Vanessa Frias-Martinez

I am an Assistant Professor in the iSchool and at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). I am also Affiliated with the Computer Science Department. My research focuses on smart cities, human mobility and data science for social good. I am interested in enhancing policy making through data-driven approaches using novel sources of information such as cell phone or GPS data. I have done extensive work in emergency response, socio-economic development and smart transportation.

I lead the 
Urban Computing Lab 

Our work on understanding cycling behaviors has been accepted at IMWUT
  New work on understanding migrant behaviors presented at ICTD
  I have received an NSF CAREER Award for my work on human mobility and resilience during shocks
  Our H1N1 work and its potential impact on Ebola in The Economist

Student Recruiting
I am always looking for new PhD students as well as masters or undergrads interested in working on research projects with me. If you are highly motivated and have a background in AI, machine learning, data analytics, statistics or physics, send me an email with your CV. (Important: You will need to go through the PhD application process for the iSchool, but I can tell you whether I´m a good match for your research interests)  

iSchool:  2123B Hornbake Building, South Wing, University of Maryland, College Park
UMIACS: 4144 Iribe Center, University of Maryland, College Park