Can we model cities from history? (And why would we want to?)

Simon Dobson –  18 April, 2016


Cities are fascinating laboratories in which to observe human behaviour. We can use mathematics and computers to model some aspects of how cities function – if we know what questions to ask. In this seminar I’d like to explore whether we could use these techniques to answer questions of historical interest: how do cities form, how do  they evolve, how do changes in structure affect behaviour? I’ll inform this by a brief presentation of some recently-published work on commuter behaviour in London and New York.

Loc­a­tion and Time:
April 18, 2016, 12-1pm; United Col­lege Room 31.