Programme and Keynotes

Conference Programme

The full conference handbook, including session abstracts, is available here

Slides from the Keynotes and the Alan Wilson Symposium

The presenters have kindly agreed to make their slides available.

Keynote Slides

Alan Wilson Symposium Slides

  1. John Stillwell: Comparing Distance and its Frictional Effect on Internal Migration in Countries Around the World

  2. Frank Southworth: A Look at Freight Demand Modelling in the United States

  3. Martin Clarke: Numerical Experiments: exploring the properties of spatial interaction models using real and imaginary data

  4. Mark Birkin: A family of spatial interaction modellers

  5. Michael Batty: Scaling from Spatial Interaction

Keynote Biographies

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).

Paul Longley

Paul Longley B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., FAcSS. holds a chair in Geographic Information Science at University College London (UCL), UK. His research interests are in Geographic Information Science and Systems, and he is a co-author of a best-selling book on this subject. He has worked as PI of Co-I on more than 50 research grants totalling over £20 million and has supervised more than 50 Ph.D. students (most funded by research councils). His publications include nineteen books, and over 150 refereed journal articles and contributions to edited collections. He currently directs the Consumer Data Research Centre at UCL. His academic and editorial Duties include past editorship of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems and Environment and Planning B. He has also held eleven externally funded visiting appointments and given more than 150 conference presentations and external seminars.

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).