Dr Ed Manley

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The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is one of the leading forces in the science of cities, generating new knowledge and insights for use in city planning, policy and design and drawing on the latest geospatial methods and ideas in computer-based visualisation and modelling. We are part of The Bartlett: UCL's global faculty of the built environment.



Ed’s background is in the application of computational techniques to interdisciplinary domains, with a particular focus on urban systems. 

He is Director of Research at CASA, and additionally oversees collaboration with enterprise organisations. During academic year 2016/17, he will be the Acting Vice-Dean for Research for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Prior to becoming a Lecturer at CASA, Ed completed his EngD at UCL CEGE, and subsequently worked as a Research Associate on the MECHANICITY project. 

Ed’s research blog can be found at www.urbanmovements.co.uk.

Research Summary

Ed’s research interests broadly fall around understanding the role of individual and collective behaviour in shaping urban processes.  

Drawing on new streams of data and simulation methods, Ed's research aims to deepen our quantitative understanding of human behaviour in cities, and how these behaviours contribute to the wider dynamics we observe across the city. This has previously involved the development of quantitative methods for data analysis, machine learning, agent-based modelling, and network modelling, along side theoretical understandings drawn from disciplines such as spatial cognition, judgment and decision-making, and sociology.

Ed is particularly interested in advancing data-driven agent-based simulation in order to improve the understanding and prediction of complex social systems.  He is interested in the role of data visualisation in the presentation and communication of multifaceted datasets.

Research outputs

Estimating the Topological Structure of Driver Spatial Knowledge 2016 Manley E
Variability in Regularity: Mining Temporal Mobility Patterns in London, Singapore and Beijing Using Smart-Card Data 2016 Zhong C,Batty M,Manley E,Wang J,Wang Z,Chen F,Schmitt G
A heuristic model of bounded route choice in urban areas 2015 Manley EJ,Orr SW,Cheng T
Measuring variability of mobility patterns from multiday smart-card data 2015 Zhong C,Manley E,Arisona SM,Batty M,Schmitt G
Estimating Urban Traffic Patterns through Probabilistic Interconnectivity of Road Network Junctions 2015 Manley E
Shortest path or anchor-based route choice: a large-scale empirical analysis of minicab routing in London 2015 Manley EJ,Addison JD,Cheng T
Using Mobile Phone Traces to Understand Activity and Mobility in Dakar, Senegal 2015 Manley E,Dennett A,Batty M
Reliability-Based Route Choice in Public Transport Networks 2015 Trozzi V,Manley E,Kasparias I
Identifying functional urban regions within traffic flow 2014 Manley E
A framework for simulating large-scale complex urban traffic dynamics through hybrid agent-based modelling 2014 Manley E,Cheng T,Penn A,Emmonds A
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Research activities