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11 December

Earlier this week, Professor Francisco Escobar from the Department of Geography at the University of Alcalá visited CSDILA. His expertise lies in areas of spatial modelling, geographic information systems and cellular automata. The Centre also hosted a visitor from South Korea, Dr Hosang Sakong, Director of Geospatial Information Research Division at Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements.

11 December

A delegation of seven members, led by Mr Ahmad Fauzi Nordin from Land Surveyors Board Malaysia, visited CSDILA on 11 December to learn more on the topic of ‘3D Smart City’ and the University of Melbourne’s surveying programs for their accreditation for surveyor licensing in Malaysia.

15–17 November

Prof Abbas Rajabifard will attend and present at GI Research 2014: The First ISPRS International Conference of Geospatial Information Research at the University of Tehran in Iran. He will be presenting a keynote speech there.

9–11 November

Prof Abbas Rajabifard and Dr Mohsen Kalantari and in Dubai to attend and present at the 4th International FIG 3D Cadastre Workshop. Prof Rajabifard is presenting the keynote address and both he and Dr Mohsen Kalantari are also presenting a paper. More on the workshop programme can be found here: www.gdmc.nl/3DCadastres/workshop2014/programme/.

19–25 October

Prof Abbas Rajabifard will be in China from 19 to 25 October. From 22 to 24 October, he will attend the Third High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) which will be held in Beijing. There, Prof Rajabifard will deliver the keynote address at the UN-GGIM forum on ‘Sustainable Development with Geospatial Information’. Visit here for more information on the forum. He will also visit several universities and research centres in China during his visit.

14–15 October

Head of Function Policy and Governance, Ulla Kronborg Mazzoli from the Danish Ministry of the Environment, Danish Geodata Agency, visited CSDILA on 14 and 15 October. She is part of the EU expert pool as an SDI adviser for EU associate countries. She is a member of the INSPIRE Committee as well as a member of the executive board of the Danish Association for Geographic Information.

7 October

The Cadastral Template 2.0 is launched in the "Annual Meeting of FIG Commission 7" in Quebec, Canada.

30 September

CSDILA is pleased to announce that its partner research centre the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) has officially opened its research lab. View the CDMPS launch video: youtu.be/kzwcHcy0dvE

29 September

CSDILA held its annual advisory committee meeting on 29 September and also celebrated Prof Ian Williamson’s birthday. Prof Williamson is a senior adviser of CSDILA and also the Centre’s founder.

22 September

A delegation from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, visited the Centre for a benchmarking visit. The delegation’s purpose of their visit was to establish a benchmark for their aim to set up a centre of excellence on land administration and management for Ethiopia following the request of the Ethiopian Government.

8–12 September

Prof Abbas Rajabifard will be in the Netherlands as a key speaker for Geodesign Summit Europe. He will also be visiting ITC at University of Twenty and also Delft University of Technology.  The Geodesign Summit Europe will explore how geodesign professionals can incorporate GIS into their discipline to build safer, smarter and more resilient communities.

20 August 2014

Centre Director Prof Abbas Rajabifard will be in Canberra on Aug 20 to attend a roundtable discussion for AusAid on disaster management.

4 August 2014

Dr Don Grant and Dr David Mitchell from RMIT University visited CSDILA on 4 August to discuss plans for collaboration for greater visibility to geospatial science research.

7–11 July 2014

Professor Rajabifard was invited by the Chilean Ministry of National Property to deliver the keynote for the "International Seminar on Building Society with Geospatial Information" in Santiago. Additionally, as part of this trip, he met with a number of authorities (in particular the national office for emergency) and universities.

30 June 2014

On 30 June, a 17-member delegation of Chinese government officials from various provinces in China visited the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety in an all-day seminar. Mr Xu Jianzhong, Director General, Emergency Management Office of the People’s Government of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said the purpose of the visit was for Chinese Emergency Management officials to learn from Australia on how to better manage floods. The Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System and its flood model was demonstrated to the delegation.

16–21 June 2014

Prof Abbas Rajabifard was in Kuala Lumpur from 16 to 21 June for FIG Congress 2014 Engaging the Challenges— Enhancing the Relevance. He presented The Cadastral Template 2.0, From Design to Implementation.

11 June 2014

On 11 June, our BNHCRC project team presented the scope, potential methods and expected outcomes of the BNHCRC project to the ‘AFAC Business Management Group Meeting’ held in Melbourne.

31 May 2014

On 31 May, Dr Malka Halgamuge, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, was interviewed by ABC News on the effect of tram substations on public safety. Watch the video here: www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-31/public-opposition-to-location-of-new-tram/5491798

28 May 2014

The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety warmly welcomes Dr Malka Halgamuge as Research Fellow. Malka has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and her PhD thesis was on ‘Performance Evaluation and Enhanecment of Mobile and Sensor Networks. She has been a Research Fellow at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering since 2010 and joined CDMPS as a Research Fellow in May 2014.

21 May 2014

The seventh joint Natural Disaster Management Research Initiative (NDMRI) and Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP) seminar took place on 21 May and featured a presentation introducing the newly established Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety. The seminar attracted over 80 people from government, industry and academia and was a great success. Following the seminar very positive feedback about the Centre was received and a good level of interest to become involved in the Centre was raised.

13 May 2014

We are pleased to invite you to the fourth joint Natural Disaster Management Research Initiative (NDMRI) and Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP) seminar for 2014. This session will be a special 2 hour session which includes a light lunch from 12–12.30pm. The session will introduce the newly established Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, which is a university-wide multi-disciplinary centre formed to bring together researchers and practitioners working in the disaster management space. RSVPs are not required, however if you have any dietary requirements please notify Katie Potts kepotts@unimelb.edu.au.

12 May 2014

We are hosting a visitor from the Netherlands, Dr Arbind Tuladhar from ITC, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente. Dr Tuladhar is an expert in Land Administration and will be visiting our Centre for the next two months.

29 April 2014

Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety official launch

Since the University’s partnership with IBM Australia last year to develop and progress the Australian Disaster Management Platform (ADMP), a decision was made to establish a focused research hub to conduct multi-disciplinary research and training on disaster management and public safety. As part of the Department’s role in leading ADMP on the University’s behalf, we have established a new Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS), which was launched on April 29 at the APCO (Association of Public Safety Communication Officials) Australasia conference which was held in Melbourne. The launch of the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety was a success with an influx of positive feedback and requests for further engagement as a result of the event.

14–24 April 2014

Prof Abbas Rajabifard was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, recently for the annual IECHE (The International Exhibition & Conference on Higher Education). This year’s event featured 75 workshops presented by leading academics from around the world.

28 March 2014

The new Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety was featured in Pursuit, a new magazine showcasing research at the University of Melbourne. Read more about how the new centre aims to go beyond the Australian context of disaster management and take research to a global level. For the full article, visit  pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/intelligent-technology-helps-manage-natural-disasters/.

24–27 March 2014

Prof Abbas Rajabifard was in Washington from March 24-27 for the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. He was invited to give a talk on Australia Disaster Management Platform. The 2014 conference’s theme was "Land Governance in the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact".

14 March 2014

CSDILA congratulates Dr Katie Potts on receiving her Doctorate degree on 14 March at the University of Melbourne.  

27–28 February 2014

Prof Abbas Rajabifard was invited by National University of Singapore to visit Singapore Tropical Marine Science Institute and also a visit to Urban Re-Development Authority during 27-28 February 2014. As part of the visit Abbas delivered two talks, one on “Marine SDI” and one on “3D Land and Property Management and data access to support Liveability”.  Potential work was also discussed and the positive feedback received for further collaboration and research.

29 January 2014

The land and property information in 3D team will be presenting their work in the joint SSSI and ISV seminar which will be held on Wednesday, January 29th in Melbourne.  

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