I am Aseem Deodhar. I work as a Research Analyst with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council - MAPC.

I recently completed my Master of Science in Urban Informatics from Northeastern University under Dr. Dan O’Brien. I feel very honored to have been awarded the Graduate Student Leadership Award upon graduating.

I am experienced in, and passionate about civic technology and its applications in transportation, urban & regional planning, and policy development. Here, you can see these interests combine and display themselves through academic, professional, as well as personal projects. I am always looking for advice on, and to collaborate with others on my personal research projects.

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  • Civic Tech
  • Open Source
  • Urban Design & Planning


  • MS in Urban Informatics - Urban Innovators Scholarship, 2020

    Northeastern University

  • Bachelor of Architecture, 2016

    The University of Pune


Filter through to see a selection of my academic, professional and personal research work.


Mapping in R

Spatial Analysis and Mapping in R using the {sf} package

mortgager - R Package

Homeownership Costs Calculator - Attainable Housing in Massachusetts

Covid-19’s Effect on Community Vulnerability

Identifying Communities Requiring Targeted Assistance for Community Resilience

Fifteen Minute Boston - Walk, Bike, Transit

How can we transform Boston into a ‘15 Minute’ city?

Visualizing The Pune Tree Census 2015

Visualizing Monthly Bloom Colors for Pune City

Massachusetts Bike & Pedestrian Crashes - 2017

Insights & Visualizations on Automobile Crashes involving Pedestrians and Bicycles in Massachusetts - 2017

Profiling the sidewalks of Boston

Incorporating Physical Distancing Guidelines in Sidewalk Development for Boston

Developing Transit Corridors for Hospital Workers

Exploratory Analysis to Develop Potential Transit Corridors Between Homes and Workplaces of Hospital Workers

An Introduction to Urban Design

Introduction to Urban Design for High School kids

Manifestation of Spatial Inequality in Pune

Understanding the Social and Infrastructural Factors Relating to Spatial Inequality

Perq Emissions Scaling Project

Script developed merging SQL queries with R-script for a unified product

Professional Design Portfolio

A Portfolio of Professional Architecture and Urban Design Work

The Role of Public Transportation in Somerville’s Urban Development

PPUA5262 Big Data for Cities; Northeastern University, Boston

Undergraduate Design Portfolio

A Portfolio of Undergraduate Architecture and Urban Design Work




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Research Analyst

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Nov 2020 – Present Boston, MA
  • Assist analysts and researchers in the MAPC’s Data Services department by writing R-scripts to develop insights for various urban and regional planning issues in Metro Boston.

  • Developed the {mortgager} R-package to calculate costs related to home-ownership for MassHousing’s Commonwealth Builder attainable home-ownership program.

  • Contribute to the development of two long term regional plans for Metropolitan Boston - MetroFuture, and MetroCommon.


Civic Data Research Intern


Jul 2020 – Dec 2020 Remote
  • Using ArcGIS, R, AutoCAD & Sketchup developed a ‘Covid-19 Safety Index’ for sidewalks in the City of Boston, to develop insights on sidewalk carrying capacity across Boston neighborhoods. Created an entire ‘Data to Design’ product by creating urban design solutions based on the Safety Index for 4 distinct urban morphological typologies within the City of Boston.

  • Developed an index to identify vulnerable communities in Massachusetts sharply affected by unemployment and health disadvantages due to the coronavirus (covid-19) crisis

  • (keywords: index creation, spatial analysis, time series, product management)


Program Evaluation and Implementation Assistant

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Jul 2019 – Dec 2019 Boston, MA
  • Using R and Adobe Illustrator, created visualizations of insights on pedestrian and bicycle crash data sourced from the MassDOT IMPACT crash portal to present to the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.

  • Assist analysts in the OPMI (Office of Performance Management and Innovation) by writing R-scripts to contribute transit data insights to the MassDOT Tracker performance report.

  • Developing a SQL integrated R-script to compare transit trips with equivalent single-occupancy car trips measuring CO2 emissions, time taken, and miles traveled. Sourced data from transit planning and revenue department databases.

  • Using R and graphic layout software, created visualizations of insights on pedestrian and bicycle crash data sourced from the MassDOT IMPACT crash portal to present to the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

  • (keywords: data visualization, script integration, time series, proximity analysis)


Graduate Research Assistant

Boston Area Research Initiative

Jan 2019 – May 2020 Boston, MA
  • Analyzed origin-destination data from the Transit App and vehicle position data from MBTA GTFS feeds, to predict route and mode preferences of commuters across the network.

  • Identify existing and develop new transit corridors between essential workers’ homes and work location for swift, isolated movement during pandemics. developed in the wake of the current Covid-19 crisis

  • (keywords: database management, proprietary API handling, movement analysis)


Associate Urban Designer

Jana Urban Space Foundation

Jun 2017 – Mar 2018 Bangalore, India
  • Led a team of 3 on research surveys for a historic retail/wholesale market reorganization
  • Collaborated to redesign Bangalore streets for uniform road-width with consideration for NMT users under the Tender SURE design and execution model
  • Conducted weekly team building exercises, and hosted talks & documentaries
  • Design Portfolio
  • (keywords: urban design, spatial analysis, survey development, civil engineering)

Urban Design Trainee

Jana Urban Space Foundation

Nov 2016 – May 2017 Bangalore, India


I am always looking for advice on, and to collaborate with others on my personal research projects. I am currently looking for full-time work, and if you like what you see, I’d love to hear from you!