Dr. Fabien Pfaender

Associate Professor, Université de Technologie de Compiègne

Dr. Pfaender is a computer scientist. He has been an Associate Professor since 2011 at Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC) in Shanghai where he is coordinating and developing the ComplexCity Lab in China. He is also leading an international workgroup to develop a data High Performance Storage Infrastructure to provide urban datasets to all ComplexCity affiliate researchers. He is also visualization expert for various big data and Smart Cities related companies in France and in China. He is the principal investigator and leader of the Dynamic City project of French investment for the future “digital city” (2012).

His doctorate research, completed in 2009, focused on information spatialisation and aimed to demonstrate how data visualization affects cognition in order to use them in an exploratory data analysis methodology. He has expertise on gathering data from web related services (social network, websites scraping), data exploration with data science techniques, design of meaningful interactive visualizations on various platforms with various languages.

His current research focuses on exploring urban systems using quantitative methods and interdisciplinary cooperation with data analysis as a common language. The research puts a strong emphasis on gathering city data, visualizing and modelling urban systems and involving all cities’ stakeholders through participative urban science.


  • Digital City & Innovation


  • English
  • French