Michael D. Porter picture
Associate Professor
Data Science
Systems and Information Engineering
University of Virginia


102F Olsson Hall


Engineering Faculty Page


I'm an Associate Professor in the School of Data Science and the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment (previous appointment in the Darden School of Business ) at the University of Virginia.
I enjoy spending time with my bride, Erica, and three kids Evie, Joseph, and Benjamin, reading, and being outdoors.


I received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2006, a M.S. from Vanderbilt University in 2003, and a B.S. from Purdue University in 1998. I have been an Assistant and Associate professor of Applied Statistics at the University of Alabama (2013-2018), principal research scientist for Spadac, Geoeye, and DigitalGlobe (2008-2013), post-doc at NCSU and SAMSI (2006-2008), as well as an industrial engineer and maintenance supervisor for Sanford/Newell Brands (1998-2001).

Event Prediction: modeling where, when, and why events occur
  • forecasting for social good
  • crime and terrorism prediction
  • traffic incident prediction
  • point processes, spatial statistics, time series, predictive analytics, machine learning
Pattern and Event Detection: discovering patterns and anomalies in data
  • anomaly and changepoint detection
  • dynamic network analysis
  • spatial hotspot detection
  • clustering
  • data mining
Data Linkage: matching data that correspond to the same entity
  • crime linkage
  • statistical forensics
  • record linkage
  • road conflation
Application areas: Criminology, Transportation, Medicine, Terrorism, Defense, Security, Forensics, Business