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Omar Isaac Asensio

Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
Office Location:
DM Smith 317
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Dr. Omar Isaac Asensio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy. His research focuses on the intersection of big data and public policy, with applications to energy systems and behavior, smart cities, vehicle electrification and machine learning in transportation and mobility. He directs the Data Science and Policy Lab at Georgia Tech, where he collaborates with the private sector and city governments on data innovations in policy analysis. Dr. Asensio conducts randomized field experiments and he uses statistical and computational tools to identify the causal effects of policies and interventions at regional and global scales. Dr. Asensio’s research has been published in leading journals such as Nature Energy, Nature Sustainability, and PNAS. His research articles have been featured in NBC news, CBS radio, NPR, Yahoo! News, Scientific American, the Economic Times and the Washington Post. His research has also been featured in policy advisory communications by the European Commision, the World Bank and by national governments such as the IndiaAI initiative. In 2020, Dr. Asensio received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. He is a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Data Engineering & Science (IDEaS), the Machine Learning Center, and the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory. He holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA, with dual training in engineering and economics. For more information, visit 

Awards and
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • APPAM 40-for-40 Fellowship for early career contributions to public policy
  • ONE-NBS Research Impact on Practice Award, Academy of Management ONE Division
  • Area Editor, Data and Policy Journal, Cambridge University Press
Areas of
  • Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning
  • Big Data And Public Policy
  • Energy And Environmental Economics
  • Energy Efficiency And Conservation
  • Environmental Policy And Management
  • Information Policies
  • Transportation And Mobility


Research Fields:
  • Economic Development and Smart Cities
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Markets
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Information Programs
  • Information and Communications Technology Policy
  • Innovation and Diffusion
  • Market-based Incentives
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Smart Grid
  • Transportation
  • Voluntary Programs
  • Energy
  • Sustainability
  • Technology Management and Policy
  • Transportation


  • ECON-8803: Special Topics: Big Data and Policy
  • PUBP-3042: Data Science for Policy
  • PUBP-4803: Special Topics: Data Science for Public Policy
  • PUBP-6112: Research Dsgn-Polcy Sci
  • PUBP-8751: Big Data and Policy
  • PUBP-8813: Special Topics

Selected Publications

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Recent Publications

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