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In this seminar, I will present a recent collaborative case study where big data from street-level images were applied to analyze the extent to which the built environment impacts the survival rate of neighborhood-based social organizations in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. These organizations are important building blocks for social life in urban neighborhoods. Examining these organizations’ relationships with their environment has been a useful way to study their vitality.
We combined a deep learning model with elastic net regression to empirically test the relationship between the built environment – distinguishing between car-related, walking-related, and mixed-use land infrastructure – and the survival of neighborhood organizations. Besides revealing the effects of built environment features on the social life between buildings, we want to highlight the value of easily applicable observational big data. Such data and other recently developed methods offer researchers the opportunity to conduct detailed yet relatively swift and inexpensive studies without resorting to overly coarse or common subjective measurements.
About the Speaker
Dr. Mingshu Wang is a Senior Lecturer (Tenured Associate Professor) of Geospatial Data Science at the University of Glasgow. He is also an Associated Scientist at the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering of the Netherlands. Currently, he is visiting the Department of Urban Planning and Design at HKU, supported by the University of Glagow – University of Hong Kong Early Career Mobility Scheme. His research focuses on developing and applying GIScience methods and big data analytics to understand urban systems and development. He is an Editor of Asian Geographer and an Associate Editor of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, and Regional Studies, Regional Science.
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