Abstracts are invited for a session held by the GIScience Research Group (GIScRG) at the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers International Conference 2012. The conference runs between 3rd – 5th July 2012.

More about the session:

This session aims to bring together researchers to report on progress in diverse types of modelling that has direct impacts on a variety of policy domains.  We encourage the submission of papers that present novel use of new or established methodologies using GIS or bespoke models.  We are particularly interested in policy applications in the area of health, population dynamics, crime/security, urban planning and retail.  We intend to represent the interdisciplinary nature of policy research and analysis with a focus on geographic tools and methods.

Papers may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Estimating and projecting populations and components of demographic change
  • Understanding spatial patterns of crime and issues of security
  • Models for decision support and urban sustainability
  • Modelling different patterns of individual behaviour
  • Spatial modelling/estimating disease prevalence in small areas
  • Modelling the impact of policy change on retail networks 

The conveners are in discussion with the Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy journal to publish high quality submissions in a special edition. 

The GIScRG will provide one bursary for this session, sponsored by the GIScRG for a paper (co-)authored by a postgraduate student; priority will be given to postgraduate students also delivering the paper. The bursary will cover the reduced conference fee for the student for the duration of the conference. It is a requirement that the student is an RGS-IBG Postgraduate Fellow at the time the bursary is awarded [Annual membership costs from £27 (with no joining fee)].

Titles, abstracts (no longer than 250 words) and 5 key words, should be emailed to Dianna Smith (dianna.m.smith[AT]gmail.com), Adam Dennett (a.dennett[AT]ucl.ac.uk) and Alison Heppenstall (a.j.heppenstall[AT]leeds.ac.uk) by Friday 16th December 2011. Notification of acceptance will be given by mid-January 2012.

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WUN E-Seminar Series Kicks Off this Week

On October 26, 2009, in Presentations, Uncategorized, by James Cheshire

This year’s joint e-seminar series will return to the topic of dynamic modelling in a GIS environment.

Date: 28th Oct at 1700 GMT

Title: A dynamic social network model for disease transmission.

Speaker: Ling Bian (Buffalo)

Chair: Kirk Harland (Leeds)

The seminars are open to all. For details of how to join the e-seminar using the Marratech™ video conferencing environment, and further seminars in the same series, see: http://www.wun.ac.uk/ggisa/seminars.html

Dave Unwin (d.unwin@wun.ac.uk) WUN Global GISc Academy Coordinator
Steve Carver (s.j.carver@leeds.ac.uk) University of Leeds

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RGS Annual Conference 2009

On September 1, 2009, in Conference Session, Presentations, RGS, by James Cheshire

We have uploaded the presentations from the “Enhancing Complex Social Simulations with Automata Systems” held at the 2009 RGS Annual Conference. This session aimed to bring together researchers to report on progress in diverse types of automata systems in social simulation.

Session 1

Title: MEME: An Integrated Tool For Advanced Computational Experiments
Author(s): Rajmund Bocsi (AITIA International Inc) Gabor Ferschl (AITIA International Inc) László Gulyás (AITIA International Inc / Loránd Eötvös University) Attila Szabó (AITIA International Inc / Loránd Eötvös University, Hungary)
Presenter: László Gulyás (Loránd Eötvös University, Hungary)
[slideshare id=1935727&doc=gulys-1-090901014728-phpapp02]

Title: Creating an Agent-Based Model of Consumer Behaviour
Author(s): Alison Heppenstall (University of Leeds) and Kirk Harland (University of Leeds)
Presenter: Kirk Harland (University of Leeds)
[slideshare id=1935797&doc=harland-2-090901015835-phpapp02]

Title: An agent-based framework for modelling social activities and travel
Author(s): Nicole Ronald (Einhoven University of Technology, Holland), Theo Arentze (Einhoven University of Technology, Holland), Harry Timmermans (Eindhoven University of Technology, Holland)
Presenter: Nicole Ronald (Eindhoven University of Technology, Holland)
[slideshare id=1935798&doc=ronald-3-090901015831-phpapp02]

Title: Impacts of Network Topology on Tax Evasion in a Complex Artificial Social System
Author(s): Attila Szabó (AITIA International Inc / Loránd Eötvös University, Hungary), László Gulyás (AITIA International Inc / Loránd Eötvös University, Hungary), István János Tóth (Hungarian Chamber of Commerce)
Presenter: Atilla Szabo (AITIA International Inc / Loránd Eötvös University, Hungary)
[slideshare id=1935815&doc=aszabo-4-090901020250-phpapp01]

Title:Agent-based simulation of the spatial evolution of the historical population in China
Author(s): Jing Wu (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Zheng Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Presenter: Jing Wu (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
[slideshare id=1935796&doc=wu-5-090901015825-phpapp01]

Session 2

Title: Modelling the role of neighbourhood support in regional climate change adaptation
Author(s): Friedrich Krebs (University of Kassel, Germany), Sascha Holzhauer (University of Kassel, Germany) and Andreas Ernst (University of Kassel, Germany)
Presenter: Friedrich Krebs (University of Kassel, Germany)
[slideshare id=1935839&doc=krebs-s21-090901021407-phpapp02]

Title: Validation of an Agent-based Model of Shifting Agriculture
Author(s): The An Ngo (University of Leeds), Linda See (University of Leeds), Frances Drake (University of Leeds)
Presenter: The An Ngo (University of Leeds)
[slideshare id=1935842&doc=ngo-2-090901021441-phpapp01]

Title: Cellular automata with non-linear transition rules for simulating land cover change
Author(s): Katarzyna Ostapowicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
Presenter: Katarzyna Ostapowicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
[slideshare id=1935871&doc=ostapowicz-3-090901022102-phpapp01]

Title: Waves of Change – Modelling the Nicobars in the after-math of the 2004 Tsunami and beyond
Author(s): Martin Wildenberg (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)Simron Singh (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
Presenter: Martin Wildenberg ( University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
[slideshare id=1935832&doc=wildenberg-4-090901021029-phpapp02]