Dr. Paul M. Torrens is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Tandon School of Engineering, and a Professor in the Center for Urban Science + Progress at New York University, where he and his students work on the development and application of modeling and simulation tools for exploring and explaining complex urban systems, intricacies of behavior at the interface between cities and people, and emerging cyberinfrastructure for urban spaces and places. In previous appointments, Paul was on the faculty of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, and in the Department of Geographical Sciences and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was the founding Director of the Center for Geospatial Information Science. Paul holds a Ph.D. from University College London (2004), Master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin (1999) and Indiana University (1998), and a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College Dublin (1996). His work earned him a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2007 and he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (details) by President George W. Bush in 2008.

3-6 Research Areas/Keywords:
Modeling and Simulation, GIS, Human Behavior

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Research Domain:
Modeling and Simulation

Affiliated Research Groups:
Media and Games Network (MAGNET), Urban Future Lab, ACRE

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Research Group Name: SimSpace

3-6 Research Areas/Keywords: Agent-based models, virtual worlds, motion capture, GIS, spacial computing