Dr. Shahumyan has over 15 years’ experience specialising in Geographic Information Science, spatiotemporal analysis, geospatial and statistical modelling, model integration and data science. He holds an Honours Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Yerevan State University and a Ph.D. in Statistical Modelling from the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.
Harut’s research is focused on urban modelling, model integration, GIS, Smart Cities, sensors and Big Data analytics. He joined University College Dublin in 2008 as a Post-Doctoral Researcher within the Urban Environment Project. He was a visiting researcher at University of Cambridge and at New Zealand Landcare Research. Previously, he also worked as a GIS and Data Management expert in USAID, Emerging Markets Group, PA Consulting and Development Alternatives Inc., and as a Data Scientists at Criteo.
In 2014, Harut was awarded an EU FP7 Marie Curie International Fellowship and moved to the National Center of Smart Growth at the University of Maryland for two years. Here his GeoSInPo project aimed to achieve a thorough understanding of the dynamic processes involved in urban and environmental models and different approaches for their integration. Harut integrated land use, transport and emissions models for the Baltimore-Washington Region and land use and water quality models for the Greater Dublin Region.
Just after completing his first Marie Curie International Fellowship, Harut has been awarded another Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship from EDGE COFUND action to implement his project on Big Data Driven Geo-Spatial Models Supporting Public Health (BigDataGeoSuPH). This 3-year fellowship is based at UCD and the SFI CONNECT Centre strengthened through industry collaborations with IBM. The BigDataGeoSuPH project aims to reduce asthma burden in Ireland through the machine learning algorithms and predictive modelling using data from city-wide air quality, weather, and traffic monitoring sensors as well as the crowd-sourced data from an asthma tracking mobile devices.
Harut has over 50 publications, which includes 14 peer-reviewed papers in high profile international journals and 4 book chapters. His research interests are broad in scope but centre on the areas of GIScience, geospatial technologies, Spatial Decision Support Systems, Citizen Science, Smart Cities and Big Data.