Research

Papers Under Review

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

Conference Publications

  • Poverty Mapping Using Convolutional Neural Networks Trained on High and Medium Resolution Satellite Images, With an Application in Mexico (with Boris Babenko, David Newhouse, Anusha Ramakrishnan, and Tom Swartz) Proceedings of the Neural Information Processing Systems 2017.
  • Engstrom, R., Newhouse, D., Haldavanekar, V., Copenhaver, A., & Hersh, J. (2017, March). Evaluating the Relationship Between Spatial and Spectral Features Derived from High Spatial Resolution Satellite Data and Urban Poverty in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), 2017 Joint (pp. 1-4). IEEE.

Work in Progress

  • Do Managers Trust Algorithms for High Stakes Decisions? A Machine Learning Decision Support Tool for Estimating Delays in Multi Million Dollar Loans
    • First draft completed. Revising and running additional experiments
  • The MegafilmesHD Shutdown in Brazil and its Effect on Piracy and Media Consumption, with Brett Danaher and Mike D. Smith
    • Analysis completed. Writing first draft.
  • Analyzing Conflict From Space: Identification of Physical Destruction During the Syrian Civil War, with Hannes Muller, Andre Groger, and Andrea Matranga
  • Combining Deep Learning With Surveys to Generate Better Poverty Maps, with an application to Mexico, with Boris Babenko, David Newhouse, Anusha Ramakrishnan, and Tom Swartz 
    • Analysis complete. Writing first draft. 

Resting Working Papers

  • Unintended Consequences of the African Growth and Opportunity Act: The Role of Trade Diversion and Structural Change (with Klaus-Peter Hellwig)”
    • [draft available upon request] 
  • Building a better model: Variable selection to predict poverty in Pakistan and Sri Lanka (with Marium Afzal and David Newhouse)”