Achilleas Psyllidis (PhD)
Achilleas Psyllidis is a postdoctoral researcher in spatial data science and urban analytics. He currently works with the Web Information Systems group at Delft University of Technology and with the AMS Institute, where he leads the Social Urban Data Lab (SUDL).
Leveraging his background in both urban planning and data science, his current work focuses on data-driven approaches in order to characterize places and people’s activities, experiences and interactions. He also seeks to understand what processes drive their behavior. His 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 human activity dynamics. In other words, Achilleas explores human behavior in urban places and the dimensions that define the character of a place.
A prominent example of his work is SocialGlass. This online system harnesses urban big data to help city stakeholders better understand and forecast city dynamics.
Achilleas gets motivation from the groundbreaking ways of understanding how cities work and the emerging potential for addressing community needs in an improved fashion. His vision is to leverage the combined potential of urban and computer sciences towards building solutions to problems of cities and communities. The city of Amsterdam in general, and AMS in particular, provide an excellent environment to bring this vision to fruition.
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“I want to help cities and communities unveil hidden dimensions of the urban environment”