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Networks and Spatial Interaction Modelling

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English (100%)
19 days
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

This course is relevant for you if you're interested in modeling in the domains of urban and regional planning, infrastructure and transport

This short course covers important modelling foundations of networks and spatial interaction and its relation to GIS and Remote Sensing. Focus is on applications in the infrastructure and transportation domain. Networks and the modelling of spatial interaction, however, are also relevant to other application domains such as urban (service location) planning and urban design. Networks can be used to represent a variety of spatial systems and phenomena, both physical and non-physical.

Spatial interaction models predict flows of people and goods between locations based on the degree of spatial separation and the attractiveness of the (potential) activity/opportunity, assuming a decrease of flows with increasing distance or time. They are of relevance to the study of optimal service locations, accessibility analysis at various levels of detail, simulation and forecasting, and can also be used to optimize and manage network throughput.

This course is relevant to those interested in modeling in the domains of urban and regional planning, infrastructure and transport.

Explain the theoretical and modelling foundations of urban and regional planning and the role of networks therein; Describe the strengths and limitations of GIS in modelling networks and spatial interaction (incl. social networks); Apply models for network analysis, transport system analysis and Social Network analysis; Estimate parameters in network, transport and SNA models.

Instruction modes
Lectures, supervised practicals, unsupervised practicals, group assignments, individual assignments, self-study.

Introduction;Urban and regional modelling foundations; Network geography; Network geography and indicator development; Space syntax models for the analysis of spatial configurations in urban regions;Spatial interaction theory; Challenges of modelling interaction in urban and regional planning; Gravity modelling; Application: Transport modelling; Dynamic Land-use Transport Interaction modelling (Metronamica – LUT); Transport modeling fundamentals; Surveys on networks and travel behaviour; Statistical estimation of models in transport; Application: Social Network Analysis; Social network metrics; SNA modelling (UCINET);

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

Knowledge of GIS and remote sensing at level of core modules or higher is preferred. Ability to independently apply GIS and RS software.

Professional experience

A few years of professional experience is recommended.

Language test

IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C2


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