Tyler is a Postdoctoral Fellow working for Luis Bettencourt on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Informal Settlements project. He is a Geographer and City Planner who holds a PhD in Geography from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and a Master of City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Prior to joining SFI, Tyler was a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Transportation System Planning and Telematics at the Technische Universität Berlin (www.vsp.tu-berlin.de) and a Research Fellow at the Center for Development Research in Bonn (www.zef.de).  He also has several years of professional land use planning experience, mostly in his home state of Florida, where he became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  Tyler's research focuses on agent-based geosimulations, primarily of Sub-Saharan African cities; integrated land use and transportation geosimulations; and inclusive engagement for promoting institutional capacity building and poverty reduction through the transformative process of democratic urban and regional planning.