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UN-GGIM Academic Forum: Secure Land Rights and Smart Cities – Making it work for Sustainable Development

On Monday 31 July 2017, as Chair of the UN-GGIM Academic Network, CDMPS Director Abbas Rajabifard attended and spoke at the UN-GGIM Academic Network Forum in New York.

The Forum discussed issues pertinent to the development, implementation, and use of land administration systems in the global context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and smart cities for all.

Presentations and panel discussions were held to highlight how the Academic Network and other UN-GGIM entities are contributing the development of a roadmap of solutions to overcome land tenure challenges, facilitate the development of technologies and standards, and spatial data acquisition necessary to monitor and measure land indicators for the SDGs and development of smart cities.

The Academic Network contributes to geospatial information management and is committed to the achievement of the 17 UN SDGs.

Download the full program here


First PhD Graduate: Farhad Laylavi

CDMPS congratulates Dr Farhad Laylavi on receiving his Doctorate degree this Saturday the 27th of May at the University of Melbourne. He is the first CDMPS PhD Graduate. Farhad’s thesis was titled ‘A framework for adopting Twitter data in emergency response.’


Professor Abbas Rajabifard (left) with Dr. Farhad Laylavi (right) at Farhad’s graduation.


Victoria Police Collaboration

In May 2017, CDMPS held three information session with members of the Victoria Police Monitoring and Assessment Centre. A number of our PhD candidates and researchers gave presentations on their work and we discussed how we could collaborate to further research that assisted their activities.



Visit with OGC

Members from CDMPS and our close partner, the CSDILA, met with Denise McKenzie this week to showcase our capabilities and current projects in the area of 3D visualisation platforms.

Denise McKenzie is the executive director of Communications and Outreach at Open Geospatial Consortium (GGC).


10th International Symposium on Digital Earth and Locate17


Director Abbas Rajabifard was in Sydney on the 5th of April for the 10th International Symposium on Digital Earth and Locate17.

Professor Rajabifard delivered a keynote talk on ‘Building a Global Disaster Management Platform: Delivering Smart Disaster Communities’ and chaired a session on disaster management.

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) promote academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. They explore Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and socially sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.

The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand.

For more information and to see the full program, please visit

Seminar 1: Why do houses burn down?

First Free Lunchtime Seminar of 2017


Why do Houses Burn Down?

Learning from the Wye River – Separation Creek Bushfires


Over 100 houses were lost in Wye River and Separation Creek during the bushfires on Christmas Day, 2015. Understanding how houses burn down helps us understand how to prevent fire damage in the future through better design principles and regulation.

Join us for the first in the CDMPS free lunchtime seminar series for 2017.

12pm—1pm Wednesday 29 March 2017
Forum Theatre, Arts West (Level 1, North Wing, Building 148)
Professors Walk
The University of Melbourne, Parkville
Map of building location – Unimelb Map or Google Maps

This seminar is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about all aspects of disaster management from highly experienced academics and practitioners.

Register for this event on Eventbrite here – REGISTER

Alan March has practised since 1991 in a broad range of private sector and government settings and has had roles in statutory and strategic planning, advocacy, and urban design. He is particularly interested in the ways that planning and design can modify disaster risks, and he researches planning and urban design principles for bushfire. Alan is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Director of the Bachelor of Design degree at the University of Melbourne. His teaching includes disaster risk reduction, urban design, planning law and planning theory subjects.

Justin Leonard has dedicated the last 20 of his 24 year research career to the understanding of how bushfire risk to life and infrastructure can be managed. His work has built on the learning of an already established research area within CSIRO in which he was initially mentored and then inherited. The research area combines learnings from bushfire exposure experiments with post-bushfire survey investigations and computer modelling of bushfire interactions with buildings. Justin dedicates a significant proportion of his time each year to present various aspects of these learnings to professionals and community members at various forums, events and media. Providing an independent science voice to a domain often influenced by many other interests. 


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