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Perez, Pascal Senior Professor

Director

  • Primary Group - SMART Infrastructure Facility
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Overview


Senior Professor Pascal Perez is a world leader in participatory modelling of complex socio-technical systems.

He is currently Director of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong, overseeing research in infrastructure-related fields such as water and energy efficiency, future transport and mobility, smart cities and communities, and infrastructure system engineering and logistics. As Director he is responsible for SMART’s academic governance and for establishing strategic scientific partnerships in Australia and beyond.

Snr Prof Perez was the catalyst behind the regional Digital Living Lab, a ‘smart communities’ initiative, funded by the University of Wollongong, aiming to offer a public and free-to-air internet-of-Things (IoT) network across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions in order to encourage the creation of problem-driven and community-oriented smart solutions with local start-ups, SMEs, Councils and associations.

Snr Prof Perez is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ). He is also a member of the national Scientific Committee of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). In 2002, he received an ARC-International Linkage Fellowship to develop social modelling research at the Australian National University.

Snr Prof Perez has published over 200 refereed articles and book chapters. In 2006, he co-edited with his colleague David Batten the book ‘Complex Science for a Complex World’ (ANU E Press).

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


  • <p>PetaJakarta.org (Map Jakarta) was the result of a world-first Joint Pilot Study initiated by researchers at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong (UOW), in collaboration with the Jakarta Emergency Management Agency (BPBD DKI) and social media giant Twitter. Jakarta is regularly devastated by flooding during the annual monsoon. The infrastructure of this dense metropolis tends to <a href="http://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2015/11/05/how-to-draw-a-city-the-basics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">lag behind its rate of growth</a>, making it vulnerable to natural disasters such as severe, city-wide flooding.</p><p>Citizens had constantly criticised Jakarta’s Government Emergency Management Agency for their slow responses to natural disasters. As the tenth largest city in the world and with one of the highest numbers of Twitter users on the planet, there was an opportunity for this social media platform to play a significant role in flood management in Jakarta.</p><p>For the first time, PetaJakarta.org empowered Jakarta citizens who know flooding in their locale the best, to actively report to government, enabling greater information sharing and data coordination among citizens and government agencies; this had, although long been desired, never ever possible before. Citizens of Jakarta could identify locations of flooding in real-time, helping them safely navigate the city. The novel technical solution has fostered equitable and collaborative adaptability and resilience to increasing environmental disasters with climate change.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Geolocation of a synthetic population into an automatically generated dwelling stock Jayasekare, Ajith
    Doctor of Philosophy Computer Vision and Machine Learning in Disaster Management and Monitoring Process Iqbal, Umair
    Doctor of Philosophy Identifying and Predicting the Trends and Patterns of Health Issues using Health Insurance Claims Data. Webadu Wedanage, Koliya
    Doctor of Philosophy Isolation and identification of microplastic degrading bacteria in Lake Illawarra Punam Kristhombuge, Nuwanthi
    Doctor of Philosophy Optimal solution to the electric buses transit network problem. Hu, Hao
    Doctor of Philosophy Inferring Traffic Dynamics Using Smart Sensing and Artificial Intelligence Qian, Yan
    Doctor of Philosophy Ensuring Health Information Security for primary and secondary health data Safadi, Murad

Keywords


  • SIMULATION AND MODELLING, DECISION MAKING

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


  • <p>PetaJakarta.org (Map Jakarta) was the result of a world-first Joint Pilot Study initiated by researchers at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong (UOW), in collaboration with the Jakarta Emergency Management Agency (BPBD DKI) and social media giant Twitter. Jakarta is regularly devastated by flooding during the annual monsoon. The infrastructure of this dense metropolis tends to <a href="http://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2015/11/05/how-to-draw-a-city-the-basics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">lag behind its rate of growth</a>, making it vulnerable to natural disasters such as severe, city-wide flooding.</p><p>Citizens had constantly criticised Jakarta’s Government Emergency Management Agency for their slow responses to natural disasters. As the tenth largest city in the world and with one of the highest numbers of Twitter users on the planet, there was an opportunity for this social media platform to play a significant role in flood management in Jakarta.</p><p>For the first time, PetaJakarta.org empowered Jakarta citizens who know flooding in their locale the best, to actively report to government, enabling greater information sharing and data coordination among citizens and government agencies; this had, although long been desired, never ever possible before. Citizens of Jakarta could identify locations of flooding in real-time, helping them safely navigate the city. The novel technical solution has fostered equitable and collaborative adaptability and resilience to increasing environmental disasters with climate change.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Geolocation of a synthetic population into an automatically generated dwelling stock Jayasekare, Ajith
    Doctor of Philosophy Computer Vision and Machine Learning in Disaster Management and Monitoring Process Iqbal, Umair
    Doctor of Philosophy Identifying and Predicting the Trends and Patterns of Health Issues using Health Insurance Claims Data. Webadu Wedanage, Koliya
    Doctor of Philosophy Isolation and identification of microplastic degrading bacteria in Lake Illawarra Punam Kristhombuge, Nuwanthi
    Doctor of Philosophy Optimal solution to the electric buses transit network problem. Hu, Hao
    Doctor of Philosophy Inferring Traffic Dynamics Using Smart Sensing and Artificial Intelligence Qian, Yan
    Doctor of Philosophy Ensuring Health Information Security for primary and secondary health data Safadi, Murad

Keywords


  • SIMULATION AND MODELLING, DECISION MAKING
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