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Geospatial ‘Big-Data’ Contributions to Urban Analytics and Urban Information Infrastructure

January 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Geospatial ‘Big-Data’ Contributions to Urban Analytics and Urban Information Infrastructure

Date: 17 January 2020

Time: 10am-11.30am

Venue: 460 Alexandra Road, PSA Building #07-01. S119963. GeoWorks.


About the talk:

In an urban context, the terms ‘data science’ and ‘big data’ suggest realtime data processing to determine instantly who or what is where: for example, traffic monitoring and tracking people using GPS traces or smart city cameras with facial recognition technology. While these new forms of urban sensing can be quite useful (and controversial), their longer term impact on urban planning and our understanding of urban activity patterns are not quite so direct. By overlaying urban traces with other information and aggregating the data spatially and temporally, it is possible to construct urban indicators that improve our understanding of urban activity patterns and the behavioral choices that motivate them. The talk will illustrate the possibilities of using travel surveys, cellphone traces, and point-of-interest data combined with urban basemaps and urban planning models.


About the speaker:

Professor Joseph Ferreira: [email protected]

Joseph Ferreira is Professor of Urban Information Systems and Planning in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at MIT. He teaches analytical methods and computer-based modeling for planning and urban management including courses involving extensive use of geographic information systems (GIS) and database management. Both Prof. Ferreira’s undergraduate degree (in electrical engineering) and his PhD degree (in operations research) are from MIT. His research uses GIS and interactive spatial analysis tools to model land use, transportation, and environmental interactions and to build sustainable information infrastructures for supporting urban and regional planning. He is a past-president of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and has led numerous research projects studying job‐housing balance, urban performance measures, and urban information infrastructure. Currently, he is an MIT Principal Investigator on the Future Urban Mobility project at the Singapore/MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre within NRF’s CREATE building on the NUS campus.


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January 17
10:00 am - 11:30 am


460 Alexandra Road, Level 7 PSA Building
Singapore, 119963 Singapore