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.

 


Guest seminar 19 Oct: Big geo-data for urbanized China: Methods and applications

The Spatial Information group of the Geomatics discipline at IE will host a guest seminar by Prof Liu, from Peking University.

Abstract

In the past forty years, China has gone through a rapid process of urbanization when the urbanization rate reached about 60%. Meanwhile, a drastic development of information and communication technologies (ICT) in China has given birth to many world-leading Internet enterprises such as Alibaba and Tencent. Various big geo-data generated by these internet giants provide unprecedented opportunities to understand the structures and observe the dynamics of Chinese cities from the perspective of human behavior. In this talk, the term social sensing is introduced as the theoretical framework of the analytical methods for multi-source big geo-data. These methods have been widely applied to sense different aspects and systems of cities, e.g., human mobility patterns, spatial structure of land uses, place sentiments, and spatial interactions. A number of case studies, at both intra-urban and inter-urban scales, are presented to substantiate the value of big geo-data. I also want to summarize the challenges of the usage of big data in urban studies.

Biography:

Dr. Yu Liu is Boya Professor of GIScience at the Institute of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems, Peking University. His research interests focus on analytical methods for various big geo-data, including mobile phone data, taxi trajectories, and social media data. He has conducted 10+ research projects as PI or Co-PI granted by NSFC (National Science Foundation of China) and MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology) of China. He is currently an Associate Editor of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems.

 

When: Monday, 19 October 2020 at 11:00 am – 11:30 am.

Title: Big geo-data for urbanized China: Methods and applications

Speaker: Prof Yu Liu (Peking University)

Zoom link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/96953990259?pwd=YUN2ZWJTZWpFNlkxaklJckplcytYdz09


MCDS Seminar Series special event jointly hosted by AURIN

MDCS and colleagues at the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) will host a three part seminar with esteemed researchers from The Alan Turing Institute and the Royal Society of the UK’s Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP) teams

This special event will be held on Thursday 24 September from 5:30pm AEST and will feature 3 talks:

– Urban Analytics: Progress and Prospects
– RAMP: Microsimulation and simulating behaviour
– RAMP: Simulating COVID-19 in the community and assessment of scenarios

Further information and registration links are here: https://science.unimelb.edu.au/mcds/events/mcds-seminar-series-sep2020

 


Please participate: UniMelb Wi-Fi Location Data Acceptability Survey

Participants wanted from the UniMelb community for study on Wi-Fi location data use in university research and services — $500 cash prize 

Researchers from the Living Lab for Urban Mobility and Adaptive Space at the University of Melbourne are looking for volunteers for a study about the acceptability of the use of Wi-Fi location data in university research and services. Participants must be members of the University of Melbourne community; that is, University of Melbourne students (either under- or post-graduate), University of Melbourne staff (either academic and non-academic), or other people who work on the University of Melbourne campus.

The experiment is an online study that is to be completed on your personal computer or device. It involves completing a survey in which you will respond to hypothetical scenarios that depict the use of Wi-Fi location data on the University of Melbourne campus. The survey is estimated to take around twenty to thirty minutes and you will be reimbursed for your time by being entered in the draw to win $500 cash.

For more information, or if you would like to participate, please contact us at: josh.white@unimelb.edu.au or visit the survey link here, UniMelb Wi-Fi Location Data Acceptability Survey.

Please note your participation is voluntary and that you are free to withdraw from the project at any time without explanation or prejudice and to withdraw any unprocessed data you have provided. Withdrawing from the project will not affect your relationship with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and will not affect any ongoing assessment or treatment that you would otherwise be eligible for.

The study is conducted by researchers at The University of Melbourne in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Services, and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne [HREC Number: 1955555.1 ; Human Research Ethics, Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or Email: HumanEthicscomplaints@unimelb.edu.au].

 


Seminar: “From movement data to understanding indoor and outdoor human mobility” by Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka, University of Auckland

“From movement data to understanding indoor and outdoor human mobility”, Guest seminar by Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka, University of Auckland

Speaker: Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka, University of Auckland

Date and time: Thursday 21st November, 1PM to 2 PM

Venue: Old Engineering, Theatre A1 (Room 107), Parkville, The University of Melbourne.

Chair: Prof. Stephan Winter  

Group: Geomatics

Abstract

Human mobility is vital for understanding expansion processes in urban areas, the establishment of transportation services and the spatial distribution of facilities. Until recently, exploring human mobility in detail was challenging because personal trip data collection methods consisted of expensive and time-consuming methods. The development of sensors such as GPS trackers, bio-loggers or other wearable devices equipped with various sensors that capture movement data in real-time and at detailed spatial and temporal scales has transformed our ability to collect mobility data. However, even though GPS trackers or life-loggers record an individual’s location and movement very accurately, they do not record essential characteristics of travel behaviour such as travel mode or trip purpose.

In this seminar, I will talk about enhancing raw movement trajectories in order to uncover these mobility characteristics. Furthermore, I will explain how to use the wearable sensor data to identify indoor movement patterns.

Bio

Dr Sila-Nowicka is Lecturer in GIScience at the School of Environment, The University of Auckland. She has a PhD in Geoinformatics from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and a masters in Geodesy and Cartography from Wroclaw University, Poland. In her recent research she investigates the use of data collected on urban mobility for smart city applications.

 

All are welcome, no registration!


Seminar: Multiscalar Spaces: Deep Mapping the Lake District with Literary GIS

Multiscalar Spaces: Deep Mapping the Lake District with Literary GIS

Speaker: Dr Joanna Taylor, University of Manchester

When: 1pm – 2pm, Thursday 28 November

Location: Digital Lab, Level 2 of the Digital Studio, West Wing of Arts West

For many scholars in literary studies, GIS continue to seem antithetical to the nuanced close reading of individual texts that characterises the discipline. Reporting on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities: A Deep Map of the English Lake District’ (2015-18), this seminar will explore how GIS might be used, to adapt Matthew Jockers’s term, for microanalysis. It will offer an overview of the challenges faced in using GIS for literary study, and explore how the ‘Geospatial Innovation’ project combated some of these issues. The seminar will suggest that a literary approach to mappable data might help uncover experiential meaning in digital projects in ways that situate humanists more centrally in a digital world. For more details or to register visit: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/2ddr


Spatial@Melbourne at Engineering

Spatial@Melbourne is hosting a morning tea session at the School of Engineering to discuss the opportunities for collaboration between the spatial community interested in interdisciplinary projects. We are currently planning to produce a profile of the faculty activities, so please join us if you would like to share the highlights of your research activities. Please contact Stephan Winter for more information or to RSVP.

 

Where: Tea room at Space lab, Level 3, Engineering Block D (Building 176), The University of Melbourne

When: Monday 22 July, 11:00- 11:30 am


Workshop: Introduction to Spatial Analysis in R

The “introduction to spatial analysis in R” workshop is held by Ecology and Evolution PhD program. This is a joint program between the school of BioSciences, school of Geography and school of Ecosystem & Forest Sciences. It gives the PhD students from different schools a chance to interact with each other and it also provides specialised workshops and short courses to improve their quantitative skills.

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Spatial@Melbourne at Science

Spatial@Melbourne is hosting a morning tea session at the Faculty of Science – School of Geography – to discuss the opportunities for collaboration between the spatial community interested in interdisciplinary projects. We are currently planning to produce a profile of the faculty activities, so please join us if you would like to share the highlights of your research activities. Please contact Ian Rutherfurd  for more information or to RSVP.

 

Where: 2nd floor tea room, 221 Bouverie St, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne

When: Thursday June 27th, 10:00-10:30 am


Melbourne Research Bazaar Conference

Looking for digital tools to work smarter in research data analysis, collection and visualisation? Want to know more about support and services on campus for researchers? Want to meet your fellow community? Come to the Research Bazaar (ResBaz) on the 20th and 21st February. The conference is free (with excellent food truck catering!) and open to all researchers on campus. More info and registration: http://resbaz.edu.au/.

Never heard of ResBaz? Check out our video snapshot here.


How Digital Engineering at Lendlease is facilitating the smarter delivery of the iconic Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project

We have the unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the digital engineering around the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project – addressing all who feel affiliated to or are curious about Digital Engineering (note that the two presenters, Melinda Borg and Dominique Berger — Lendlease Engineering– have no approval to talk / answer questions about construction in this project).

When: Wednesday 31 October, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Where: Malaysian Theatre, MSD (basement)

Summary: Digital engineering is an essential tool for any infrastructure project. Digital Engineering can, and does involve a variety of technologies and systems, across a multitude of disciplines. The collaboration and integration of these disparate technologies and systems is where we at Lendlease believe the real value is realised. However, this integration is not always plug-and-play.

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