Planning and Complexity

Keynote speaker

13th meeting: Complexity and digitalization of cities – Challenges for urban planning and design


We are pleased to announce that 
prof. Itzhak Benenson will be the keynote speaker for this event. Benenson holds a PhD in Mathematical Biophysics from Moscow University and is the co-founder of Geosimulation – spatially explicit high-resolution modeling of complex socio-economic systems.

In his view, the goal of Geosimulation is to connect complex system theory with real-world data on heterogeneous urban space, and bounded rationality of human decision making. He achieves this goal by multi-facetted presentation of the world, when one comprehensive model is substituted by a series of models of the same real-world phenomenon that follow the same basic idea about the phenomenon dynamics but consider them on different levels of spatial and temporal resolution and different levels of openness.

Itzhak's research is devoted to urban spatial dynamics, planning and decision-making across a wide range of topics, including urban land use dynamics, land-use and transportation policy, transport accessibility, urban sprawl and agricultureland-use dynamics. His recent interests are focused on big urban data and itsuse for adaptive urban planning and policy making. He believes that next on the agenda for planning thought and practice should be the use of technological advancements for instantaneous adaptation and short-and long-term practice of urban policy and decision making to the social trends and needs.

Prof. Benenson is involved in managing a variety of planning projects and action research projects that deal with local authorities and NGOs and, also, in several hi-tech startups. He is the author of four books and more than 100 articles and book chapters and a member of the editorial boards of several journals.