Dr Gianmarco Alberti

Dr Gianmarco Alberti

Dr Gianmarco Alberti


Room 332
Humanities Building (FEMA)
University of Malta
Gianmarco Alberti is Lecturer in Spatial Forensics at the Department of Criminology. He received his PhD from the University of Udine (Italy) in 2012, his MA (cum laude) from the University of Lecce (Italy) in 2007, and his BA (Laurea, cum laude) from the University of Catania (Italy) in 2003.

His research interests focus on Geographic Information Science (GIS), spatial analysis, 3D modelling, statistical modelling, and on statistics applied to social science data, with a focus on dimensionality-reduction techniques (Correspondence Analysis in particular). He is also interested in pottery seriation, radiocarbon chronology, household archaeology, ceramic style and identity, communal food consumption, settlement archaeology, and analysis of activity areas at the site level.

Dr Alberti is author of open-access software for multivariate analysis, spatial statistics, fuzzy viewshed calculation, cost-surface analysis. These tools have been developed under ESRI’s ArcGIS and the R statistical programming language; see for example:

He is author of studies published on internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals (average Impact Factor: 2.72) such as Radiocarbon, PloSOne, Journal of Quaternary Science, SoftwareX, Cartography and Geographic Information Science. He is author of one monograph (published in 2008 in the British Archaeological Reports series) and of contributions to conference proceedings. He acts as reviewer for 16 academic journals (among which R Journal, Archaeometry, Current Anthropology, Radiocarbon, PloSOne, Cartography and Geographic Information Science).

As of April 2023, Dr Alberti's publications feature 506 citations, with an h-index of 16 (source: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=tFrJKQ0AAAAJ&hl=en).

See also:
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Spatial forensics
  • Predictive modelling
  • Applied statistics
  • Categorical data analysis
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • ARC2018 - Research Methods for Undergraduate Dissertations
  • ARC5016 - GIS for Archaeologists
  • CIS5223 - Concepts, Techniques and Practical Aspects of Scientific Research
  • CRI1016 - Methods of Criminological Research
  • CRI2014 - Contemporary and Comparative Criminology
  • CRI3005 - Crime Mapping and Spatial Technologies
  • CRM3009 - Designing out Crime: Spatial Planning and the Environment
  • DOC6021 - Quantitative Research Methods: An Introduction
  • SOC2121 - Principles of Data Visualisation
  • SWB5001 - Advanced Research Methods
  • YTH1020 - Research Methods 2 – Quantitative Research
  • YTH5018 - Research Methods in Youth and Community Studies
Forthcoming publications:
G. Alberti, R. Grima, N. C. Vella. Locating potential pastoral foraging routes in Malta through the use of Geographic Information System

G. Alberti, R. Grima, N. C. Vella. Modern Technologies, Past Realities: GIS-based Approaches to the Layered Making of the Maltese Landscape

Participation to Research Projects at UM:
*Research Support Officer II within the ERC ‘FRAGSUS’ project (2014-2018)
research into Maltese landscape, with a focus on setting up a GIS laboratory within the Department of Classics and Archaeology and building a GIS geo-database of prehistoric and historical evidences in the Maltese archipelago. The work also comprised: georeferencing and digitizing of modern survey sheets and historical cadastral maps; LiDAR data processing; analysis and processing of Digital Elevation Models; analysis and processing of airborne imagery; building predictive models for land productivity quality.

*Project researcher within the LARSOCS (Low Altitude Remote Sensing Of Compact Sites) project, funded by The University of Malta and by the Research, Innovation, Development Trust Fund (RIDT) (2016-2017). The aim of the project was to create a low cost capability for low altitude aerial remote sensing and survey for archaeology, which can also be used for other areas of research including geosciences, environment, resource and cultural heritage. The highly interdisciplinary colleagues brings together archaeologists, engineers and scientists to develop an effective methodology for imaging of small sites and processing the data captured; and to develop a simple and effective low cost guidance system which will allow controlled low level flight over archaeological sites to record stages in the excavation process.
3D modeling from photogrammetry, processing and analysis of DEM and DTM in GIS environment (http://researchtrustmalta.eu/team/dr-gianmarco-alberti/)
3D model generation and Digital Elevation model analysis of a quarry with traces of Roman-time activities located in the limits of Dingli (central-western Malta) and of the cart ruts in at the so-called Clapham Junction (Malta). Further info: https://www.researchgate.net/project/LARSOCS-Low-Altitude-Remote-Sensing-Of-Compact-Sites.