Prof Michael Batty

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The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is one of the leading forces in the science of cities, generating new knowledge and insights for use in city planning, policy and design and drawing on the latest geospatial methods and ideas in computer-based visualisation and modelling. We are part of The Bartlett: UCL's global faculty of the built environment.



Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). He has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, such as Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005) which won the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011, and most recently The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). His blogs cover the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at . His research group is working on simulating long term structural change and dynamics in cities as well as their visualisation. Prior to his current position, he was Professor of City Planning and Dean at the University of Wales at Cardiff and then Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and the Royal Society (FRS), was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004 and the 2013 recipient of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud (generally known as the 'Nobel de Géographie'). This year 2015 he received the Founders Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on the science of cities. 

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Research Summary

His research work involves the development of computer models of cities and regions, and he has published many books and articles in this area. His book Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2005) won the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2010. His most recent books are The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, Cambridge. MA, 2013) and the edited volumes Virtual Geographic Environments (ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, 2011) and Agent Based Models of Geographical Systems (Springer, Berlin, 2012). He is editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. The work of his group can be seen on the CASA web site and in his blogs and  

Research outputs

Diverse cities or the Systematic Paradox of Urban Scaling Laws 2016 Cottineau C,Hatna E,Arcaute E,Batty M
Modeling urban growth with GIS based cellular automata and least squares SVM rules: a case study in Qingpu–Songjiang area of Shanghai, China 2016 Feng Y,Liu Y,Batty M
Variability in regularity: Mining temporal mobility patterns in London, Singapore and Beijing using smart-card data 2016 Zhong C,Batty M,Manley E,Wang J,Wang Z,Chen F,Schmitt G
Cities and regions in Britain through hierarchical percolation 2016 Arcaute E,Molinero C,Hatna E,Murcio R,Vargas-Ruiz C,Masucci AP,Batty M
City size: Spatial dynamics as temporal flows 2015 Edwards R,Batty M
A perspective on city dashboards 2015 Batty M
Visualising data for smart cities 2015 Batty M,Hudson-Smith A,Hugel S,Roumpani F
Multifractal to monofractal evolution of the London street network 2015 Murcio R,Masucci AP,Arcaute E,Batty M
Constructing cities, deconstructing scaling laws 2015 Arcaute E,Hatna E,Ferguson P,Youn H,Johansson A,Batty M
On the problem of boundaries and scaling for urban street networks 2015 Masucci AP,Arcaute E,Hatna E,Stanilov K,Batty M
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Research activities

ENFOLDing: Explaining Modelling and Forecasting Global Dynamics
SCALE: Small Changes Lead to Large Effects: Changing Energy Costs in Transport and Location