Welcome to AmSI

This page is the hub for information about activities, research, and research projects into Ambient Spatial Intelligence (AmSI) at the University of Melbourne as well as collaborating institutions.

AmSI aims to use computers and sensors embedded in our everyday, dynamic environment to respond efficiently to queries about the events that are occurring; to support better understanding of those events; and improve human decision-making based on information about spatial events.

Some of the theoretical questions we are actively engaged in include:

  • How can we design efficient algorithms that can help monitor changes in spatial regions, such as the emergence of “hot spots” in sea temperature around sensitive coral reefs?
  • How can we develop effective visualization and user interfaces to help experts identify meaningful spatial events in large groups of mobile objects, such as the emergence of “traffic jams” in peak hour transportation networks, or “crowds” at a sporting event?
  • How can we combine spatial computing with human cognitive abilities to further improve understanding of those spatial events and support decision-making, such as improving event prediction by learning from events identified by users as important?

Some of the key applications of this work currently being addressed in collaboration with researchers around the world include:

  • Emergency management: Understanding the movements of people and assets and their impacts on critical infrastructure during emergency response (Collaboration with the Defense Sciences Institute the University of Melbourne; Australian National University; University of Technology Sydney; University of Maine, USA; University of Nottingham, UK; and University of Exeter, UK)
  • Conservation contracts: Monitoring the outcomes of conservation activities on private land (collaboration with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria)
  • River health: Inferring new knowledge about changing river health from the movements of tagged fish in the Murray River (Collaboration with the Arthur Rylah Institute, Victoria)

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