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Computational Spatial Science

Unified by a common theme of computational spatial science, our research faculty provide expertise in the development, implementation and application of state-of-the-art methods of geospatial analysis to social, economic and environmental problems where the role of place, space and interaction is central. Research includes the examination of individual spatial behavior, the study of urban sprawl and neighborhood dynamics, and the analysis of regional and international economic growth and convergence patterns.

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is home to leading scholars in the areas of spatial and space-time data analysis, geographic information science, remote sensing, cyberinfrastructure, economic systems, transportation systems, and urban and regional science. This research cluster of faculty is unified by a common theme of computational spatial science and provides expertise in the development, implementation, and application of state-of-the-art methods of geospatial analysis to social, economic and environmental problems where the role of place, space and interaction is central.

Research spans a wide array of spatial scales from the application of methods to examine individual spatial behavior to the study of urban sprawl, neighborhood dynamics, regional and international economic growth and convergence patterns.

The techniques developed and investigated are applied to better model and explain land use/land cover changes, to identify natural resource usage and transportation system efficiencies, to optimize business location and performance decisions, and to integrate socio-cultural characteristics in spatial pattern detection for environmental, health and economic contexts.

Stephanie Deitrick
Assistant Clinical Professor

Deitrick is the program director for the Masters of Advanced Study in GIS (MASGIS) Program. Her research focuses on GIS, decision-making and uncertainty and the use of GIS in public policy decisions.

Stewart Fotheringham
Regents Professor

Fotheringham is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea whose work focuses on the analysis of spatial data in relation to a variety of areas including health data, crime patterns and migration.

Amy Frazier
Assistant Professor

Frazier’s research interests focus on the integration of remote sensing, GIS, and landscape ecology to study global environmental change.

Michael Goodchild
Research Professor

An elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada, Michael Goodchild is a global leader in Geographic Information Science.

Michael Kuby

Kuby specializes in transportation, energy, optimal facility location and network design models, and alternative fuels, stations, and vehicles. His research has been funded by NSF, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and NASA.

WenWen Li
Associate Professor

Li's work in geographic information science aims to develop integrated and smart cyber-infrastructure to revolutionize knowledge discovery. Li is a 2015 recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER award.

Soe Myint

Myint, an expert in remote sensing and GIScience, uses these skills to investigate urban land use land cover, urban climate, drought, desertification and deforestation, agriculture water use, among other issues.

Trisalyn Nelson
Foundation Professor

Through the lenses of spatial analysis and geographic information science, Nelson focuses her research on improving health and happiness of communities and environment, and generating knowledge for better decision-making.

Breandan O hUallachain

O hUallachain's research interests include economic, industrial location, urban and regional economic development.

Matthew Quick
Assistant Professor

Quick is a geographic information scientist and urban planner whose research aims to inform and evaluate place-based policies focused on community safety, public health, and socio-spatial inequality.

Daoqin Tong
Associate Professor

Tong's research primarily focuses on the use of spatial analytics including spatial optimization, geographic information system, and spatial statistics to support urban and regional studies concerning location.

Elizabeth Wentz
Interim Director

Her research interests include: shape and pattern analysis, geographic information science, applications of GIS to urban environment, urban remote sensing and water resource management.

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