Athanasios Votsis
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I am an urban and regional planner (Master's, Virginia Commonwealth University) and geographer (PhD, University of Helsinki).

I have been active in diverse lines of research, connected however by the red thread of spatial patterns of behaviour (individual, aggregate) & their interaction with their social and physical environment:       

  • Urbanism & Spatial planning, notably urbanisation scenario simulations, liveable and healthy cities, bottom-up urbanism and societal resilience, typologies of sustainable cities and their long-term resilience trajectories; semiotics (architectural, urban, cultural).
  • Spatial economics, esp. housing markets, economic effects of natural risks and adaptation-mitigation solutions, spatial econometrics and the spatial structure and spatial interaction of economic mechanisms.
  • Climate and weather adaptation/resilience in cities and territories [heatwaves, flooding, ecosystem services], and the aviation and energy sectors.
  • Computational methods, esp. AI and complexity approaches: cellular automata, agent-based models, space syntax, fractals, fuzzy logic, 'fuzzy' cognitive maps.
  • AI and robotics, esp. automated reasoning and knowledge representation in the domains of spatial cognition; human-machine interaction and hybrid reasoning; distributed intelligence and the regulation/control of complex adaptive systems.  

I have lectured courses on spatial econometrics, economic assessment, applied urban modelling, AI & computational methods in geography, and spatial planning. I have served as PI, task leader or contributor in numerous ERC and National research projects and recently contributed to the UN ESCAP-APDIM's first Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.

I am a proud member of 4TU Resilience Engineering, UT's DesignLab, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA), the Urban Economics Association, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (ESEIA), and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).


  • NA Architecture
  • Spatial planning
  • Urbanism
  • Sustainable cities
  • Livability
  • G Geography (General)
  • Economic geography
  • Human geography
  • Urban studies
  • Adaptive urbanism
  • HA Statistics
  • Spatial econometrics
  • Time series econometrics
  • Q Science (General)
  • Computational methods
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Complexity science
  • Cellular automata
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Agent-based models
  • Fractals
  • Simulation/modeling ethics
  • Model interpretability
  • HD61 Risk Management
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Air quality
  • Heatwaves
  • Flooding
  • Sand and dust storms
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Urban resilience
  • HB Economic Theory
  • Spatial economics
  • Housing markets

Artificial Intelligence Expert

  • Human AI Interaction
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • Machine Learning: from Traditional Methods to Deep Neural Networks
  • Ethical Dimensions of AI
  • Legal Requirements for AI
  • Societal Context of AI
  • Health and Well-being
  • Geo Sciences
  • Mobility and Transport
  • Energy, Sustainability, Environment and Circularity


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