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New paper accepted in the Annals of Regional Science for their upcoming special issue on agent-based models: Torrens, P.M. (2015). “Exploring behavioral regions in agents’ mental maps”. Annals of Regional Science (in press) (July 16, 2015)

Among distinguished company, I was delighted to be invited to give a keynote address to the Geocomputation 2015 conference in Dallas, TX, where I presented some new work on immersive geosimulation (May 22, 2015)
I have been promoted to Full Professor (effective August of this year). (April 6, 2015)
The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering has a great feature on our NSF-funded agent-based modeling work, and our recent efforts to expand its application to exploration of resilient urban infrastructure and the human motifs that are interdependent with it. This is part of their excellent Life Savers coverage, which also has some mention of our work on disruption outcomes modeled to the individual in massively dynamic contexts (Feburary 5, 2015)
Paper accepted on my new slipstreaming technology for scaling and exchanging geosimulation in diverse meta-models: Torrens , Paul M. (2015) "Slipstreaming human geosimulation in virtual geographic environments". Annals of GIS (in press) (January 15, 2015)
New grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, with colleagues in African American Studies at UMD, and at McGill University and the Africa Population and Health Research Center: "Measuring kinship support for children of single mothers in Nairobi Kenya". The project will see us developing some of our new dashboard technology for mobile fieldwork (September 10, 2014)
New grant from the National Science Foundation's Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) program, with colleagues in criminology, government and politics, and computer science at UMD, and mathematics at Santa Clara University: "Computational modeling of grievances and political instability through global media" (August 25, 2014)
New grant from the National Science Foundation's Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI), via their Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and Systems program, with colleagues at the University of Southern California and UMD's College of Information Studies: "Human geography motifs to evaluate infrastructure resilience" (August 2, 2014)
New paper, with colleagues Sabya Mishra (University of Memphis) and Tim Welch (Georgia Tech) on our upcoming dashboard technology: Mishra, S.; Welch, T.F.; Torrens, P.M.; Fu, C.; Knaap, E.; Zhu, H. (2014) "A tool for measuring and visualizing connectivity of transit stop, route and transfer center in a multimodal transportation network", Public Transport: Planning and Operations (in press) (August 1, 2014)

A few new papers and chapters on my recent work in modeling acquisition of ambient geographic information and using GI to inform simulated spatial behavior in three-dimensional urban environments are being published (June 9, 2014):

  1. Torrens, P.M. (2014) “High-fidelity behaviors for model people on model streetscapes”, Annals of GIS. In press.
  2. Torrens, P.M. (2014) “Animating peoplescapes in urban models”. In GeoComputational Analysis and Modeling of Regional Systems, S. Dragićević & J.-C. Thill, J.-C. (Eds.) New York: Springer. Forthcoming.
  3. Torrens, P.M. (2014) “Geographical agents in three dimensions”. In Geocomputation: A Practical Primer, Singleton, A. & Brunsdon, C. (Eds.) London: Sage (in press; book is here)
  4. Torrens, P.M. (2014). "High resolution space-time processes for agents at the built–human interface of urban earthquakes", International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 28(5): 964-986
I am directing a new Center for Geospatial Information Science at the University of Maryland, and we are hiring tenure/tenure track faculty and lecturers (December 11, 2013)

New grant from NASA, to develop land cover indicators for the National Climate Assessment (September 12, 2013)

New grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, to support our work on high-performance computing with data and network acceleration, in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) and their networking infrastructure (September 12, 2013)

Funding of our first NASA grant, to build geographic automata models of ice sheet dynamics. This builds on prototype work to develop physically-realistic environments for automata process models (August 30, 2013)

New publications >> (a full list is here)


0     Torrens, P.M. (2015) “Exploring behavioral regions in agents’ mental maps”. Annals of Regional Science (in press)
0     Torrens , Paul M. (2015) "Slipstreaming human geosimulation in virtual geographic environments". Annals of GIS (in press).

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Torrens, P.M. (2015) “Geographical agents in three dimensions”. In Geocomputation: A Practical Primer, Singleton, A. & Brunsdon, C. (Eds.) London: Sage, pp. 21-39

0     Mishra, S.; Welch, T.F.; Torrens, P.M.; Fu, C.; Knaap, E.; Zhu, H. (2014) "A tool for measuring and visualizing connectivity of transit stop, route and transfer center in a multimodal transportation network", Public Transport: Planning and Operations. Online first (10.1007/s12469-014-0091-2)

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Torrens, P.M. (2014) “High-fidelity behaviors for model people on model streetscapes”, Annals of GIS, 20(3): 139-157 (DOI 10.1080/19475683.2014.944933)

IJGIS

   

Torrens, P.M. (2014). "High resolution space-time processes for agents at the built–human interface of urban earthquakes", International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 28(5): 964-986

entropy sprawl

   

Torrens, P.M., Kevrekidis, Y.; Ghanem, R.; Zou, Y. (2013). "Simple urban simulation atop complicated models: multi-scale equation-free computing of sprawl using geographic automata", Entropy, 15(7): 2606-2634 (DOI 10.3390/e15072606) [open access])

GIS social analysis


Torrens, P.M. & Griffin, W.A. (2013) "Exploring the micro-social geography of children's interactions in preschool: a long-term observational study and analysis using Geographic Information Technologies". Environment and Behavior, 45(5): 584-614 (DOI: 10.1177/0013916512438885)

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Torrens, P.M. & McDaniel, A. (2013) "Modeling geographic behavior in riotous crowds". Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103(1): 20-46 (DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2012.685047)

geosimulation regional science GIS geocomputation


Torrens, P.M. & Nara, A. (2012) "Polyspatial agents for multi-scale urban simulation and regional policy analysis". Regional Science Policy and Practice, 4(4) 419-445 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-7802.2012.01084.x)

IJGIS


Zou, Y.; Torrens, P.M.; Ghanem, R.; Kevrekidis, I. (2012) "Accelerating agent-based computation of complex urban systems". International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 26(10): 1917-1937 (DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2012.669891)  


mega models megacities



Torrens, P.M. (2012) "Building mega-models for megacities". In Complexity and Planning: Systems, Assemblages and Simulations, De Roo, Gert; Hiller, Jean; and Van Wezemael, Joris (Eds.). Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 409-427


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Torrens, P.M. (2012). "Moving agent-pedestrians through space and time". Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(1): 35-66 (DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2011.595658)




Torrens, P.M., Nara, A.; Li, X.; Zhu, H.; Griffin, W.A.; Brown, S. (2012) "An extensible simulation environment and movement metrics for testing walking behavior in agent-based models". Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 36(1): 1-17 (DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2011.07.005)

GIS ABM



Torrens, P.M. (2012) "Urban geosimulation". In Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems: Moving from Theory to Real World Applications, Heppenstall, A.; Crooks, A.; See, L.; Batty, M. (Eds.). Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 435-451 (DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-8927-4_20)

 
Contact details >>
Geosimulation Research Laboratory

Department of Geographical Sciences

and University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

1129 LeFrak Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA [directions and parking]

+1 301-405-4050 [main office]; +1 301-405-6584 [desk]; +1 301-314-9299 [fax]

torrens at geosimulation dot com

 

 


GIS movement tracks

Big data movement analytics

 

climate indicators spatial analysis

Land indicators of climate

geosimulation high performance computing

High-performance computing and networking for geosimulation

earthquake model agent based GIS

Earthquake models

CA ice sheet model

Ice-sheet modeling





kinect control of GIS and robots
Robot motion control



simulating disasters ABM GIS
Human behavior in critical scenarios



crowd model riot model simulation wired

Modeling riots



physics engine GIS

Dynamic physics for built infrastructure




moving agents through space and time

Moving agents through space and time




validating agent based models

Validating agent-based models




machine learning GIS

Machine-learning behavioral geography




high performance computing urban simulation emergence

Accelerating agent-based models




megacity models

Megacity futures




immersive modeling

Immersive modeling




space-time GIS

Space-time GIS and analysis




measuring sprawl

A toolkit for measuring sprawl




space-time GIS

Modeling time, space, and behavior




simulating crowd behavior

Simulating crowd behavior



wi-fi geography

Wi-Fi geography


Simulating sprawl

Simulating sprawl