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Scott Hawken

Cluster Co-convenor, Lecturer in Urban Development and Design

Dr Hawken co-convenes the Smart Cities Research Cluster at UNSW with Dr Hoon Han. He is currently working with the cluster and the City of Sydney on analysing economic heterogeneity within central Sydney using 3D GIS. Hawken also leads a group of international scholars on planning ecological infrastructure for emerging megacities in the delta environments of Southeast Asia. The work involves developing ecological informatics in the cities of Yangon and Ho Chi Minh City using very high resolution remote sensed imagery.

Research Keywords: 3D GIS, remote sensing of urban environments, geospatial analysis, ecological informatics, digital topographic maps

Scott Hawken

Hoon Han

Cluster Co-convenor, Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Development

Dr Han’s research is concerned with spatiotemporal dynamics of urban forms and the nexus of smart technology and human behaviours within an economic geography context. He is an associate editor of the Journal of City, Culture and Society (Elsevier) and editorial board member of International Journal of Knowledge-based Development and Journal of Korea Spatial Information Society.

Research Keywords: urban economics, quantitative research methods and urban data analytics, geospatial modelling, spatiotemporal urban data

Lan Ding

Senior Lecturer in Computational Design and Architecture

Dr Ding’s research focuses on building and urban information modelling, multi-agent simulation, GIS, integration of smart grid with smart buildings and cities, energy efficiency and climate adaptation, life cycle assessment, as well as the application of artificial intelligence to the built and urban environments.

Research Keywords: building and urban information modelling, intelligent technologies and urban districts, collective intelligence and smart cities

Matthias Hank Haeusler

Director of Computational Design

Dr Haeusler’s research has been centred on three fields of knowledge: media architecture and media facades, augmenting media facades through embedding digital technology (ICT technology) into a building’s facade, and testing the effect of these two on public transport. He is the director of the Computational Design Degree at UNSW which is structured around the application of digital technologies in the built environment and the utilization of computing and computation in design.

Research Keywords: ubiquitous computing, media facades, digital placemaking, surveillance technology and public space, interactive digital urban screens, public transport data

Christopher James Pettit

Professor of Urban Science

Professor Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science at the University of New South Wales (2015) with expertise in the convergence of the fields of spatial planning and GIS. He is Chief Investigator on the AURIN open source What if? project and Chief investigator for a CRC-Spatial Information project. Being involved in a number of professional organisations and international initiatives and undertaking research on smart cities, he is working on data driven evidence computer planning tools to support communities, planners, policy-makers in envisioning sustainable, productive and resilient cities.

Research Keywords: urban informatics, urban quality of Life indicators, remote sensing, geographical visualization and virtual reality, integrated databases, GIS and spatial planning

Alan Peters

Professor, Deputy Dean, Director of the Australian Graduate School of Urbanism

Professor Peter’s main areas of research concern the impact of planning regulation and taxes on the local economy, and GIS/Planning Support Systems and spatial analysis. He is also a supporter of urban informatics disciplinary expertise within the Faculty of Built Environment.

Research Keywords: urban informatics, urban economics / public finance, GIS and Planning Support Systems.

Paul Osmond

Director of Sustainable Development

Dr Osmond’s research interests centre on the intersection between architectural and urban form, metabolism and ambiance. His work explores the application of methods and techniques such as space syntax and isovist analysis, numerical modelling of urban microclimate, fractal analysis of architectural and urban images, and material accounting tools.

Research Keywords: green infrastructure, outdoor thermal comfort, environmental sensors, sustainable development of smart cities, urban morphology, urban metabolism and ecosystem services, urban climate data and models

Russell Lowe

Senior Lecturer in Computational Design

Russell Lowe’s research focuses on the re-purposing of computer gaming technology to engage with uses and concepts outside of the entertainment industry, particularly its potential applications to the built and urban environments.

Research Keywords: computer gaming technology, drones, virtual urban realities, and visualisation.

Jeremy Harkins

Director of ineni Realtime and Adjunct Associate Lecturer

Jeremy is an industry-focused academic and the director of ineni Realtime, a design consultancy aiming to humanise digital technology, data, virtual and physical environments. He is currently working on Virtual Barangaroo, an Open Building System Integration Platform for Lend Lease, Barangaroo Sydney. He has been also conducting research on the application of augmented reality systems and Building Information Modelling.

Research Keywords: augmented urban reality, interface technology, smart districts and smart systems, static and realtime data visualisations, physical mapping, mobile technologies

Catherine Bridge

Associate Professor, Director of Home Modifications Information Clearinghouse (HMInfo)

Associate Professor Catherine Bridge is an international authority on enabling environments. Her research in the area of smart cities focuses on the use of technology to improve the quality of life for older people, people with disabilities and their carers. She is also one of the program leaders in Low Carbon Living CRC and directs the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse (HMinfo) Project.

Research Keywords: technology and urban liveability, technologies for vulnerable population, accessibility of the built environment, city dashboards

Parisa Pakzad

PhD Student

In collaboration with the CRC for Low Carbon Living, Parisa is working on the development of an integrated assessment model (GIS-based) to measure sustainability performance of green infrastructure projects in an Australian context. This novel model will provide a robust framework (composite indices) for sustainability and associated measurement strategies.  It will establish a framework for a rating tool validation for industry partners and stakeholders to evaluate the overall performance of the entire project.

Research Keywords: green/blue infrastructure, indicator based framework, sustainability performance, ecosystem services, ecosystem health, human health, assessment model

Homa Rahmat

PhD Student

Homa is pursuing a PhD on a data-driven analysis of urban processes using twitter data. Her research investigates the impact of online social networks on bottom-up processes by studying user-generated content and urban intervention trends. She is also following her interest in data visualisation and the emerging field of generative design through the use of Processing (programming language).

Research Keywords: citizen participation, DIY urbanism, web 2.0 applications, twitter data, network analysis, data visualisation

Sarbeswar Praharaj

PhD Student

Sarbeswar’s research emphasises the smart transformation of cities in emerging economies. He holds a double Master’s Degree in City Planning and Geography and served as Project Manager and Assistant Professor in CEPT University and LP University in India. With a keen interest in building industry links between Australia and India, Sarbeswar’s current research explores smart cities applications in emerging markets and India’s 100 smart cities mission.

Research Keywords: urban transformation, smart city assessment tools, quantitative research methods and urban data analytics, geo-spatial modelling

Dean Utian

TELT Support

Dean Utian’s research interests cover education and technology. In particular, he has investigated the use of digital games for architecture and spatial design.

Research Keywords: learning and teaching technologies, Moodle, digital games

Graham Hannah

IT Manager

Graham Hannah is a technology specialist with an expertise in hardware/ software systems and services who supports the faculty of the Built Environment’s research and teaching. His interest is concerned with 2D conceptualising to 3D modelling for creating video game characters applicable to simulation of built environment.

Research Keywords: learning and teaching technologies, design and concept presentation with narrative, character and emotion in 2D, video and 3D