Professor Michael Batty
Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of 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 Architecture and Planning (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. CASA attracts about £2 million each year from research grants coming primarily from EPSRC, ESRC, JISC, the EU 7th Framework/H2020, and the ERC. 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, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and at Cardiff University.
He was a member of the Computer Board for British Universities and Research Councils (1988-1990), and Chair (1980-1982), then Vice-Chair (1982-1984) of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Environment and Planning Committee. He was a member of the SERC (Science and Engineering Research Council) Transport Committee (1982-1985). He was Chair of the ESRC Census Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2011 and a Member of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information which is part of the Ministry of Justice (2003-2010). From 1997 to 2003, he was a member of the Association of Universities of the Netherlands (VSNU-NWO-KNAW) Quality Assessment of Research (RAE) Panel for the Built Environment. He was a member of the RAE 2005-2009 Geography Panel.
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) and The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2013), both of which have been awarded the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011 and 2017. He is editor of the journal Environment and Planning B. His research work is pictured on his blogs at http://www.complexcity.info/ and http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/.
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 (commonly called the 'Nobel de Géographie'). He was awarded the Gold Medal (Founder’s Medal) of the Royal Geographical Society in 2015, the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2016, and the Senior Scholars Award of the Complex Systems Society in 2016.