In the emerging economy there is a new infrastructure, based on the internet, that is causing us to scrutinies most of our assumptions about the business. As a skin of networks - growing in ubiquity, robustness, bandwidth, and function - covers the skin of the planet, new models of how wealth is created are emerging.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Geocomputation

Geocomputation is as much about creatively developing new data structures and algorithms for geographical analysis as it is about rigorously about testing these algorithms and methods. It is the art of using supercomputers as powerful tools for geographic science and policy.

It is a growing field of study in which computational and statistical techniques are applied to georeferenced and spatial data. Geocomputation projects often involve modeling and simulation via cellular automata, where context-specific rules for each raster cell change the cell’s state from one value to another based in surrounding cell values; visual spatial agent-based models, where populations of heterogeneous agent move, interact and sometimes also evolve in spatial landscape of networks or natural terrain and occasionally, via hybrid of each with one another or with spatially explicit systems or mathematical equations.

It is focused on the research, development and application of spatial information technologies to address social, economic and environmental problems at human and geographical scales.

Geocomputation is concerned with new computational techniques, algorithms and paradigms that are dependent upon and can take advantage of HPC (high performance computer). In fact, it involves four leading edge technologies:
*GIS, which creates the data
*Artificial intelligence (AI) and computational intelligence (CI)m which provide smart tools
*HPC, which provides the power
*Science, which provides the philosophy
Geocomputation

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