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NUVis Speaker Series: The Legibility of Urban Spatial Order in Computational Street Network Analysis

Title: The Legibility of Urban Spatial Order in Computational Street Network AnalysisLocation: West Village G Room 102, Northeastern University, 450 Parker Street, Boston, MA 02115Speaker: Geoff Boeing, Assistant Professor, Urban Informatics and Planning, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern UniversityAbstractHuman movement through cities is largely constrained to pre-designed spatial networks that embody values of power, aesthetics, and prevailing technology. The quality of urban spaces – and for whom these spaces perform – rests upon these outcomes of urban design and architecture. Although circulation networks critically underlie city mobility and human dynamics, it can be difficult to acquire and consistently analyze high-quality network data. This talk presents new urban data science methods to explore city spatial structure and circulation worldwide – including in developing countries. It considers how to understand urban equity, resilience, accessibility, and human mobility using open-source software and collaboratively-generated, free data. Finally, it introduces several tools and methods to understand, visualize, re-think, and communicate complicated urban patterns and spatial outcomes.About the speakerGeoff Boeing is an Assistant Professor of urban informatics and planning in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. He is a faculty affiliate of the Network Science Institute and the Global Resilience Institute as well as a core faculty member of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. He received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. His work revolves around urban form, spatial networks, and data science. Recent projects have focused on 1, the nature and character of urban street networks around the world and 2, how data availability shapes our understanding of housing affordability. He developed and maintains the OSMnx street network modeling software.About NUVisThe Northeastern University Visualization Consortium (NUVis) is an interdisciplinary cross-university initiative to support the university’s research efforts in visualization and to connect faculty, researchers, and students across campus to foster a visualization community. Northeastern University’s interdisciplinary focus and structure is an ideal environment for such an interdisciplinary field of study, and the goal of NUVis, funded through a collaboration between the College of Arts, Media and Design and the College of Computer and Information Science, is to continue to foster and grow this important area of research. NUVis sponsors talks and symposia including a bi-weekly seminar, connects faculty and students through its online portal, provides resources to support visualization-related research at the university through avenues including workshops and library-sponsored open office hours, and hosts and organizes community building events including hackathons and student research poster exhibitions.For more information, please visit the Event Page.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 3:00pm



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