Announcing the Spatial Data Scientist of the Year 2020
As #SDSC20 draws to a close today, we reflect on the conference & announce the first winner of the Spatial Data Scientist of the Year Award!
What a week it has been! Thousands of you attended this year's Spatial Data Science Conference 2020 (#SDSC20) making it our biggest event so far featuring 50 speakers across 36 interactive talks workshops and panels.
At this year's conference the inaugural Spatial Data Scientist of the Year was awarded and we are very pleased to announce Dani Arribas-Bel as the winner!
Dani is a Senior Lecturer in Geographic Data Science within the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool in the UK and an ESRC Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.
Dani is also part of the development team of the open source library PySAL for spatial analysis in Python; and created contextily a small Python package to use web tile services in static maps.
Since 2019 he is the co-editor of "Environment and Planning B - Urban Analytics and City Science" and since 2020 he is also in the editorial panel of "Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A - Statistics in Society".
Dani's research interests combine urban studies computational methods and new forms of data. His research has been published in journals such as PLOS ONE Demography Geographical Analysis or Environment and Planning (A/B/C).
I'm thilled to receive this award and extremely humbled by the recognition from CARTO an inspiring company and a trailblazer; and the committee made up entirely of folks I have deeply admired for a long time. I'm particularly excited about the fact that part of the decision for the award was my work to nurture community. Geographic/Spatial Data Science is a team sport and it is impossible to think of any of my contributions without the role of collectives like the Geographic Data Science Lab at the University of Liverpool teams like the PySAL developers and communities like that one around the CARTO conference.
More information about Dani including more about his research teaching and work can be found on his personal website.
He was picked by CARTO's Scientific Community (seen below) based on the following judging criteria:
- Use of new types of data: the individual has used new types of geospatial data which are considered more challenging to analyze moving the needle for their organization to extract insights from new types of location data (rather than using traditional datasets only). This might be mobile event data GPS data indoor WiFi data social media data or any other type of Big Data which has only recently started to be used in spatial analysis workflows.
- Impact of projects delivered: the results of the individual's analysis and modeling are causing a change in their industry and/or being applied to a real business or societal challenge.
- Innovation in methodology: the individual uses new technologies libraries and methodologies to create spatial models creating more sophisticated models for their organization or research.
Many congratulations to Dani! The other highly ranked nominees on the shortlist were:
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