Achilleas Psyllidis

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in Spatial Data Science and Urban Analytics within the Web Information Systems group at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). I am also a Research Fellow of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), where I lead the Social Urban Data Lab (SUDL).

My research interests span spatial data science, geocomputation, urban analytics, and geographic information retrieval.

My most recent work focuses on data-driven approaches to characterizing places, as well as the activities and experiences of people in them. My research involves working with large, unstructured, and user-contributed geosocial data from a wide range of sources, with the aim to extract rich descriptions of and gain insight into the dynamics of human activities in urban places, as well as the dimensions that contribute to the character of a place. To this end, I combine spatial analysis and geographic information retrieval methods with (deep) machine learning and neural networks to build scalable pipelines and software tools that facilitate people extract knowledge from and maximize the value of unstructured data. Application domains include human mobility, transportation, spatial interaction modeling, energy consumption behavior, and facility siting.

In addition to my research portfolio, I have more than 7 years’ teaching experience in urban analytics, geographic information retrieval, urban planning, and computer-aided design, at both graduate and undergraduate levels. My background is in spatial data science, urban and regional planning, and architectural engineering.

My commitment and dedication to research and knowledge dissemination have been rewarded with several awards for academic excellence, a prize for linked urban data solutions to public transportation, scholarships, individual research grants, and two First Class Honors (Summa Cum Laude) degrees (Highest GPA in graduating class and across Faculties). 

In association with the above research line, I engage in the development of SocialGlass.

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Achilleas Psyllidis