The Role of Technology in Advancing the Science of Cities

A summary of technology, techniques and methods employed by projects in City Futures Research Centre, UNSW



Modern cities and agglomerations are some of the largest and most complex systems built and managed by humankind. The field of studying, planning, and managing these massive, complex systems have been on forefront of utilising the cutting-edge technology across the fields such as built environment, computer science and social sciences. With the digitisation of most of the lives of the population in the past decade, it is imperative for research into planning and management of cities to focus on utilising the latest technology in IT and computer science such as big data analysis, machine learning, etc.

The City Futures Research Centre, based in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at UNSW, has been a national leader in scholarly applied public interest research on our cities since 2005. The centre aims to advance our understanding of cities focusing on people, places, policies and technologies to solve the major urban challenges such as city equity, housing, productivity, sustainability, resilience, governance and renewal. This talk will focus on the broad range of technologies used by the centre in conducting our research in terms of cloud resources such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), software/platforms such as Python, R, Carto/ESRI online, etc and hardware (such as the City Analytics Lab, eye tracking and VR).

This session will include a Q&A This session will include a Q&A (and will be followed by the weekly ResTech Hacky Hour at 3pm which will also be hybrid! join us online or at UNSW Penny Lane cafe after the seminar). For more information about ResTech please visit our website

Please note:¬†This seminar will be a¬†hybrid¬†event. A Teams link will be provided for attendees to join online or attendees are welcome to join the presentation in the¬†City Analytics Lab¬†(B07 studio, basement, West Wing, Red Centre, UNSW Kensington Campus –¬†map ref H13)

Bio:¬†This seminar will be presented by¬†Dr Balamurugan Soundararaj, a post-doctoral researcher at the UNSW¬†City Futures Research Centre, working in the ‚ÄúValue Australia‚ÄĚ project building large-scale automated valuation models for the Australian property market. He works with the visual analytics part of the project building maps, dashboards and interactive visualisations on Australian property markets and manages the City Analytics Lab. Prior to this he has worked in both academia at University College London and real estate industry – Jones Lang Lasalle. He received his PhD from the Department of Geography UCL, Masters from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis UCL and Bachelor’s in planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. His core research interest is in the collection, analysis, modelling and visualisation of large-scale spatial data.

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Jun 09 2022


12:00 am - 1:00 am

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