University of Maryland

iFARM Workshop Organizing Committee

Christopher Antoun University of Maryland
Christopher Antoun – University of Maryland
Christopher Antoun is an Assistant Research Professor at the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on using smartphones to collect population data, either through text messaging, mobile questionnaires, or apps and sensors. He obtained his PhD in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan and was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau. He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology and serves on the editorial board of Public Opinion Quarterly.
Jeffrey Gonzalez – USDA Economic Research Service
Jeffrey Gonzalez is a research mathematical statistician in the Food Economics Division at the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. He is currently leading the survey and data development efforts for the Second National Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS-2). Jeffrey obtained his PhD in Survey Methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland and his research interests include modular survey designs, responsive/adaptive designs, respondent burden, and nonresponse bias.
Linda Kantor – USDA Economic Research Service
Linda Kantor is an agricultural economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at USDA’s Economic Research Service. Linda is the research lead for the ERS Food Availability Data Series, which annually reports the amount of food available for human consumption in the United States. Linda has the same role for the Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data Series, which adjusts the food supply data for spoilage and other losses, and is one of two Federal government sources of food loss in the United States. Linda joined ERS in 1991. Her research interests include tracking changes in the healthfulness of the food supply over time and food loss measurement. Also, as a member of the ERS National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) team, Linda identifies data needs for food item identification in FoodAPS-2. Linda received her M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota.
Florian Keusch - University of Mannheim
Florian Keusch – University of Mannheim
Florian Keusch is Professor of Statistics and Methodology (interim) in the Department of Sociology at the University of Mannheim and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland. In his research, he develops, implements, and assesses modern methods of collecting data for the behavioral and social sciences. In particular, he is interested in how to jointly collect self-reports and passive measurement from smartphone and wearable sensors, online and device log files, Internet search queries, and other digital traces to better study research questions on migration, employment, and inequality.
Lauren Miller – USDA Economic Research Service
Lauren Miller is an agricultural economist in the Food Assistance Branch of the Food Economics Division of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. She is a member of the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) research team. Other current research focuses on various aspects of food acquisition, access, and security.
Elina T. Page – USDA Economic Research Service
Elina T. Page is an Agricultural Economist in the Food Economics Division of the USDA Economic Research Service. Her research focuses on the array of factors that impact household food choices, included food access, food assistance benefits, and food labels. She works extensively with household-level data, including the IRI Consumer Network and the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS). Elina received a Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Alexander Wenz
Alexander Wenz – University of Mannheim
Alexander Wenz is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim and a lecturer and faculty member in the International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS). He holds a PhD in Survey Methodology from the University of Essex. His research focuses on novel methods of data collection, including mobile web surveys, passive measurement with smartphone apps and wearable sensors, and linkage of survey and social media data. He currently serves as board member of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA).