Paul Torrens

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Paul Torrens

Dr. Paul M. Torrens is a Professor in Tandon's Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Center for Urban Science + Progress at New York University. 

His work centers 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.

Torrens was the recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007, and in 2008 George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Research Interests: Geosimulation, spatial data science, spatial computing, geocomputation

University College London 2004

Journal Articles


Torrens, P.M. (2017). "A computational sandbox with human automata for exploring perceived egress safety in urban damage scenarios". International Journal of Digital Earth (online first).


Torrens, P.M. (2016). "Computational streetscapes." Computation, 4(3): 37.

Torrens, P.M. (2016) “Exploring behavioral regions in agents’ mental maps”. Annals of Regional Science, 57 (2): 309-334.

Lin, H.; Batty, M.; Jørgensen, S.E.; Fu, B.; Konecny, M.; Voinov, A.; Torrens, P.M.; Lu, G.; Zhu, A-X.; Wilson, J.P.; Gong, J.; Kolditz, O.; Bandrova, T.; Chen, M. (2015) “Virtual environments begin to embrace process-based geographic analysis”. Transactions in GIS, 19(4): 493-498

Torrens, P.M. (2015) “Intertwining agents and environments”, Environmental Earth Sciences, 74: 7117-7131

Torrens, P.M. (2015) "Slipstreaming human geosimulation in virtual geographic environments". Annals of GIS, 21(4): 325-344


Authored/Edited Books



Benenson, I. & Torrens, P.M. (2004) Geosimulation: Automata-Based Modeling of Urban Phenomena. London: John Wiley & Sons



Other Publications



He, J., L. Hong, V. Frias-Martinez, and Torrens, P.M. (2015). Uncovering social media reaction pattern to protest events: a spatiotemporal dynamics perspective of Ferguson unrest. In Social Informatics, eds. T.-Y. Liu, C. N. Scollon and W. Zhu, 67-81. Berlin: Springer International Publishing


Torrens, P.M. (2015) “Geographical agents in three dimensions”. In Geocomputation: A Practical Primer, Singleton, A. & Brunsdon, C. (Eds.) London: Sage, pp. 21-39


Current Projects, Research Labs, and Groups