Category: Urbanism and Planning

New Article: ‘User acceptance of location-tracking technologies in health research: Implications for study design and data quality’

In the past several years I have been a participant in an exciting project to apply big data methods to the problem of neighborhood-scale health disparaties. In March, one of the methodological papers arising from this project was published, focused on our experiments using GPS devices to track the location of study participants. Here is […]

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New Article: GIS in Urban and Regional Planning

The Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge has quickly become an essential reference for the GIS field. Compiled by the University Consortium of GIS, the academic GIS network, the original GIS&T Body of Knowledge was published as a book in 2006, and featured high-quality, peer-reviewed chapters on a wide range of GIS […]

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New Article: ‘Lessons for developing a planning support system infrastructure: The case of Southern California’s Scenario Planning Model”

How can a region create a shared technical infrastructure for planning? In order to find out, together with a student research assistant Cassie Hackel, I conducted an exploratory study of an effort to build such a system in Southern California. Here is the abstract of the paper which resulted from our research project: Although planning […]

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New Book Chapter: ‘Crowdsourcing street beauty: Visual preference surveys in the big data era’

I contributed a chapter to the newly-released book, Big Data for Regional Science (eds. Laurie A. Schintler, Zhenhua Chen), on new methods for conducting urban visual preferences research. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: Aesthetic preferences for landscapes have been studied by researchers in many fields, given the importance of the issue to human well-being, […]

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Registration Open for Urban Informatics Unconference

Together with collaborators at the UM School of Information, I am helping organize another Urban Informatics Unconference this fall, to be held from noon-5pm on Friday, October 20th. Here’s some more information: Urban informatics is an interdisciplinary field of research and practice that uses information technology for the analysis, management, planning, design, inhabitation, and usability […]

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