Patty Frontiera, Ph.D.

Job title: 
Interim Executive Director, D-Lab; Co-Director, Berkeley Federal Statistical Research Data Center; Data Scientist; Data Services Lead
Dr. Patty Frontiera is the interim Executive Director of the D-Lab, as well as the Data Services Lead and a geospatial data scientist.  She is the official campus representative for ICPSR, the Roper Center, and the Census State Data Center network, and serves as the Co-Director of the Berkeley Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC).  Patty also develops the geospatial workshop curriculum, teaches workshops, and consults on geospatial topics. Patty has been with the D-Lab since 2014 and served as the Academic Coordinator through Spring 2017. Patty received her Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley where her dissertation explored the application and effectiveness of generalized spatial representations in geographic information retrieval. Her work has focused on the design and development of web-based environmental planning and information systems. Specific areas of interest include web mapping, spatial databases, environmental informatics, and the development of web-based geospatial analysis tools. Patty is also a lecturer in the UCB Data Science Undergraduate Education Program for which she has led the development of an introductory geographic information course in python (ESPM88a).