Residential development simulation based on learning by agent-based model

  • Hamid Mirzahossein Department of Civil-Transportation Planning Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin
  • Vahid Noferesti Department of Civil-Transportation Planning, Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin
  • Xia Jin Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Keywords: Agent-Based Model (ABM), Agent Learning, Residential Development, Qazvin


Increasing population and desire for urbanization increase housing demand in urban areas and ultimately induce growth and development of residential land-uses that result in urban sprawl. This paper simulates these sprawls of residential land-use in Qazvin city based on learning method by agent-based model. For this purpose, a model with the ability to learn from agents has been developed, in which families as agents can interact with each other and learn based on previous decisions. The model makes it possible to simulate residential land-use conversion based on the agent-based structure over the ten years by applying both demographic changes and household relocation desirability. The multiplication of the average level of land occupation by each family and the number of inserted new families indicates the potential magnitude of land-use changes. Also, results show the priority of residential development locations partially in the northeast regions and a small part of the south of Qazvin. These developments are expected to move towards the east in ten years.


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Author Biographies

Hamid Mirzahossein, Department of Civil-Transportation Planning Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin

Associate Professor in the Civil - Transportation Planning Department of Imam Khomeini International University since 2017. He holds his Ph.D. in transportation planning and engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology and passed his research scholar at the University of Arizona. He conducts research in transportation and land-use interaction, accessibility modeling, intelligent transportation, and smart city.

Vahid Noferesti, Department of Civil-Transportation Planning, Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin

Ph.D. candidate in the Civil - Transportation Planning Department at Imam Khomeini International University. He received his master of science from the Iran University of Science and Technology. His interest is machine learning and modeling the land use and transportation interaction.

Xia Jin, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Dr. Jin is an Associate Professor at Florida International University - College of Engineering & Computing. She holds her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She conducts research in Activity-Travel Behavior Analysis, Transportation System Modeling and Simulation, Freight planning and modeling, Data Analytics, Land Use-Transportation Interactions, Smart City Initiatives, Geographic Information Systems, Travel Survey Methods, and Emerging Technologies and Mobility Options.


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How to Cite
MirzahosseinH., NoferestiV., & JinX. (2022). Residential development simulation based on learning by agent-based model. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 15(2), 193-207.