Dr. Karen Tzu-Hsin Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, where she is also affiliated with the Data Science program. As a geographer, Dr. Chen finds great interest in the synergy of machine learning and satellite imagery analysis. Her recent research primarily focuses on urban environmental change and its implications for public health and health inequality.
Dr. Chen’s expertise includes developing innovative frameworks using deep learning to reconstruct high-resolution urban form information across time. Her contributions have earned her recognition as one of the Leading Women in Machine Learning for Earth Observation in 2022.
Prior to joining UW in 2023, Dr. Chen studied internationally in Taiwan, Denmark and Germany and conducted her postdoctoral research at Yale University. She is passionate about making research engaging and accessible to broader audiences. She also believes that fostering diversity and inclusiveness is essential for achieving academic excellence. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with cats and taking walks in the woods.