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.


Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Luis Bettencourt, Pritzker Director, The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Researchers at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation study the fundamental processes that drive, shape and sustain cities. They come from the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities. Together, they pursue innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, develop new educational programs, and provide leadership and evidence to support global, sustainable urban development.


Urbanism Lab

Emily Talen, Director and Professor of Urbanism

The Urbanism Lab is devoted to the study of urbanism at the University of Chicago. It includes course materials, research projects, and resources relevant to the built environment. 


Erin Abbott

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Erin is an Environmental and Urban Studies major and pre-med at the College. She is currently working on a project researching air quality and health in Chicago.


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.


Karina Acosta Ordonez, PhD Student

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Karina Acosta is a PhD student in the field of Regional Science with minor in Demography at Cornell University. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as a researcher at the Center for Regional Economic Studies at the Central Bank of Colombia. She has a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). Her research focuses on poverty, spatial statistics and population dynamics.


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.


Pedro Amaral, PhD

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).


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.


Yair Atlas

Center for Data and Computing Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Yair Atlas is a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago studying physics and philosophy. His work as an intern involves making origin-destination data more accessible to researchers. 


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.


Fletcher Berryman

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science
Account Executive, CARTO

Fletcher Berryman is a geographer and remote sensing specialist currently working with CARTO in New York City, a technology firm whose cloud computing platform provides GIS, web mapping, and spatial data science tools to commercial, academic, and governmental users. Berryman is most drawn to research questions that involve the intersection of geographers’ traditional consideration of “space and place” with modern technologies previously unavailable for use in examination, particularly in public health and international development contexts.


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.


Yandong Cao, PhD Student

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Yandong Cao is a PhD student in Economics at the Renmin University of China. His research focuses on firm efficiency and innovation, industrial development, land policy and applied econometrics. He has a BA in Physics from Lanzhou University and an MA in Economics from the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC (National Academy of Governance).


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.


Cyrus Caughey

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Cyrus Caughey is a second year in the College majoring in Geographical Sciences and Statistics. He is also Vice President of the Tobler Society, which is the Youthmappers Chapter on campus.


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.


Girum Dagnachew Abate, Ph.D.

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Economist, The World Bank Group, Washington, DC

Girum Dagnachew Abate is an Economist at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. His current research interests include macro-financial linkages, macromonomeric modeling, economic growth and applied econometrics.


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. 


Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP)

Elisabeth Moyer, Faculty Director, Associate Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences

The Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) brings together experts in climate science, statistics, computer science, economics, energy, public policy, and law to undertake a series of research programs aimed at improving the computational models needed to understand future climate impacts, evaluate policies, and make robust decisions based on outcomes.


Felix Farb

Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Felix is a High school student who loves geography, history and math. He is helping to improve tutorials and demos to teach GeoDa.


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. 


Adriana Gonzales

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Adriana Gonzales is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, entering her 3rd year as an Anthropology and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies double major. She is a passionate advocate for students and global communities of color, engaging in various on- and off-campus opportunities to use her skills for the greater good. She is currently translating and disseminating geospatial research relevant to current policy making so it is accessible to a wider audience, ultimately showing people why thinking geospatially matters.


Hengyu Gu, PhD Student

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Hengyu Gu is a PhD student in regional economics at Peking University. His research interests include population geography, urban computation, regional economic analysis and urban planning. Before starting his PhD, he completed a bachelor's degree in geographic information science (GIS) at South China Normal University. He applies spatial econometrics to empirical studies -- so far, he has published over 20 articles. At present, he is working on a project re. the National Academy of Innovation Strategy about the intention of highly skilled workers to migrate in China.

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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.


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.


Saurabh Kalra

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Saurabh Kalra is a Master in Science in Environmental Science and Policy (MSESP) candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy, where he focusses on Environmental and Health Policy. He did his college from Ohio State University in Economics followed by a two-year Teach for India Fellowship. Saurabh is excited to join the CSDS and will be working on the Spatial-Temporal analysis of healthcare data. 


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.


Knowledge Lab

James Evans, Director, Knowledge Lab, Professor, Sociology

Knowledge Lab seeks to leverage insights into the dynamics of knowledge creation and advances in large-scale computation to reimagine the scientific process of the future by identifying gaps in the global knowledge landscape, areas of rich potential for breakthroughs, and automating discovery through the generation of novel, potentially high impact hypotheses. 


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.


Patrick Lavallee Delgado

Research Assistant, Harris School of Public Policy and Center for Spatial Data Science

Patrick is a candidate for the MS degree in Computational Analysis and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, jointly administered by the Department of Computer Science and the Harris School of Public Policy. His research and policy interests include evidence-based approaches to human capital development in Maine. At Harris and with the Center, he assists Professor Dan Black and Dr. Jamie Saxon with studies of rural brain drain. Patrick is an elected executive of Harris Student Government. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, he held management positions in higher education, start-up finance, and state events. He received his BA degree in Government from Bowdoin College.


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.


Qinyun Lin, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Qinyun Lin is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Spatial Data Science. Her research interests include sensitivity analysis, causal inference, mediation analysis, social network analysis and multi-level models. Her dissertation proposes sensitivity analysis techniques for presence of spillover effects and heterogeneous treatment effects in multisite randomized control trials. Her dissertation work also looks at unobserved mediator as a post-treatment confounder in causal mediation analysis.


Yuming Liu

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Yuming Liu is a candidate in the MACSS program at the University of Chicago. He focuses on analyzing the spatial-temporal patterns and integrating data and spatial analysis to predict health outcomes. He received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Bard College.


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.


Richard Lu

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Richard Lu is a student in the University of Chicago’s College, majoring in Applied Mathematics and Economics. Building on his interests in health economics and quantitative data analysis, he is currently working on a project researching the spatial relationships between air quality and health outcomes in Chicago.


Richard Lu

Summer Institute in Social Research Methods Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Richard Lu is a College student at the University of Chicago, majoring in applied mathematics and economics with a specialization in data science. He is working on a research project related to computing travel times and spatial access metrics at scale.


Robert Manduca, PhD Student

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.


Lorenz Menendez

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Lorenz Menendez is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in Economics and Geography. He has a strong background in GIS on a variety of open-source and proprietary platforms. He previously interned with the City of Santa Clara on a project to optimize infrastructure asset management by redefining streets as surfaces in GIS.


Moksha Menghaney

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Moksha Menghaney is an active Graduate Student-at-Large at University of Chicago. She previously has 6 years of experience in investment management working as a quantitative modeler. She holds a M.S. in Financial Engineering from Columbia University. Her interests lie in application of behavioral methods to policy implementation and evaluation.


Gabe Morrison

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Gabe is in his third year at the College and plans to major in Public Policy and Geography. Currently studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, Gabe is working on a project analyzing the spatial relationship between air quality and health (and improving his Spanish!). Gabe is thrilled to join the Center as a Research Assistant this quarter. 


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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Vincenzo Nardelli

Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Vincenzo Nardelli is a Master’s student in Data Analytics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan with a specialization in data science, spatial analytics, economics and statistics. His Masters thesis is addressing sampling problems in house price modeling using open data from Multiple Listing Services, AirBnB, Twitter data on crime, other scraped web-based data, open Census characteristics etc. for Milan. As part of this, he is developing workflows for how to update his maps and results automatically (using postgres/postgis, Python and R/R Shiny).


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.


Susan Paykin

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Susan Paykin is a Master in Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy, where she focuses on environmental and agricultural policy. Her interest in integrating GIS and spatial data analysis with evidence-based policy approaches to land use led her to work at CSDS. Susan holds a B.A. from Brandeis University.


Hamza Rarou, PhD Student

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. 


Haowen Shang

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Haowen is a masters student in Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago. She previously worked as a research assistant at Argonne and created spatial-temporal animations and analysis products for air quality sensor data. She focuses on improving methodologies for air quality estimations and is researching the impacts of air quality on health and socio-economics.


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, MA

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

Dan Snow graduated from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Masters program. 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.


Corey Tabit, MD, PhD, MPH, MBA

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology, UChicago Medicine

Dr. Tabit is a translational physician-scientist with an interest in vascular development, homeostasis, and situational response. His research examines the effects of mechanical circulatory support on the blood vessels.


Caitlyn Tien

Summer Institute in Social Research Methods Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Caitlyn Tien is a rising third year College student at the University of Chicago, majoring in Economics. She is working on a research project related to computing travel times and spatial access metrics at scale and on helping spatial analysts navigate the methods available in our GeoDa software.


Elizabeth Tung, MD, MS

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Instructor of Medicine, UChicago Medicine

Dr. Tung’s research focuses on disparities in chronic disease management, with a special interest in race, place, and poverty. She has participated in community-based strategies to improve chronic disease management in East St. Louis, Chinatown New York, and West Providence, in addition to her work on the South Side of Chicago. These experiences have led to a vested interest in addressing the social determinants of health and a commitment to eradicating health disparities. Her current research focuses on two main areas of inquiry. First, Dr. Tung is examining the relationships between race, poverty, and access to healthcare in adults with chronic disease, and has published on topics such as bypassing healthy resources, implicit bias, and retail redlining. Second, Dr. Tung is examining the intersection between community violence and chronic disease, and is applying geospatial analytical tools to bridge the worlds of violence epidemiology and health.


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.


Bibind Vasu

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Bibind Vasu is a Master in Science in Environmental Science and Policy (MSESP) candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy. His interests are in sustainable urban development and data science.


Bryan Wang

Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Bryan attends Harker School in San Jose, CA with an interest in astrophysics, data science and jazz. At CSDS he is working with Jamie Saxon and Yair Atlas on a new PySAL package to measure spatial access to public resources.


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. 


Thomas Weil

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Thomas is a Political Science Major in the college. He is assisting in the study and analysis of the economic geography of the United States. 


Levi John Wolf, Ph.D.

Fellow, Center for Spatial Data Science
Lecturer in Quantitative 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.


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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Calvin Zhang

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Calvin is a student in the College. He majors in Economics with a specialization in Data Science. Expanding upon his interest in economic geography, he will assist in the empirical analysis of the expression of the new economic geography in the U.S.


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. 


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.


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.


Nicole Marwell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Nicole P. Marwell's research examines the complex and shifting sets of inter-organizational relations underlying urban processes such as public goods distribution, community formation, and democratic representation. Marwell uses qualitative, quantitative, and historical methods to explore how changes in this meso-level of social structure affect urban cohesion, inequality, and exclusion. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Helmsley Foundation, and the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies.


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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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.