'Techniques of detection and analysis of human mobility in space', on the 3rd session of the GRATET INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

18 05 2016

 On Monday 23rd of May the 3rd session of the GRATET INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP will be launched: "TECHNIQUES OF DETECTION AND ANALYSIS OF HUMAN MOBILITY IN SPACE" with Luca D'Acci of the IHS Rotterdam.

The agenda will start with a 'plenary' in the Geography Seminar Room of Faculty of Geography and Tourism of URV and then a 'practical demonstration', possibly in the GIS lab.

After a short theoretical and quite humanistic-qualitative description of space syntax and fractal dimensions, the seminar will technically show how to conduct these analysis with open source software. Practical examples of real cities will serve to discuss relationships across geometrical urban patterns and urban phenomena such us “social” centralities, amenities, movements, etcetera.

We will explore the basis on which Space Syntax is founded and a first try with the use of the open software depthMapX. Then we will show how Fractal dimension may be used as a quantitative measure of urban patterns and how to calculate it (Box counting method). Isobenefit Lines will be finally introduced as an additional elements to the above. Practical examples from reality will conclude the lecture.

The lecturer Luca D’Acci is the Head of Urban Management and Climate Change of IHS at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Honorary Research Fellow from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. He was an academic guest at Oxford University, Cambridge University and ETH; a guest lecturer at University College London, Vienna Technology University, Reading University, Bournemouth University and Trinity College Dublin, among others. Before moving to Erasmus University Rotterdam, were he is working about several aspects related to urban morphology, he was a Professor at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, a researcher at the University of Strathclyde and the Politecnico di Torino.

His work was underlined by the MIT Technology Review and quoted in a report by NASA. Luca D’Acci holds a post-PhD in Urbanism from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, a PhD in the field of Economic Assessment, and two degrees cum laude, one in Architecture and another in Engineering, from the Politecnico di Torino.

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