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Methods: Mind the Gap

Webinar Series

Geospatial Data for Healthy Places: Building Environments for Active Living Through Opportunistic GIScience

September 19, 2019
Dr. Harvey Miller
Harvey J. Miller, Ph.D.

The Ohio State University

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About the Webinar

A healthy community requires a built environment that encourages physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Few neighborhoods and communities in the United States and increasingly elsewhere in the world are healthy places. A major factor is changes in built environments and lifestyles that have not only eliminated physical activity from daily lives but can also make physical activity unpleasant, unhealthy, and unsafe. The development and deployment of sensors connected to location-aware technologies is improving the scientific understanding of built environment characteristics that facilitate healthy and safe physical activity. 

In this presentation, Dr. Miller discusses the role of geospatial technologies and data in facilitating quasi and natural experiments about built environment factors that encourage active living. He also extends this idea to the concept of geographic information observatories: systems for ongoing data collection and analysis that facilitate opportunistic science that can leverage real-world events via ongoing observation, experimentation, and decision-support.

About Harvey Miller

Dr. Harvey J. Miller is the Bob and Mary Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science (GIScience), Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, and Professor of Geography at The Ohio State University. He is also a Courtesy Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Sustainability Institute, and an Affiliated Faculty of the Translational Data Analytics Institute at Ohio State. Dr. Miller also chairs the Mapping Science Committee of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and is a Member-at-Large of the Data Section of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council.

Dr. Miller’s research and teaching interests are at the intersection between GIScience and transportation, in particular, the analysis of human mobility within cities and regions. The main questions driving his research include sustainable transportation, livable cities, and the relationships between human mobility, health, and social equity. In addition to more than 100 scientific publications in peer-refereed journals and edited books, Dr. Miller is the author (with Shih-Lung Shaw) of Geographic Information Systems for Transportation: Principles and Applications (Oxford University Press), and editor (with Jiawei Han) of Geographic Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, second edition (CRC Press).

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