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April 6, 2005

Noted Planner To Visit UI April 10-16

Michael Batty, professor and director of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College-London, will visit the University of Iowa April 10-16 as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

His public lecture, "Virtual London: Online Public Participation, 3D-GIS, and Virtual Worlds," will be presented from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in Room W10, John Pappajohn Business Building. He is also scheduled to deliver a technical seminar, "How People Walk: Modeling Crowds in Buildings, Shopping Malls, Carnivals, and Streets," from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, April 15 in Room S207, John Pappajohn Business Building. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Batty conducts research in the development of computer-based technologies, specifically graphics-based and mathematical models for cities, and he has worked recently on applications of fractal geometry, cellular automata and agent-based models to urban structure. In addition to having published numerous professional articles and books, he is the editor of the journal Environment and Planning B.

Batty, who holds a joint appointment in the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning as well as the Department of Geography, is a Fellow of the British Academy and was awarded the Order of the British Empire Commander for "services to geography" in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

His UI visit is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program.

Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her family farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the Department of Geography in advance at 335-0151.

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