Students’ mobility patterns on campus and the implications for the recovery of campus activities post-pandemic

Research Overview

Drs. Quan Nguyen, Christopher Brooks and Daniel Romero (School of Information) lead their team to understand how students use campus spaces and their mobility patterns, using network analysis.  Their research will identify which student groups and which campus spaces are most vulnerable for infection, which are vital information as universities are planning to reopen the campus. This research is being done in partnership with the U-M Information Technology and Services.

The MIDAS COVID-19 Propelling Original Data Science (PODS) grants were awarded on May 13th, 2020, each of the 7 teams received funding of up to $30,000 with projects starting immediately and expected to finish by the end of 2020. These projects demonstrate the resolve, expertise, and creativity of U-M data scientists facing a public health crisis. To learn more about the other projects please visit our COVID-19 PODS awards page.

Research Impact

Research Team

Dr. Quan Nguyen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Investigator, School of Information, University of Michigan

Dr. Christopher Brooks, Assistant Professor School of Information, University of Michigan

Dr. Daniel Romero, Associate Professor School of Information, University of Michigan

Dr. Timothy McKay, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Dr. Ben Koester, Senior Learning Analytics Research Specialist LSA Physics, University of Michigan