MPS is an emerging technique for the characterization of spatial and temporal heterogeneity. It is based on the concept of a training image, which contains the patterns of heterogeneity that are used for the simulation. MPS has been used with success to characterize geological heterogeneity. However, its flexibility allows to apply the technique in every field of science where there is a spatial/temporal variable to characterize and a corresponding training data-set. Alessandro discussed the principles of MPS simulation and illustrated some applications in the field of geosciences. Moreover, he discusses the limitations of the technique and highlighted research opportunities and challenges.
It was a privilege to have such a knowledgeable researcher to help me with my work - we were able to discuss both 'big picture' ideas about my work as well as some of the nitty-gritty involved when you sit down and start to implement the ideas floating around your head. I hope to collaborate with Alessandro in the future.