Vanessa Frias-Martinez

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Vanessa Frias-Martinez

Associate Professor
 2123B Hornbake Building, South Wing

Dr. Vanessa Frias-Martinez is an Associate Professor in the UMD College of Information Studies and UMIACS and an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. She also leads the Urban Computing Lab.


Dr. Frias-Martinez’s research focuses on the use of large-scale ubiquitous data to model the interplay between human mobility patterns and the built environment. She is also interested in how such models can be used to aid decision makers in areas such as poverty, natural disasters or smart cities.


  • Urban Informatics
  • Smart Cities
  • Big Data Analysis
  • Applied Machine Learning
  • ICTs for Development


  • PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University
  • MSc in Computer Science from Columbia University
  • BSc in Computer Science from Universidad de Valladolid