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Michael D. Porter

Associate Professor
Data Science
Systems and Information Engineering
University of Virginia

Phone: 434.243.3173
Office: 102F Olsson Hall
Email: [email protected]

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I'm an Associate Professor in the School of Data Science and the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
I enjoy spending time with my bride, Erica, and three kids Evie, Joseph, and Benjamin, reading, and being outdoors.


I received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2006, a M.S. from Vanderbilt University in 2003, and a B.S. from Purdue University in 1998. I have been an Assistant and Associate professor of Applied Statistics at the University of Alabama (2013-2018), principal research scientist for Spadac, Geoeye, and DigitalGlobe (2008-2013), post-doc at NCSU and SAMSI (2006-2008), as well as an industrial engineer and maintenance supervisor for Sanford/Newell Brands (1998-2001).

Research Interests

Event Prediction: modeling where, when, and why events occur

  • crime and terrorism prediction
  • traffic incident prediction
  • point processes, spatial statistics, time series, predictive analytics, machine learning

Pattern and Event Detection: discovering patterns and anomalies in data

  • anomaly detection
  • dynamic network analysis
  • spatial hotspot detection
  • clustering
  • data mining

Data Linkage: matching data that correspond to the same entity

  • crime linkage
  • statistical forensics
  • record linkage
  • road conflation

Application areas: Criminology, Transportation, Terrorism, Defense, Security, Forensics, Business