Programme and Keynotes

Draft Conference Programme

Conference Programme

The draft programme is available on the right. Please note that the full programme will be published after registration closes in July 2017. Please see the key dates for more information…

Keynote Presentations

We are pleased to announce four keynote presenters who will talk at the ECTQG 2017

Sir Alan Wilson

Sir Alan Wilson FBA, FAcSS, FRS is Chief Executive of the Alan Turing Institute and Professor of Urban and Regional Systems in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. He is Chair of the Home Office Science Advisory Council.

He was responsible for the introduction of a number of model building techniques which are now in common use internationally – such as the use of ‘entropy’ in building spatial interaction models – summarised in Entropy in urban and regional modelling. His current research is on the evolution of cities and global dynamics. He writes the Quaestio blog on research and interdisciplinarity.

He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1991 to 2004 when he became Director-General for Higher Education in the then DfES. From 2007-2013 he was Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and from 2013-2015, of the Lead Expert Group for the Government Office for Science Foresight Project on The Future of Cities.

He is a Member of Academia Europaea, an FBA, an FAcSS and an FRS. He was knighted in 2001. His recent books include Knowledge power (2010), The science of cities and regions (2012), his five volume (edited) Urban modelling (2012), (with Joel Dearden) Explorations in urban and regional dynamics (2015) and two edited volumes, Global dynamics and Geo-mathematical modelling (2016).

Alison Heppenstall

Alison Heppenstall is a Professor of Geocomputation at the School of Geography, University of Leeds. Her research interests are focused on the development of AI methods, particularly agent-based modelling, for understanding processes and evolution of geographical systems. In particular she is interested in methods for incorporating human behaviour in individual-level models and big data analytics. Professor Heppenstall’s recent contributions include the editted collection Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems (with A. Crooks, L. See, and M. Batty, 2012).

Anne Vernez-Moudon

Anne Vernez Moudon is Professor Emerita of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design and Planning; Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she also directs the Urban Form Lab (UFL). Prof. Vernez Moudon’s published works include Built for Change: Neighborhood Architecture in San Francisco (MIT Press 1986), Public Streets for Public Use (Columbia University Press 1991), and Monitoring Land Supply with Geographic Information Systems (with M. Hubner, John Wiley & Sons, 2000). Her recent publications on built environment and behaviour are in transport and health journals.

Chris Brunsdon

Chris Brunsdon is a Professor of Geocomputation and Director of the National Centre for Geocomputation at Maynooth University, Ireland. Prior to this he was a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Liverpool in the UK, and before this he worked in the Universities of Leicester, Glamorgan and Newcastle. He has degrees from Durham University (BSc Mathematics) and Newcastle University (MSc Medical Statistics, PhD in Geography).

His most recent books include Geocomputation: A Practical Primer (with Alex Singleton, 2015) and An Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis and Mapping (with Alexis Comber, 2015).