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ERC GeoDiverCity International Workshop

12 October 2017 @ 9:00 am - 13 October 2017 @ 7:00 pm

The ambition of the meeting is to engage discussion about fundamental questions regarding urban theories and modeling. Invited keynote speeches will be followed each by a roundtable of presentations and discussion.  Related major results from the ERC will also be presented.

The intention of the workshop is to summarize the state of knowledge and prepare an agenda for future research.

Event webpage : http://geodivercity.parisgeo.cnrs.fr/blog/international-workshop/

Thursday October 12th

 9h30-11h – Urban theories and complexity (1)

Keynote: Michael Batty “Which complexity for urban systems?”


  • Olivier Bouba-Olga: “Innovation, In and Out of the City” .
  • Juste Raimbault: “Complexity, Complexities and Complex Knowledges”

11h-11h30 coffee break

11h 30-13hGeoDiverCity: Building models: experimentation of theories and reproducibility

Keynote : Romain Reuillon “Towards Computer Assisted Modeling “

Discussion around OpenMOLE: Paul Chapron, Guillaume Chérel, Clementine Cottineau, Mathieu Leclaire, Sebastien Rey-Coyrehourcq.

13-14 buffet lunch

14h-15h 30 – Urban theories and complexity (2)

Keynote: Elsa Arcaute, “Scaling laws, its limitations and performance of cities”.


  • Diego Rybski
  • Horacio Samaniego (with Mauricio Franco and Boris Sotomayor): “Reaching Out” in Larger Cities”
  • Francisco Maturana: “The Topology of Communicating Across Cities of Increasing Sizes, or the Complex Task of “Reaching Out” in Larger Cities”

15h30-16h coffee break

16h-17h  – GeoDiverCity: Are scaling laws transferable towards urban theories?

Presentations: Olivier Finance and Elfie Swerts

17h -18h 30 – Urban theories and big data

Keynote: Marc Barthelemy : “Revisiting economics for understanding urban data”

 Discussion: Arnaud Banos, Céline Rozenblat

Friday October 13th

9h30-11h00 – Economy versus geography: theories of urbanization and cities development

Keynote: Michael Storper, “The Growth and Decline of Cities:  a perspective from economic geography”

Discussion:  Lena Sanders, Céline Vacchiani-Marcuzzo and Isabelle Thomas

11h-11h30 coffee break

11h30-13h – GeoDiverCity: Economy versus geography: theories of urbanization and cities development (2)

Presentations: Clémentine Cottineau and Solène Baffi, “What is emerging ? Understanding urbanisation dynamics in BRICS countries through a geographical approach, the case of Russia and South Africa”

 Which theories and models from and for big data?


  • Thomas Louail :“Denoising data with talk: augmented interviews to better understand spatial behavior”
  • Robin Cura: “Visual exploration and simulation of large and long data of urban growth”.

13:00-14h:00 buffet lunch

14h-15h 30 – Urban theories and international comparison

Keynote: Fulong Wu, “Urban theories and urbanization processes: is China specific?”

Discussion: Natacha Aveline, Elfie Swerts

15h30-17h – Concluding round table

International comparisons: harmonization of data, comparability of results, level of universality for theories and models

Eric Denis, Denise Pumain: questions to Elsa Arcaute, Mike Batty, Marc Barthelemy, Michael Storper and Fulong Wu


12 October 2017 @ 9:00 am
13 October 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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