Jamie Saxon at the Center for Data and Computing

About Me

I am a postdoctoral fellow of the Center for Data and Computing of the University of Chicago. Previously, I was a postdoc with the University's Harris School of Public Policy and Center for Spatial Data Science.

I measure the availability and use of civic and social resources in American cities, using large data sources and distributed computing. I am particularly interested in mobility among neighborhoods, and the consequences of that mobility. My current work focuses on the measurement of broadband Internet at fine spatial granularity, and methods for measuring human activity using computer vision and custom electronics.

I am committed to developing resources for computational social science research. I have released software for measuring spatial accessibility, and taught programming and statistics to graduate students in public policy.

Originally trained as an experimental particle physicist, I came to the University as an Enrico Fermi Fellow (prize postdoc) of the Enrico Fermi Institute, working on the ATLAS Experiment on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. I spent many years building electronics and writing firmware for measuring and reconstructing particle trajectories. As a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, I made noteworthy contributions to the discovery and first measurements of the Higgs Boson.

My CV is here; you can also find me on LinkedIn or GitHub.


James Saxon, Reviving Legislative Avenues for Gerrymandering Reform with a Flexible, Automated Tool. Political Analysis, 2020. (Published version.)

James Saxon, Daniel Snow, A Rational Agent Model for the Spatial Accessibility of Primary Health Care. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 2019. (Published version.)

James Saxon, The Local Structures of Human Mobility in Chicago. Environment and Planning B, 2020. (Published version.)

James Saxon, Empirical Measures of Park Use in American Cities, and the Demographic Biases of Spatial Models. Geographical Analysis, 2020. (Published version.)

Kathryn E. Schertz, James Saxon, Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez, Luís M.A. Bettencourt, Marc Berman, Neighborhood Street Activity and Greenspace Usage Uniquely Contribute to Predicting Crime. Accepted at npj Urban Sustainability.

Working Papers

James Saxon, Methods for Respecting Political Subdivisions, in Automated Redistricting.

Selected Publications in Physics

ATLAS Collaboration, Search for Higgs Boson Pair Production in the γγbb̅ Final State Using pp Collision Data at √s = 8 TeV from the ATLAS Detector. Phys. Rev. Lett. 114 (Feb. 2015), 081802.

ATLAS Collaboration, Measurements of fiducial and differential cross sections for Higgs boson production in the diphoton decay channel at √s=8 TeV with ATLAS. JHEP 1409 (2014) 112.

ATLAS Collaboration, Measurements of Higgs boson production and couplings in diboson final states with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Physics Letters B, 726 (2013).

ATLAS Collaboration, Differential cross sections of the Higgs boson measured in the diphoton decay channel using 8 TeV pp collisions, ATLAS-CONF-2013-072, CERN, Geneva, Jul, 2013.

ATLAS Collaboration, Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC, Phys.Lett. B716 (2012) 1–29.

ATLAS Collaboration, Search for the Standard Model Higgs Boson in the Diphoton Decay Channel with 4.9 fb⁻¹ of pp Collision Data at √s = 7 TeV with ATLAS Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 (2012), 111803.

ATLAS TRT Collaboration, The ATLAS TRT electronics, JINST 3 (2008) P06007.

ATLAS TRT Collaboration, The ATLAS TRT barrel detector, JINST 3 (2008) P02014.

ATLAS TRT Collaboration, The ATLAS TRT end-cap detectors, JINST 3 (2008) P10003.


Email: jsaxon@uchicago.edu

Center for Data and Computing
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