Dan Rushton

Announcing the Spatial Data Scientist of the Year 2021

What a week it has been! Thousands of you attended this year’s Spatial Data Science Conference 2021 (#SDSC21), featuring 53 speakers across 35 interactive talks, workshops, and panels.

At this year’s conference the Spatial Data Scientist of the Year 2021 was awarded and we are very pleased to announce Iacopo Testi as the winner!

Iacopo Testi, Spatial Data Scientist of the Year 2021


Iacopo works at the intersection of Data Science, Sustainability, and Urbanism applying Artificial Intelligence models to the urban domain. He provides applied state-of-art case studies to advance the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of cities. He contributes with insights regarding supervised and unsupervised learning techniques to transform urban environments into sustainability cities.

During his time at RHEA Group, he was selected to be sponsored by the European Space Agency within its Network of Resources (NoR) with a proposal called Urban Forestry Science.

Through his column on Urban AI, he writes on several intelligent automation solutions, as deep artificial neural networks, machine learning and clustering models, exclusively focused on urban topics.

Iacopo is also a faculty staff member within the Michael Graves College of Public Architecture where he teaches the courses of representation and design studio. He collaborated closely with other faculty members to structure the syllabus framework and briefs, and under his guidance students were shortlisted by the ‘Rome Collective Living Challenge’ international competition and selected for department publications.

Many congratulations to Iacopo!

#SDSC21 may have finished but the learning and networking doesn’t stop here. If you missed any of the talks you can catch up on-demand on our YouTube channel and keep the conversation going with the hashtag #SDSC21 and by joining our Slack community.

We look forward to seeing you at #SDSC22!

About the author
Dan Rushton

Dan is the Content Marketing Manager at CARTO. Dan holds a Masters in Electronic Engineering with business experience in development, sales, training and marketing. Prior to joining CARTO, Dan was a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Apple.

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