Urban computing

Urban Sprawl Geospatial Analysis

Researchers: Associate Professor David Taniar
Laura Aston (Public Transport Research Group, Monash University)
Dr Kiki Adhinugraha and Professor Wenny Rahayu (La Trobe University)

As cities grow, it’s important to understand the impact of urban sprawl on quality of life. In this project, we analyse various indicators of urban sprawl related to geospatial data, such as land use, population density and public transport services, to inform urban planning.

Geospatial Analysis of Health Data

Researchers: Associate Professor David Taniar
Professor Thanh Phan, Associate Professor Richard Beare, Dr Miranda Davis and Professor Euan Wallace (Monash Health)

A lot of health-related data is geographically-oriented. This project focuses on homebirth data in Victoria, using geo-mapping to identify how many women are eligible for homebirths based on the criteria for uncomplicated pregnancies and whether they live within 15 to 25 kilometres of a hospital. Our findings can be used to inform the increase of homebirths in the state.

Eco-friendly Navigation Systems

Researchers: Associate Professor Muhammad Cheema and Dr Adel Toosi

This project aims to harness big data from ubiquitous smartphone sensors to reduce the impact of road transport on the environment. Specifically, we’ll design novel data modelling and indexing techniques to exploit the data and create a next-generation, eco-friendly navigation system which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and result in fuel saving. The initiative also aims to study the citywide impact of adapting to eco-friendly navigation on traffic, environment and road safety – therefore supporting urban planning and decision-making.

A Ubiquitous Indoor Positioning System

Researcher: Associate Professor Muhammad Cheema

In this project, we aim to design a truly ubiquitous Wi-Fi-based indoor positioning system that can be deployed worldwide with minimum manual overhead. This capability is critical for indoor location-based services such as helping the vision-impaired navigate venues, directing people to safe exits during emergencies, tracking staff, patients and equipment in hospitals, and providing shopping assistance to customers.