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UrbanSim: Using Simulation to Inform Public Deliberation and Decision-Making

Summary: UrbanSim: Using Simulation to Inform Public
Deliberation and Decision-Making
Alan Borning1
, Paul Waddell2
, and Ruth Fšorster3
Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Box
352350, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA, borning@cs.washington.edu
Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Box 353055, Seattle,
Washington 98195, USA, pwaddell@u.washington.edu
Institut fšur Raum- und Landschaftsentwicklung, ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology), Zšurich, Switzerland, ruth.foerster@irl.baug.ethz.ch
Summary. Decisions regarding urban transportation investments such as building
a new light rail system or freeway extension, or changes in land use policies such as
zoning to encourage compact development and curb low-density urban sprawl, have
significant and long-term economic, social, and environmental consequences. Fur-
ther, land use and transportation decisions interact. Integrated simulation models
can help government agencies and citizens make more informed decisions about such


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences