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Perver Baran

Teaching Professor

Jordan Hall 5114

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Ph.D., Urban Planning, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Master of Urban Planning, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Kiril i Methodij, Skopje, Yugoslavia.

Current Research Interests

  • Built environment and health
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Immersive virtual environments

Recent Courses Taught

  • GIS 515: Cartographic Design
  • GIS 520: Spatial Problem Solving


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Date: 08/15/18 - 10/30/19
Amount: $20,000.00
Funding Agencies: Wake County

This project will establish a partnership between the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State University and the Wake County Innovation Lab to form a team to develop geospatial visualizations and analytics solutions for internal and external Wake County government stakeholders. This effort will support projects for the Wake County Innovation Center / GeoLab that require specialized computational skillsets. Overall, the objective of the project is to develop solutions in emerging geospatial technologies, to contributing high-level geospatial science and computational skills, to the advancement of Wake County Innovation Lab application development and delivery, and to increase the geospatial analytical capabilities that the Innovation Lab provides to departments and stakeholders. The research group will focus on geospatial analytics and the development of visualizations and applications to model spatial solutions for county operations and engagement with citizens. Pilot projects may include augmented reality, BIM (Building Information Modeling) and the incorporation of sensor data streams. This project is intended to enhance the potential for Wake County Innovation Lab staff to make tangible progress on enhancing the geovisualization and geoanalytics in application development and delivery.

Date: 12/01/16 - 5/31/17
Amount: $28,100.00
Funding Agencies: New Venture Fund

The objective of this project is to evaluate the state-of-the art tools for developing a 3D interactive web application that will allow the staff and public (i) to view and gather reporting analytics on various precomputed zoning scenarios and compare to current as-built conditions, and (ii) to interactively change the 3D properties of the buildings within the 3D web environment. The evaluation will incorporate a prototype application demonstrating the possibilities of next generation planning using 3D city models.

Date: 11/01/09 - 1/30/14
Amount: $134,747.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council identified public health impacts of urban forests as a research priority. Two of the ten leading public health challenges in the U.S. are physical inactivity and obesity. Studies of the built environment show that community design and urban form shape opportunities for physical activity. Few studies have examined the specific contributions that urban and community forests make to public health through physical activity. This study proposes to examine the potential for urban forests to promote physical activity and health. A multidisciplinary team of researchers will compile and integrate national epidemiologic and health surveillance data with data from urban forest inventory databases to examine relationships among urban forest characteristics and physical activity and health. One level of analyses will examine these relationships between cities, exploring national trends. A second level of analysis will employ higher resolution data to focus on three metropolitan areas to determine the relative influence of urban forest characteristics, community design, and population characteristics on physical activity and obesity. Results of the study will be of great interest to policy makers and professionals working in the natural resources and public health arenas.

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