The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr Huanfa Chen

Dr Huanfa Chen

Lecturer (Teaching) in Spatial Data Science and Quantitative Methods

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
7th Feb 2019

Research summary

My research draws on GIS, machine learning, and spatio-temporal optimisation methods to address contemporary challenges in the planning and operations of urban services, incl. police patrol, healthcare, and transport.

  • Theme 1: Location-Allocation analysis – I develop new models and algorithms for facility location selection and supply-demand allocation.

  • Theme 2: Spatio-temporal routing problems – I develop new types of routing problems (e.g. multiple-depot, balanced workload, network-constrained, time-window-constrained), with applications in police patrol, delivery, drone patrol.

  • Theme 3: Transport behaviour modelling – I seek to understand how (mode) and why (purpose) people travel in urban areas, based on travel survey and GPS data and using statistical/machine learning methods.

  • Theme 4: Accessibility to health services – I explore the evaluation of accessibility to health services and link this accessibility to the usage of health services. Then, I seek to optimise the location and provision of health services in order to achieve more equal accessibility and better coverage.

Teaching summary

I currently teach several graduate modules at CASA, including CASA0007 (Quantitative Methods), CASA0006 (Data Science for Spatial Systems), and CASA0009 (Spatial Data Capture, Storage and Analysis). 


I am currently a Lecturer of Spatial Data Science, at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London.

I joined CASA in 2019 as a Teaching Fellow and became a Lecturer and Deputy Departmental Tutor in 2020. Before that, I obtained my PhD degree in Geographical Information Science in 2019 from SpaceTimeLab, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering, UCL. I got my MSc degree in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems in 2014 and my BSc degree in Chemistry in 2011, both from Peking University, China.