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Launch of New Book: Spatial Enablement in a Smart World

19 December

Last week, at the 15th GSDI World Conference in Taipei, our team successfully delivered several research papers and, in collaboration with GSDI, Leuven University Belgium and the University of New Brunswick Canada, we released a refereed book entitled Spatial Enablement in a Smart World.

28 November

This week a team led by Professor Abbas Rajabifard from CSDILA and collaborative partner, the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, will be attending the 15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Conference in Taipei, Taiwon. The team will be presenting a series of research papers related to smart cities and disaster management, and CDMPS will be holding a workshop with focus on the design and development of a Global Disaster Management Platform (GDMP) and a Smart Disaster Prevention. Find out more about the Workshop

16–20 October

Professor Abbas Rajabifard delivered a plenary speech during the joint UN-GGIM International Forum on Policy and Legal Frameworks for Geospatial Information and the Fifth UN-GGIM-AP Plenary Meeting that was hosted by the Malaysian Government in Kuala Lumpur from 16th to 20th of October 2016.

Celebrating a 15 Year Journey — Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration

28 September

The year 2016 marks 15 years since the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) was opened in 2001. The past 15 years have seen CSDILA undertake world class research with a broad range of partners, and provide influence to governments and UN agencies on policy and decision making. CSDILA’s activities have pursued objectives set in a three-pillared approach; through the development of a world-class research program, a focused postgraduate training program, and a visiting scholar program.

To mark the occasion, a formal lunch was held to recognise the support and efforts of CSDILA’s industry partners and the University of Melbourne over the years, and the contribution, hard work and dedication of staff and students, both past and present, who have worked so well as a team and have been instrumental in the achievements of the Centre.

During the lunch a number of recognition awards were presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and ongoing success of the Centre, as well as awards to acknowledge the important role of the Industry Advisory committee who have guided the Centre to success through their exemplary leadership and vision over the years.

CSDILA Hosts International Symposium on Smart Future Cities in Melbourne

27–28 September

On 27–28 September the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration successfully hosted the International Symposium on Smart Future Cities with a focus on The Role of Spatial Data and Urban Analytics, at the University of Melbourne. The event aimed to present and discuss the latest innovations, research and practice related to smart future cities, and attracted delegates internationally from over 10 countries, and nationally from a range of sectors across Australia.

Overall, more than 150 people attended the event and there were over 50 presentations on 8 key themes. The event began with a keynote session focusing on international and national smart city trends and issues, and followed with a number of parallel sessions focused on dedicated themes. In addition to the presentations, several sectors from academia, industry and government exhibited their recent smart initiatives to the audience. At the conclusion of the first day refreshments were served to encourage networking and collaboration opportunities and the opportunity to meet with PSMA Australia discussing in detail the G-NAF and GeoSpace initiatives, was offered in addition to tours of the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, or a tour of the University of Melbourne.

The event continued on Wednesday with a second keynote session and a final parallel session. To conclude the event a formal lunch was held to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration which included awards and reflections on the work of the Centre over the past 15 years.

Overall, the symposium was very successful and fulfilled the objectives of the event which were to: present the latest innovation, research and practice; exchange ideas; establish and extend partnerships; develop a future research agenda; and contribute to knowledge.

13 July

The  15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure World Conference (GSDI 15) will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, Rep. of China, from 29 November to 2 December. The latest information and registration links are available from the official GSDI15 conference website. A research team from the CSDILA and CDMPS (Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety) from the University of Melbourne will attend, present and will conduct a workshop on disaster management at this important conference.

7–8 July

GSDI Immediate Past President Professor Abbas Rajabifard made a congratulatory speech at the 6th Digital Earth Summit held in Beijing, China, on 7–8 July.

5–6 July

Professor Rajabifard and the delegate from the University of Melbourne attended the China-Australia Disaster Management International Symposium in Nanjing, China. 

15 June

We are pleased to announce that CSDILA has signed a research partnership agreement with Land Victoria. The partnership has been built on the long-standing collaboration between the two parties. In this agreement, CSDILA will assist with research and development into the ePlan capabilities of Land Victoria. The collaboration includes an investigation into the engineering of the ePlan visualisation and database management systems. It will focus on improving the quality of visualised ePlans and efficiency of the ePlan database management.

22–29 May

Professor Abbas Rajabifard visited Professor Jantien Stoter and her team during his visit to the Technical University of Delft in Netherlands.

17–19 May

Dr Sam Amirebrahimi presented his paper A Planning Decision Support Tool for Assessment and 3D Visualisation of Flood Risk to Buildings at the 56th Flooplain Management Australia conference which was held from 17 to 19 of May in Nowa, New South Wales.

2–6 May

Dr Mohsen Kalantari, Mr Behnam Atazadeh, Dr Sam Amirebrahimi, and Mr Farzad Alamdara presented their papers at the FIG 2016 conference which was held from 2-6 May in Christchurch, New Zealand.

20–22 April

Professor Abbas Rajabifard was invited by UN to participate and deliver a keynote plenary talk at the 4th UN High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20–22 April 2016.

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), has hosted the 4th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management at UNECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20–22 April 2016. The Forum was well attended by over 400 delegates from more than 75 countries and several international organisations. It was officially opened by the President of Ethiopia and a selected senior UN officials. The theme of the Forum was: Good Land Governance for 2030 Agenda. The topic of the keynote talk was The 2030 Agenda, Cities and Urban Governance: A Central Role for Land and Geospatial Information

12–14 April

Ms Shima Rahmatizadeh presented her paper in the Locate16 conference which was held 12–14 April 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

13 April

Prof Abbas Rajabifard was announced as "Asia Pacific 2015 Professional of the Year" at the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award night as part of Locate 16 conference on April 13, 2016. This award recognises a person who demonstrates achievements deemed by their peers in the industry to be exemplary in promoting the spatial profession and is considered to be at the pinnacle of their career.

This is awarded annually by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute. This award followed on from Abbas having been a winner of an Individual Award category at the Victorian Excellence Awards (VSEA) in September 2015, and subsequently being shortlisted for the 2015 National Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) Individual Awards.

5 April

The first workshop on UADI was held on 5 April in the Williamson room, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne. The workshop was chaired by Prof Abbas Rajabifard (Project Leader). Representitives from other partner universities were present:

  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Canberra


Professor Harlan Onsurd of the University of Maine was with CSDILA in February and March as a visiting scholar. Harlan is a professor and faculty member in the Spatial Informatics faculty in the University of Maine.

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