Fernando Pérez

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I am a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. My research and teaching interests include open source spatial analysis, spatial econometrics, exploratory space-time data analysis and regional science. I am the creator of the package STARS: Space-Time Analysis of Regional Systems and lead developer of PySAL: A Python Library for Spatial Analysis. Much of this work is carried out within the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation. On this site you can learn more about my research, teaching, professional and personal interests.


July 2014
The month begins with a new position as editor of Geographical Analysis. I am honored to serve as the 10th editor of GA and am looking forward to working with an outstanding editorial board.
February 2014
I was honored to give the presidential address: “Open regional science” at this year’s Western Regional Science Association meeting.
January 2014
PySAL 1.7 is released
October 2013
Videos from the CyberGIS All Hands Meeting are up.
July 2013
PySAL 1.6 is released
March 2013
I had the chance to visit UIUC and give a talk in the CyberGIS speaker series.
February 2013
I presented a paper at the Western Regional Science Association Meetings in Santa Barbara, followed by a trip to the SIAM meetings on Computational Science and Engineering in Boston where I was part of a session on Big Data in Python Mini-symposium organized by Fernando Perez and Titus Brown.
January 2013
PySAL 1.5 is released.
October 2012

I was honored to be asked to give a keynote at the Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium in Yverdon-le-Bains, Switzerland.

Prior to the OSGRS meetings, I gave a talk as part of the GIScience Colloquum at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich.

September 2012
We presented an all-day workshop on PySAL at GIScience 2012 where I also spoke on a panel discussing space-time research.
August 2012
PySAL 1.4 is released.
July 2012

I attended the Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego where we gave two papers, one on Spatial Econometrics in the Age of CyberGIS and the other on CAST.

I gave a talk at SciPy 2012 on PySAL. The last SciPy I attended was 3 years ago and I think the community has grown by leaps and bounds. There is a lot of great work happening with Python and this conference showcases this very nicely.

April 2012
I’m excited to be guest-editing a special issue on Spatial Data Infrastructures, Cyberinfrastructure, and e-Science for GIScience for the International Journal of Geo-Information, together with Michael Finn of USGS.

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