Profiles in Health Geography: Aniruddha “Rudy” Banerjee

Rudy Banerjee

Dr. Aniruddha “Rudy” Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Research Fellow, Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA. His interests are in spatial and computational statistics, spatial econometrics, decision support systems, and applied operations research (environmental and population health).
Rudy Banerjee earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Bengal Engineering College-University of Calcutta India. Migrating to the United States, he earned an MS degree in Urban and Regional Planning and his doctorate in Geography (environmental epidemiology and GISc) from the University of Iowa. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Transportation Studies from that institution.

Rudy has applied combinatorial optimization methods using both integer programming and graph theoretic approaches, Bayesian simulation of hierarchical networks and stochastic optimizations to analyze health information and develop space-time models of population health. Recently, he was invited to present his National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) research at the School of Medicine, Harvard University. Rudy was the joint recipient of the 2005 Jacques May Thesis Prize. He has been invited to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Oakridge National Laboratories, Institute for the Future (a Rand Corporation spinoff located at Palo Alto, California; where he is a consultant), University of California at Berkeley and Santa Barbara, University of Washington-Seattle, Harvard University, IUPUI ‘Cutting-Edge Lecture Series’ etc. to share his work on GISc and health. In addition to his PhD in Geography (University of Iowa), he has an MS in Transportation Planning and Public Policy from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Architecture and Engineering from the University of Calcutta-India. His recent publications (last 16 months) appear in Social Science & Medicine, Vision Research, International Journal of Medical Science, Substance Use and Misuse, and Clinical and Experimental Research, as well as various book chapters.

See also his departmental staff page.

  • Originally Posted February 2009
  • Updated:  April 2013
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