Luc Anselin, Ph.D.

Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College
Director, Center for Spatial Data Science
Senior Fellow, NORC

Luc Anselin is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College, the Director of the new Center for Spatial Data Science and a Senior Fellow at NORC. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.


Julia Koschinsky, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Center for Spatial Data Science

5735 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Julia Koschinsky is the Executive Director of the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago and has been part of the GeoDa team for over ten years. She has been conducting and managing research funded through federal awards of over $8 million to gain insights from the spatial dimensions of urban challenges in housing, health, and the built environment.


Xun Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Data Science, Center for Spatial Data Science

Xun Li, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director for Data Science at the University of Chicago's Center for Spatial Data Science. Prior to joining the Center, he worked as the principal software engineer of the GeoDa and GeoDa-Web software at Arizona State University. He also held software engineering positions at Motorola R&D, Microsoft Research, and Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs.


Helena Abney-McPeek

Computation Institute (CI) Summer Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Helena Abney-McPeek is a rising freshman at Harvard University planning to study computer science. Her work as a CI intern involves spatial analysis of oral cancer in Chicagoland.


Tony Aburaad, A.B.

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Tony Aburaad is a Research Assistant at the Center for Spatial Data Science and a Masters student in Computer Science. Before joining, he worked at Nielsen doing marketing analytics and more recently the Computation Institute.


Shiv Agrawal

Computation Institute (CI) Summer Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Shiv Agrawal is a student at the University of Chicago's College with a concentration in applied math and physics. As a CI summer intern,  he has been optimizing algorithms to compute access metrics and is working on solutions for implementing graph theory.


Vera Beilinson

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Vera Beilinson is a third year student at the University of Chicago specializing in computational and applied mathematics. She is helping to improve CSDS's GeoDa software program by tracking bugs and testing fixes.


Liang Cai, MA

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Liang Cai received his MA in social sciences from UChicago. He is interested in urban sociology, environmental criminology, and human geography. At CSDS he is helping to test functions for the new version of GeoDa and more.


Nick Carola

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Nick Carola is a student at the University of Chicago's College. He is helping to improve CSDS's GeoDa software program by tracking bugs and testing fixes.


Coro Chasco, PhD

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Coro Chasco is an Associate Professor at the Departament of Applied Economics at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid where she also directs the ECONRES research group (https://econresuam.wordpress.com/). She works in applied econometrics and spatial analysis, with applications to regional inequalities, housing prices, environment, tourism and quality of life. She earned her PhD and graduated with honors in Applied Economic Modelling at UAM. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois (2004) and Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile (2014), and a visiting professor of the University of Franche-Comté, France (2013-2014). 


Ruxin Chen, B.S.

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Ruxin Chen is a master student of Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include income inequality measure, hypothesis testing and bootstrapping procedure. She is helping to develop and improve methodologies in spatial econometrics. 


Maia Conrado

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Maia Conrado is an intern at the Center and a second-year Computer Science major in the University of Chicago's College. She has worked at Motorola Solutions as a UX Design/Software Development intern and at the University of Chicago Research Computing Center.


Yan Cui, B.S.

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science and School of Social Service Administration

Yan Cui is a masters student in Computer Science at UChicago. He has a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, where he studied Computer Science. Previously, he worked at the National Lab of Intelligent Technology & Systems at Tsinghua University.


Rosa Danenberg

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Rosa Danenberg is a PhD student at Department of Urban Planning and Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where she also works at the Centre for Future of Places. Her PhD research focuses on streets as public spaces, particularly main streets and ethnic entrepreneurship. She has a background in social science and urban planning. 


Richárd Farkas

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Richárd Farkas is an assistent lecturer at Department of Economics and Econometrics at University of Pécs, Hungary. He is currently working on spatial development possibilities of modeling cost pass-through analysis.


Irena Gao

Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Irena is a third-year high school student at the Illinois Math & Science Academy. She is an avid learner and passionate about understanding computation for social good.


Jacob Gaynor

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Jacob Gaynor is a fourth-year geographical science major and computer science minor in the College. He is also an Urbanism Research Assistant, working on the City Cents project to map and analyze where public money is spent. 


Sam Joyce

Social Science Division (SSD) Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Sam is a third-year Environmental & Urban Studies major in the College. He is co-president of the labor solidarity group Students Organizing United with Labor and a fact-checker for the South Side Weekly. As an SSD intern, he is focusing on identifying hotspots of fentanyl-related deaths within urban, suburban and rural areas of New Jersey. Additionally, he is determining if there are any differences in the specific locations where fentanyl-related deaths occur (in residences, in public areas, etc.) by geographic zone.


Isaac Kamber

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Isaac Kamber is a student at the University of Chicago's College with a research assistanship of the Social Science Undergraduate Research Initiative. He is working on making sensor data from the Array of Things Project and satellite data from NASA more accessible to researchers and the public.


Arpan Laha

Computation Institute (CI) Summer Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Arpan Laha is a student in copmuter science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a CI intern he is working on a project to make Argonne's Array of Things data and NASA satellite images more accessible for research.


Shuaishuai Li, MS

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Shuaishuai Li is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the School of Government at Peking University. His research interests include industrial clusters, organizational behavior and destination management. He is currently working on spatial effects in industrial cluster innovation, taking China's automobile industrial cluster as an example.


Alex Liu, B.S.

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Alex is a first year master student in computer science at UChicago. Prior to joining, he worked in the Computer Game Lab at Beijing Institute of Technology. He is currently working on integrating Python code into Geoda.


Robert Manduca, MA

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Robert is a 5th year PhD student in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University. His research focuses on the economic outcomes of people and places: why some cities and regions do well while others do poorly, and when individuals are and are not able to benefit from economic growth. Before starting his PhD he completed a Masters in City Planning and worked as a consultant on fair lending regulation.


Grant Morrison

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Grant Morrison is a student at the University of Chicago's College. He is helping to improve CSDS's GeoDa tutorials.


Cecile Murray

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Cecile Murray is a graduate student at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. At CSDS, she is helping analyze the social and spatial networks of American neighborhoods.

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Logan Noel

College Research Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science

Logan is a third year economics major and computer science minor at the University of Chicago. He is currently developing a framework to help researchers and city officials analyze the public's access to health and social services in urban environments.


Erin Ochoa, B.A.

Teaching Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Erin is a Master's student in the Computational Social Science program at the University of Chicago.  She has a Bachelor's from the University of New Mexico, where she majored in Criminology and minored in Statistics.  She has previously interned with the New Mexico Sentencing Commission, the New Mexico Statistical Analysis Center, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.


George Oliver, BS

Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

George Oliver is a Masters student in computer science at the University of Chicago. His intern work involved creating a GUI to make the computation of multi-modal travel times and metrics accessible to researchers and cities.


Yoon Hong Park

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Yoon Hong Park is a MPP candidate in Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. His research interests include policy analysis and evaluation. At CSDS, he is working on the Air Quality Project, helping to create a user-friendly interactive dashboard that visualizes the aggregated sensor/satellite data and other multiple drivers/predictors of air quality. He received his B.A.s in International Affairs and Political Science from the George Washington University.


Hamza Rarou, M.A.

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Hamza Rarou holds a B.A. and M.A. in Commercial Engineering from the Solvay Business School of the Free University of Brussels. He is currently pursuing a PhD in applied economics at the same university. His research interest revolves around spatial production networks and their impact on economic development. 


Jerry Shi

Social Science Division (SSD) Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Jerry Shi is a student at the University of Chicago's College. As an SSD intern, he is developing Jupyter Notebooks to make code for cleaning social service contracts data more accessible.


Dan Snow, B.A.

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Graduate Student, Harris School of Public Policy

Dan Snow is a graduate student, research assistant, and teaching assistant at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His research focuses on healthcare and spatial accessibility. He also works as a data analyst and project manager at a nonprofit organization on Chicago’s north side.

Website: dfsnow.me

GitHub: github.com/dfsnow

 


Changyao Song, MS

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Changyao Song is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the School of Government, Peking University. He is also the research assistant of Beijing Development Institute, Peking University. His research interests include producer services and tourism economics. He is currently working on the interaction between producer services and urbanization in China.


Tiye Stephens

Social Science Division (SSD) Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Tiye is a Public Policy student at the University of Chicago with a specialization in Geographic Information Systems. Her work focuses on the relationship between the social determinants of health and the built environment in order to create a business case for considering health in policy outcomes.


Rodrigo Valdes Ortiz, B.S.

Teaching Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Rodrigo is a student in the Computational Social Science Masters Program at the University of Chicago. He holds a Bachelor in Economics from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico. Before coming to Chicago, he worked in infrastructure financing.


Jionghua Wang, MS

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Jionghua Wang is currently a Ph.D. student in the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include spatial social/temporal modeling and land-use optimization. He is also interested in social psychology, public health, and GUI design. 


Julie Wu

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Julie Wu is a third-year geographical studies major and computer science minor in the College. She is also involved in TechTeam. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Chicago neighborhoods, riding trains, and volunteering for Bridgeport's only low power radio station (105.5 FM). 


Breanna Yang

Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Breanna is an upcoming junior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. She is working with Dr. Marynia Kolak this summer on social determinants of health.


Chenhao Yang, B.S.

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Chenhao Yang is currently a first tear master student in computer science at UChicago. Prior to joining UChicago, he received his bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University in software engineering. He used to work at Microsoft Research Asia.


Chen Zeng, PhD

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Chen Zeng is an Associate Professor in Huazhong Agricultural University in China. She is also a joint postdoc between the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her main research areas are urban planning, land use planning, GIS and remote sensing. She earned her PhD and Bachelor degrees at Wuhan University in 2013 and 2008, respectively. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, UK from 2011-2012.

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Girum Dagnachew Abate, Ph.D.

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Consultant, The World Bank Group, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice

Girum Dagnachew Abate, Ph.D. is a Consultant at the World Bank Group, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago, and a Junior Research Fellow at the Center for Research in Econometric Analysis of Time Series (CREATES), Aarhus University. His research interests include Regional and Spatial Econometrics/Statistics, Housing Economics, Energy Economics, Space-time modeling and Time Series Econometrics. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation, Arizona State University in 2016 and as a visiting scholar at the same institution in 2015.

Girum Dagnachew Abate's CV and personal home page.

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Pedro Amaral, Ph.D.

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Associate Professor, Department of Economics (Cedeplar/FACE), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Pedro Amaral is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is Chair of the Latin America Division of Regional Studies Association (RSA) and Deputy Secretary of the Brazilian National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Urban and Regional Planning (ANPUR).


Ferda Esin Gülel, PhD

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Ferda Esin Gülel is an assistant professor of Statistics at the Econometrics Department at Pamukkale University, Turkey. She defended her Ph.D. thesis in 2014 and is working on applied statistics and spatial modeling. She was a visiting scholar at Syracuse University, NY in 2011-2012 with Prof. Badi Baltagi and at Kean University, NJ with Prof. Thomas Walsh. 


Firat Gündem, PhD

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Firat Gündem, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Dokuz Eylül University in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics in Izmir, Turkey.


Anaïs Laurence Ladoy, BS

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Anaïs Ladoy is finishing a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Her research interests involve spatial analysis and epidemiology. She is currently visiting the Center for Spatial Data Science to complete her master's thesis with an analysis of Array of Things and other sensor data, including the spatial interpolation of air quality data.


Daniel Arribas-Bel, Ph.D.

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Lecturer in Geographic Data Science, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool (UK)

Dani Arribas-Bel is Lecturer in Geographic Data Science and member of the Geographic Data Science Lab at the University of Liverpool (UK). Dani regularly teaches Geographic Data Science and Python courses at the University of Liverpool and has designed and developed several workshops at different levels on spatial analysis and econometrics, Python and open source scientific computing.


Xindian Li, BS

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Xindian Li is a third-year masters student in the Department of Construction Management at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Her research interests include housing policy and spatial hedonic modeling. She is currently working on the development and application of a spatio-temporal housing price index in Beijing.


Lu Zhou, MS

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Lu Zhou is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She is also a part-time journalist, covering the policy of Chinese land and housing markets. Her research interest is how the land rights institutions in China affect the land market, economic development and inclusive urbanization. Her thesis investigates Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) in Chongqing, China. TDRs is a pilot program that shifts the land development quota system from central planning to market allocation.


Marynia Kolak, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Health Informatics, Center for Spatial Data Science

Marynia A. Kolak is the Assistant Director for Health Informatics at the Center. She investigates issues of equity across space and time using applied spatial econometrics and statistics with policy-driven, systems-integrating solutions. Her current research intersects domains of food access, public health, and housing.


Kevin Credit, PhD

Assistant Director for Urban Informatics, Center for Spatial Data Science

Kevin Credit is the Assistant Director for Urban Informatics at the Center for Spatial Data Science. Kevin’s work is broadly interested in better understanding how planning policy influences sustainable economic development outcomes, such as entrepreneurship. His dissertation research looks specifically at the impact of public transit investments on the spatial distribution of new businesses, as well as the relationship between walkable land use patterns (including elements such as block size, density, and land use diversity) and business sales volume.


Jamie Saxon, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Harris School and Center for Spatial Data Science, University of Chicago

Jamie is a postdoctoral fellow in the economics group of the Harris School. He studies compactness as a tool for districting reform (gerrymandering), the graph structure of American neighborhoods, and the accessibility of public resources. In practice, this means constrained clustering algorithms.

He has taught the introduction to the programming sequence for Harris MPP students.

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Emily Talen, Ph.D.

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Professor of Urbanism

Emily Talen is a Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Her focus is the built environment and how it intersects with social and environmental things — like social justice, civic life, and diversity. While pursuing these topics, she spent 8 years at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), 9 years at Arizona State, and recently arrived (2016) at the University of Chicago. Before becoming an academic, she was an urban planner with the City of Santa Barbara.


Irene Farah Rivadeneyra, M.A.

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Irene is a Research Associate at the Center. She has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from ITAM in Mexico City and a Master’s in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She previously worked doing poverty measurement research for the Mexican government. Her current research interests are social dynamics, access to services, and urbanization.


Angela Li, B.A.

R Spatial Advocate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Angela has a dual Bachelor’s in Economics and Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. She is leading weekly workshops to help academics improve their research computing skills and developing a website to share spatial analysis resources developed by the Center.


Larissa Vieira, BA

Researcher, Center for Spatial Data Science

Larissa Vieira is a geographer with experience in combining spatial analysis and ethnographic research in applied research on transportation, poverty and inequality, housing and health. At CSDS she is analyzing spatial patterns of contract-funded health and human services in relation to where services are needed.


Levi John Wolf, Ph.D.

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Lecturer in Quantitatve Human Geography, University of Bristol

Levi John Wolf, PhD is a Fellow at the Center for Spatial Data Science and a Lecturer in Quantitatve Human Geography at the University of Bristol. He is a quantitative social scientist, using spatial statistics and computation to make sense of US politics, economics, and social dynamics.