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Harutyun Shahumyan

Marie Curie Research Fellow

School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
UCD Spatial Dynamics Centre
Richview
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 2669
Email: harutyun.shahumyan@ucd.ie

Biography

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.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: The International Environmental Modelling & Software Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Science Foundation (ESF) Pool of Reviewers , Function/Role: Reviewer
Association: The Irish Organisation for Geographic Information (IRLOGI) , Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Brennan, M., Shahumyan, H., Hochstrasser, T. ; (2009) Simulated future development of the Greater Dublin Area: consequences for protected areas and coastal flooding risk. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Dublin 2026 The Future Urban Environment, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland , 13-NOV-09 - 13-NOV-09.
Convery, S and Shahumyan, H; (2009) Decision support systems for spatial planning: an application of the MOLAND model in the Greater Dublin Region. [Oral Presentation], IUPEA  8th International Symposium Parallel Patterns of Growth and Decline, Kaiserslautern, Germany , 23-MAR-09 - 26-MAR-09.
Shahumyan H, Convery S., Casey E. ; (2010) Exploring Land Use-Transport Interactions in the Greater Dublin Region Using the MOLAND Model. [Oral Presentation], Irish Transport Research Network Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 31-AUG-10 - 01-SEP-11.
Hochstrasser, T., Gonzalez, A., Fry, J., Scott, P., Carvill, P., Grist, B., Shahumyan, H. ; (2011) Developing Integrated Biodiversity Impact Assessment for the Republic of Ireland. [Poster Presentation], 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (ENVIRON), Cork City, Cork , 06-APR-11 - 08-APR-11.
 

Employment

Employer: Emerging Markets Group
Position: MIS Officer
Employer: PA Consulting Group
Position: GIS and Data Management Specialist
Employer: Development Alternatives Inc.
Position: Data Management Specialist
Employer: Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems
Position: Researcher
Employer: Institute of Economics
Position: Software Engineer

Education

Year 2001 Institution: Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Qualification: PhD Subject: Applied Statistics
Year 1998 Institution: Yerevan State University
Qualification: MS Subject: Mathematics

Languages

English:
Armenian:
Russian:

Consultancy

Client: Landcare Research, New Zealand
Client: Armenia Health System Modernization Project, Word Bank HPIU
Client: Centre for Applied Medical Statistics, University of Cambridge
Client: Armenian Drug and Medical Technology Agency
Client: Development Programs Ltd / Enterprise Incubator Foundation

Outreach Activities

GeoSAL GIS Seminar Series
 

Other Activities

GIS Consultancy for UCD researchers.
Management of the Geo-Spatial Analysis Lab (GeoSAL) and GIS Clinic at the school.
Administration of URBIS Spatial Data Warehouse

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Petrov L., Williams B. Shahumyan H., Convery S. (2012) 'National Borders and Transport corridors in Europe: Evidence of linkages in the Dublin-Belfast corridor' In: Campagna, M. De Montis, A. Isola, F. Lai, S. Pira, C. Zoppi, C (eds). Planning Support Tools: Policy Analysis, Implementation and Evaluation. Milano: FrancoAngeli. , pp.193-205 [Details]
Roger White, Harutyun Shahumyan and Inge Uljee; (2011) 'Activity Based Variable Grid Cellular Automata for Urban and Regional Modelling' In: Danielle J. Marceau and Itzhak Benenson (eds). Advanced Geo-Simulation Models. Bentham e-books: Bentham Science Publishers. , pp.14-30 Available Online [Details]
Shahumyan H.; (2000) 'Statistical Software Packages' In: Haroutunian E., Kazanchyan N., Asatryan D., Haroutynian M., Sahakyan M (eds). Probability and Applied Statistics. Yerevan, Armenia: Gitutiun Publishing House. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Shahumyan H., Moeckel R. (2016) 'Integration of land use, land cover, transportation, and environmental impact models: Expanding scenario analysis with multiple modules'. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, . [DOI] [Details]
Nedovic-Budic, Z; Knaap, G; Shahumyan, H; Williams, B; Slaev, A (2016) 'Measuring urban form at community scale: Case study of Dublin, Ireland'. Cities, 55 :148-164. [DOI] [Details]
O'Neill E, Brereton F, Shahumyan H, Clinch JP. (2016) 'The impact of perceived flood exposure on flood-risk perception: the role of distance'. Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis, 36 (11):2158-2186. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Van de Voorde T., van der Kwast J., Poelmans L., Canters F., Binard M., Cornet Y., Engelen G., Uljee I., Shahumyan H., Williams B., Convery S., Lavalle C. (2016) 'Projecting alternative urban growth patterns: The development and application of a remote sensing assisted calibration framework for the Greater Dublin Area'. Ecological Indicators, 60 :1056-1069. Available Online [Details]
O'Neill E, Brennan M, Brereton F, Shahumyan H. (2015) 'Exploring a spatial statistical approach to quantify flood risk perception using cognitive maps'. Natural Hazards, 76 (3):1573-1601. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Shahumyan H., Williams B. Foley W. (2015) 'Spatial Cluster Analysis Informing Policy Making in Ireland'. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9157 :511-524. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Willuweit, L. and O'Sullivan, J.J. and Shahumyan, H. (2015) 'Simulating the effects of climate change, economic and urban planning scenarios on urban runoff patterns of a metropolitan region'. Urban Water Journal, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Shahumyan, H.; Williams, B.; Petrov, L.; Foley, W. (2014) 'Regional Development Scenario Evaluation through Land Use Modelling and Opportunity Mapping'. Land, September (3):1180-1213. [Details]
Petrov, L.A., Shahumyan, H., Williams, B., Convery, S. (2013) 'Applying Spatial Indicators to Support Sustainable Urban Futures, Cambridge University Press,Environmental Practice'. Environmental Practice, 15 (1):19-32. [DOI] [Details]
Williams B., Shahumyan H., Convery S., Petrov L., Ustaoglu E. (2011) 'Evidence of Contemporary Challenges for Rural and Agricultural Areas Experiencing Rapid Development Pressures in the Dublin Region'. Les Cahiers De La Fondation, 11 :141-149. Available Online [Details]
Williams, B., Shahumyan, H., Boyle, I., Convery, S., White, R. (2012) 'Utilizing an Urban-Regional Model (MOLAND) for Testing the Planning and Provision of Wastewater Treatment Capacity in the Dublin Region 2006 - 2026'. Planning Practice and Research, 27 (2):227-248. [Details]
Shahumyan H., White R., Petrov L., Williams B., Convery S., Brennan M. ; (2011) 'Urban Development Scenarios and Probability Mapping for Greater Dublin Region: The MOLAND Model Applications'. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6782 (1):119-134. Available Online [Details]
Brennan, M., Shahumyan, H. and Hochstrasser, T.; (2010) 'Simulated future development of the Greater Dublin Area: consequences for protected areas and coastal flooding risk'. Journal of Irish Urban Studies, 9 :31-51. Link to full text [Details]
Palmer C. R., Shahumyan H. A; (2007) 'Implementing a decision-theoretic design in clinical trials: Why and how?'. Statistics in Medicine, 26 (27):4938-4957. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Williams B., Foley W., Shahumyan H., Petrov L. (2013) 'Transport Policy, Land-Use Dynamics and Economic Development Patterns: Scenario Modelling for the Dublin-Dundalk-Newry-Belfast Corridor' Borderlands: The Journal of Spatial Planning in Ireland (3) :95-112. Available Online [Details]
Williams B., Shahumyan H., Convery S. (2012) 'Evidence based urban modelling as a spatial analytical tool in the Regional Planning and Strategic Environmental Assessment context for the Greater Dublin Region' Journal of the Irish Planning Institute (18) :30-48. Available Online [Details]
Haroutunian E. A, Shahumyan H. A.; (2002) 'The Investigation of Population Alteration in Armenia' Transactions of the Institute of Economical Researches :196-201. [Details]
Shahumyan H. A., Baghdasaryan N. G., Haroutunian E. A.; (2001) 'On the Most Informative Indices Selection Method' Transactions of the Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NAS RA and YSU, Mathematical Problems of Computer Science (12) :64-69. [Details]
Shahumyan H.; (2001) 'Package "SIFAnalysis" on Testing Sequences Homogeneity and Computing Information Distances' Transactions of the Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NAS RA and YSU: Mathematical Problems of Computer Science (12) :80-85. [Details]
Haroutunian E. A, Shahumyan H. A.; (2000) 'Demographic Structure Estimation by Mortality Rate Alteration' Transactions of the Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NAS RA and YSU: Mathematical Problems of Computer Science (11) :91-96. [Details]

Conference Publications

Shahumyan H., Moeckel R., Claggett P., Ducca F. (2016) Integration of Land Use and Land Cover Models: Coupling Two Existing Models to Improve the Simulation of Location Choice 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O'Neill E, Brereton F, Shahumyan H, Clinch JP. (2014) The impact of perceived distance on flood risk perception EUROGEO Annual Conference 2014 16-­17 May 2014 Valletta, Malta, [Details]
Brennan M, O'Neill E, Brereton F, Shahumyan H. (2014) Flood risk perception at the community level: concordance and divergence from reality Conference of Irish Geographers 2014 University College Dublin, [Details]
Willuweit, L., O'Sullivan, J.J., Shahumyan, H. (2013) Modeling the effects of Urban Growth Scenarios on Water Demand and Runoff Patterns in Dublin, Ireland . In: Piantadosi, J., Anderssen, R.S. and Boland, J eds. MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation Adelaide, Australia, , 01-DEC-13 - 06-DEC-13 , pp.3162-3168 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Brereton, F, Shahumyan, H. and Clinch, P. (2013) Environment, Land-use and Well-being ESS International Conference, Dublin, 10th and 11th June, 2013 [Details]
O'Neill E, Brereton F, Brennan M, Dreoni I, Shahumyan H. (2013) Mapping Hazard Perception to assess Flood Preparedness, Awareness and Risk Conference of Irish Geographers 2013 National University of Ireland, Galway, , 16-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13 [Details]
Brennan M, O'Neill E, Brereton F, Shahumyan H. (2014) Quantifying Flood Risk Perception: A case study using cognitive maps and spatial statistics Conference of Irish Geographers 2014 University College Dublin, [Details]
Williams, B., Shahumyan H., Foley, W. (2014) Regional Economic Development and the future role of Dublin. Analysing the Changing Role of Economic Activity and Property Market Factors in Regional Economic Development 46 th Annual Conference of Irish Geographers, University College Dublin, May 8-10th 2014 [Details]
Shahumyan H. and Moeckel R. (2015) Integrating models for complex planning policy analysis: Challenges and a solution in coupling dissimilar models . In: Ferreira, J. Jr. and Goodspeed R eds. 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM): Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities MIT, Boston, USA, Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Shahumyan, H., White, R., Petrov, L., Williams, B., Convery, S., Brennan, M (2011) Urban Development Scenarios and Probability Mapping for Greater Dublin Region: The MOLAND Model Applications Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications [DOI] [Details]
Williams, B., Foley, W., Shahumyan, H., Petrov, L., (2012) Transport Improvements and Impacts on Land Use Dynamics and Economic Development: Evidence for the Dublin-Belfast Corridor Proceedings of the Irish Transport Research Network Conference, University of Ulster, August 2012 http://www.itrn.ie/index.php?page=conference-archive, [Details]
SHAHUMYAN, H., WHITE, R., PETROV, L., WILLIAMS, B., CONVERY, S., BRENNAN, M. ; (2011) Urban Development Scenarios and Probability Mapping for Greater Dublin Region: The MOLAND Model Applications Sixth International Workshop on Geographical Analysis, Urban Modeling, Spatial Statistics GEOG-AN-MOD-11 Santander, Spain.2011 [Details]
González, A; Fry, J; Hochstrasser, T; Shahumyan, H (2011) Developing IBIA: Data limitations on GIS-support 31st Annual Meeting of International Association for Impact Assessment Available Online [Details]
Brereton, F, Shahumyan, H and Clinch, P (2011) Environment, Land-use and Well-being New Directions in Welfare Conference, OECD, Paris, France, 6th ¿ 8th July 2011 [Details]
Fry, John; Tamara Hochstrasser, Ainhoa González, Paul Scott, Peter Carvill, and Harutyun Shahumyan; (2011) Developing IBIA: Process and content? IAIA11, Impact Assessment for responsible development from infrastructure and industry: the 31st Annual meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Puebla, Mexico 29 May - 4 June 2011 Available Online [Details]
González, Ainhoa; John Fry, Tamara Hochstrasser, and Harutyun Shahumyan; (2011) Developing IBIA: Review of GIS-compatible methods IAIA11, Impact Assessment for responsible development from infrastructure and industry: the 31st Annual meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Puebla, Mexico 29 May - 4 June 2011 Available Online [Details]
Fry, J., Hochstrasser, T., González, A., Scott, P., Carvill, P. and Shahumyan, H. ; (2011) Developing IBIA: Process and content? 31st Annual Meeting of International Association for Impact Assessment Puebla, Mexico, , 29-MAY-11 - 04-JUN-11 Available Online [Details]
Petrov, L., Williams, B., Shahumyan, H., Convery, S. (2012) National borders and transport corridors in Europe: evidence of linkages in the Dublin-Belfast corridor . In: Campagna, M., De Montis, A., Isola, F., Lai, S., Pira, C., Zoppi, C eds. Seventh International Conference on Informatics and Urban and Regional Planning INPUT2012 [Details]
Petrov L., Shahumyan H., Williams B., Convery S. ; (2011) Scenarios and Indicators Supporting Urban Regional Planning . In: Yasushi Asami eds. Spatial Thinking and Geographic Information Sciences Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 21, , pp.243-252 Available Online [Details]
Van de Voorde T., Canters F., McInerny D., Convery S., Shahumyan H. ; (2011) Deriving urban land use with metric-based signatures: comparing Landsat ETM+ and SPOT 5 imagery . In: Stilla U, Gamba P, Juergens C, Maktav D eds. Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE) Munich, Germany, , 11-APR-11 - 13-APR-11 , pp.393-396 Available Online [Details]
Shahumyan H., Jankowski P. ; (2010) Integration of the MOLAND Model with GeoChoicePerspectives Spatial Decision Support Software for Scenario Evaluation The 13th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science [Details]
Shahumyan H., Convery S., Casey E. ; (2010) Exploring Land Use-Transport Interactions in the Greater Dublin Region Using the MOLAND Model 1st Annual Conference of the Irish Transport Research Network [Details]
Shahumyan, H. and Convery S.; (2009) Assessment of the Greater Dublin Region¿s Development Using the MOLAND Model ESRI User Conference San Diego, USA, Available Online [Details]
Convery, S. and Shahumyan, H.; (2009) Decision-support systems for spatial planning: an application of the MOLAND model in the Greater Dublin Region 8th International Symposium (UPE 8) of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association Kaiserslautern, Germany, [Details]
Shahumyan H. A., Haroutunian E. A.; (2003) Armenian Statistical Web Lab ISI 54rd Session Berlin, Germany, Available Online [Details]
Sagoyan I., Stambolcyan E., Markaryan N., Egiazaryan L., Haroutunian E., Shahumyan H.; (2001) The Dynamic of Morbidity And Mortality of Tuberculosis in Armenia (1980-2000) Military-Medical Conference Yerevan, Armenia, [Details]
Shahumyan H. A., Baghdasaryan N. G., Haroutunian E. A. ; (2001) On Reduction of Variables Space Dimensionality by Selection of the Most Informative Indices International Conference of Computer Science and Information Technologies Yerevan, Armenia, , pp.237-240 [Details]
Haroutunian E. A, Shahumyan H. A.; (2000) A Statistical Indirect Method for Demographic Structure Estimation International Conference Statistics, Development and Human rights Montreux, Switzerland, [Details]
Haroutunian E. A, Shahumyan H. A ; (1999) A Statistical Approach to Determination of Republic of Armenia Population Migration International Conference of Computer Science and Information Technologies Yerevan, Armenia, , pp.466-469 [Details]

Published Reports

Harutyun Shahumyan, Brendan Williams, Walter Foley (2013) Spatial Analytic Approaches Assessing Socio-Economic Development Of The Dublin Region Compared With Other Regions In Ireland. Dublin Regional Authority, Dublin, Ireland. Available Online [Details]
Brendan Williams, Walter Foley, Jamie Cudden, Harutyun Shahumyan (2012) Synthesis Report: Dublin Ireland's Flagship. Dublin Regional Authority, Dublin, Ireland. Available Online [Details]
Foley W., Williams B., Cudden J., Shahumyan H. (2012) Opinion and Evidence. Dublin Regional Authority, Dublin Regional Authority. Available Online [Details]
Harutyun Shahumyan, Brendan Williams, Walter Foley (2011) Collating And Assessing The Availability And Applicability Of Socio-Economic Data And Information Relating To Development Of The Dublin Region. Dublin Regional Authority, Dublin, Ireland. Available Online [Details]
Shahumyan H. A.; (2006) Application of GIS in Armenia: Opportunities for Expanded Use in the Health Sphere. NOVA, Yerevan, Armenia. Available Online [Details]
Shahumyan H. A; (2005) Inventory of GIS Resources in Armenia for the State Water Cadastre. PA Consulting, Yerevan, Armenia. [Details]
                                                         

Working Paper

Brennan M., Shahumyan H., Walsh C., Carty J., Williams B., Convery S. ; (2009) Regional Planning Guideline review: using MOLAND as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Process. UCD Urban Institute Ireland Working Paper Series: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Williams B., Shahumyan H., Boyle I., Convery S., White R.; (2009) Adapting an Urban-Regional Model (MOLAND) for Supporting the Planning and Provision of Strategic Regional Infrastructure: Providing Wastewater Treatment Capacity in the Dublin Region 2006 - 2026. UCD Urban Institute Ireland Working Paper Series: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Shahumyan H., Twumasi B., Convery S., Foley R., Vaughan E., Casey E., Carty J., Walsh C., Brennan M. ; (2009) Data Preparation for the MOLAND Model Application for the Greater Dublin Region. UCD Urban Institute Ireland Working Paper Series: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Shahumyan H., White R., Twumasi B., Convery S., Williams B., Critchley M., Carty J., Walsh C., Brennan M.; (2009) The MOLAND Model Calibration and Validation for the Greater. UCD Urban Institute Ireland Working Paper Series: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

Dr. Shahumyan's main research interest include:
  • Big Data
  • Smart Cities
  • Machine Learning and Statistics
  • Data Visualisation
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Web-based GIS applications
  • Geospatial Modelling and Analysis
  • Model Integration
  • Land Use and Transport Modelling (MOLAND)
  • Cellular Automata

Research Projects

Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : EcoArm2ERA - EU Cooperation Capacity Building of Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia: Towards Armenia¿s integration into the ERA
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-11 / 30-NOV-14
   

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based on the view of applying practical examples and problem solving tasks to make the learning process easy and interesting for students. Connection of the topic with real life situations increases the potential of applying the acquired knowledge and skills in future.
     

Developing as a Teacher

Dr. Shahumyan's teaching experience goes back to 1995, when he conducted computer skills courses for general public in Armenia. Later he designed and run several courses on computer skills, data management, data analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for government officials and decision makers. After joining to UCD in 2008 Dr. Shahumyan has developed and run different short term GIS courses for students, researchers and staff. He was the coordinator and the lecturer of the Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning (PEP40100) module for post-graduate students at UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy in 2014. As a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Maryland Harut taught postgraduate students the course named Recent Developments in Urban Studies: Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (URSP688M).
 

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

  • UCD Earth Institute
  • UCD School of Geography
  • Centre for Support and Training in Analysis and Research (CSTAR)
  • UCD-RTI Applied Research Centre (ARC)

External Collaborators

  • National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at University of Maryland
  • Dublin and Mid-East Regional Authorities
  • Dublin City Council
  • Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of the National Academy of Science of Armenia
  • National Academy of Science of Armenia