Caglar Koylu

  • Assistant Professor, UI Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • Summer Scholar-in-Residence


Caglar Koylu is an assistant professor in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa. Dr. Koylu is currently involved in the Public Policy Center to conduct collaborative research on identifying social and ecological factors that distinguish high-crime neighborhoods from low-crime neighborhoods using land use, demographic and social media data. Dr. Koylu’s research focuses on developing and evaluating new theories, visual and computational approaches to understanding complex patterns from large geo-social networks, i.e., networks embedded in geographic space and time such as migration, human mobility and communication, flows of information, innovation and capital, social and family networks, and commodity flows.

Research Interests

  • Geographic information science
  • Visual analytics
  • Human computer interaction
  • Geo-social networks

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of South Carolina, Geography, 2014
  • MS, Middle East Technical University, Geodetic and Geographic Information Technologies,¬†Ankara, Turkey, 2008
  • BS, Middle East Technical University, City and Regional Planning, Ankara, Turkey, 2004