Welcome to Spatial@Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is home to an enormous collective expertise in spatial information, ranging from sensing through data management, analysis, decision making and visualisation and application. Collectively, Spatial@Melbourne belongs to the leading concentrations in the world. The Spatial@Melbourne initiative brings the groups and individuals at the University of Melbourne active in spatial research, teaching and engagement together in this virtual home.

 


Seminar: Qualitative Shape Descriptions Using Qualitative Spatial Calculi

A/Prof Reinhard Moratz, from The University of Maine, will be visiting The University of Melbourne on Monday, August 28th and will be giving a seminar:

Title: Qualitative Shape Descriptions Using Qualitative Spatial Calculi

When: Monday 28 August, 2pm-3pm

Where: 207 Bouverie St, B120 (Theatre 2)

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Open Data Workshop – Melbourne Networked Society Institute

‘Open data’ involves the publication of anonymised datasets on freely accessible online platforms for use by businesses, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers and everyday citizens. Open data policies are being embraced by local, national and state governments in Australia and internationally, with open data ‘portals’ and repositories like data.gov.au used to publish large volumes of data free to use and share under a creative commons licence.

Governments and advocates of open data argue that data is more socially and economically valuable when it is free and open, rather than behind a paywall. They contend that it increases government accountability and transparency; improves efficiency of public services and infrastructure; encourages citizen participation in planning and policymaking; and stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship through start-ups and app development. On the other hand, open data also raises concerns about privacy, ‘data linking’ and the growing reliance of governments and corporations on ‘big data’ algorithms for their strategic and decision-making processes.

This one-day workshop brings together policymakers, scholars and industry users of open data to discuss the opportunities and challenges open data presents for stakeholders, compare best practice and discuss the future of open and ‘big’ data in government policy. Invitees will be invited to participate in a day of catered roundtable discussions led by the MNSI Open Data for City Planning & Policy research team.

RSVP: Via Eventbrite by Wednesday 20 September 2017.


Seminar: Five Converging Trends:  Catapulting Geography onto the World Stage?

Dr Joseph Kerski, from ESRI, will be visiting The University of Melbourne on Wednesday, August 30th and will be giving a public seminar at 12 pm, Room 230, Kwong Lee Dow Building (263) on Five Converging Trends:  Catapulting Geography onto the World Stage? Continue reading “Seminar: Five Converging Trends:  Catapulting Geography onto the World Stage?”


High School Students discover a Passion for Spatial Science

Spatial@Melbourne had a great interdisciplinary exposure at the Year 10 Work Experience Week organized by the Faculty of Science 26 to 30 June 2017. 16 high school students – 10 female and 6 male—explored the role of spatial technologies through topics such as “Life cycle analysis of coffee cups”, “Track ing waste by IT”, and “Geocaching – a location-based game to collect data about places”.

Assisted by environmental engineers and spatial information scientists, they have been led through the complex ways we interact with our environment, and the means to capture data about these interactions and analyse them. Using GPS trackers and professional grade open-source GIS tools, the students were able to capture quantitative information about how waste moves through the city and impacts on our lives. They contrasted this with qualitative place descriptions they produced accessing a web-based game using their mobile phones, which were then used to populate a graph database that modelled their perception of the Parkville campus.

These students deliberately chose to learn about disciplines they did not know from school. One Year 10 student told us afterwards: “I found Spatial Engineering the most fascinating, specifically the creation of a complex map through datasets. This experience allowed me to pinpoint the disciplines of science I want to pursue in the future, and rekindled my motivations for study beyond secondary school.”


Ridesharing Goes Social!

A collaboration between the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and the School of Computing and Information Systems has been featured in PURSUIT. The article focuses on how combining commuting behaviours with social media could change the way we travel.


AURIN Workshop

An AURIN workshop is a great opportunity to break down the AURIN Workbench and other spatial tools and to dive deep into the data access and analytics available through their platform.

The workshop is open to all academic and government researchers who wish to learn more about AURIN and the potential to incorporate a spatial decision support aspect to their research.

10am to 3pm Friday 30th June @ RMIT – Storey Hall, Swanston St, Melbourne.



Afternoon Tea Mingling Event

Spatial@Melbourne would like to invite you to its first afternoon tea networking event. This will be an opportunity for all members to meet and mingle while sharing their most recent research and ongoing projects; opening the floor for new ideas and collaboration opportunities. To better understand the ongoing research by members, everyone is encouraged to give a one minute talk or presentation to open the floor for further discussions and networking.
When: 28 April, 2 – 3 pm
Where: Newton Function Room, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department
Please RSVP below or this form for the event and bring along any colleagues who are interested


Imagine it were Christmas, what would you wish from the City?

On Friday 31st of March, a couple of Unimelb academics including Prof. Stephan Winter met with the City of Melbourne’s Smart City office, and were updated on the City’s sensors program. They received this intriguing question: Imagine it were Christmas, what would you wish from the City?

One of the wishes raised by the academics was to “bring the city’s free WiFi network into eduroam”.

The question is shared here with the audience of this blog to collect all wishes to be forwarded to the jurisdiction. If you have any wishes or requests send them to Prof. Stephan Winter.

 


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