Hello my name is Andrew Crooks and  welcome to my website "GIS and Agent-based modeling." I use this site to highlight and examine the latest advances in the fields of geographical information science (GIS), agent-based modeling and other things along the way loosely constrained around urban systems.

In terms of giving you a little background about me, I am Professor of Geography within the Department of Geography and a faculty member in the RENEW Institute at the University at Buffalo
Previously, I was a Assistant and then Associate Professor of Computational Social Science with a joint appointment between the Computational Social Science Program within the Department of Computational and Data Sciences and the Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science at George Mason University. In addition, I was also the co-director of the Center for Social Complexity and a affiliate faculty member of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence.

Over the years I have taught a variety of courses in relation to geography, computational social science, urban systems, GIS and agent-based modeling.

What now seems like a very long time ago, my educational background started at the University of Edinburgh where I obtained a BSc (hons) in Geology and Physical Geography and an MSc in Geographical Information Science. Prior to starting my PhD at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London, I worked as a research and information officer for Edinburgh City Council.

My PhD thesis was entitled 'Experimenting with Cities: Utilizing Agent-Based Models and GIS to Explore Urban Dynamics.' This research investigated the potential of integrating GIS and agent-based models thus providing the ability to link agents to actual 'real' world places. The PhD was carried out under the supervision of Professor's Michael Batty and Paul Longley and sponsored by the Greater London Authority (GLA) Economics unit.

After completing my PhD and before joining George Mason University, I held the position of 'GLA Economics Research Fellow in Urban Systems' at CASA where I continued to develop geographical explicit agent-based models along with exploring and developing various other GIS applications and models focused around London.

My research interests relate to exploring, understanding and the communication of the physical and socio-economic environments using GIS, spatial analysis, geovisualization, agent-based modeling and social network analysis (SNA) methodologies. These research interests have resulted in numerous publications which I feed directly into my teaching.

A relatively up to date CV can be found here  (last updated 8th May, 2024).

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