Faculty and Staff
Subhro Guhathakurta, Director
Subhro Guhathakurta joined Georgia Tech in 2011 as the director of the Center for Geographic Information Systems, which is now the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization. He also is a professor in the School of City and Regional Planning. He was previously associate director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University (ASU) and among the founding faculty members of ASU’s School of Sustainability. Subhro was instrumental in developing the Urban Modeling and Simulation Lab in ASU’s College of Design.
Tony Giarrusso, Associate Director
Tony Giarrusso is associate director of the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. His teaching, research, and consulting activities focus on GIS-based planning solutions for land conservation, public health, alternative energy, coastal and marine resources, and environmental protection.
Nickolas L. Faust, Resident Scholar and Advisory Board Member
Nickolas (Nick) Faust is the head of the Image Analysis and Visualization Branch Electro-Optics, Environment and Materials Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves on a variety of scientific panels and committees. He was the co-chair of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)-Commission II Working Group on hardware and software aspects of GIS. He was elected to the Space Technology Hall of Fame (1993) for his pioneering efforts in helping create the ELAS image processing software.
Ramachandra Sivakumar, Senior Research Engineer
Ramachandra Sivakumar (Siva) is a senior research engineer in the Center. He has more than 17 years of comprehensive experience in GIS and Information Technology. His expertise includes web-based GIS application design and development, network management, database management, and system administration. His recent projects include design and development of a GIS database for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, developing a GIS framework for MEAG Power’s Location Georgia group, and developing an enterprise GIS plan for the city of Albany, Ga.
Zhaohua Wang, Senior Research Engineer
Zhaohua Wang received his Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1998. As a visiting scholar, he joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2001. He joined the Center as a research engineer II in 2007 and was promoted to a senior research engineer in 2011. During the past 10 years, he has been continuously conducting research and development in the fields of highway pavement management systems; highway pavement condition assessment using sensor technology; roadway asset inventory and management systems; and application of GIS/GPS and Information Technology for pavement rehabilitation and design.
Matthew Swarts, Research Faculty
Matthew Swarts is a member of the research faculty in the College of Design. His work focuses on the translation of human behavioral patterns and perceptions within real and virtual worlds into computer models and simulations to better understand design decisions. He often develops custom hardware sensors, interactive systems, and software applications for capturing occupant behavior, testing human spatial perception in 3D virtual environments, running discrete-event and agent-based modeling and simulation, and performing spatial analysis in the intersections between building information modeling and geographic information systems.
Gordon Zhang, Research Scientist
Gordon Zhang is a research scientist at the Center. He received his Ph.D. from Zhejiang University in 2013. His expertise is in landscape ecology, spatial hydrology and watershed systems, land use/cover changes and modeling, spatial optimization and decision support systems, geographic information sciences, environmental management and planning, and planning support web-application development.
Miroslav Malesevic, Digital Designer
Miroslav Malesevic is a digital designer and a researcher at the IMAGINE (Interactive Media Architecture Group in Education) Lab at the Center and the College of Design. He graduated from the College of Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Belgrade, Serbia. Prior to joining the IMAGINE Lab, Miroslav was a 3D- and visual-effects artist working on various projects ranging from architectural visualization to movies.
Noah Posner, Research Scientist
Noah Posner graduated from Georgia Tech in 2013 with degrees in industrial design and mechanical engineering. He currently works in the IMAGINE Lab. His expertise is in 3D modeling, visualization, and physical prototyping.
Stephanie Merrick, Administrative Professional Senior
Stephanie Merrick provides administrative support to the director of the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization in the College of Design. She works with faculty, students, and human resources to streamline and continue to build on processes that support the research center. Her focus is on, though not limited to, budgeting for the center, hiring students, working with the visiting scholars, provide teaching assistance, travel and expense tracking, and event planning.
A researcher with the Alanta Regional Commission, Mike Carnathan’s extensive background in geographic information systems at ARC and local government make him a key asset to the Center's metropolitan planning issues.
Eric Conklin is the assistant administrator for the Office of Transportation Data with the Georgia Department of Transportation. This office is focused on the development and integration of GIS centric data including data design, collection, authentication, analysis, and display of data in support of state and federal reporting and several of the agency’s asset management systems and public services. He has more than 27 years of practical professional GIS experience centered on transportation at the local and state levels, including development of the initial E-911 system for the City of Indianapolis and development of the linear referencing system for the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Leader of Esri’s education outreach team and longstanding proponent of the professionalization of the GIS field, David DiBiase has more than 25 years of experience using geographic information systems in both academia and the private sector. David’s connections to Esri, the leading supplier of GIS software and applications, and education are well-suited to help us continue our development as leaders in GIS.
Sonny Emmert works for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, where he has been for more than 10 years. He works within the Coastal Resources Division in the Coastal Management Program where he oversees the division’s geospatial applications, land conservation, and public access initiatives. Sonny has been involved with several projects over his tenure ranging from coastal hazards assessments to land conservation and green growth initiatives. He is also a part of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) team where he pilots and handles post processing of the data.
Lilly Immergluck is a pediatrician, an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Pediatrics and the Director of the Pediatric Clinical Translational Research Core at the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine. She also is an adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University and is Research Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates in Atlanta. In 2015, she was awarded a five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to apply geospatial statistical modeling to understand the impact of socio-environmental factors that affect the transmission and spread of community-associated antibiotic resistance infections in otherwise healthy children.
Director of Geospatial Services and a Senior Project Director at Westat
Commissioner, Department of City Planning, Atlanta
Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer of Trees Atlanta