Coffee Hour: Computing happens somewhere

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Refreshments offered at 3:30 p.m. in 319 Walker Building. Talk begins at 4:00 p.m. in 112 Walker Building.


Computing happens somewhere
Matt Duckham

Geographic information has traditionally been stored and processed in physical locations that are unrelated to the actual locations referred to in that information. However, spatial data capture and computing devices are increasingly embedded in geographic space. Technologies like geosensor networks, for example, can be embedded in built and natural environments to capture, compute with, and communicate dynamic geographic information. The challenge is to equip these embedded technologies with the capability to respond directly, in the network, to spatiotemporal queries about the rapidly changing environment. Building on specific examples of emerging environmental monitoring applications, this talk examines some of the key algorithms and computational principles behind information systems for "computing somewhere."


Matt Duckham

Matt Duckham is an Associate Professor in Geographic Information Science at the University of  Melbour ne, Australia, and works in the Geomatics research group in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. He also holds an ARC Future Fellowship (2010-2014) for research on the topic of ambient spatial intelligence (AmSI). Before coming to Melbourne in 2004, he worked at the NCGIA (National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis) at the University of Maine, US.

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Additional Relevant Papers

Duckham, M., Nussbaum, D., Sack, J-R, Santoro, N. (2011) Efficient, decentralized computation 
of the topology of spatial regions IEEE Transactions on Computers v60, n8, 1100-1113. Laube, P. and Duckham, M. (2009) Decentralized spatial data mining in distributed systems.
In Miller, H. and Han, J. (Eds) Geographic Knowledge Discovery, Second Edition, chapter 16,
pages 409-430. CRC, Boca Raton, FL. Duckham, M., Jeong, M-H., Li, S., Renz, J. (2010) Decentralized querying of topological relations
between regions without using localization. In A. Abbadi, D. Agrawal, M. Mokbel, P. Zhang, editors,
Proc. 18th ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS, pp. 414-417, ACM.

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