A new book by David O’Sullivan and George Perry called Spatial Simulation: Exploring Pattern and Process (Wiley, 2013) is an important landmark text for all those involved in CA and ABM. I quote from the back cover:
“O’Sullivan and Perry have written a book that defines the key principles and methods that underlie modelling and simulation, building on ways in which the elements that make up our systems move, diffuse and grow. They succeed magnificently in producing a gentle, unassuming and convincing picture of how spatial models work and are validated. Essential reading for all engaged in this field”.
There is a very handy web site too called Pattern and Process where you can explore the book and its examples. Click here.
David was our first PhD student in CASA graduating 13 years ago, and he is just in the process of moving from Auckland to Berkeley where doubtless he will continue with his interesting approaches to complexity theory and cities which are encapsulated in this work.