Diana Mitsova

University: Florida Atlantic University

Department/Title: College of Design and Social Inquiry / Assistant Professor

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Diana Mitsova holds a Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis. She joined the School of Urban and Regional Planning in August 2008 as an Assistant Professor. She has professional experience in geographic information systems applications, GPS data collection and image processing. She had worked on environmental and public health-related projects funded by the World Bank and the European Commission in her native Bulgaria. Dr. Mitsova has a background in research design, statistical and spatial analysis, as well as geographic information systems. Her research focuses on historical and projected patterns of land cover change, open space conservation, water resource management, and environmental planning and modeling using geographic information systems, interactive computer simulation and spatial-statistical methods. Her expertise in spatial data analysis includes cellular automata, spatial regression modeling, Monte Carlo methods, geostatistics and integrated statistical/GIS models. Recently, she used a cellular automata – Markov chain model to project future patterns of urbanization in the Greater Cincinnati area and incorporated the principles of “green infrastructure” in the modeling framework. She is also interested in locational patterns of urban activities, transportation and air quality, and environmental justice. She intends to examine the environmental policies in the post-socialist countries of Eastern Europe.

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