Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bublcam 360 degree test image of St Kilda Beach

My bublcam has finally arrived. Here is the first outdoor test image in St Kilda Beach, Melbourne. Next step is to figure out how to view the image in VR gear. This will open up a lot of opportunities for pedestrian choice behavior experiments.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PhD Position in Big Data Analytics and Visualization in Public Transportation

We have 18 open PhD positions in public transport at Monash University starting January 2016. EOI submission deadline is September 30th. I'll be supervising one of the PhD projects on big data analytics and visualization: understanding and modeling public transport travel patterns using smart card data (myki data from Melbourne). Let me know if you're interested.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

City Science at Monash University: A Year After

Since June 2014 when Monash City Science group was first founded, we have proudly developed and delivered 18 #opendata #bigdata #urbanplanning #transportation #dataviz projects: from mapping pedestrian and bicycle safety in Melbourne to visualizing the spatial distribution of indigenous population in Australia. 

In the past 14 months, we have had more than 22,000 visitors (43% from Melbourne, 6% from Sydney, even 1.5% from London, and 1% from New York). Our most popular project has been the "Melbourne Bike Crash Map" with more than 16,000 hits. 

I have received many compliment emails from a wide range of people and organizations, from BreastScreen Victoria to the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in Canberra. I am very happy that our work has been useful/helpful/educative/informative/attractive for many people. We're looking forward to many more challenges and opportunities ahead in the next couple of years. We welcome any financial and technical/scientific contribution from individuals and organizations. Please contact me at if you're interested.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Places by Metro: Reinventing Public Transport User Experience

Places by Metro is an interactive map reinventing public transport users experience, connecting businesses to travelers across Melbourne. It helps travelers discover bars, restaurants, and cafes within walking distance from train stations (PTV). It uses Google’s Javascript API Library to source the highest rated venues and to provide specific details such as address, opening hours, and customer reviews. We also use Google Maps to reference walking directions to each venue from the selected train station.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ENG1021: Experiencing Virtual Reality (CAVE & Oculus Rift)

As part of ENG1021 (Spatial Communication in Engineering), I took my students to the CAVE. Students were given a 15 minutes tour of the Monash Immersive Visualization Platform including a demo of the structure model of the Oakland Bay Bridge in the US, ARUP point cloud of Melbourne city building plant room, NASA's Mars flight. I also brought my Samsung VR gear to the class and gave it to students to experience VR. Everyone were very impressed and loved it. Students were asked to describe how they relate their VR experience to spatial communication and our unit's learning objectives? I also asked them whether the experience generated any innovative engineering or business idea in their minds? Sorry for the not so high quality of the photos. It was dark in there.