Zephyr Frank (History, Urban Studies, Director: Spatial History Project) has recently won a 2019 HAI Seed Grant! His project, Urbanization at the Margins: Edges & Seams in the Global South, will be conducted alongside Roz Naylor (Earth Systems Science), Erik Steiner (Co-Director: Spatial History Project), Deland Chan (H&S), and Leonardo Barleta (History)
The HAI (Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence) Seed Grant is awarded to exceptional scholars for their investigation into cutting-edge AI solutions to support or advance humanity, foster interdepartmental or interschool collaborations between faculty, postdocs, students, and staff, and present new, ambitious research that will help guide the future of AI. Congratulations to Zephyr and team!
Zephyr Frank is Professor of History and the Director of the Program on Urban Studies. He was also the founding Director of the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) 2011-16. His research interests focus on Brazilian social and cultural history, the study of wealth and inequality, and the digital humanities.
Erik Steiner is the Creative Director of the Spatial History Project and came to Stanford as a founding member of the Lab in 2007. A geographer by training and a designer by practice, for over 15 years he has led the development of creative mapping projects for academic research in the fields of geography, architecture, ecology and the spatial humanities. His design work has work multiple awards and he is a former president of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS).
Leonardo Barleta is a PhD candidate in history and a Graduate Research Assistant at CESTA. He is interested in social, economic, and environmental history of Latin America, especially Brazil. His research focuses on the formation and development domestic markets and the integration of peripheral areas to the Portuguese Empire during the 17th and 18th centuries.