Professor Batty, CBE FRS, currently holds a chair at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London where he directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), one of the leading spatial analysis labs in the world. Previously, he was Director of the SUNY Buffalo site of NCGIA (1990-1995) and was Professor and Head of the Department of City and Regional Planning in the University of Wales at Cardiff from 1979 until 1990.
He has Degrees from the University of Manchester (BA) and Wales (PhD) and is a Fellow of the RTPI, LCIT and RSA. His research is in the development of computer based technologies, specifically graphics-based and mathematical models for cities, and he has worked recently on applications of fractal geometry and cellular automata to urban structure. He has interest in complexity theory and visualisation methods which both inform his core research.
He is the Editor of the journal Environment and Planning B and was awarded the CBE for 'services to geography' in the 2004 Birthday Honours List. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2001 and as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009 (FRS).