Jean-Claude Thill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Biography:

(a) Synopsis
Jean-Claude Thill's research interests relate to two broad themes, namely transportation and mobility systems,
and spatial knowledge discovery. These two themes are closely woven throughout my research and teaching.
As a part of the mandate of the Endowed Chair in Public Policy that I have accepted at the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte, one of my priorities is to sensitize public and private decision makers on the importance
of the spatial perspective, the contribution of methods of spatial modeling, and of the interconnectedness of
the socio-economic and physical realms in fast growing urban environments such as Charlotte, NC. It is in
this context that I have spearheaded a multi-year project here at UNC-Charlotte to study the dynamics of the
Charlotte metropolitan area using research tools of spatial modeling (GIS, spatial programming, network
analysis, choice models) and visualization.
Thill is a well-engaged student advisor and mentor, with roots in new programs development in
Transportation Analysis at SUNY-Buffalo and his involvement in the IGERT program in Geographic
Information Science at SUNY-Buffalo. Now at UNC-Charlotte, Thill has played a central role in the creation
and development of the doctoral program in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis, which focuses on
multiscalar urban regional analysis and geographic information science, while maintaining a strong
engagement in the masters program in Geography and the Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Infrastructure
and Environmental Systems. I am presently advising twelve doctoral students and several masters students.
(b) Professional Preparation
Ph.D., Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, 1988: Geography.
M.S., Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, 1984: Regional Science and Planning.
B.S., Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, 1984: Geography.
(c) Appointments
2006-present Knight Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Dept. of Geography and Earth Sciences,
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Assistant Director, Center for Transportation Policy Studies, UNC-Charlotte
1999-2006 Professor, Department of Geography, SUNY at Buffalo
1996-1999 Associate Professor, Department of Geography, SUNY at Buffalo
1989-1993 Assistant / Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia
1988-1989 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Florida Atlantic University
(d) Honors
- Recipient of the Michael Breheny Prize for the 2009 Best Paper in Environment and Planning B for the
paper “Visual data mining in spatial interaction analysis with self-organizing maps” co-authored with Dr. J.
Yan.
- Recipient of the David Boyce Service Award, North American Regional Science Council, 2008.
- Research Fellow, NAFTA Intermodal Transportation Institute, Dowling College, Long Island, 1997-1998.
- Fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 1997-1998.
- Recipient of a Special Recognition Award, North American Regional Science Council, 2001.
- Recipient of the G.J.D. Hewings Junior Scholar Award, North


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