Master of Urban Spatial Analytics

Philadelphia skyline against violet sky at dusk
In July, the City of Philadelphia joined a handful of US cities in appointing a “night mayor” with the selection of Raheem Manning to serve as director of the nighttime economy and business development. The appointment grew out of a sustained effort by Michael Fichman, a research associate at PennPraxis who teaches in the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics Program, to champion 24-hour cities internationally.
Portrait of Jing Zhang and Jingzhi Chang with Ben Medler

Photo courtesy Wharton Customer Analytics

A team of City and Regional Planning students at Weitzman won the latest datathon organized by the Wharton Customer Analytics (WCA) for Electronic Arts (EA), the entertainment company behind such hit games as FIFA 17 and The Journey. 
From left: Japhet Debrah, Anthony Ayebiahwe, Steven Chang, Neeraj Chandrasekar, and Sydney Judge
MUSA student Anthony Ayebiahwe grew up small coastal community in Ghana where many housholds lack reliable electricity. So he’s teamed up with students from across Penn to change that. 
Cover of "Creative Footprint Music, New York"
On the morning of September 28th, an eclectic group assembled at the Ace Hotel in New York City.
Map of Collision Count in 2017
This past spring saw some really important innovations in the MUSA program at Penn. Let's take a look at three of these acheivements.
Elizabeth Delmelle and Daniela Fabricius
The Weitzman School welcomes geographer and geographic information scientist Elizabeth Delmelle and architectural historian and theorist Daniela Fabricius to the standing faculty. Delmelle is an associate professor of city and regional planning and the director of the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program; Fabricius is an assistant professor of architecture whose work takes an interdisciplinary approach to the political, intellectual, and aesthetic histories of 20th-century architecture and urbanism.
Ken Steif and cover of "Public Policy Analytics" book
As the world marks one year since COVID-19 upended everyday life, governments around the world have often touted that they are “guided by data” or are “following the science” as they close or open different sectors of the economy.
Five students are gathered at a laptop
In 2019, the national estimates remain jarring: Three out of every five fire-related deaths in homes occur in properties without working smoke alarms.
This project was completed as part of the MUSA 507 course, taught in the fall of 2018 by faculty member Ken Steif. The Motivation
Professor Tony Smith
Professor Tony Smith has taught in the MUSA program since its inception. He is recognized as an international expert in the fields of spatial statistics and spatial analysis.
Graph showing health violations 2010-2016
This post showcases some of the impressive first semester data science work by the MUSA and Planning students in Ken Steif's course, MUSA 507. The students chose from four possible spatial machine learning projects.