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Cellular Automata Modeling for Urban Systems

Nuno Norte Pinto, Assistant Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Friday 30th November 2012 - 1:00pm
Glamorgan Building, Room 0.86

Public Seminar series hosted by the Spatial Analysis Research Group (SARG)

Nuno Norte Pinto is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he teaches Spatial Planning and Urban Design. He is also an invited professor at the University of Porto, Portugal, and at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, Spain, where is concluding his PhD research on cellular automata modeling of urban systems. His research focuses on developing innovative urban planning approaches, particularly on the use of complex modeling tools to simulate urban and spatial phenomena, aiming to develop decision-support tools to help planners and stakeholders in common planning processes. He is currently editing a book on ‘Virtual Cities and Territories’ with IGI Global and he has recently organised CAMUSS, the International Symposium on Cellular Automata Modeling for Urban and Spatial Systems (more information at www.camuss.dec.uc.pt).

This lecture will focus on the use of cellular automata (CA) models to simulate urban phenomena and complexity. The program will include:

  • an introduction on modeling and spatial planning, focusing on modeling options and the integration of this approach in common planning processes;
  • an introduction to CA, from the mathematical concept to the use in urban studies and geography;
  • applications of CA models in urban studies;
  • the use of a multi-scale, irregular CA model to simulate urban systems.

The lecture will also include in the end an overview of other research interests and works.