy teaching, designing and developing interactive educational tools and web applications and exploring the outdoors. While these interests may seem like pebbles in a pond they are much more like keys on a key chain. I enjoy the whole process from knowledge discovery to knowledge transfer. There is sweet pleasure in using a GIS to discover new spatial trends & facts and create a simple communicative experience using good design and the interactive capabilities of modern internet browsers.

PhD research: A mixed method comparative study of the bicycle sharing revolution

Between November 2012 and October 2016 I researched bicycle sharing systems in Europe and North America, focusing on the politics that surround bike share development and measures of success. Succinctly, my findings discuss how investing in cycling infrastructure is a more effective investment to achieve the goals that are currently used to promote bikeshare systems.

Geographic Information System (GIS)

I was until recently a scientific researcher at the University of Luxembourg (uni.lu) modelling potential future urban sprawl patterns based on various urban planning scenarios. I have been working a lot with Network Analyst to determine origin-destination paths for measuring agent access to services from potential homes. A large part of my time recently has been spent trying to find more efficient ways of processing extremely large amounts of data for cellular automata type operations. I am greatly enjoying the new python geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS 10.

Teaching

I spent a year teaching English in Japan and loved it! Upon returning and starting my Masters in Geography at Simon Fraser University I relished planning new fun ways of teaching my lessons. I believe some of my drive for fun and motivational teaching comes from my training instructors when working for a dot com company in 1999 (yes the company went under). In teaching introductory and advanced GIS I would try to always come up with topical and fun exercises (e.g., Martial law in the US). While I found some potential for captivating exercises in quantitative courses I found qualitative courses, such as Economic geography, to be much more flexible and allow innovative and interactive lesson techniques. Following my good experiences at SFU and as a GIS instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) I have volunteered to teach the Univerrsity of Luxembourg’s Masters program’s GIS course in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Usability: user experience and interaction design

During my Masters research I designed and developed multiple interactive education interfaces focusing on teaching stakeholders how groundwater interacts with surface water. My research mainly focused on designing dynamic and interactive hypothetical landscape scenario models based on industry and academic recommended practices. On the practical side the models were developed using C++ with OpenGL and JavaScript with SVG. I have since learned a lot more about JavaScript by developing many much smaller projects. Usabilitiy is often neglected in both the physical and virtual spaces. The reason I enjoy my diverse skill set is that I can consider interaction design choices while still in the research or GIS analysis stage of my project. Poor usability can devalue great work.

Sustainability and social change

My research experience has revolved around communicating the impacts individuals can have on the quality and quantity of their surroundings. I believe that there are many challenges that need to be addressed to improve everyone’s quality of life. I strongly believe that the biggest boost to healthy physical and mental living starts at the local planning level with the integration of multiple transportation systems, employment, services, community spaces that encourage varied social interaction and appropriately sized efficient (in terms of land use and energy) housing. To be clear, urban infrastructure and individual life style changes are required.

Cooking

This clearly is out of place with the above topics. Cooking is constructive. I do not cook, I construct. I often find recipes unusable in the sense that you constantly have to go back to reread the instructions, I believe a symbolic visual approach can be a better guide to all the text. There exists a future project regarding transforming my past recipes into symbolic format. Perhaps when my more captivating ideas have been completed.