The Geospatial Analytics and Computing Research Group


James Todd

James Todd
PhD Student

Email: james.todd.15@ucl.ac.uk
Twitter: @DataDayLiving

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-a-todd/
GitHub: https://github.com/todd-james


PhD Title: Assessing the utility of new urban data in helping to build smarter cities

Abstract: In this digital age, there are many new streams of data which are collected. Smart cities aim to utilise these new streams of data and new Information and Communication Technologies in order to be able to improve the quality of services provided within urban environments. James is interested in investigating the utility of these new streams of data by using advanced data analysis techniques to uncover hidden patterns and meaning within these data.

James has worked on uncovering the impacts of Airbnb accommodation on local house prices as well as working with a large dataset on Bicycle Sharing Systems, to create the first large scale global comparison. Utilising these new sources of data, he aims to help contribute to the growing research surrounding the use of new sources of data to help improve the services provided within cities.

Supervisors: Professor James Cheshire and Professor Paul Longley.


James studied Geography with Quantitative Methods at UCL, where he began to develop a strong interest in data analysis. He has a keen interest in using data to create empirical understandings of real-world issues. Utilising his skills in Data Analysis, James aims to help solve issues surrounding smart cities and sustainability.