Dr Benny (Yiqun) Chen

Dr Benny (Yiqun) Chen

Research Fellow
Benny -Chen-Portrait

Dr Benny Chen is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures & Land Administration(CSDILA) and the Centre for Disaster Management & Public Safety (CDMPS) at the University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in Geomatics at the University of Melbourne in 2013 and obtained both Master and Bachelor degrees in Computer Science in China.

Dr Chen has a broad research interests including GIS visualisation, spatial analysis, disaster management, traffic simulation, agent-based modeling and location-based services. He is also enthusiastic about programming with R, Python, Java, Objective-C and JavaScript.

RECENT PROJECTS

  1. Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System (IDDSS)

This project, founded by the Department of Justice, started as a proof of concept for supporting urban disasters management. It integrates a smart geospatial platform with an advanced modeling, optimization and simulation engine and aggregates multiple open-sourced frameworks for geospatial analysis, modeling and visualization. Dr Chen is in charge of the system architecture design and implementation.

IDDSS won the Resilient Australia Award in September 2014.

  1. AURIN & ANDS

Dr Chen had been heavily involved in the development of four demonstrators (Employment Clustering, Health, Walkability and Housing) founded by AURIN and ANDS (Australian National Data Service). These demonstrators show the benefit of providing open access of government datasets to researchers, planners and policy makers in dealing with problems of space, place, and liveability.

He also worked on revamping the AURIN Metadata Tool. This tool harvests and manages metadata for 1000+ data sources from various data providers across Australia and serves as the core component for AURIN portal.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Abbas Rajabifard, Russell G. Thompson and Yiqun Chen (2014). “An intelligent disaster decision support system for increasing the sustainability of transport networks”, A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal. (under review)
  • Russell Thompson, Yiqun Chen and Abbas Rajabifard (2014). “Understanding the impacts of severe storms and floods on the Victorian road network”. The Australian & New Zealand Management Conference (ANZDEM 2014), Gold Coast, Australia, May 2014.
  • Jennifer Day, Sophie Sturup, Yiqun Chen and Matt Budahazy (2014). “An Open-Source Tool for Identifying Industry Clusters: A Demonstration in the Northwest Corridor of Melbourne, Australia.”  Australian Regional Development Conference, Albury, 15-17 October.
  • Jennifer Day, Sophie Sturup, and Yiqun Chen (2013). “Chapter 6: An Open-source Tool for Identifying Industrial Clusters in a Data-Poor Environment”, in Rahabifard, A., Eagleson, S. (Eds) “Spatial Data Access And Integration to Support Liveability”, 2013, CSDILA, The University of Melbourne.
  • Jennifer Day, Sophie Sturup, and Yiqun Chen (2013). “An Open-source Tool for Identifying Industrial Clusters in a Data-Poor Environment”, State of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney, Australia, November 2013.
  • Jennifer Day, Sophie Sturup, and Yiqun Chen (2013). “An Open-Source Tool for Identifying Industrial Clusters in a Data-Poor Environment: The Case of Australia.” AESOP-ACSP Joint Congress, Dublin, 15-19 July.
  • Margalit Levin, Yiqun Chen. “TOWARD A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF FOOD ACCESS IN MELBOURNE”, State of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney, Australia, November 2013.
  • Yiqun Chen, Ian D. Bishop. “SIMULATING VISITORS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT”, IASTED 2011 Conference, Calgary, Canada, July 2011.
  • Yiqun Chen, Ian D. Bishop. “iSurv: Using iPhone to Collect Visitor Data for Behaviour Simulation System”, CUPUM 2011 Conference, Calgary, Canada, July 2011.