CURIO: Capturing the city’s pulse.

CURIO will be a holistic, data-driven view of modern urban life. Visualization “dashboard” to synthesize a variety of real time and static data sources Link aspects of transportation and urban data to provide a comprehensive view of regional issues Provide new modes of analysis and dynamic urban modeling A valuable opportunity to collect, display, and archive data from many sources to: provide the statistics for model calibration; source data and information about departures from normal conditions (benchmarked against averages); and allow exploratory data analysis by techniques such as data cubes. Real-time tracker and archivable data storage of the metrics that drive urban life.

Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

The Ohio State University
CURA serves as a bridge across academia, industry, and the policy sector by providing spatial analysis of economic, social, environmental, and health issues in urban and regional settings in Ohio and beyond. We are the hub for data-driven urban science on campus, connecting diverse disciplines from multiple schools and colleges across The Ohio State University.


  • Urban transportation
  • Alternative transit
  • Tracking economic indicators
  • Displaying urban economic activity
  • Measuring environmental metrics

Harvey Miller, Professor

Interests: GIScience, Mobility Science, Sustainable Transportation Current Research: Current Research: My research and teaching focus on the intersection between geographic information science and transportation science. I want to understand how people use mobility and communications technologies to allocate scarce time among activities in geographic space – a perspective known as time geography. I am also interested in the social dimensions of transportation, and the implications of human mobility and accessibility for sustainable transportation, livable communities and public health.

Ningchuan Xiao, Professor

Areas of Expertise: Spatial Decision Support Systems Cartography Environmental and Ecological Modeling Web-Based GIS.

Morton O’Kelly, Professor + Department Chair

Interests: Network Analysis, Logistics, Transportation, Spatial Interaction Models. Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, CURA Current Research: My current NSF-funded research continues my long standing interest in hub location problems. The new ideas reflect a blend of optimization with an analysis of environmental impacts of hub and gateway systems: a consequence of high levels of global interaction. Thanks to collaborations with former graduate students, I have also developed a strong interest in commuting.

Matthew Adair, Program Coordinator

Matthew is on staff at CURA as well as a graduate student in City & Regional Planning. He helps write content for CURIO and handles some of the front-end web design. He is excited to provide a user-friendly data tool for the public! Areas of Expertise: Communications and outreach; Project management; Social media and visual design

Jerry Mount, PhD, GIS Project Manager

Jerry has expertise and interest in cartography, geographical information systems and science, and technology in general. In particular, he is interested the spatiotemporal dynamics of decision-making. His research focuses on the effects of context on pedestrian wayfinding and navigation using agent-based models.

Shaun Fontanella, Post-doctoral Researcher

Areas of Expertise: Web GIS Energy Use and Policy Data Visualization



Central Ohio is part of the Ohio River watershed and contains a number of significant wetlands, scenic rivers, and other natural features. The principal river is the Scioto, which joins with the Olentangy River near Downtown. The Scioto then flows through the city, winding its way south to the Ohio River at Portsmouth, Ohio. In addition to the Scioto and Olentangy, the Columbus area features the Big and Little Darby Creeks, Alum Creek, and Big Walnut Creek. Both Alum and Big Walnut drain out of reservoirs to the north of the city that also serve as recreation spots. The City of Columbus is taking strides to improve the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers through dam removal and restoration projects, and by improving the health and flow of the water itself in order to support new ways to enjoy both rivers.


Columbus has seen remarkable changes in transportation options over the past five years. The emergence of peer-to-peer networks, a private car-sharing company, bike sharing, and a free downtown circulator bus have given urban residents myriad mobility options outside of personal motor vehicles. As sustainability options become more viable and flexible, Columbus residents would be well-equipped to make more informed and active decisions by using data provided by private companies and public transportation. The patterns and trends revealed by layered data sources will then impact personal mobility choices, fostering changes in behavior and ultimately contributing to a more integrated transportation landscape for our city. Unemployment Median home value Median household income Vehicle ownership Public transit use Vacancy rate


As the fastest-growing region in the U.S., Columbus has seen continued expansion and development as many other Midwestern cities seek to mitigate economic stagnation. A low unemployment rate and relative affordability allow many people to live comfortably in Central Ohio. Some neighborhoods, however, have benefitted more from Columbus' success than others. The data on CURIO will demonstrate current issues such as spatial inequality in income, homeownership, and access to amenities such as bike trails and certain transportation options. Some of the data points that tell this story are: unemployment, median home value, median household income, vehicle ownership, public transit use, and vacancy rate.