Welcome to my website!
My name is Unchitta. I am a Presidential Fellow and PhD student in computational social science at George Mason University
I use data, computation, and an interdisciplinary approach to study cities and urban systems, often involving GIS, social demography, survey statistics, and complex systems thinking. My PhD work investigates, from the population perspective, what makes cities distinctive, resilient, and successful.
I am also passionate about applying complex systems thinking to policy problems and bringing my years of experience in data science to making cities more equitable and sustainable.
News and Updates:
- 4/2023: I am excited to share my unpublished project on building an agent-based model of the spatial mismatch hypothesis (in which involuntary housing choices and relocation of jobs lead to poorer market outcomes for Black workers in U.S. urban areas) at the 2023 George Mason University Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference.
- 7/2022: I am excited to be presenting our geo-demographic research on local family ties in US metropolitan areas at the IC2S2 2022 conference in Chicago this July!
- 08/2021: Had a lot of fun returning to the industry as a data science intern for the summer. I worked on building a network-based recommendation system for online food ordering as well as an in-house automated A/B testing platform. Thank you Clover for having me back!
- 05/2021: I have been invited to speak at the SIAM Dynamical Systems 2021 conference on our work on co-evolving bounded-confidence opinion dynamics model on adaptive networks.
- 03/2021: I am honored to have been invited to speak as a panelist at the Mathematical and Computational Approaches to Social Justice workshop hosted by ICERM at Brown University! I am very excited to attend as a participant as well.
- 02/2021: Our article on modeling infectious diseases for young readers is out on Frontiers for Young Minds!