About Us


The U.S. COVID-19 Atlas is a county-level clustering surveillance tool to provide quick access to county-level COVID-19 estimates, longitudinal exploration, and statistical cluster detection. It reveals a more detailed pandemic landscape with local hotspots of surging COVID cases that are missed by state-level data.


In addition to basic visualizations at county & state scales, the Atlas also provides statistical hotspots to support surveillance and decision-making that have helped a wide range of users, from rural health department officials to businesses across the country planning to re-open safely.

It was started in early March and launched less than two weeks later by the University of Chicago’s Center for Spatial Data Science (CSDS) based on its GeoDaWeb platform. A network of volunteers activated to contribute to its development, and the atlas has since expanded as a research coalition across multiple institutions.

Today, the US COVID Atlas Project is a coalition of research partners and contributors that have been integral to developing and expanding the Covid Atlas to meet the needs of health practitioners, planners, researchers, and the public, with support in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project remains a free and opensource GIS platform, building on GeoDa libraries.


Leadership




Marynia Kolak, MS, MFA, PhD (CSDS)
Assistant Director for Health Informatics,
Health Geographer, GIScientist



Xun Li, PhD (CSDS)
Assistant Director for Data Science & principal software engineer of GeoDa



Qinyun Lin, PhD (CSDS)
Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in causal inference, social network analysis & multi-level models





Development Team




Vidal Anguino, MS (CSDS)
Software Engineer



Dan Snow, MS (CSDS)
Software Engineer



Moksha Menghaney (CSDS)
Community Mapping Analyst





Ryan Wang (CSDS)
Summer Spatial Data Science Fellow
Data Analyst



Stephanie Yang (CSDS)
Summer Spatial Data Science Fellow
Data Engineer





Design & Communications Team




Akemi Hong
Principal, Studio Akemi



Toni Williams
Vice President, Burness



Cecilia Smith, MS, PhD
GIS and Maps Librarian,
Univesity of Chicago





Coalition Partners




Lawrence T. Brown, PhD (CHR&R)
Director of County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Visiting Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute



Marjorie Givens, PhD (CHR&R)
Associate Director,
Population Health Institute



Bin Yu, PhD (Berkeley)
Chancellor's Distinguished Professor, Principal of Yu Research Group, Departments of Statistics and EECS



Roger L. Chaufournier, MHSA
CEO of CSI Solutions



Kathy Reims, MD
CMO of CSI Solutions



Greg Wolverton, FHIMSS
CTO of CSI Solutions



Brian Yandell, PhD (UW-Madison)
Interim Director at the American Family
Insurance Data Science Institute, lead of
the UW-Madison COVID Data Science Team.



Steve Goldstein, PhD (UW-Madison)
Botany, Biostatistics
and Medical Informatics



Kevin Little, PhD
Principal, Informing Ecological Design, LLC





Contributors



Julia Koschinsky (CSDS)
Executive Director of the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago.



Luc Anselin (CSDS)
Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology at the College, Director of the Center for Spatial Data Science, & a Senior Fellow at NORC.



John Steill (UW-Madison)
Computational Biologist
Morgridge Institute of Research





Steven Wangen (UW-Madison)
Assistant Scientist at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and Data Scientist at the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute.



Erin Abbott (CSDS)
3rd year Environmental & Urban Studies major, Geographic Information Science minor, and Pre-health at the University of Chicago.



Karina Acosta Ordonez (CSDS)
PhD Student, Visiting Scholar





Sihan Mao (CSDS Alumni)
Senior Data & Policy Analyst, Department of Innovation & Performance, City of Pittsburgh



Arianna Israel
UX Engineer



Robert Martin
Software Engineer