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Research Papers

Below is a list of papers, reports, and presentations from the UrbanSim community, with links to the documents in pdf format.


For readers who want an overview of the UrbanSim system, we suggest:

For readers interested in our most recent work on 3D modeling and visualization, we suggest: For readers who want a general overview of urban simulation modeling, we suggest: For readers interested in embedding urban simulation in a deliberative political context, we suggest: For readers who want more technical details, we suggest: For readers interested in uncertainty and calibration of simulation results, we suggest:

Papers are listed in reverse chronological order within each category.

Urban Modeling, Planning and Visualization



  • Felsenstein, Daniel, Kay Axhausen and Paul Waddell (2010) Land Use-Transportation Modeling with UrbanSim?: Experiences and Progress. Journal of Transportation and Land Use. Vol. 3, No. 2, pp 1-3.
  • Kriplean, Travis, Alan Borning, Paul Waddell, Christoffer Klang, and James Fogarty (2010) Supporting Agile Modeling through Experimentation in an Integrated Urban Simulation Framework. Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Digital Government Research Conference on Public Administration Online: Challenges and Opportunities. Puebla, Mexico, May 17 - 20, 2010.
  • Lee, Brian, Paul Waddell, Liming Wang and Ram Pendyala (2010) Re-examining the Influence of Work and Non-work Accessibility on Residential Location Choices with a Micro-analytic Framework. Environment and Planning A, Volume 42, issue 4, pp 913-930.
  • Lee, Brian and Paul Waddell (2010) Residential Mobility and Location Choice A Nested Logit Model with Sampling of Alternatives, Transportation, Volume 37, Issue 4 (2010), pp 587-601.
  • Pendyala, Ram M., Yi-Chang Chiu, Paul Waddell, Mark Hickman, Karthik C. Konduri, Bhargava Sana (2010) The Design of an Integrated Model of the Urban Continuum – Location Choices, Activity- Travel Behavior, and Dynamic Traffic Patterns. Paper presented at the 12th World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, Portugal, July 11-15, 2010.
  • Waddell, Paul, Liming Wang, Billy Charlton and Aksel Olsen (2010) Integration of a Parcel-Level Land Use Model and an Activity-Based Travel Model. Journal of Transportation and Land Use Vol. 3, No. 2, pp 65-84.
  • Waddell, Paul (2010) Modeling Residential Location in UrbanSim, in Modelling Residential Location Choice, John Preston, Francesca Pagliara and David Simmonds, eds., Springer, pp 165-180.


  • Lee, Brian and Paul Waddell (2009) Incorporating residential mobility into residence location choice model in a microsimulation context. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Travel Behavior Research, Jaipur, India, December, 2009.
  • Pendyala, Ram, Paul Waddell, Yi-Chang Chiu, Mark Hickman (2009) Integrated modeling of the urban built environment and activity-travel behavior in complex multimodal networks: conceptual framework, model design, and operational procedures. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Travel Behavior Research, Jaipur, India, December, 2009.
  • Sana, Bhargava, Karthik Konduri, Ram M. Pendyala, Xin Ye, Paul Waddell (2009) An evolutionary model of population synthesis that controls for household and person-level attribute distributions. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Travel Behavior Research, Jaipur, India, December, 2009.
  • Vanegas, Carlos, Daniel Aliaga, Bedrich Beneš, Paul Waddell (2009) Interactive Design of Urban Spaces using Geometrical and Behavioral Modeling. ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), also ACM SIGGRAPH Asia, 28(5): 10 pages, 2009.
  • Vanegas, Carlos, Daniel Aliaga, Pascal Müller, Paul Waddell, Ben Watson, Peter Wonka, (2009) Modeling the Appearance and Behavior of Urban Spaces, Computer Graphics Forum (CGF), also Eurographics STAR, 17 pages.
  • Aliaga, Daniel, Carlos Vanegas, Bedřich Beneš, Paul Waddell. (2009) Visualization of Simulated Urban Spaces: Inferring Parameterized Generation of Streets, Parcels, and Aerial Imagery. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 15(3): 424-435, 2009.
  • Waddell, Paul (2009) Parcel-Level Microsimulation of Land Use and Transportation: The Walking Scale of Urban Sustainability. Resource Paper presented in the Workshop on Computational Algorithms and Procedures for Integrated Microsimulation, 12th International Conference on Travel Behavior Research, Jaipur, India, December, 2009.
  • Waddell, Paul (2009) Appropriation of Advanced Research in Urban Modeling: Lessons Learned from the UrbanSim? Project. Paper presented at Transport Knowledge and Planning Practice, Amsterdam, October, 2009.
  • Wang, Liming and Paul Waddell (2009) Microsimulating Housing Markets: A Bayesian Random Bidding Model with Endogenous Screening Rules. Paper presented at the 56th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, San Francisco, November 2009.
  • Xin Ye, Karthik Konduri, Ram Pendyala, Bhargava Sana, and Paul Waddell. A Methodology to Match Distributions of Both Household and Person Attributes in the Generation of Synthetic Populations. Presented at the 88th Annual Meetings of the Transportation Research Board.











Value Sensitive Design and Participatory Design

Programming Languages and Software Engineering

Human Computer Interaction and Visualization


Presentations and System Demonstrations

  • Paul Waddell, ACSP 2008 Presentation on UrbanSim
  • Paul Waddell, Alan Borning, Hana Ševcikova, Recent Developments in OPUS/UrbanSim. Presented at the 1st European UrbanSim? User Group Meeting, Zurich, March 2008.
  • Paul Waddell, Alan Borning, Hana Ševcikova, David Socha, Opus (the Open Platform for Urban Simulation) and UrbanSim 4. System demonstration to be presented at the 7th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, May 2006.
  • Alan Borning and Paul Waddell, Integrated Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Modeling: Recent Research and Future Directions, Colloquium, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Nov 6, 2001. [[][On-demand video]]; [html version of slides][104]; [pdf file of slides][105]
-- PaulWaddell - 22 May 2010
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Topic revision: r16 - 10 Feb 2012 - 01:57:22 - LimingWang
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