Kevin Curtin

Director, Laboratory for Location Science


  • PhD, University of California - Santa Barbara, 2002
  • MA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1995
  • BA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1994

Research Areas

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Facilities location science
  • Transportation, logistics, and network GIS
  • Urban and environmental resource allocation
  • Data modeling and database design


Kevin M. Curtin is Professor of Geography and Director of the Laboratory for Location Science at the University of Alabama. Dr. Curtin received his PhD in Geography from the University of California – Santa Barbara, with a dual focus on GIS and optimal facilities location. He performs primary research in the field of Geographic Information Science with specializations in location science, transportation and logistics, spatial movement behavior, spatial statistics, and network GIS. Application areas for his research include autonomous vehicle logistics, transportation geography, crime studies, health and nutrition, and geospatial intelligence. He teaches extensively at both the undergraduate and graduate university levels, and has served on over 130 thesis and dissertation committees. Funding from the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and the Army Research Institute is supporting students and faculty associated with his research laboratory.  


Selected Publications