Category Archives: Latest News

AURIN Lecture – ‘Future Cities: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’

How do urban system models, smart cities and big data can help shape our urban future? AURIN recently hosted a Lecture and Panel Discussion featuring world-renowned British urban planner and geographer Professor Mike Batty and a panel of Australian experts to discuss this question. Professor Michael Batty—winner of geography’s equivalent of a Nobel, the Vautrin Lud Prize—discussed how […]

Lecture: The Science of Cities

Defining size, shape, scale and performance using percolation theory In November, AURIN proudly presented a seminar for researchers and urban planners by world-renowned British urban planner and geographer Mike Batty (Professor of Planning, University College London). His visit to Melbourne was made possible through a partnership between AURIN and CSIRO. In this talk, Professor Mike Batty explored how […]

“Australia has got great cities; we’ve got building challenges” – Minister

A post from AURIN director Andrew Dingjan on the Cities Roundtable with Minister Jamie Briggs There’s a role for the federal government to play in how cities are built and how they operate. The Prime Minister has a vision for a coordinated approach to get the best integrated planning systems operating, to ensure we have […]

Sorting fact from fiction in Sydney housing affordability debates

Why big data and ‘location, location, location’ matter for housing supply and demand The average price of a house in New South Wales compared with Tasmania may make a great headline, but it doesn’t pinpoint exactly where or how to build affordable housing. “Unlike nationally focused housing market information, the Sydney Housing Demonstrator Data Hub […]

Data playground for research students

Research-ready data opens opportunities for students Can greenery in the city be maximised to address climate change challenges and the urban heat island effect? How can urban planning promote walking and improve people’s health? Can transportation and demographic data open up alternative transport plans and policies? AURIN’s ‘big data’ resources are giving researchers and students […]

Is your neighbourhood making you fit or fat?

  Walkability tool helps urban planners play a role in fighting obesity Urban planners have a bigger role to play in fighting obesity according to health and urban research experts at the University of Melbourne. Public health researcher Professor Billie Giles-Corti said the data, maps and tools exist to improve ‘walkability’ in Melbourne, and other […]

Planning Excellence – ENVISION and ESP

The Planning Institute of Australia – Planning Excellence Awards 2015 have recognised with a commendation the Cutting Edge Research and Teaching provided ENVISION and ESP tools.  ENVISION and ESP are web-based software applications resulting from research conducted by Curtin University, Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Melbourne and AURIN. Further information and access to the […]

AURIN’s picks of Melbourne Knowledge Week events

How connectivity shapes cities; data science as a competitive sport; and mapping data to reveal Melbourne’s people and places Melbourne Knowledge Week is a festival exploring the latest ideas and innovations in Melbourne’s science, technology, business and learning industries. This City of Melbourne initiative runs from 19 – 25 October 2015, showcasing a broad range […]

Happy hacking at #GovHackBNE and #GovHackMEB

AURIN participated in GovHack, a National competition that brings over 1800 people together to innovate, collaborate and apply their creative skills to hack open government data. AURIN attended and sponsored prizes in Brisbane and Melbourne, encouraging hackers to innovate, create, and compete! GovHack celebrates technical and creative capacity, opens the door to  collaboration with governments, […]

Invitation to register for Pivotal

AURIN is proud to be a supporting association for the inaugural Pivotal2015 Spatial Edge Summit in Brisbane. Building on the success of Brisbane’s 2014 G20 Leaders Summit, this two-day people’s summit will focus on science and technology connecting government with citizens, businesses and education to meet a changing future. It will take place at the […]