Nuno Norte Pinto

Paper – New paper on Computers, Environment and Urban Systems

A new paper published on CEUS is available online at

Publication – New chapter in Portuguese book on urban form

A new chapter on the use of cellular automata to study urban form came out on a Portuguese book on the topic edited by Oliveira,Marat-Mendes and Pinho, published by the University of Porto Press ( .

Research Project – Eco-urbanisation: promoting sustainable development in metropolitan regions of China

CUPS researchers had teamed up with colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and have been awarded a major ESRC grant under the ESRC China Urban Transformation call.  The project, led by Prof Cecilia Wong in Manchester and Prof Xiangzheng Deng at CAS, aims to deepen our understanding of the interactive processes between urban development, resource consumption, and environmental impacts, and to identify innovative practices and effective strategies to manage and plan for sustainable urbanisation in China.

The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region, the biggest urbanised region in Northern China, will be used as the case study area to examine the key research issues.

Nuno will be working on the development of models to simulate these integrated processes.

Talk – At MARC, SEED, 12th March 2014

I will do a talk in the Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC) Spring Research Seminar series on the 12th March, at 12.30 pm, presenting my research on urban simulation and cellular automata.

The talk will take place at Room 5.209 at the University Place on Oxford Road (number 37 on the campus map).

Please see more info about this seminar in the series poster or at MARC webpage.

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

7. Pinto, N., Antunes, A. P. and Roca, J. 2017. Applicability and calibration of an irregular cellular automata model for land use change. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 65, 93-102, link

6. Neto, L., N. Pinto and M. Burns, “Evaluating the Impacts of Urban Regeneration Companies in Portugal: The Case of Porto.”, Planning Practice and Research 29(5) 524-542, 2014, 1 Citations link

5. Pinto, N. N. and A. P. Antunes, “A cellular automata model based on irregular cells: Application to small urban areas”, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 37(6) 1095-1114, 2010, 31 Citations link

4. Pinto, N. and A. Antunes, “Modeling and urban studies: an introduction”, Architecture, City and Environment, Vol.1 (4) pp 471-485, 2007, 9 Citations link

3. Pinto, N. and A. Antunes, “Cellular automata and urban studies: a literature survey”, Architecture, City and Environment, Vol.1 (3) pp 368-399, 2007, 28 Citations link

2. Antunes, A., A. Seco and N. Pinto, “An accessibility-maximization approach to road network planning”, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol. 18, pp. 225-241, 2003, 49 Citations link

1. Antunes, A., A. Seco and N. Pinto, “Inter-urban road network planning: An accessibility-maximization”, Journal of Decision Systems, Vol. 11, pp. 283-296, 2002, 0 Citations link

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