My PhD focuses on applying the concept of pocedural utility to land use simulation models; I am specifically interested in Agent Based (AB) siulation models. My research explores the concept of procedural utility and reinterprets its meaning to fit within a land use AB simulation model based on its broad definition as the fact that people value the process of reaching a goal along with the goal itself. In that sense, my reseach addresses the gap of not considering procedural utility in land use AB simulation models.
To further clarify such gap, land use AB simulation models depend on the bresence of a certain framework (economic thoeries) in which all the agents are assumed to act with such framework's boundaries. This is only true if in reality there is one process in which all humans are to act; these processes can be defined as instituitonalized process such as a bid auction market. Thus, my research states that AB simulation models should take a step back before making any framework assumptions. In other words, the value of the different processes from which the agent can choose should be taken into consideration (along with the output) in order to determine the choice of the agent to get involved in one instutionalized process.
Supervisors: Dr Deljana Iossifova, Dr Nuno Pinto
Yahya Gamal acquired, in 2014, an undergraduate degree of Architecture Engineering from the Architecture Engineering and Tehchnology department of Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering. Since 2014 till 2016, he worked as a Teaching assistant in Cairo Univerisy's Architecure Department. During this two years period (2014 till 2016) he acquired a masters degree in architectural engineering from Cairo University. His masters focused on simulation and optimization models for form changing building materials in case of their use in builidng envelopes; specifically simulation models of shape memory alloys building envelope. From 2017 till 2018, Yahya continued working in Cairo University as an Assistant Lecturer in the Architecture Department. His interest in Simulation modelling led him to exploring the complexity theory and the simulation models at an urban scale, which was his PhD research topic in Cairo University from 2017 till 2018. In September 2018, Yahya joined the University of Manchester as PhD post graduate research student with his current PhD topic that focuses on applying land use simulation models that take into consideration procedural utility. He also currently works as a Teaching Assistant in university of Manchester, SEED, Architecture department