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Prof Michael Batty

Mike's research focuses on computer models of cities, their visualisation and related spatial analytic methods as detailed on his Complexcity web site. He is Chairman of CASA - the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis - and Editor of the journal Environment and Planning B.

Prof Michael Batty

Prof Michael Batty

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1st Floor
90 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 4TJ

Appointments

  • Emeritus Professor of Planning
    Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
    Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Professorial Research Associate
    Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
    Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL

2010-10-01

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 http://www.casa.ucl.uk/ and in his blogs http://www.spatialcomplexity.info/ and http://www.complexcity.info/  

Award year Qualification Institution
1983 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Urban and Rural Planning
University of Wales, Swansea
1966 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Urban and Rural Planning
University of Manchester

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 www.complexcity.info cover the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at www.spatialcomplexity.info . 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. In 2016 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and the Senior Scholars Award of the Complex Systems Society. He has Honorary Doctorates form the State University of New York and from the University of Leicester.

A CV is downloadable from http://www.complexcity.info/files/2016/03/BATTY-CV-2016.pdf