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Our Team

Our Team

Center director Subhro Guhathakurta leads a core team of researchers and staff, who work regularly with the CSPAV advisory board.

Our core team is aided by Georgia Tech graduate students, whose vital work on software development, spatial modeling, image processing, writing journal articles, and serving as teaching assistants ensures our continued success.

Subhro Guhathakurta

Subhro Guhathakurta, Director

Subhro Guhathakurta joined Georgia Tech in 2011 as the director of the Center for Geographic Information Systems, now the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization. He is the 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.

Tony Giarrusso

Tony Giarrusso, Associate Director

Tony Giarrusso is associate director of the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization. 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

Nickolas L. Faust, Resident Scholar

Nickolas "Nick" Faust was the head of the Electro-Optics, Environment and Materials Laboratory at Georgia Tech. He served 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 in 1993 for his pioneering efforts in helping create the ELAS image processing software.

Ramachandra Sivakumar

Ramachandra Sivakumar, Senior Research Engineer

Ramachandra "Siva" Sivakumar is a senior research engineer in the Center. He has more than 20 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, and developing an enterprise GIS plan for the city of Albany, Georgia.

Gordon Zhang

Gordon Zhang, Research Scientist

Gordon Zhang is a research scientist at the Center. He received his Ph.D. from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 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

Miroslav Malesevic, Research Scientist II

Miroslav Malesevic is a Research Scientist II and UX/Interaction designer at the IMAGINE Lab/CSPAV. He graduated from the College of Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Belgrade, Serbia, and holds a master's in human-computer interaction from Georgia Tech. Before joining the IMAGINE Lab, Malesevic was a 3D and visual effects artist working on projects varying from architectural visualization to movies. His research focus is on 3D visualization and interaction design in augmented and virtual reality.

Noah Posner

Noah Posner, Research Scientist

Noah Posner is a research scientist with the IMAGINE Lab and lab manager of the Interactive Product Design Lab (IPDL) in the School of Industrial Design. His focus is on creating interactive experiences that leverage physical interaction. He holds degrees in Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Human Computer Interaction. His research involves creating rich physical interactions, designing and fabricating interactive devices using CAD and Rapid prototyping technologies, and developing educational for STEM leaning that focus on utilizing hands on learning with intentionally designed artifacts. He also teaches courses in Physical Prototyping for Human Computer Interaction.   

Stephanie Merrick stands in front of a wall-mounted map.

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, and human resources to streamline and continue to build on processes that support the research center. She focuses on budgeting for the center, hiring students, travel and expense tracking, and event planning. She is an instructor in the Academic Transition Programs and a certified strengths coach. 

Meet the Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board includes a regional planning researcher, a state transportation administrator, a pediatrician and clinical researcher, a local planning commissioner, and a nonprofit urban forestry leader.

 

Mike Carnathan

is a researcher with the Atlanta Regional Commission. His extensive background in geographic information systems at ARC and local government make him a key asset to the Center's metropolitan planning issues.

Dr. Lilly Immergluck

is director of the Pediatric Clinical & Translational Research Unit at the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she is an associate professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology & Pediatrics. She also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Emory University as associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Immergluck serves on the Executive Council for the Section on Infectious Diseases for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also is involved with the local Georgia Chapter of the AAP, serving on the Infectious Diseases and School Health committees. She also serves as the co-facilitator for the Academy’s Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program. Dr. Immergluck is involved in a number of the pediatric clinical translational and community engagement studies which are based at the Clinical Research Center. Currently, these studies have been funded by National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and American Academy of Pediatrics

Tim Keane

has been the Commissioner of Planning and Community Development for the City of Atlanta since July 2015. Prior to that, he was the Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability and Director of Planning and Neighborhoods for the City of Charleston, S.C., where he also served as Adjunct Faculty at the College of Charleston in the Department of Political Science. He was President of Keane & Co., an Urban Design and Planning Consulting Practice, in Charleston from 2004 - 2009. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Master of Architecture Degree, and was a Fellow in the School of Architecture at the University of Miami. 

Greg Levine

is Co-Executive Director for Trees Atlanta, a position he has held since 1995. He also serves as the organization's Chief Program Officer. Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta works to mitigate Atlanta’s tree loss, protect its forests, and increase its tree canopy. 

 

Our Students

We routinely employ 10-20 undergraduate and graduate students each semester from a variety of colleges and schools across Georgia Tech, with the majority enrolled in one of the School of City and Regional Planning's graduate programs.

Our students work on a variety of projects and perform a multitude of tasks ranging from software development and spatial modeling to image processing, writing and editing journal articles, and 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.

Yunkyung Choi

Yunkyung Choi

Yunkyung Choi is a doctoral student in the School of City and Regional Planning. Her research interests center on the interaction between transportation and land use, specifically transit-oriented development and gentrification. She is working on a National Science Foundation-funded project, Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and Systems (RIPS), focusing on community resilience of mixed-use transit-oriented development. 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 M.S. (2010) in housing and interior design from Kyung Hee University in South Korea.

Florina Dutt

Florina Dutt

Florina Dutt is a Ph.D. student in the School of City and Regional Planning. Her research interests are centered on smart cities, IoT (internet of things), human sensing environment, and participatory design approaches. She is working with Subhro Guhathakurta and Mathew Swarts at the Center. Her research projects are focused on campus user experience modeling and urban data modeling and visualization.

Bon Woo Koo

Bon Woo Koo

Bon Woo Koo's research is focused 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 measurements of the built environment and its implications for urban residents. He works as a research assistant with Nisha Botchwey and Subhro Guhathakurta. Before joining the Ph.D. program, he worked at the Architecture and Urban Research Institute in South Korea. He holds master’s degree in city and regional planning (Georgia Tech) and landscape architecture (Seoul National University), and a bachelor’s degree in interior design.

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