STRONG Cities: Simulation Technologies for the Realization of Next Generation Cities by Dr. Daniel G. Aliaga

​​​Daniel G. Aliaga, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Purdue University, and visiting professor, the Visual Computing Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, visited FAFS (November 2) to speak about STRONG Cities: Simulation Technologies for the Realization of Next Generation Cities.

Dr. Aliaga’s vision is to facilitate semi-automatic, controllable content creation and editing of large, complex 3D models for use in digital simulation, visualization, entertainment, education, and cultural heritage through converting unstructured data into organized, easily editable procedural representations. Dr. Aliaga presented a summary of his lab’s work in providing digital tools that proceduralize input models into a set of meaningful rules and parameters: making the model easily altered in an intuitive, compact manner that is fast to render. He seeks procedural representations in the form of (g​rammar) rules or code in a programming language.

​In terms of applications, his work is particularly focused at digital city planning applications that provide innovative “what-if” design tools to enable urban stakeholders from cities, worldwide, to automatically integrate, process, analyze, and visualize the complex interdependencies between the urban form, function, and the natural environment. Ultimately, solving this challenge leads to enhanced models and new approaches that improve urban weather modeling (and, eventually, climate modeling), improve vehicular traffic, reduce effects of urban flooding, support flexible urban infrastructure, and deliver greater urbanization support.