James Gaboardi

James David Gaboardi

Office Address: 
Atlanta Research Data Center Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 1000 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30309
Post-doctoral Scholar
Department of Geography

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  • spatial optimization
  • population (dis)aggregations
  • network-based modeling
  • high-performance computing
  • object-oriented programming
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My passion, and the basis of my research, lies at the intersection of GIS, spatial data science, and operations research, with strong foci in network-constrained optimal facility location modeling and the modeling consequences of aggregating (and disaggregating) population data. To this end, I completed my dissertation based on the development of a novel method for allocating abstract population representations (e.g. populated census geographies) to road networks prior to the generation of origin-destination cost matrices, which are utilized in location-allocation models. I won 2nd place in the John Odland student paper competition—sponsored by the Spatial Analysis and Modeling specialty group—at the 2019 American Association of Geographers Annual Conference with a preliminary version of the second chapter of my dissertation. I am involved with three ongoing projects within the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) network, all of which revolve around the creation of more reliable methods and accurate data products for the replication of “true” population distributions through household-level census microdata, specifically the Master Address File (MAF). Currently, I reside in Atlanta, Georgia and work out of the Atlanta Research Data Center (ARDC), located within the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. I am a core developer on the Python Spatial Analysis Library (PySAL) — an open source, NumFocus-affiliated project based out of the University of California Riverside under the direction of Dr. Serge Rey.


  • 2019 — Ph.D., Geography  
       Florida State University
  • 2014 — M.S., GIS  
       Florida State University
  • 2005 — B.A., Liberal Studies (Marketing, Sociology, & Foreign Languages)  
       University of Central Florida