THE NEW SCIENCE OF URBAN MOBILITY

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SPEAKER: PROFESSOR MICHAEL BATTY

Bartlett Professor of Planning

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

University College London, The United Kingdom


DATE:

05 DECEMBER 2019 (THU)


TIME:

19:00 - 20:00


VENUE: WANG GUNGWU THEATRE, GRADUATE HOUSE, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG


ORGANISED BY:

Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


ABSTRACT:

As the digital revolution gathers pace and as computers spread out all around us into the city, it is transport that is first being dramatically affected by the development of new markets for demand and supply which are mediated in digital or virtual terms. The way we now use public transport using personal devices which enable us to pay, the way transit is supplied and the communication of information about timetabling and disruption and so on in real time to our devices, the way individual transport is being radicalised using new platforms such as Uber and Uber pool, all of these are transforming the way we move in cities. Moreover we are also getting much better data about more aggregate patterns of movement from synthesising Census data with mobile phone calls, the use of smart cards in retailing, and the development of new travel data revealed through crowd-sourcing. All this is pushing us ever faster to the development of new approaches to understanding and planning mobility, to a new science in fact.


In this talk I will speculate on what this science might look like drawing on my own work which involves representing and modelling flows between locations in the city with respect to the high frequency city – what happens on a second by second basis – all the way through the low frequency city where we are able to examine how movement patterns change over years and decades. The talk will conclude by suggesting that we need very new approaches to thinking about cities in the future, not only with respect to mobility but also with respect to how urban form will change in response to new ways in which we are able to communicate.


Reference: M. Batty (2018) Inventing Future Cities, MIT Pres, Cambridge, MA.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). He has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, such as Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005) and The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). Both books won the Alonso Prize of the North American Regional Science Association. His most recent book Inventing Future Cities was published by MIT Press in late 2018. His blogs www.complexcity.info cover the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at www.spatialcomplexity.info. Prior to his current position, he was Professor of City Planning and Dean of the School of Environmental Design at the University of Wales at Cardiff from 1979 to 1990 and then Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1990 to 1995. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and the Royal Society (FRS), was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004 and the 2013 recipient of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud. In 2015 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on the science of cities. In 2016, he received the Senior Scholar Award of the Complex Systems Society and the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute. In 2018, he was awarded the Waldo Tobler prize for GI Science of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and in 2019, he was elected as a Fellow of the Regional Science Association.

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WALKING – THE OVERLOOKED ELEMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT TRAVEL

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SPEAKER: PROFESSOR EMERITA CORINNE MULLEY The University of Sydney, Australia


DATE:

02 APRIL 2019 (TUE)


TIME:

19:00 - 20:00


VENUE: WANG GUNGWU THEATRE, GRADUATE HOUSE, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG


ORGANISED BY:

Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


ABSTRACT:

The presentation will look at the ways in which walking contributes to a public transport trip and how this has policy implications for the way in which public transport should be planned. The presentation will look in some depth at the parts of the trip which involve walking and how these impact on policy – including the links to public health and the potential for ameliorating lifestyle diseases as well as the impact on how we typically justify the benefits of new transport infrastructure. Identifying a need for quantified evidence, the presentation will show how much walking is done in Sydney and how this can be translated into public health policy. The presentation will conclude with where more research is needed, a discussion of the challenges and future directions to make walking a more recognised part of public transport travel.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Professor Emerita Corinne Mulley was the inaugural Chair of Public Transport at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney. Corinne is a transport economist and was active in transport research at the interface of transport policy and economics.

During her career Corinne concentrated on specific issues relating to public transport. She led a high profile European and UK consortia undertaking benchmarking in urban public transport and has provided both practical and strategic advice to local and national governments on transport evaluation, including economic impact analysis, benchmarking, rural transport issues, and public transport management. Professor Mulley's research is motivated by a need to provide evidence for policy initiatives and she has been involved in such research at local, regional, national and European levels.

Whilst in Sydney, Corinne created links with the federal government, serving as an expert on the Public Transport Committee and National Infrastructure Audit for Infrastructure Australia and with the NSW state and local governments where she has offered advice as an expert on, for example, the Long Term Master Plan for NSW.

Despite retirement, Corinne will continue to be engaged in research at ITLS in particular with the Centre of Excellence work, funded by the Volvo Educational Trust, which is looking widely at Bus Rapid Transit issues, an ARC grant examining value capture as a funding mechanism for transport infrastructure, work with Transport for NSW evaluating regional transport flexible transport services, studies understanding travel behaviour and studies involving Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in different contexts.

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