GIMA student Julia Ubeda won the Marc de Smidt thesis prize 2018 for her thesis: Urban tourism: Developing a model framework to explore spatio-temporal patterns of pedestrian tourist in Amsterdam.
The objective of this research is to define and develop a modeling framework, based on theory and available data, on which to formalize and implement a simulation that allows to explore and to reveal spatio-temporal patterns of pedestrian tourists when visiting a city center. The main conclusion is that the defined framework is adequate because it allows to reveal spatio-temporal patterns based on the city daily activity patterns. It is also considered adequate because it can be applied to other European cities with similar characteristics: compact city centers.
The jury was impressed by the use of advanced methods underpinned by sound theoretical argumentation, and especially its translation into an applicable and convincing simulation of tourist behaviour in Amsterdam.