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Prof Michael Batty
1st Floor
90 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 4TJ
Appointment
  • Professorial Research Associate
  • Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Emeritus Professor of Planning
  • Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

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. This year 2015 he received the Founders Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on the science of cities. 

A CV is downloadable from http://www.complexcity.info/files/2015/06/BATTY-CV-May-2015.pdf

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

Teaching Summary

Urban Simulation: Methods, Models and Planning Applications, Department of Geography, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, October 12th – October 15th, 2010, http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/rits/

Advanced Urban Modeling, Arizona State University, GCU 598 (28167) and PUP 598 (28168), Tempe, AZ, April 26 – May 7, 2010, http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/asu/


Cyberspace: The Geography and Planning of Virtual Worlds, (BSc3: Geography; BSc2 and 3: Bartlett Planning ), 1999-2001 (UCL)

Methods for Human Geographers (BSc2: Geography), 1998–2001 (UCL)

Practice of Geography (BSc2: Geography), 1997-1998 (UCL)

Planning Analysis (BSc 2: Bartlett Planning, MPhil Planning from 1998), 1997-1998 (UCL)

Methods for Geographers (B113: BA1/BSc1: Geography), 1996 (UCL)

GIS for Planners (BSc2/BSc3: Bartlett Planning), 1996 (UCL)

The Geography of the Information Society (GEO666), 1995 (Buffalo)

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEO481), 1994 (Buffalo)

World Civilization Post 1500 (UGC112B), 1992-1994 (Buffalo)

Land Use-Transport Models (GEO674), 1991-1993 (Buffalo)

Transportation Systems (GEO335), 1991 (Buffalo)

Urban Design (BSc1), 1986-1990 (Cardiff)

Microcomputer Applications in Planning (MSc2/DipTP2), 1984-1990 (Cardiff)

Planning Methods (MSc1), 1979 -1990 (Cardiff)

Introduction to Planning Methods (BSc1), 1979-1986 (Cardiff)

Research Methods (Scientific Method) (BSc2/MSc1), 1979-1986 (Cardiff)

Quantitative Methods (MSc2), 1979-1980 (Cardiff)

Planning Techniques (BSc2), l979-l980 (Cardiff)

Introduction to Contemporary Planning (MSc1), 1979-1980 (Cardiff)

Planning Processes (MSc/MPhil), 1976-1979 (Reading)

Land Use Models (MASc), 1974-1975 (Waterloo)

Information Theory (MASc), 1974-1975 (Waterloo)

Urban Land Use Models (MSc), 1973-1979 (Reading)

Theory and Practice of Planning (MSc), 1973-1979 (Reading)

Spatial Interaction (BSc2), 1973-1979 (Reading)

Central Place Theory (BSc2), 1972-1974 (Reading)

Urban Economics (BSc2), 1972-1976 (Reading)

Urban Design and Regional Planning, BA4, 1966-1969 (Manchester)

Appointments
2010 – 2030 Chair and (Emeritus) Bartlett Professor of Planning CASA UCL, United Kingdom
1995 – 2010 Director and Head of Department Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis UCL, United Kingdom
1990 – 1995 Director National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis State University of New York at Buffalo, United States
1985 – 1989 Head of Department Environmental Design University of Wales, United Kingdom
1983 – 1986 Dean of the School of Environmental Design Environmental Design University of Wales, United Kingdom
1979 – 1989 Professor of City and Regional Planning Faculty of Engineering and Environmental Design University of Wales, United Kingdom
1976 – 1979 Reader Geography University of Reading, United Kingdom
1974 – 1975 Assistant Professor Civil Engineering University of Waterloo, Canada
1970 – 1976 Research Assistant, Lecturer Geography University of Reading, United Kingdom
1966 – 1969 Studio Assistant / Assistant Lecturer Department of Town and Country Planning University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Academic Background
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
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