Discovery Project funding awarded to MCDS Investigator

Congratulations to MCDS Investigator Dr Martin Tomko for receiving ARC Discovery Project funding.

The Australian Research Council Discovery Projects scheme provides grant funding to support research projects that may be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

The Discovery Projects scheme objectives are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by individuals and teams;
  • support national and international research collaboration; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas

The intended outcomes of the Discovery Projects scheme are:

  • expanded knowledge base and research capacity in Australia; and
  • economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia.

Dr Martin Tomko is collaborating with Professor Stephan Winter, Professor Dr Nico Van de Weghe, and Professor Dr Thomas Kolbe.

Their project is entitled "Walking the city: Digital infrastructure for pedestrian mobility". Pedestrian access, flow and management are critical for urban life. However, compared to other forms of mobility pedestrian mobility is significantly more complex. Currently, various incompatible pedestrian route graphs in both outdoor and indoor environments render any analysis biased and non-transparent. This project aims to solve this problem by developing a universal and necessarily hierarchical pedestrian route graph to support critical applications such as urban walkability (health), space and asset management (guidance, flow management), and public safety (evacuation). In contrast to conventional algorithms, we will take a novel approach based on human cognition to define this universal graph and then integrate topology and geometry.

Congratulations to Dr Martin Tomko and all our colleagues at University of Melbourne. The full list of awarded projects can be found here.