Who We Are

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 is the newly appointed chair of the School of City and Regional Planning, where he is also a professor. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stephanie Merrick, Administrative Professional Senior

Stephanie Merrick, Ph.D., provides administrative support to the director of the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization in the College of Design. She works with researchers, undergraduate and graduate 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, supervising student assistants, working with the visiting scholars, provide teaching assistance, travel and expense tracking, and event planning. If you have a “event planning” question, she’s your contact.

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Advisory Board

Mike Carnathan

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

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.

Lilly Immergluck

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.

Tim Keane
Commissioner, Department of City Planning, Atlanta

Greg Levine
Co-Executive Director, Trees Atlanta

Our Students

Our students are an invaluable asset to the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization. We routinely employ 10-20 undergraduate and graduate students per semester from a variety of colleges and schools across Georgia Tech, with the majority enrolled in the School of City and Regional Planning graduate program.  Students work on a variety of projects and perform a multitude of tasks ranging from software development to writing and editing journal articles to spatial modeling to image processing to serving as teaching assistants. These incredibly bright students are a vital part of the Center's ongoing success and we are fortunate to have them spend their time at Georgia Tech working for us.

PH.D. Students

Yunkyung Choi
Yunkyung Choi is a doctoral student in the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology Tech. She works as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization. Her research interests are centered on the interaction between transportation and land use, specifically on the relationship between transit-oriented development and gentrification. She is currently working on a National Science Foundation funded project, Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and System (RIPS), focusing on community resilience of mixed-use transit-oriented development.

Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program, Choi worked at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) in Los Angeles and the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) in South Korea. She holds a master's degree in Urban Planning (2014) from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and a B.S. (2008) and a M.S. (2010) in Housing and Interior Design from Kyung Hee University in South Korea.

Florina Dutt
Florina Dutt is a Ph.D. student in the School of City and Regional Planning. Her research interests are centered around smart cities, IoT (internet of things), human sensing environment, and participatory design approaches. She is currently working with  Subhro Guhathakurta and Mathew Swarts at the Center. Her current research projects are focused on Campus User Experience Modeling & Urban Data Modeling and Visualization.

Bonwoo Koo
Bonwoo Koo's research focuses on measuring various dimensions of the built environment and how those measurements relate to social equity and public health. He is particularly interested in using emerging technologies and data to fine-tune the measurements of built environment and its implications to the urban residents. He currently works as a research assistant with Dr. Nisha Botchwey and Dr. Subhro Guhathakurta.

Before joining the Ph.D. program, he worked at the Architecture and Urban Research Institute in South Korea. He holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning (Georgia Tech) and Landscape Architecture (Seoul National University), and a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.