Michael Batty

高级访问学者(Senior Visiting Scholar)
 
Michael Batty is Professor of Spatial Analysis and Planning at University College London where he is Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). From 1969 to 1979, he was at the University of Reading as Research Assistant, Lecturer and Reader in Geography, before moving to the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (now the University of Cardiff) in 1979 where he was Professor of Town Planning. During this time, he acted as Head of Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design. In 1990, he moved to direct the NSF National Centre for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) where he was Professor of Geography.
 
He has been at UCL since 1995 where he set up CASA as an interdisciplinary centre focused on the development of mathematical models, database and digital technologies in geographical information science, urban and regional modelling, and the science of cities. 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 a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University, and an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University.
 
His research work involves the development of data systems and 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, 2007) for which he was awarded the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011, and The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2013). He is editor of the journal Environment and Planning B. His research work is pictured on his blogs at http://www.complexcity.info/ and at http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/. 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’, and the Association of Geographic Information Award for Technological Progress (1998) and for Innovation (2002). He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1982, a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001, the Academy of Social Sciences in 2001, and awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2004. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009, and is the recipient of the 2013 Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud (the so called ‘Nobel for Geography’).