Marie Urban

Marie L Urban

Group Leader

Marie Urban leads the Human Geography Group within the Geospatial Science and Human Security Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Through development of data-driven, statistical and computational methods, the Human Geography Group seeks to discover new trends and patterns within the sociocultural landscape through population distribution and dynamics modeling at scale.  For nearly 20 years, Marie has been involved in supporting research advancements within the LandScan program through data collection, spatial analysis, and remote sensing methods to improve the spatiotemporal resolution of population estimates at national and planet scale.  In addition, Marie led the development of a global building occupancy probabilistic learning system that captures the local sociocultural and economic building use dynamics contributing to the development of the LandScan high resolution “bottom up” modeling approach for improved reporting of population estimates.  


2020 Distinguished Innovation Team Award in Science and Technology UT- Battelle Awards Night

2019 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer National Meeting – Strategic Licensing of the LandScan/LandCast Population Datasets

2018 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award Southeast Region – Strategic Licensing of the LandScan/LandCast Population Datasets

2017 Significant Event Award - Creation and Deployment of a Points of Interest Mapping Data Layer to Address Data Set Curation

2013 & 2014 Technology Commercialization Award – In recognition of a successful commercial license of an invention or software

2013 - 2017 UT-Battelle Awards - Excellence in Technology Transfer

2008 - 2018 U.S. Copyright Awards for LandScan Global Population Database

2013 UT-Battelle Awards Night – Excellence in Technology Transfer – For creative licensing of LandScan across multiple user communities and effective position of it as a global community standard for population distribution data.

2011 Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate Distinguished Contributor 2011