satej soman

PhD Student


ICTD, geospatial analysis, machine learning, data management systems


Data Science


hello, i'm satej. thank you for stopping by my institutionally-mandated profile. you're looking very self-confident today. i hope you have a chance to do something you've been putting off for a while that's been weighing on your mind.

i'm interested in two areas of research:

a) the use of multi-modal and multi-scalar data sources (e.g. satellite imagery, digital traces, etc.) to answer economic and policymaking questions, and

b) the ergonomics of data engineering systems for social science research that is scalable, reproducible, and auditable.

before coming to the i school, i spent time advising governments in south and southeast asia on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, designed participatory urban planning tools for informal settlement activists in western and sub-saharan africa, led engineering teams building data management platforms in the private sector, and worked at a startup leveraging computer vision techniques for gesture-based interfaces.

my undergrad was in materials science and electrical engineering at cal (#bearssquared) and i picked up a master's degree in computational analysis and public policy from the harris school at the university of chicago.


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Joshua Blumenstock
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September 28, 2021