Spatial Intelligence for Health Knowledge Laboratory (SILK‑LAB)

The SILK-LAB is an academic-based research and consulting group that conducts research and provides expertise in the application of spatial theory and methods to healthy environments and health services research.

What do we do?

Spatial Analysis and Statistics

Accessibility modeling; spatial and geostatistics; point pattern and cluster analysis; multivariate regression


Accurate conversion of civic addresses or place name information to georeferenced coordinates

Custom Maps, Atlases and Data Visualization

Tables to maps; constraint and suitability mapping, health services, outcomes and determinants mapping; web mapping services; custom cartography and visualization

Data Integration and Processing

Data collection and sampling (e.g., GPS, accelerometry, pollution, noise, physiological measurements); database construction and integration; sensor data integration, processing and analysis

How do we do it?

We work closely with collaborators and clients, preferably early on in the study design and proposal process, to understand their requirements and encourage consultation on the application of spatial innovation. Our expertise in health geography, geomatics, epidemiology and environmental science intersects with technology from geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and our advanced experience in database creation and statistical analysis. The result is the delivery of solutions that meet the expectations and requirements of our collaborators and clients. We would like to build collaboration and develop strategic partnerships between researchers, institutions and enterprises interested in the application of geo-spatial thinking to foster innovation. We are committed to supporting our clients in achieving their strategic and research objectives through collaboration, professionalism and in the production of high quality services and products.

The SILK-LAB is currently located in the Life Sciences Building at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was established in 2010 as has developed several collaborations with researchers in medicine, health and human performance, engineering, as well as with several groups in public health, health services provision, and clients in the private sector. The SILK-LAB provides opportunities to access expertise and technology for the application of spatial intelligence to the health sector and beyond. Our goal is to provide spatially-informed health knowledge in support of policy and decision making

Latitude: 44.636247
Longitude: -63.594068