Evgeny Noi

Evgeny Noi

PhD Candidate

University of California Santa Barbara


Evgeny Noi is a quantitative geographer doing research on locational theory pertaining to urban environment. His current focus is on geoAI and smart city policies. Previously, he worked in consulting capacities at the United Nations, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU) and the City of Moscow. He holds a BA in Political Science from Irkutsk State University, Russia and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, USA.


  • Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Regional Science
  • GIScience
  • GeoVisual Analytics


  • PhD in GIScience, 2022

    University of California Santa Barbara, USA

  • MA in Leadership for Sustainability, 2014

    Malmo University, Sweden

  • MS in Urban Planning, 2013

    University of Iowa, USA

  • BS in Political Science, 2010

    Irkutsk State University, Russia










Research Assistant

UC Santa Barbara, Department of Geography

Sep 2019 – Present Santa Barbara, CA

Visualizing Motion: A Framework for the Cartography of Movement (NSF grant N1853681).

Researched state-of-the-art methods in (geo)visual analytics of movement and compiled comprehensive taxonomy of visualization techniques.


Teaching Assistant

UC Santa Barbara, Department of Geography

Sep 2018 – Present Santa Barbara, CA
  • GEOG W12: Maps and Spatial Reasoning
  • GEOG 3A: Ocean Atmosphere
  • GEOG 190: Location Theory and Modelling

Team Lead

Moscow IT Dept, Big Data Division

Sep 2017 – Sep 2018 Moscow, Russia
  • Employed machine learning algorithms to forecast fires and prioritize fire inspections
  • Utilized SARIMA-based models to forecast city-wide flu outbreaks in schools
  • Developed forecasting tools for K-12 student performance and professional trajectory
  • Enabled large scale intra-city migration analysis

Lead Analyst

Moscow IT Dept, Big Data Division

Dec 2015 – Sep 2017 Moscow, Russia
  • Developed and employed ETL procedures to automate the processing of data from disjoint city data systems
  • Supplied data-analytics and visualizations for weekly mayoral briefings

Recent Posts

Setting Up Yandex Disk on Manjaro

YandexDisk I have been using Yandex Disk since my heydays of working for big data in Moscow, Russia. Early adoption has born the fruit of ample free storage, which moved across OSes, as I was learning to work with both MacOS and Linux.

Jupyter Arch Completions

I recently had to make a clean OS install on my working laptop, so after beefing up the RAM on my Lenovo I finally decided on Manjaro distro. Manjaro comes in a few different flavors (desktop environments, such as KDE Plasma and GNOME), so making a switch from Fedora 31 with GNOME, chose to make the switch as seamless as possible and opted to stick with the GNOME version.


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