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Urban Data Science: Methods, Models, and Applications for Our Changing Cities II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 8
Organizers: Qunshan Zhao, Taylor Oshan, Wei Kang
Chairs: Taylor Oshan


The city is the darling of geographical data science. Population density often begets data density, so data science methods and perspectives now are increasingly relevant to analyze our changing cities. The city provides fertile ground for the development of new theories, methods, and models across many problem domains that span sociology, economics, political science, epidemiology, urban planning, public policy, and geography. Further, the development of a new “city science” is emerging from these fields, co-opting both theory and methods for new inquiry.

To this end, urban data science is experiencing a significant bout of high-profile attention as exciting new dynamics are captured with increasing detail via sensor networks, user-generated content, and many already existing urban big data in the business and administrative systems. This emergence of a new city science provides an immense opportunity for cutting-edge quantitative geographical and urban research, with recent books, high-profile papers, and new research institutes & environments springing up at multiple institutions. Thus, we aim to help define this new research frontier in three sessions showcasing novel geographic data science for dynamic urban processes and one panel exploring the progress in the field of urban data science. Opportunities are available for any folks interested in many different geographic topics at the core of urban data science, including but not limited to:

● Analysis, modelling, and prediction of movement in and across cities
● New methods or applications for social, network, or spatial interaction
● Econometrics, counterfactuals, & causal inference for urban studies
● New methods or applications in geodemographic analysis
● Place detection, regionalization, clustering, or boundary identification
● Segregation, sorting, & place choice in and among cities
● Spatial-temporal dynamics of neighborhood demographics
● Identification & validation of neighborhood/contextual effects
● Environmental risk and resilience in complex urban systems
● Analysis of structure, form, & complexity in the built environment
● Methods and applications for urban big data or streaming data
● Critical empirical analysis and validation of “accidental” urban data
● Building better theory for a data-intensive urban science

Please submit your abstracts to,,, or by October 30, 2019.

These sessions are hosted in conjunction with the University of Bristol Quantitative Spatial Sciences Research Group, the University of Maryland Center for Geospatial Information Science, the University of California, Riverside Center for Geospatial Sciences, and the University of Glasgow Urban Big Data Centre.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Keith Waters*, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, Geographic Location of Cities: An Agent-Based Model of Inter-Regional Job Search 15 9:35 AM
Presenter Gregory Dobler*, University of Delaware, Ryan Holifield*, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Federica Bianco, University of Delaware, Woonsup Choi, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dawn Erb, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, David Kaplan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Changshan Wu, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Building theory for urban observatories: Imaging and comparative urban metabolism 15 9:50 AM
Presenter Steven Chao*, The George Washington University, Ryan Engstrom, The George Washington University, Michael Mann, The George Washington University, Adane Bedada, The George Washington University, Evaluating the Ability to use Contextual Features Derived from Multi-Scale Satellite Imagery to Map Spatial Patterns of Urban Attributes and Population Distributions 15 10:05 AM
Discussant Qunshan Zhao University of Glasgow 15 10:20 AM
Discussant Wei Kang University of California - Riverside 15 10:35 AM

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