Enhanced Computational Modeling of Human Navigation in Urbanized Environments Fellowship
Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
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How to Apply

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Application Deadline
2/28/2024 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

An extensive body of work has sought to model the navigational modalities of human beings in urbanized environments by leveraging agent-based computational modeling (ABM) techniques. However, this literature has assumed simple travel distance cost-optimization strategies, encoded in the decision-rules followed by individual model agents (cf. the canonical Dijkstra algorithm). Recent, groundbreaking research leveraging anonymized en masse data collection has revealed that human beings rather employ more complex decision-rules in their navigational choices.

This project seeks to address the problem: how can we more accurately model human navigation to better inform large-scale models of human mobility in urbanized environments? The project will support development of novel computational approaches that more accurately reproduce real-world navigational choices now revealed in empirical data. Candidates for consideration will demonstrate deep competence in large-scale modeling of human mobility in urbanized environments, leveraging advanced computational techniques.

Example Approaches:

Empirically-informed large-scale agent-based computational modeling of human mobility in urbanized environments, leveraging research-grade high-performance computing resources for model development, testing and evaluation. 

Relevance to the Intelligence Community:

DNI Priority 4: Promoting expertise, data, science, and innovation. Drawing on external and internal expertise, developing new expertise, consistently promoting knowledge as a resource and underlying on evidence-driven insights to innovate.

IC STG Goal 4: Create the Future Operational Landscape. Find, create, and deploy scientific discoveries and new technologies, nurturing innovative thought, advancing tradecraft, and improving mission and business processes.

Identified IC S&T Needs addressed by the proposed work are:

  • Develop/enhance theoretical concepts related to activity-based intelligence.
  • Develop/enhance computational methods for analysis of geospatial information to detect anomalies.
  • Develop/enhance computational methods related to the interdisciplinary field of human geography for discovery of complex patterns and processes.
  • Develop/enhance capabilities to flag anomalies within massive data sets.

Key Words: human mobility, human navigation, human trajectory analysis, agent-based modeling.


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the appointment start date
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Academic Level(s): Postdoctoral.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (4 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (46 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (2 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (30 )

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