20-22 March 2019

The Project Partners from Queen’s University, University College Dublin and New York University met in Belfast for a 3-Day Project Kick-Off Meeting.  Also present were key project stakeholders from Belfast City Council (BCC) and Dublin City Council (DCC). 

Project Planning
Demonstration of Existing VR Applications
Walk-over Visit to Belfast Study Area

Beyond Project Management Planning, the meeting showcased initial data sets and demonstrated existing Virtual Reality Visualization Tools to the participants from BCC and DCC, collating valuable feedback from the stakeholder partners. 

Furthermore, the project partners conducted a walk-over visit to the Belfast case study area and discussed suitable data acquisition approaches.

4 December 2019

Prof. Jennifer McKinley and Dr. Ulrich Ofterdinger presented the UrbanARK project to a Senior Delegation from Vietnam at the UK-Vietnam Workshop on Vertical IoT Solutions in Disaster Management in Belfast, Northern Ireland (4 December 2019). The Senior Delegation included the Minister of the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority and the President and Vice-President of Thuyloi University, Hanoi (VN).

9-12 December 2019

Efficient LiDAR point cloud data encoding for scalable data management within the Hadoop eco-system

Dr. Anh Vu Vo led a paper presented at the The Next Frontier of Big Data From LiDAR Workshop as part of the IEEE Big Data 2019 Conference in Los Angeles, CA, USA (9-12 December 2019). The paper introduces a LiDAR point cloud data encoding solution that is compact, flexible, and fully supports distributed data storage within the Hadoop distributed computing environment.