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Andrew Crooks


Dr. Andrew Crooks is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Computational Data Science and the Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science, as well as a researcher in the Center for Social Complexity at George Mason University. He teaches a variety of courses in relation to computational social science, urban systems, GIS and agent-based modeling. His research interests relate to exploring, understanding and the communication of the physical and socio-economic environments using GIS, spatial analysis, geovisualization, agent-based modeling and social network analysis methodologies.

Dr. Crooks received his BSc (hons) in Geology and Physical Geography and an MSc in Geographical Information Science from the University of Edinburgh and his PhD from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London. Before joining George Mason University, he held the position of GLA Economics Research Fellow in Urban Systems at CASA where he continued to develop geographical explicit agent-based models along with exploring and developing various other GIS applications and models focused around London.

His research interests have resulted in numerous publications, among them (recent): Stefanidis, A., Vraga, E., Lamprianidis, G., Radzikowski, J., Delamater, P.L., Jacobsen, K.H., Pfoser, D., Croitoru, A. and Crooks, A.T. (2017), Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts, JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 3 (2): e22; Mahabir, R., Stefanidis, A., Croitoru, A., Crooks, A.T. and Agouris, P. (2017), Authoritative and Volunteered Geographical Information in a Developing Country: A Comparative Case Study of Road Datasets in Nairobi, Kenya, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 6(1): 24, DOI:10.3390/ijgi6010024; Pires, B. and Crooks, A.T. (2017), Modeling the Emergence of Riots: A Geosimulation Approach, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 61: 66-80. (pdf).

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Office: 379 Research Hall,MS 6B2
Telephone: (703) 993-4640
Fax: (703) 993-9290