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Assoc Professor Francesco Pilla

Assoc Professor

Francesco Pilla

Associate Professor
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy


My area of expertise is geospatial analysis and modelling of environmental dynamics, which involve the development of environmental pollution models (air, noise, water) and decision support tools using a GIS platform, in order to facilitate the interoperability of input data and research outcomes between the client/final user and the research team.My work focuses on understanding complex environmental phenomena in order to preempt the impacts resulting from interactions between the human population and the environment.My approach integrates models for environmental pollution with a GIS platform: this is used to assess and predict impacts from built-environment interventions which have the potential to provide population-wide effects.I use a range of pervasive and community sensing applications as a means of calibration and validation of GIS models and decision support tools. I acquired considerable experience in networks of environmental sensors for urban environmental monitoring during his collaborations with two different research laboratories in MIT as part of a Fulbright/EPA TechImpact award (2015) and his PhD (2011) research work.


  • MSc
    Trinity College Dublin
  • PG DIP
    Trinity College Dublin
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin