Directors

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Junfeng Jiao

Assistant Professor

Junfeng Jiao is an assistant professor in the Community and Regional Planning program and founding director of Urban Information Lab at UTSOA. He received his PhD in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington.  

His research focuses on using information technologies (GIS, GPS, Drone, smart phone, social media, wearable devices, etc) to quantify built environments and understand its impact on people’s behaviour (e.g. travel, physical, eating etc) and its health consequence. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how people react and reflect the built environments where they live, work, and play. He has investigated how built environments affect people's access to grocery stores, transit facilities, and bicycle infrastructures, and how people describe cities in cyber space through Twitter. He firstly coined the term of Transit Desert and developed various measurement methods. His intensive research on Transit and Food Deserts were widely reported by the Associated Press, Yahoo, MSN, NBC, NPR, USA today, Finance and Commerce, City Lab, The Conversation, Chicago Tribute, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Seattle Times, Seattle Met, Dallas News, Houston Chronicle, Austin Statesman, Texas Tribune, Wired etc.

He has worked on projects funded by the NIH, USDOT, UT Austin, Intel, WSDOT, RWJF, and others.  These works have been published in journals like Journal of Urban Planning and Development, Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Urban Technology, Land Use Policy, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Transport and Land Use, and Journal of Public Transportation etc.  He is the co-chair for Analytical Methods & Computer Applications track at the ACSP conference and on the editorial board of Transportation Research Part D, PLOS one, and AIMS Public Health. He published six book chapters through the Springer and Routledge.
 

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Robert Paterson

Associate Professor

Professor Paterson specializes in land use and environmental planning. He has completed over 50 projects over the past 22 years at UT-Austin (through over $6 million in sponsored research grants, contracts and awards), and was a recipient of a Faculty Fellow in Social Science Research Applied to Hazards and Disasters award through the National Science Foundation. Recent and on-going research projects include grants and contracts with Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Meadows Foundation. Professor Paterson teaches graduate level courses in Sustainable Land Use Planning, Environmental Impact Assessment, Sustainable and Disaster Resilient City Planning, and Plan Implementation. 

Paterson is active in professional planning practice within Texas, providing multiple opportunities for professional development seminars and conferences for Texas APA planners. He has served on numerous state and regional planning advisory boards and task forces, the Texas APA Board as Awards Chair and Education Foundation member. He has been the recipient of the School of Architecture’s Outstanding Lecturer and Community Service awards.

Presentations at academic and professional conferences in the past three years include: The National Conference of the American Planning Association,  the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, National Partners for Smart Growth Conference, and the Association of European Schools of Planning Congress.

Dr. Paterson’s three most recent research projects are focused on better metrics for Scenario Planning for Sustainable Communities, Scenario Planning for Disaster Resilience, and Plan Implementation theory and practice.

 Places Project access at:

http://www.soa.utexas.edu/csd/research/sustainable-places
http://www.envisiontomorrow.org
 

Team

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Louis Alcorn

Graduate Research Assistant

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Shunhua Bai

Graduate Research Assistant

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Christopher Bischak

Graduate Research Assistant

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Xuyang Chen

Graduate Research Assistant

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Dongxu He

Research Engineering/ Scientist Assistant

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Nicole McGrath

Graduate Research Assistant

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Hao Wu

Visiting Researcher/Scholar

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Alumni

Undergradaute:
Rahul Gupta (Computer Science)-- Derivatives Trader, Optiver
Mihir Pethe (Mathematics) -- Consultant, BCG
Mohamad Abouelnaaj (Bio Engineering)

Master:
Jianwei Chen (Computer Science)-- Software Engineer, Google 
Toshi Ogura (Tourism Science)---PhD Student, Tokyo Metropolitan University 
Lauren Osborne (Planning)--Transportation Planner, Alliance
Haitao Yu (Planning)---PhD Student, U of Florida 
Aaron Nichols (Planning)---Research Scientist, TU Munich
Zack Lofton (Planning)---Transportation Planner, City of Austin 
Nathalie Kip (Planning)---Research Assistant, UBC

PhD:
Juan Yunda (Planning)--Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Jack Bringardner (Eningeering)--Industry Assistant Professor, NYU
Kwangyul Choi (Planning)--Post Doc Fellow, U of Calgary 
Tom Hilde (Planning)-- Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University