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PhD Thesis – in progress (2017 – 2021)

Participatory mobility dashboards in the smart city

This research develops a software platform containing urban dashboard prototypes (which may be multi-platform web-based, a smartphone application, mixed reality or physical interventions) which primarily investigate Sydney (with opportunities for partnerships, projects and collaboration with several other cities worldwide).

Each prototype’s effectiveness is evaluated by their capacity to engage and empower citizen users. Several use cases are built and evaluated using this platform.

The use cases specifically address the issue of urban transportation/mobility tasks at both city-wide strategic planning and day-to-day performance-based levels.

Infrastructure Australia – Future Cities Research (2017 – 18)

At Arup I was part of the strategic transport modelling team, developed an accessibility model based on OTP and pushed ArcGIS Online Story Maps to their limits for our Infrastructure Australia client. The results of our work was the below report:

Future Cities: Planning for our growing population
is the fifth paper in Infrastructure Australia’s Reform Series. It provides advice to Australian governments on improving the productivity and liveability of our largest cities as they grow over the next 30 years.

The paper models long-term growth scenarios for Melbourne and Sydney and assesses their performance across a range of indicators. These include performance of the transport network, access to jobs, environmental performance of the road network, access to and demand for social infrastructure, and access to and demand for green space.



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Accessibility modelling & the 30 minute city (2016 – 17)


Liveable Sydney? from Arup Australasia on Vimeo.

Conference presentations:
Using open-source data and transit network tools to improve our understanding of accessibility – a case study of the Sydney ‘30-minute city’
O Lock
10th International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, Sydney – 2017
Planning Institute of Australia National Congress, Sydney – 2017

Long-term strategic transport modelling, visualisation and network analysis for all major Australian cities 2014-16

Curating interactive results of transport model results across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth as part of a series of long-term forecasting reports for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.  Streamlined outputs into interactive Google Earth (3D) and CartoDB outputs.

2016-07-11 14_46_25-Brisbane TT to CBD

2016-07-11 14_45_41-SYD 2011 Base Traffic

Melbourne, where are we going? GovHack Melbourne Entry 2015

‘Melbourne, where are we going?’ is an interactive web visualisation platform that allows the user to explore the relationship between both transport and housing in Victoria.

This won several awards at GovHack 2015 – including the Victorian State Government Data Challenge Award, Best Use of Interdisciplinary Data Award and was runner-up for the National Best Policy Insights Hack.


‘Big’ transport data analysis & visualisation of San Francisco UCL Master’s dissertation, 2014


Book chapter:

Thakuriah, P., Tilahun, N., and Zellner, M. (2016) Seeing Cities Through Big Data: Research Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics.Springer: New York. (In Press)

Conference presentations:

A Big Data Mashing Tool for Measuring Transit System Performance
Gregory Erhardt, Oliver Lock, Elsa Arcaute and Michael Batty, University College London, UK.
Presented at the Big Data and Urban Informatics Conference, Chicago 2014.

Keeping track – the fusion of large, automatically-collected transport data in capturing long-term system change
Oliver Lock, Gregory Erhardt
Presented at the Australian Institute of Traffic/Transport Planning and Management Conference, Brisbane 2015.

City of Culture – Interactive 3D Map of London and cultural data using three.js UCL Master’s major assignment


Lightweight, virtual, 3D browser-based model of London overlayed with cultural data mined from Wikipedia. Also explored the concept of embedding VR technologies into the browser (Oculus Rift).



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City of Culture – Visualisation of V&A Museum artefacts in D3.jsUCL Master’s major assignment

Interactive visualisation of the global and temporal spread of artefacts in the V&A museum, covering ancient, postclassical, early modern, mid-modern and contemporary pieces.


2016-07-11 14_31_02-London's Global Cultural Influence

A multivariate UK Census data-mashing tool using R – Gentrification in London example UCL Master’s major assignment