This is the website of
Tomas Crols

Researcher in Spatial Dynamic Modelling
Environmental Modelling Unit, Flemish Institute for Technological Research - VITO


Research

Spatial-dynamic modelling

I'm currently working on several projects where I'm mainly doing spatial analysis and modelling related to urban growth, accessibility and pollution.

Agent-based modelling

Previously I was a postdoc on the Simulating Urban Flows (surf) project at the University of Leeds. More info here.
In this project we have developed an agent-based model of the ambient population, applied to a part of the city of Leeds.

Cellular automata modelling of land-use changes

In my PhD project, I have contributed to the development of an activity-based CA model of land-use changes.
Rather than only simulating land use states for every cell, different "activities" (actually the population and employment in different economic sectors)
are simulated too to make the model more multifunctional.

The model is based on the models of land-use change developed by Roger White, Guy Engelen and Inge Uljee.

More information (in Dutch) on the RuimteModel website of VITO or in the book Modeling Cities and Regions as Complex Systems. From Theory to Planning Applications.

During my time as a PhD student I worked both at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO).

If you're interested in my PhD thesis, you can download it here.

Publications

Crols, T. & Malleson, N. (2019).
Quantifying the ambient population using hourly population footfall data and an agent-based model of daily mobility. Geoinformatica, published online. Doi: 10.1007/s10707-019-00346-1
This is an open access article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10707-019-00346-1 Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Crols, T., Vanderhaegen, S., Canters, F., Engelen, G., Poelmans, L., Uljee, I., & White, R. (2017).
Downdating high-resolution population density maps using sealed surface cover time series. Landscape and Urban Planning, 160, 96-106. Doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.12.009
Published version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.12.009
If you don't have access to Landscape and Urban Planning, you can download the accepted version here.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License Creative Commons License.

Crols, T., White, R., Uljee, I., Engelen, G., Poelmans, L., & Canters, F. (2015).
A travel time-based variable grid approach for an activity-based cellular automata model. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 29(10), 1757-1781. Doi: 10.1080/13658816.2015.1047838
Published version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2015.1047838
If you don't have access to the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, you can download the accepted version here.

CV

You can download my CV here

Contact

You can contact me on tomas.crols at vito.be

My work address is Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol, Belgium.