The U Chicago Center for Spatial Data Science, GeoDa and GeoDa-Web

Event Sponsor: 
Computing, Environment and Life Sciences Seminar
Start Date: 
Dec 6 2016 - 1:30pm
Building 240/Room 1406-1407
Argonne National Laboratory
Luc Anselin
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The University of Chicago
Robin Graham

The talk will cover the latest updates to GeoDa and its cyberinfrastructure counterpart GeoDa-Web, both open source spatial analysis software. In addition to a brief overview of the historical context and the distinguishing characteristics of the software, it will also introduce the new Center for Spatial Data Science (CSDS) at the University of Chicago. A joint initiative of the Division of Social Sciences and the Computation Institute, CSDS develops state-of-the-art methods for geospatial analysis, spatial econometrics, and geo-visualization; implements them through open source software tools; applies them to policy-relevant research in the social sciences; and disseminates them through training and support to a growing worldwide community of over 200,000 spatial analysts.

Luc Anselin is a native of Belgium, where he did undergraduate work and a master's degree in economics and econometrics at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). His PhD is from Cornell University in the interdisciplinary field of Regional Science.

Anselin comes to the University of Chicago from Arizona State University where he was a Regents' Professor and held the Walter Isard Chair. He was the founding Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He also started and directed the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation. Before ASU, he was a Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he directed the Spatial Analysis Laboratory in the Department of Geography and was a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center of Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He previously held appointments at the University of Texas at Dallas, West Virginia University, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Ohio State University. He has held (joint) appointments in a range of disciplines, including Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Economics, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Political Economy and Political Science.

Anselin is the developer of the SpaceStat and GeoDa software packages for spatial data analysis. He was elected Fellow of the Regional Science Association International in 2004 and was awarded their Walter Isard Prize in 2005 and William Alonso Memorial Prize in 2006. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.