I serve as Assistant Professor and Geospatial Lab Director at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Somayeh teaches introductory and advanced GIS courses, including Digital Earth, Internet GIS, and Geovisualization. My research mainly involves exploring movement patterns in relation to the environment and underlying geographic context through visualization and spatiotemporal computing. Previously, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, at The Ohio State University. Prior to that I was a Research Fellow at the GISciense Center of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where I completed my PhD studies in GIScience.
To date, I have developed knowledge discovery methods for exploring similarities and patterns in movements of dynamic agents (e.g. humans, vehicles, animals) and spatiotemporal processes (e.g. hurricanes). My research has been published in international journals such as International Journal of Geographic Information Science (IJGIS), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Movement Ecology, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, and Information Visualization.
My research interests include the development of GIScience methodologies, geospatial and visual analytics, particularly, for movement and spatiotemporal processes.