The research seminar was jointly organized by the Centre for China Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) and the Department of Geography. At the seminar, Professor Batty presented his research group’s recent works on big data and smart cities and shared his view on big data research and application. The seminar attracted academics, researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students from HKBU and other university. After the seminar, Professor Batty paid a visit to the Department and CURS.

Professor 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 Fractal Cities (Academic Press, 1994) Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005) which won the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011, and most recently The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). He is the editor of the journal Environment and Planning B. His research group is working on simulating long term structural change and dynamics in cities as well as their visualisation, as well as urban analytics for smart cities. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and was awarded the CBE in the 2004 Queen Birthday Honours List. In 2015, he received the Founders Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society.