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Introducing the Global Building Morphology Indicators

A paper on our latest project has been published in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. And more.
Introducing the Global Building Morphology Indicators

New paper: Population estimation beyond counts—Inferring demographic characteristics

Our work on advancing the state of the art of predicting population has been published in PLOS ONE.
New paper: Population estimation beyond counts—Inferring demographic characteristics

Announcing the Urban Analytics Lab seminar series

Furthering our community engagement and bringing researchers together.
Announcing the Urban Analytics Lab seminar series

Welcome to our three new research fellows

Strenghtening our team with leading researchers and domain experts.
Welcome to our three new research fellows

New paper: GANmapper - Geographical Data Translation

In our latest publication in IJGIS, we present an entirely new way to generate maps of building footprints and other urban features.
New paper: GANmapper - Geographical Data Translation

A round-up of 2021

Our students published in leading journals and our papers are among the top 2% according to a Stanford study.
A round-up of 2021

Teaching Excellence Award

Recognition of education excellence and commitment.
Teaching Excellence Award

New paper: The Internet-of-Buildings (IoB) --- Digital twin convergence of wearable and IoT data with GIS/BIM

Collaboration with our two sister labs, presented at CISBAT 2021.
New paper: The Internet-of-Buildings (IoB) --- Digital twin convergence of wearable and IoT data with GIS/BIM

The PI of the Lab was appointed to the Editorial Board of Landscape and Urban Planning

The journal is within top 1% outlets in Urban Studies.
The PI of the Lab was appointed to the Editorial Board of Landscape and Urban Planning

Exploration of research data repositories

A non-exhaustive list of research data repositories and a comparison of them.
Exploration of research data repositories

New paper: Assessing bikeability with street view imagery and computer vision

Transportation Research Part C publishes our novel work on the application of computer vision in gauging cycling appeal in cities
New paper: Assessing bikeability with street view imagery and computer vision

UAL researchers develop AI-powered tool to map sustainable roofs globally

Our research is in the news again. Our method ranks Singapore highly amongst 17 cities for solar roof utilisation
UAL researchers develop AI-powered tool to map sustainable roofs globally

Graduation projects completed at our Lab in 2021

We are proud to announce that in the last few months, four students have completed their studies by carrying out a graduation project with us.
Graduation projects completed at our Lab in 2021

Welcome to our new researchers

Hello Binyu, Yujun, Leon, Mengbi, and Winston
Welcome to our new researchers

New paper: Classification of Urban Morphology with Deep Learning

A leading journal – Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, publishes our pioneering work on the application of computer vision in studying the urban form
New paper: Classification of Urban Morphology with Deep Learning

New paper: review on street view imagery in urban analytics and GIS

Landscape and Urban Planning, a top journal in the field, publishes our comprehensive exploration on this growing urban data source
New paper: review on street view imagery in urban analytics and GIS

New paper: Roofpedia

UAL’s research on sustainable rooftops was published by Landscape and Urban Planning
New paper: Roofpedia

Impact of the pandemic on bus ridership in Singapore

Research conducted by our Master of Urban Planning students offers public transport optimisations
Impact of the pandemic on bus ridership in Singapore

NUS Urban Analytics Lab scales research globally with AWS

UAL’s AWS-supported urban toolkits and databases were featured on Amazon’s Public Service blog
NUS Urban Analytics Lab scales research globally with AWS

Novel use of 3D geoinformation to identify urban farming sites

The tool allows for the maximisation of crop yields within buildings
Novel use of 3D geoinformation to identify urban farming sites

Recent activities of the UAL: guest lectures and lab seminars

Guest lectures with Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Grab
Recent activities of the UAL: guest lectures and lab seminars

Dr Filip Biljecki gave an invited talk at Geo Connect Asia 2021

Inaugural conference of geospatial leaders in Asia
Dr Filip Biljecki gave an invited talk at Geo Connect Asia 2021

Our department is among the top 10 globally and best in Asia

The 2021 QS World University Rankings by subject are released
Our department is among the top 10 globally and best in Asia

Publication of the collection Emerging topics in 3D GIS

A special issue we organised in Transactions in GIS
Publication of the collection Emerging topics in 3D GIS

New paper: 3dfier: automatic reconstruction of 3D city models

A software paper published in the Journal of Open Source Software.
New paper: 3dfier: automatic reconstruction of 3D city models

New paper: 3D city models for urban farming site identification in buildings

A novel application of 3D geoinformation, published in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
New paper: 3D city models for urban farming site identification in buildings

OGC seeks public comment on new CityJSON Community Standard

CityJSON offers an easy-to-use alternative to the GML encoding of CityGML 2.0 for the storage and exchange of 3D city models
OGC seeks public comment on new CityJSON Community Standard

Two new papers: Reference study of IFC/CityGML software support

The GeoBIM benchmark is concluded with two papers published back-to-back in Transactions in GIS
Two new papers: Reference study of IFC/CityGML software support

SDE4 recognised as the first Zero Energy building in Southeast Asia

The prestigious certification was awarded by the International Living Future Institute
SDE4 recognised as the first Zero Energy building in Southeast Asia

New paper: Extending CityGML for IFC-sourced 3D city models

Development of an application domain extension published in Automation in Construction
New paper: Extending CityGML for IFC-sourced 3D city models

Meet our junior members

The Lab warmly welcomes new student researchers
Meet our junior members

Recent activities of the Lab

After we’ve enjoyed taking part in the State of the Map, IACAD, and 3D GeoInfo, the ongoing work of the Lab was presented at other venues.
Recent activities of the Lab

New report: Smart at Scale: Cities to Watch (25 Case Studies)

We contributed to the latest report of the World Economic Forum focusing on successful pilot projects that scaled
New report: Smart at Scale: Cities to Watch (25 Case Studies)

Guest lecture by Jinal Foflia

We are very pleased that Ms Jinal Foflia, Senior Program Manager – Geo at Grab has visited us to give a guest lecture as part of our module Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Cartography.
Guest lecture by Jinal Foflia

The PI of the Lab elected co-chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium 3DIM DWG

3D Information Modelling Domain Working Group
The PI of the Lab elected co-chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium 3DIM DWG

New paper: How might an LoD Logic Framework Help to Bridge the 3D Cadastre Research-to-Practice Gap?

FIG Working Week 2020. A Proposal for a Level of Implementation Framework
New paper: How might an LoD Logic Framework Help to Bridge the 3D Cadastre Research-to-Practice Gap?

New paper: Tools for BIM-GIS Integration (IFC Georeferencing and Conversions): Results from the GeoBIM Benchmark 2019

A new collaborative paper in which we have been involved has been published
New paper: Tools for BIM-GIS Integration (IFC Georeferencing and Conversions): Results from the GeoBIM Benchmark 2019

Participation at the 3D GeoInfo 2020 conference

3D GeoInfo is a key conference in the 3D GIS community
Participation at the 3D GeoInfo 2020 conference

New paper: Exploration of open data in Southeast Asia to generate 3D building models

This article investigates the current status of generating 3D building models across 11 countries in Southeast Asia from publicly available data, primarily volunteered geoinformation (OpenStreetMap)
New paper: Exploration of open data in Southeast Asia to generate 3D building models

New paper: Visualising detailed CityGML and ADE at the building scale

There is an increasing activity in developing workflows and implementations to convert BIM data into CityGML. However, there are still not many platforms that are suitable to view and interact with the detailed information stored as a result of such conversions, especially if an Application Domain Extension (ADE) is involved to support additional information
New paper: Visualising detailed CityGML and ADE at the building scale

SDE signed MOU with Esri Singapore to expand research in geospatial analytics

We are happy that our NUS School of Design and Environment signed a memorandum of understanding with Esri Singapore to strengthen collaboration.
SDE signed MOU with Esri Singapore to expand research in geospatial analytics

We are accepting PhD candidates

We are continuously looking for talented and highly motivated prospective graduate students to join our research group
We are accepting PhD candidates

New graduation projects completed at our Lab

We are proud to announce that in the last month, four students have completed their studies by carrying out a graduation project with us.
New graduation projects completed at our Lab

Assessing the quality of OpenStreetMap building data in Singapore

A new report on OpenStreetMap (OSM) data quality assessment in Singapore has been published. The report describes a recent research project carried at the Lab by Ethan Chen Wai Hoong, focusing on residential buildings.
Assessing the quality of OpenStreetMap building data in Singapore

Filip Biljecki appointed as Presidential Young Professor

We are pleased to announce that Dr Filip Biljecki, the founder and the principal investigator of the Lab, has been awarded the prestigious NUS Presidential Young Professorship (PYP).
Filip Biljecki appointed as Presidential Young Professor

Geospatial and urban data science journals

List of relevant journals with their latest metrics
Geospatial and urban data science journals

Our participation at the State of the Map 2020

This year’s OpenStreetMap conference moved online retaining its full spirit
Our participation at the State of the Map 2020

A Comparison of Spatial Functions: PostGIS, Athena, PrestoDB, BigQuery vs RedShift

We are moving our geospatial analysis to the cloud. As we are evaluating the various offerings by AWS and Google Cloud Platform, we wonder to what extent these cloud database products support spatial functions in comparison to PostGIS.
A Comparison of Spatial Functions: PostGIS, Athena, PrestoDB, BigQuery vs RedShift

Welcome, Abraham

We are pleased to welcome Abraham Noah Wu as a new full-time researcher in the group, working on our flagship project on generating large-scale 3D city models.