About Authors



Yoshio Arai is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Tokyo at Komaba. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1993. His research interests stem from a broad area of human geography with particular emphasis on time-geography of human activities, geography of information society and historical analyses of regional change using GIS. 

Theo Arentze received his Ph.D. in urban planning from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Urban Planning group at the same university. His main fields of expertise and current research interests are decision support systems, activity-based modeling, discrete choice modeling, knowledge discovery and learning-based systems with applications in urban and transport planning. 

Dimitris Ballas is a Research Fellow in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. He received his Ph.D from the University of Leeds in 2001. His main research interests include the development and use of spatial microsimulation methodologies for human systems modelling and for urban, regional and social policy analysis and evaluation. He is also interested in studying the spatial dimensions of income and wealth inequalities, socio-economic polarisation and local labour market segmentation. 

Barry Boots is Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He received a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University in 1972 and a D.Sc. degree from the University of Bristol in 1995. His main interests are measuring spatial structure and spatial relationships, spatial statistics, and Voronoi diagrams. 

Graham Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. He received his Ph.D from the University of Leeds in 1986. His research interests include the geography of public services, retail and business geography, and GIS and modelling. He has also more recently become interested in the geography of crime and policing. As Head of School, he has been keen to launch third-arm activities (*GeoCat - Geographical Consultancy And Training) and has been instrumental in implementing the first distance learning courses (in GIS for business and service planning). 

Rob Feick is an Assistant Professor appointed jointly to the School of Planning and the Department of Geography at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Waterloo in 2000. His research focuses on GIS and decision support systems with particular emphasis on collaborative spatial decision making, multi-criteria analysis methods, and public facility systems planning. 

Brent Hall is Professor of Planning and Associate Dean, Computing in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. degree from McMaster University in 1980. His main interests are geographic information systems with a focus on decision support problems. He is also interested in the representation of geographic boundaries and data visualisation. 

Kiichi Hirono is Subsection Chief of Geographic Information Technology Development Section at Asia Air Survey Co., Ltd. His main interests are GIS with a focus on urban disaster prevention. He is also interested in remote sensing of marine physical phenomena by using satellite or airborne image. 

Chang-Hyeon Joh is a Ph.D. candidate at the Urban Planning Group of the Eindhoven University of Technology. He received his M.A. in Geography from the Seoul National University. His research interests are activity pattern analysis and activity-travel behaviour modeling. He is also interested in studying the relationships between urban structure and individual spatial behaviour. 

Takeki Izumi is Assistant Professor of Geography at Tokyo Metropolitan University. He received his Ph.D. degree@in urban engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2001. His research focuses on urban climate system with numerical simulation and remote sensing. 

Shiro Koike is Graduate student of Human Geography at the University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 2002. His main interests are spatio-temporal and historical analyses of geographic phenomena using GIS. 

Kazuyuki Konagaya is Associate Professor of Regional Economics and Urban Geography at the Institute for Economic Research of Osaka City University. He received his M.D. in Physics from University of Tokyo in 1985 and M.D. in Geography from Kyoto University in 1989. His interests are modelling spacio-temporal aspects of economic phenomena (such as land price and land use) and GIS. 

Jay Lee is Associate Professor of Geography at Kent State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1989. Jay Lee's research interests stems from a broad area of quantitative modelling of geographic phenomena over space and over time. 

Isao Mizuno is Associate Professor of Geography at Ochanomizu University. He received his Ph.D. from Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1998. His research focuses on modeling uneven regional development from a self-organisation perspective, analysing topological structure of transportation networks, and reinterpreting classical location theory. 

Tomoki Nakaya is Associate Professor of Geography at Ritsumeikan University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1997. His main research fields are mathematical modelling, spatial statistics and geographic information systems in human geography with special interests on spatial interactions and medical geography. 

Yujiro Ogawa is an Executive Director of Asian Disaster Reduction Center and a Visiting Professor of Kyushu University. He received his Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo in 1993. His main interest field is Disaster Management in the context of Urban Planning. 

Atsuyuki Okabe received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 and the degree of Doctor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1977. Previously he has held the position of Associate Professor at the Institute of Socio-Economic Planning, University of Tsukuba. He is currently Director of the Center for Spatial Information Science and Professor of the Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo. 

Bambang Rudyanto is a Visiting Researcher of Asian Disaster Reduction Center. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1996. His main interests are regional/urban planning, infrastructure planning, environmental sciences and macro economics.

Yukio Sadahiro is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D degreee from the University of Tokyo in 1994. His main interests are spatial analysis, spatiotemporal analysis, quality of spatial data, spatial data mining, and visualization of spatial information. 

Narushige Shiode is a Research Fellow at University College London. He is completing a PhD on comparative analyses of urban and cyberspaces and its implications for urban and spatial planning. 

Phillip Smith is a postgraduate student in the School of Geography, University of Manchester undertaking a PhD. dissertation on modelling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe. 

Masami Sugiura is an section chief of disaster prevention consultancy at Asia Air Survey Co., Ltd. He is a registered consulting engineer of civil engineering (River, Erosion Control and Seashore). Especially he is a specialist of urban disaster and geomorphological hazards. 

Hirotaka Suzuki is a Visiting Researcher of Asian Disaster Reduction Center and Assistant Professor of Graphic Science at Osaka City University. He received his Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo in 1996. His main interests are spatial analysis in visual environment and graphic science education. 

Masanao Takeyama is Associate Professor of Environmental and Information Studies at Musashi Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1996. His main interests are spatial analyses of information societies with emphasis on the influence of digital telecommunication technologies on urban space. He is also interested in computational modelling of complex spatial systems. 

Toshikazu Tamura is Professor of Geomorphology and Environmental Studies at Tohoku University. He received a D.Sc. degree from Tohoku University in 1979. His main interests are studying hillslope classification and chronology, environmental changes in the humid tropical and temperate zones, and watershed environmental management. 

Richard Thomas is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester. He received his PhD. from the University of Nottingham in 1972. His current research interests are in the construction and application of multiregion epidemic models and the influence of urban regeneration initiatives on levels of mental distress.

Harry Timmermans is Professor of Urban Planning at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from Nijmegen University in 1980. His main interests are modeling spatial choice behaviour and developing decision support systems.

Ian Turton is Principal Research Fellow (Computational Geography) of the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. He received a Ph.D degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1992. His research interests include intelligent agent-based methodologies, visualisation of geographic data especially over the Web, crime mapping and spatial data mining, and interoperability standards for GIS. 

Teruhisa Watanabe is an engineer of Hitachi Software Engineering Co., Ltd.He received his master's degree in environmental study from The University of Tokyo in 2001. His main interests are sustainable city plannings using geographic information systems.

Shigeya Yoshikawa belongs to Geographic Information Technology Development Section at Asia Air Survey Co., Ltd. His main jobs are GIS and WEB-GIS systems(disaster prevention, sightseeing information, environment resources and so on.) planning and development. 

Shipeng Zhao is GIS Technical Manager at SuperMap Japan Co., Ltd. He received a D.Sc. degree from the Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1995. His main interests are studying mountainous disasters using GIS and providing GIS-based solutions for various resource and environmental problems. 


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