The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), UTM JB, has once again successfully organised a talk entitled “An Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure (UADI): A New Ontological Framework to Underpin The Next Generation of Smart Decision-Support Tools”. The talk was by Dr. Soheil Sabri from the University of Melbourne, Australia and was held on 11th December 2016 (Sunday) at the Seminar Room B03, FAB, UTM JB.

Dr. Soheil shared with the audience the Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure (UADI) project which explicitly leverages and builds on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) and existing land and urban data infrastructure.  The digital data infrastructure will enable the integration, harmonisation, connectivity and scalability of multi-source urban datasets. The project will also provide access to distributed data relating to Australia’s settlements system captured using the ISO 32170 and 19115 Standards, data interrogations and visualisation tools. It will generate the harmonised data sets across jurisdictions, benchmarked indices, micro-simulated variables and other derived measures. This will then support research agendas of collaborating established urban research centres and institutions.

Dr. Soheil was formerly a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), UTM JB from 2012 to 2014. and is now with the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA), Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne.  He joined CSDILA in September 2014 as an honorary visitor and in December 2014 was appointed a research associate/fellow of the Centre. He investigate approaches for leveraging the outcomes of the Centre’s research projects on 3D land and property information and spatial data access for Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) in the planning for future smart cities. Dr. Soheil obtained his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from UTM in 2012. During his tenure in UTM he was actively involved in consultancy, research and teaching of urban planning, specifically land use planning and development, spatial analysis and modelling, and planning 2.0 (Web technology in urban planning). 

 The talk ended at 4.00pm with a Q and A session.