UDI Seminar - Clio Andris

Urban Dynamics Institute Seminar

Integrating Interpersonal Relationships into GIS Research through Social Flows

Clio Andris, The Pennsylvania State University, State College

Friday, September 14, 2018

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

4500N, Wigner Auditorium


The Urban Dynamics Institute is pleased to host Clio Andris (Penn State) for a presentation on "Integrating Interpersonal Relationships into GIS Research through Social Flows."

Social flows are agent-based decisions to move, telecommunicate, or state a relationship across geographic space. The flows are reflected through airline flights, GPS traces, peer-to-peer social networks, migration, remittances, phone calls, online “friends,” and other vectors that illustrate a proclivity to connect geographic space. Modeling these flows, and the personal relationships that they can reveal, has presented a challenge to researchers who typically use layer-based GIS systems for environmental modeling. The presentation will outline initiatives to harness and classify social flow data using creative data online (private and public data sources). These new data sets can allow for the disaggregation of gravity models into segment-specific flows using social network rules, better POI use, and place connectivity metrics (via Yellow Pages, Airbnb, Yelp and NCAA data) and the improvement of government-mandated environmental impact statement documents through community cohesion metrics. Adris will also discuss how newly developed methods in flows and network analysis may also prove to be a natural next step in expanding GIS education.

Additional Information

Clio Andris is an assistant professor of geography at Penn State working at the intersection of social networks and geographic information science. She specializes in social flow theory and researches how interpersonal relationships can be mathematically integrated into geographic models. She is the director of the Friendly Cities Lab, whose goal is “data-driven love for community.”