All the World's a Fractal: How Complexity Theory is Being Harnessed to Envision Urban Futures
Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)
April 19, 2011
Memorial Lounge, Waterman
Dr. Michael Batty from 1990 to 1995, was Director of the NSF National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) in the State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1979 until 1990, he was Professor of City and Regional Planning in the University of Wales at Cardiff where he acted as the Dean of the School of Environmental Design (1983-1986) and Head of the Department (1985-1989). His early career was as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Manchester (1966- 1969) and as a Research Assistant, Lecturer, then Reader at the University of Reading (1969-1979). He has held several visiting appointments in computing, engineering, planning, and geography at the Universities of Illinois, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Bristol, and Michigan, and is currently Visiting Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University.
He has been a member of the Computer Board for British Universities and Research Councils (1988-1990), Chairman (1980-1982) and Vice-Chairman (1982- 1984) of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Environment and Planning Committee, and a member of the SERC (Science and Engineering Research Council) Transport Committee (1982-1985). He is currently Chairman of the ESRC Census Advisory Committee and a member of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information which is part of the Ministry of Justice. From 1997 to 2003, he was a member of the Association of Universities of the Netherlands (VSNU-NWO-KNAW) Quality Assessment of Research (RAE) Panel for the Built Environment acting as Chair at TU-Delft in 2003. He was a member of the RAE 2008 Geography Panel.
His research work involves the development of computer models of cities and regions, and he has published many books and articles in this area, the most recent being Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2005) and the edited volume Virtual Geographic Environments (Science Press, Beijing, China, 2009). He is editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. The work of his group can be seen on the web site http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/ and at http://www.casabook.com/. He has received various honours for his work. In 1999, he was awarded the Sir George Back Award by the Royal Geographical Society for 'contributions to national policy and practice in planning and city design', the Association of Geographic Information Award for Technological Progress (1998) and for Innovation (2002). He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2004 for 'services to geography', and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009.