Prof. Michael Batty
Chairman, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis,
University College London
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. 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) 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. In 2015 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on the science of cities. In 2016, he received the Senior Scholar Award of the Complex Systems Society and the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
University College London is one of the 8 constituent colleges in the University of London and is seventh (7) in the QS world rankings. It pioneered biological and statistical research in the late 19th early 20th century, and is one of the world’s leading medical research institutions. It currently has some 35000 students of whom 60% are graduate. CASA – the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis – is a research centre in the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment which concentrates on the science of cities, urban simulation, GIS, visualization, and urban analysis. It runs a 12 month Masters Degree in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics and has an active PhD programme.