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Dr. Paul M. Torrens, Center for Urban Science + Progress, New York University

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Cyberinfrastructure >>

geosimulation high performance computing


High-performance computing and networking for geosimulation



Accelerating agent-based models


Physical geography simulation >>

earthquake model agent based GIS


Space-time processes at the human-built interface of urban earthquakes


CA ice sheet model


Geographic automata models for glaciology


Dynamic physics for built infrastructure


Computer graphics and animation >>
moving agents through space and time Moving agents through space and time
 Immersive behavioral geography
 3D/4D urban models and animation
Data-mining and knowledge discovery >>
 Machine-learning behavioral geography
Behavioral geography >>
simulating alien invasion monsters agent-based modeling and GIS Modeling human behavior in critical scenarios
modeling riots Modeling riots
 Modeling and animating pedestrian and crowd behavior
 GIS for capturing time, space, and behavior
 Measuring place location knowledge and determining its drivers
Urban simulation >>
 Simulating sprawl
 Geographic automata models of residential relocation behavior
 Geographic automata models of gentrification and property dynamics
 Modeling megacity futures
Spatial simulation methods >>
 Geographic Automata Systems
 Validating agent-based models
Spatial analysis >>
climate indicators spatial analysis Land cover indicators for the National Climate Assessment
 A toolkit for urban analytics and measuring sprawl
 Wi-Fi analysis and mapping
 Conceptualizing sprawl characteristics
This research has been funded in whole or part by >>



Madhavan, S.; Torrens, P.M.; Clark, S.; Cabiru, C.; Beguy, D. (2014-2016). "Measuring kinship support for children of single mothers in Nairobi, Kenya”, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health




LaFree, Gary; Torrens, P.M.; Golbeck, J.; Mohler, G.; Cunningham, D. (2014-2017). "INSPIRE Track 2: Computational modeling of grievances and political instability through global media". National Science Foundation (Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education)




Torrens, P.M.; Frias-Martinez, V.; Ghanem, R. (2014-2016). "Human geography motifs to evaluate infrastructure resilience". National Science Foundation (Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation, Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and Systems)




Emanuel, W.; Townshend, J.; Torrens, P.M.; West, T.; Sexton, J.; Channan, S. (2013-2015). “Land cover indicators for U.S. National Climate Assessments”, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences, Development and Testing of Potential Indicators For The National Climate Assessment)




Sinha, T.; Lehman, T.; Yang, X.; Torrens, P.M.; Channan, S. (2013-2015). "CC-NIE Integration: High performance computing with data and networking acceleration (HPCDNA)". National Science Foundation (Advanced Cyberinfrastructure division)


NASA Torrens, P.M. (2013-2014). “Next-generation automata approaches to mathematically intractable problems in glaciology”, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Goddard Space Flight Center; Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences; Cryospheric Sciences)
NIH Rendall, M. & Torrens, P.M. (2012-2013). “Displaced New Orleans Residents Study”, National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (sub-contract to the RAND Corporation)



Torrens, P.M; Ghanem, Roger; Kevrekidis, Yannis (2010-2012). "Accelerating innovation in agent-based simulations: Application to complex socio-behavioral phenomena". National Science Foundation (Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems)



Torrens, P.M. (2007-2012) “CAREER: Exploring the dynamics of individual pedestrian and crowd behavior in dense urban settings: a computational approach”. National Science Foundation (Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER); Geography & Regional Science/ Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics)



Griffin, W.; Torrens, P.M.; Fewell, J. (2006-2011) “Modeling time, space, and behavior: Combining ABM & GIS to create typologies of playgroup dynamics in preschool children”. National Science Foundation (Human and Social Dynamics)
Crittenden, J.; Torrens, P.M.; Sawhney, A.; Perrings, C.; Guhathakurta, S.; Guston, D.; Chen, Y.; Li, K.; Stanzione, D.; Ariaratnam, S.; Fernando, H.; Liu, H.; Allenby, B.; Konjevod, G.; Lant, T.; Williams, E.; Grimm, N.; Garcia, A.; Golden, J.; Kaloush, K. (2007-2008) “Environmental and economic impacts of material used in future urban development”. Science Foundation Arizona (Competitive Advantage Award)
 Guhathakurta, S.; Bender, D.; Crittenden, J.; Collins, D.; Holston, J.; Kobayashi, Y.; Konjevod, G.; Li, K.; Lant, T.; Morton, T.; Patel, M.; Torrens, P.M. (2006-2010) “Digial Phoenix”. Herberger Foundation
Torrens, P.M. (2006-2008) “Urban simulation at the micro-level”. Autodesk, Inc.


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