CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series

Session 5 - Spring 2024

Session 5 - Spring 2024 will take place on Wednesday, 4:00 PM CET 03 April 2024, on Zoom Meeting

About The Series

The CIVICA Data Science Seminar series is a unique multi-disciplinary series focused on applications and methodologies of data science for the social, political, and economic world.

Session 5 - Spring 2024 Details

We are living in an information age characterised by an abundance of data and a plethora of diverse computational methods. The central question at hand is how we can effectively distil actionable knowledge from this data for the purpose of planning and designing more sustainable and liveable cities. Using three case studies, this talk will demonstrate how to use image data from the eye-and-aerial level to identify spatial inequalities in window view quality, aid in equitable tree planting efforts and in synthesising plausible counterfactuals to explain these black-box models for non-experts.

Seminar Speaker

Dr. Stephen Law
Dr. Stephen Law

Dr. Stephen Law is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and the Convenor for the MSc Program in Social and Geographic Data Science at University College London (UCL). He completed his doctoral research at UCL's Space Syntax Laboratory, where he researched the spatial configuration of housing markets. Following his doctorate, Stephen undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the Alan Turing Institute. His fellowship concentrated on the application of computer vision techniques in urban analytics. Stephen's research bridges urban analytics, space syntax, machine learning, and geographic data science. In addition to his academic pursuits, Stephen has more than a decade of international consultancy experience, having worked with multidisciplinary teams in the direction, delegation, and execution of digital planning projects aimed at intelligent and sustainable development, both within the UK and abroad.


Julia Leschke

Welcome Introduction Julia Leschke, European University Institute

Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and his talk

Dr. Stephen Law

Seminar Session Dr. Stephen Law, University College London

Distilling knowledge from diverse image data for urban planning and design

Research Discussion. Lead Institution

Q&A / Discussion on the research


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