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Wednesday, April 6 • 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Computer Assisted Neighborhood Visual Assessment System (CANVAS) [D21]

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CANVAS is a web-based tool for systematically and reliably assessing neighborhood built, pedestrian and road way conditions using Google Street View.  Neighborhood auditing (aka Systematic Social Observation), a research technique where trained auditors visit neighborhoods to collect observational data on street level built and social environment conditions, has long been used in urban sociology, social epidemiology,  planning and design research and traffic safety research.  However, the approach is quite expensive with travel time costing more than actual on the ground research time. CANVAS obviates the need for travel and provides a uniform and centralized means of conducting neighborhood audits across larger areas and with higher density of observations than can be achieved using in-person audit methods.   CANVAS allows a research method that previously was used on a boutique scale to be deployed on an industrial scale.  Research using CANVAS to understand pedestrian injury risk in NYC was recently published.

Demo/Poster Presenter
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Andrew Rundle

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Dr. Rundle's research focuses on the determinants of sedentary lifestyles and obesity and the health related consequences of these conditions. Dr. Rundle Co-directs the Built Environment and Health Research Group (beh.columbia.edu), a trans-disciplinary team of researchers... Read More →

Demo/Poster Collaborator
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Gina Lovasi

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Gina S. Lovasi is an assistant professor in Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  Her research examines how local policies and initiatives influence cardiovascular and respiratory health, seeking to understand whether the anticipated health benefits... Read More →
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Stephen Mooney

NIH Pre-Doctoral Cancer Training Fellow in Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Stephen Mooney is an epidemiology doctoral student at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  His research interests include spatial analytic techniques, epidemiologic methods, and physical activity.
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Kathryn Neckerman

Senior Research Scientist, School of Social Work
Kathryn Neckerman is Associate Director of Columbia’s Health & Society Scholars Program. Neckerman is a sociologist who has conducted research on the role of race and ethnicity in urban labor markets, family structure, and education. She is the author of Schools Betrayed: Roots... Read More →
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Julien Teitler

Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology / Director of the Columbia University Social Indicators Survey Center., Department of Sociology, Columbia University
Julien Teitler is Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology and Director of the Columbia University Social Indicators Survey Center. Teitler’s research focuses on the effects of social environments and policies on families and children, on health disparities, and on research methodology. Teitler teaches classes in Human Behavior and the Social Environment and in Research Methodology. Professor Teitler’s res... Read More →

Wednesday April 6, 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Roone Arledge Auditorium Lerner Hall, Columbia University 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10040

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