The University of Colorado at Boulder has installed Seth Spielman as its new chief data strategy and analytics officer.

Here is an excerpt from a report in CU BoulderToday:

Spielman joined CU Boulder community in 2010 as an associate professor of geography, and also holds affiliations with CU Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) and Information Science.

From 2015 through 2019, Spielman worked at Apple Maps, where his work included building systems that used machine learning to improve map-based navigation and search, and coordinating international data collection projects. Throughout his career, Spielman’s work has focused on the intersection of data science and maps. He’s published over thirty articles, co-authored a book on urban analytics, led over $1.5 million in National Science Foundation awards, and received awards from American Association of Geographers, the American Statistical Association and the Breheny Prize for work in urban science.

“Our institutional data is an incredible asset. I think there is tremendous potential to improve student outcomes, and our institution as a whole, through partnerships that enable domain experts to gain insights through data,” says Spielman. “I look forward to leading this team as we partner with faculty and staff across campus.”

Spielman received his PhD in geographic information science from SUNY Buffalo, his MS in urban planning from Columbia University and his BA in geography from Macalester College.

“Seth’s experience using data to inform change, and his views and experience as a faculty member provide an opportunity to expand ODA’s impact,” said Ho-a. “This experience can take the FBS division one step closer to our vision of supporting faculty, and ultimately the university, in deep and meaningful ways.”