A round-up of 2021

Our students published in leading journals and our papers are among the top 2% according to a Stanford study.

Our NUS School of Design and Environment, to be superseded by the College of Design and Engineering

As we are approaching the end of the year, it is time to reflect and be grateful for all the progress we made in 2021. As a new research group, we are happy to have consolidated our research directions and set a strong foundations for the years to come.

The list of our papers published so far is here, while our news items are available at our blog. We also released a couple of software packages and datasets, that may be of interest to the wider community. Our team has also been enriched by new researchers who have joined us this year.

Our work has resulted also in invited talks, awards, press releases, an editorial board appointment, and a special issue. Above all, we had lots of fun doing research together.

A study led by Stanford University has identified top 2% scientists worldwide in a variety of fields. The PI of the Lab is on the list. For more information about the study, see the dataset “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators” and their papers published in PLOS Biology indicating the motivation and methodology (here and here).

We are especially happy to celebrate the achievements of our master students, mostly based on their graduation projects. Four papers first-authored or co-authored by master students have been published in leading journals this year, such as Computers, Environment and Urban Systems:

Palliwal A, Song S, Tan HTW, Biljecki F (2021): 3D city models for urban farming site identification in buildings. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 86: 101584. 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2020.101584 PDF

Chen W, Wu AN, Biljecki F (2021): Classification of Urban Morphology with Deep Learning: Application on Urban Vitality. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 90: 101706. 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2021.101706 PDF

Ito K, Biljecki F (2021): Assessing bikeability with street view imagery and computer vision. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 132: 103371. 10.1016/j.trc.2021.103371 PDF

Biljecki F, Ito K (2021): Street view imagery in urban analytics and GIS: A review. Landscape and Urban Planning 215: 104217. 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2021.104217 PDF

The National University of Singapore continued performing very well in rankings, with QS considering it among the world’s best universities and our department among the top 10 in the world.

2021 is also the last year of our NUS School of Design and Environment, which has played an important role in developing Singapore’s built environment research and education over the past five decades. As of 1 January 2022, it will be merged with the NUS Faculty of Engineering, starting a new exciting chapter: the NUS College of Design and Engineering. Read more about this fusion in the press release by NUS.

We wish everyone a new year filled with success, happiness, and prosperity!

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