Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Melbourne Age Dot Map

We just released the "Melbourne Age Dot Map", visualizing the spatial distribution of population by age in Melbourne. A pattern that stands out most is the concentration of Millennials (20-35 years old) in the CBD and inner city areas. Also, a closer look at the newly developed fringe suburbs reveal that those areas are mostly inhabited by population under 65 years old.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Transportation and Politics in Australia

I'm not much into Australian politics but it's interesting to see how transportation is playing a key role in local elections. "Only Labor will fix Chandler Highway Bridge." versus "Only Liberal will build the Melbourne airport rail link." I actually think both the new Chandler Highway Bridge and the Melbourne airport rail link need to be built, no matter who is in power. The new Chandler Highway Bridge will have more local impact while the new Melbourne airport rail link will have more city-wide impact. A through cost benefit analysis needs to be done to prioritize such large investments.

Friday, July 18, 2014

PhD position in the area of Machine Learning, Optimization, and Visualiation

I have another PhD position just recently opened in my research group in the area of Machine Learning, Optimization, and Visualization. If you have electrical or computer engineering (software engineering) background and interested in this opportunity, please email me at <meead [dot] saberi [at] monash [dot] edu>. Students with some experience with JavaScript, HTML, Python, and optimization are preferred. The PhD position will be funded by NICTA <>.

Application Deadline: Open until filled (August 2014 - January 2015)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Racial Segregation: Chicago, Washington D.C., and Melbourne

Comparison of racial/ethnic diversity in Chicago, Washington D.C., and Melbourne

In all three maps, blue color refers to white. Other colors such as green, orange, red, yellow, etc represent non-white (e.g. Asian, Hispanic, Black, etc.). Chicago actually consists of largely segregated pockets of black, Hispanic, and white people. Washington D.C. is even worse where half of the city is white, the other half is black. However, Melbourne seems pretty mixed. Note that white is the dominant race in Melbourne (more than 70%) and non-white population in Chicago and D.C. are much larger than in Melbourne. As the non-white population in Melbourne increases, I can't tell whether Melbourne will remain mixed in the coming decades or will take the same path as some American cities had taken.

Media Appearance: Melbourne Language Diversity in "The Age"

The Age article today on diversity of spoken languages in Melbourne refers to our visualization of ethnic distribution. I wish they included a link to it too.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Visualization of Air Travel in Australia

Our third visualization project on "Air Travel in Australia" is online now. In 2013, there were 87 million passengers (domestic and international) carried in the Australian airspace while the population of Australia is only 23 million!

Link to the interactive visualization: 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Open positions in Transportation Engineering at Monash University

We have two new open positions in Transportation at Monash University at the lecturer/senior lecturer level which is equivalent to assistant/associate professor level in the US system. Preferred areas of research include (but not limited to) land use and transport modeling, activity based modeling, and freight modeling. Application deadline is July 20, 2014.

Here are links to the job advertisements: (Lecturer) and (Senior Lecturer)

 Great opportunity to experience life and work in Australia! You'll enjoy it.