Applied Urban Modelling (AUM2013): Productive, liveable and sustainable city regions

26 June 2013 - 28 June 2013

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

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Dr Ying Jin (Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge)
Dr Tony Hargreaves (Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge)

Scientific Committee

Professor Marcial Echenique (Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge)
Professor Mike Batty (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London)
Professor Michael Wegener (Spiekermann & Wegener Urban and Regional Research, Dortmund)

The aim of AUM2013 is to report and review new model applications in assessing policy options in an economically and financially uncertain world.  We would like to focus on flexible and adaptable urban development that demands system-level thinking.  The symposium welcomes all model types and styles, from conceptual experiments to practical policy appraisal.  The scale of models may range from megalopolitan, metropolitan, city, urban district to neighbourhood.  Because of its direct policy relevance, we welcome a broad academic, professional, policy-making and local community audience.  We also aim to devote a third of the session slots to papers by young researchers and graduating PhD students – their papers will be placed in themed sessions along with those by leading scholars and practitioners. 


Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) and the EPSRC Energy Efficient Cities Project, University of Cambridge


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Location : SG1-SG2               

Date : 26-28 June 2013

Wednesday 26 June


9.30 - 10.00


10.00 - 10.45

Symposium Opens – Welcome: Koen Steemers (University of Cambridge)

Introduction: Mike Batty (CASA, UCL): Urban Modelling: The paradigm shifts yet again

10.45 - 12.30

Session 1: Large scale land use and transport modelling - a retrospect

  • José Luis Burgos (Architect): The use of MEPLAN Model in Bilbao and Basque Country
  • Tomás de la Barra (Modelistica): Modelling and evaluating redevelopment. The case studies of Sao Paulo and Caracas
  • Steve Platt (Cambridge Architectural Research): The role of Cambridge Futures in promoting growth in Cambridge

Chair: Neil Paulley

12.30 - 13.30


13.30 - 15.30

 Session 2: Policy modelling for city regions - current developments

  • Felix Huber (University of Wuppertal) and Björn Schwarze, Klaus Spiekermann, Michael Wegener (Spiekermann & Wegener): Modelling the Energy Transition in Cities
  • Tony Hargreaves, Vicky Cheng, Marcial Echenique, Vassilis Zachariadis (University of Cambridge): Regional spatial planning scenarios and their potential for decentralised green technologies; method and findings for the Wider South East of England
  • David Simmonds (David Simmonds Consultancy): Policy modelling for city regions: recent UK projects
  • John Douglas Hunt (University of Calgary): Design and Application of a PECAS Model of San Diego

Chair: John Bates

15.30 - 16.00


16.00 - 18.00

 Session 3: Productivity and sustainability of cities

  • Paul Waddell (University of California, Berkeley): Development of a Sustainable Communities Strategy in the San Francisco Bay Area using Integrated Models
  • Alastair Donald (British Council): The Integrated Metropolis: Mixed Use and Travel
  • Jie Zhu (Zhejiang Transport Planning Institute), Liang Zhao (Tsinghua University), Ying Jin (University of Cambridge): A spatial computable general equilibrium model for emerging city clusters in China
  • Laurent Franckx (VITO), Inge Mayeres (VITO and KU Leuven, Belgium): Long Run Scenarios for Passenger Transport in Belgium Using an Integrated Land Use - Transport Model

Chair: David Simmonds

18.00 - 19.00

Drinks Reception in the Atrium



Thursday 27 June


9.00 - 10.45

Session 4: Transit and cities

  • Jorge Gil (Delft University of Technology): Integrated multi-modal network model: Measuring the sustainable mobility potential of TOD neighbourhoods in the city-region
  • Paul Waddell (UC Berkeley): Modelling and Visualizing Transit Oriented Development
  • Haixiao Pan and Song Xue (Tongji University), Qing Shen (University of Washington): Intermodal transfer between bicycles and rail transit in Shanghai, China
  • Flora Roumpani (CASA, UCL): Building classical and contemporary models in ESRI's City Engine

Chair: Ian Williams

10.45 - 11.15


11.15 - 13.15

Session 5: Mobility and housing

  • Joseph Ferreira (MIT), Weifeng Li: Household Considerations in Valuing Location for Activity-Based Urban Modelling
  • Anders Johansson (University of Bristol): Data-driven modelling of urban mobility: From long-term planning to real-time control
  • Athanasios Votsis (University of Helsinki and Finnish Meteorological Institute): A fractal geometry / fuzzy logic model for the space-time dynamics of residential property value in Helsinki’s urban region
  • Tatjana Ibraimovic (University of Lugano), Stephane Hess (University of Leeds): A latent class model of residential choice behaviour and ethnic segregation preferences

Chair: Thomas de la Barra

13.15 - 14.15


14.15 - 16.00


Session 6: Urban design and modelling
  • Randall Crane (UCLA): New developments in the economic modelling of urban design
  • Pete Ferguson (CASA, UCL): A detailed model of location potential and spatial interaction in the London region
  • Andres Sevtsuk (Singapore University of Technology & Design): Kopi, groceries and haircuts – what makes or breaks amenities in high-density neighbourhoods of Singapore?
  • Kiril Stanilov and Ying Jin (University of Cambridge): The co-evolution of adaptive transport infrastructure: Modelling rail and road network growth in Greater London

Chair: Steve Platt

16.00 - 16.30


16.30 - 18.00

Session 7: Understanding consumer behaviour

  • Tim Gent (WSP) and Ian N Williams (University of Cambridge): Evidence of Changing Trends in Travel Behaviour: Implications for Modelling  
  • Shan Jiang, Marta C. González and Joseph Ferreira (MIT): Using Temporal Activity Profiles to Enrich Lifestyle Considerations in Urban Modelling
  • Peng Wu (Sichuan University), Bo Feng (South China University of Technology): Which adoption mode for Electric Vehicles is better?
  • Paavo Moilanen (Strafica): Urban simulation and visualisation methodologies for practical policymaking processes in the Helsinki Region 

Chair: Paul Waddell

18.30 -22.00

Drinks reception followed by Speakers' Dinner

New Court, St John's College


Friday 28 June


9.00 - 11.00

Session 8: Modelling and assessment - new methods

  • William Fawcett, Martin Hughes and Ignacio Robles Urquijo (Cambridge Architectural Research): Evaluation of strategies for long-term adaptation in urban and infrastructure systems
  • Johannes Bröcker (University of Kiel): Discrete Choice in Urban CGE models
  • Daniela Fecht, Linda Beale, David Briggs (SAHSU, Imperial College London): A GIS-based urban simulation environment for environmental health analysis
  • Benjamin Kickhöfer and Kai Nagel (Technische Universität Berlin), Regine Gerike (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna): High-resolution first-best air pollution tolls with heterogeneous travellers: New opportunities for policy design

Chair: John Douglas Hunt

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 13.30

Session 9: New methods in Transport and traffic modelling 

  • Alistair Ford, Stuart Barr and Richard Dawson (Newcastle University); Katie Jenkins and Jim Hall (University of Oxford); Mike Batty (UCL): Direct and Indirect Economic Accounting of Climate Change Impacts on Cities using Land Use and Transport Trip Assignment Modelling
  • Vassilis Zachariadis and Ying Jin(University of Cambridge), Alex Hagen-Zanker (University of Surrey): Reducing the computational requirements of models of spatial interaction using hierarchical clustering of spatial choices
  • Alex Hagen-Zanker (University of Surray) and Ying Jin (University of Cambridge): Using spatial sampling to improve the accuracy of urban models

Chair: Peter Ferguson

13.30 - 14.30


14.30 - 16.00

Round Table discussion chaired by Michael Wegener (Spiekermann & Wegener)

16.00 - 16.30


16.30 - 18.00

 Summary by Marcial Echenique (University of Cambridge)

18.30 - 22.00

Drinks reception followed by Birthday Dinner for Professor Marcial Echenique

Doubletree, Granta Place Mill Lane