SHULGI: A Geospatial Tool for Modelling Human Movement and Interaction

Model of traffic movement, Kerkenes Dag

Understanding movement in modern and ancient urban landscapes

Image of the streets in Kerkenes Dag and projected movements of population to determine areas of expected traffic

This transportation modeling project focused on creating a geospatial simulation environment for understanding movement in modern and ancient urban landscapes.

Case study results have focused on the ancient city of Kerkenes Dag, which was a 1st millennium BC city in central Anatolia. This study integrated both modelling techniques with fieldwork methodology for recovering data that has since validated modelling results for Kerkenes Dag.

Related outputs

  • Altaweel, M. and Wu, Y. 2010. Route selection and pedestrian traffic: Applying an integrated modeling approach to understanding movement. Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences 4(2).

  • Branting, S., Wu, Y., Shrikrishnan, Altaweel, M. 2007. SHULGI: A geospatial tool for modeling human movement and interaction. Proceedings of the Agent 2007 Conference: Complex Interaction and Social Emergence.


  • Department of Energy (US)

Project Leader:

Project Partners:

  • Scott Branting (University of Chicago, Oriental Institute)


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