Grant McKenzie is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2015), a Master of Applied Science degree from the University of Melbourne (2008) and a Bachelors in Geography from the University of British Columbia (2002). Dr. McKenzie’s research interests lie in spatio-temporal data analysis, geovisualization, place-based analytics and the intersection of information technologies and society. Currently, he is exploring computational, data-driven models of human behavior, taking a multi-dimensional approach to investigating the relationship between place & space and the activities people carry out at those places. The foundation of this research involves working with large geosocial, user-contributed and authoritative datasets, exploiting and visualizing spatial, temporal and thematic signatures within the data. These signatures are employ through unique methods and statistical models for the development of effective interactive (desktop and mobile) geovisualization, place-based prediction models and knowledge discovery applications.
Affiliated Student (PhD)
Myeong is a Ph.D. candidate studying information science at the University of Maryland at College Park. His research interests are in understanding the dynamics of cities, local groups, and local information inequality by making use of computational methods and social theories. He also designs and implements systems that demonstrate geographically-embedded structures of information and associated issues. He is a Junior Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI), a research network in the iSchool; also, he is a Data Science & Technology Fellow at The Center for Open Data Enterprise, a non-profit that advocates for open data movements, where he led the development of the Open Data Impact Map in 2016. He was a co-founder and Director of Software Development of Torooc Inc., an emotional robot start-up based in South Korea. Myeong earned a BS in Electrical Engineering (2009) and MS in Software Engineering (2011) from Seoul National University in South Korea; also, he holds a Master of Information Management degree from the UMD iSchool (2014).
Affiliated Student (PhD)
Zheng Liu is a PhD student in the Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geographical Information Science from Peking University (2017). As a PhD student, he has worked with Dr. McKenzie on research related to place-based analytics and spatio-temporal data analysis. He was trained in analyzing multiple aspects of Volunteered Geographical Information(VGI) and fostered interest in areas like place-text analysis and spatio-temporal data analysis. While staying at University of Maryland, he will keep exploring the value of VGI big data and human-dimensional GIS.
Student (Urban Systems)
Jeremy Steele is in his last semester of completing an undergraduate degree in Geography (Urban Systems) and Software Engineering. His research interests revolve around urban transportation, including analyzing bus networks through both qualitative and quantitative lenses. Additionally, he is dedicated to improving the accessibility and ease of use of such networks through better information design and improved routing. During his undergraduate degree, he has manipulated a variety of static and real-time transportation datasets in order to analyze and visualize bus service reliability and coverage in various North American cities. Currently, he is analyzing the ridership patterns of e-scooters in Washington, D.C. He has previously published research on e-scooter parking patterns as well as musculoskeletal discomfort in city bus drivers.
Morgan is a 4th year student at McGill, completing a major in archaeology/anthropology and a minor in GIS and remote sensing. He is interested in the ways that these fields can compliment each other, especially the application of geographical perspectives in understanding the spatial variability of human cultural activities on the landscape, both in the past and the present. He continuously aims to learn more about GIS and quantitative methods for spatial analysis and has currently been accepted for the arts undergraduate research internship awards. He is working on a project over the summer analyzing place-based activity patterns in Montreal and Toronto, and he hopes to gain valuable experience in geospatial and statistical analysis from this internship.