Michael Batty

David Seamon

Jeremy Whitehand

Daniel Montello

Bill Hillier

Julienne Hanson

John Peponis

Alan Penn

Ayse Sema Kubat(Chair of SSS6)

Julienne Hanson(Workshop Chair)

Kayvan Karimi (Workshop Chair)

Alasdair Turner(Workshop Chair)



  Michael Batty is a Professor of Spatial Analysis and Planning at University College London. Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL is run under his directorship. He was previously Director of the SUNY Buffalo site of NCGIA (1990-1995) and was Professor and Head of the Department of City and Regional Planning in the University of Wales at Cardiff from 1979 until 1990.

Dr. Batty has Degrees from the University of Manchester (BA) and Wales (PhD), is a Fellow of the British Academy as well as a Fellow of the RTPI, CIT and RSA. His research is 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 and cellular automata to urban structure.

  David Seamon is an environment-behavior researcher and Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. His research and writings focus on the ways that the natural and built environments contribute to human well-being. David Seamon received the 2006 Service Award from the Environmental Design Research Association for his contributions to the environmental design field and contributions to the organization. Seamon has written many books and more than 50 articles. Since 1992, he has served as the editor of the State University of New York Press Series in Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, now totaling six volumes, and he has published the Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology Newsletter for more than 16 years.David Seamon holds a Ph.D. degree from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, and a B.A. from State University of New York at Albany, Albany. Key themes in which Seamon is interested include human aspects of design; place and place-making; the nature of environmental and architectural experience; environmental and architectural aesthetics; artistic media as a means for understanding environment, place, and nature; Christopher Alexander’s "pattern language; ”Bill Hillier’s "space syntax," especially as the approach helps to understand human co-presence, encounter, and place regularity; the "phenomenology of nature" developed by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; phenomenology as a method of inquiry in the human sciences and environment-behavior research.

J. W. R. Whitehand is an Emeritus Professor of Urban Geography, and Head of the UMRG at the University of Birmingham. Whitehand graduated and later took his PhD and DSc at the University of Reading. After appointments in the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Glasgow, he moved to the University of Birmingham in 1971. He founded the Urban Morphology Research Group in 1974. He was a member of the Council of the Institute of British Geographers, Honorary Editor of the Institute of British Geographers quarterly journal Area, Chairman of the Institute of British Geographers Urban Geography Study Group, Secretary of the Editorial Board of the Institute of British Geographers Special Publications, a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee (later the Publications Committee) of the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the Council of the Royal Geographical Society. He is a member of the Council of the International Seminar on Urban Form and Editor of the international journal Urban Morphology. He has authored some 200 papers, most of them in academic journals. These have dealt with such topics as the diffusion of innovations, cycles in house building, the redevelopment of city centres and, especially, the physical form of cities. His research in urban morphology may be summarized under three headings: first, the study of urban morphogenetics; secondly, the integration of morphogenetic and land-economic conceptions of cities; and thirdly, the uncovering of the agents responsible for urban landscape development. Each of these topics has been the subject of a Special Publication of the Institute of British Geographers for which he has been responsible.
  Daniel R. Montello is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a member of the Association of American Geographers, the Psychonomic Society, and Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society. Dan has PhD and MA degrees from Arizona State University in Psychology (environmental psychology area) and a BA from the Johns Hopkins University in Psychology. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include spatial, environmental, and geographic perception, cognition, affect, and behavior; cognitive issues in cartography and GIS; spatial aspects of social behavior; and environmental psychology and behavioral geography.



  Bill Hillier is Professor of Architectural and Urban Morphology in the University of London and Chairman of the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies and Director of the Space Syntax Laboratory in University College London. He holds a DSc (higher doctorate) in the University of London.  

He specializes in the study of human and social space in buildings and urban environments of all kinds. As the original pioneer of the methods for the analysis of spatial patterns known as ‘space syntax’, he is the author of The Social Logic of Space (1984, 1990) which presents a general theory of how people relate to space in built environments, ‘Space is the Machine’ (1996), which reports a substantial body of research built on that theory, and a large number of articles concerned with different aspects of space and how it works. He has also written extensively on other aspects of the theory of architecture. Past research has included work on the spatial structure of cities and urban areas, on problem housing estates, including spatial factors in crime, the design of offices and research laboratories and the relation between domestic space organization and culture. The space syntax techniques for spatial analysis and design are now being used by leading designers in major urban and architectural projects in many parts of the world.

  John Peponis is a Professor of Architecture at the College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD, MSc, B.Sc, all from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London. He is a registered Architect in Greece. He has taught at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens and nd Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London.

Prof. Peponis studies the principles and constraints that govern the generation of built form and its social, cultural and cognitive functions. His publications and courses address the description and measurement of spatial properties that determine the experience and social functions of architecture; the formal structure of design languages and design formulation, the strategic design choices that define the social, organizational and cultural function of complex buildings, the spatial structure of urban areas as it affects the morphologies of movement, co-awareness, and urban life. John Peponis was a member of the team that pioneered the development of “space syntax” under the direction of Bill Hillier through the 1980s.

  Alan Penn is an architect and a researcher at the Bartlett, UCL. He has been directly involved in the development of space syntax techniques and their application in a wide range of research and live-project domains. In particular he has specialized in the application of these techniques to the design of large and complex buildings and work environments such as offices, science laboratories and hospitals. At the urban scale he has worked on the use of space syntax for analysis of vehicular flows, as well as for the predictive modeling of urban air pollution distributions. He has made a significant contribution to the development of new analytic techniques and software for space syntax analysis, and has recently managed projects which have developed software to tackle the representation and analysis of three dimensional spatial systems. He is currently the Director of the Virtual Reality Centre for the Built Environment, a UK Government and industry funded research centre at UCL, in collaboration with Imperial College London, which is developing the use of virtual reality techniques for application to the design, construction and management of the built environment. 

Alan Penn holds an MSc in Advance Architectural Studies (1983-Distinction), and Diploma in Architecture (1980), and BSc in Architecture all from University College London.



  Professor Ayse Sema Kubat is a Professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning of Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She was a founding professor for the Department of Landscape Architecture at ITU. She has lectured at University College London, Tokyo University, and Georgia Technical University. She recently organized International Workshop in Sustainable Urban Regeneration at ITU in collaboration with Tokyo University. She has been serving on the International Steering and Refereeing Committees for Space Syntax Symposiums and she is the Chair of the 6th International Space Syntax Symposium to be held in Istanbul. 
Dr. Kubat has degrees of B.Arch and M. Arch from ITU, and a PhD with a concentration of Urban Analysis also from ITU. Her research is in the area of Urban morphology, urban design & planning, urban renewal and conservation, urban history, landscape design & planning and since 1990 she has been interested in space syntax methodology and applied this method to a number of funded research about the city of Istanbul. 


  Professor Jullienne Hanson is an architect-academic who has lectured and carried out research at the Bartlett UCL since 1976. She holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from University College London (1989). She is the co-originator with Professor Bill Hillier of the 'space syntax' computer-based representations, analytic techniques and research methodologies that have become the basis for configurational analysis of building layouts and urban places.  

Professor Hanson was the Managing Chair of the Built Environment Expert Advisory Group for Age Concern England's Millennium Debate of the Age, 1996-2000 and the Principal Investigator on an EPSRC EQUAL Project to profile the UK’s housing stock with the needs of older people in mind. She is a Co-Investigator on VivaCity2020 an ambitious, 5-year EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments consortium. She is also a co-investigator on a series of EPSRC Platform grants associated with the ‘space syntax’ research programme. Prof Hanson is a member of the Housing Corporation’s Older People’s Advisory Group, and a member of the Silver Cities Forum.

  Dr. Kayvan Karimi is an architect and urban designer with more than fourteen years of experience in architecture and urban design. He earned his PhD on architectural and urban morphology (1993-98) from UCL. During his doctoral studies he joined Space Syntax, where he is now a director. He has continued his research and lecturing activities in parallel to his main role in leading consultancy projects. Kayvan's project experience includes a wide range of architectural and urban projects in the UK and abroad, including strategic design, master planning, regeneration and conservation projects.


  Alasdair Turner is a lecturer in Architectural Computing at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies and the course director of the MSc Virtual Environments. He researches models of people movement and social interaction, spatial analysis, generative design, and neural network models of human behaviour. His work on spatial analysis has included the introduction of visibility graph analysis (with Alan Penn, David O'Sullivan and Maria Doxa) and an algorithm to generate axial maps automatically (with Alan Penn and Bill Hillier). Alasdair is author of UCL’s Depthmap spatial analysis and pedestrian modeling software. The software incorporates Visibility Graph Analysis, axial line analysis and EVAS agents in one package.