UrbanARK is a collaborative research project between Queen’s University Belfast, New York University and University College Dublin funded under the US-Ireland Research & Development Programme. UrbanARK brings together leading interdisciplinary research expertise across the areas of civil engineering, social science, geomatics and computer science to support urban coastal communities with regard to the increasing threat of coastal flooding.

Dr. Nhien-An Le-Khac is Lecturer at the School of Computer Science (CS) at University College Dublin (UCD).  His research interest spans the areas of Data Mining/Distributed Data Mining for Security, Cloud Security and Privacy, Grid and High Performance Computing,  Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics as well as Fraud and Criminal Detection.  More Details

Dr. Michela Bertolotto is Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin.  Michela’s research focuses on the effective storage and manipulation of spatial and spatio-temporal data. She is especially interested in the effective analysis of map data, LiDAR data, spatial images and crowd-sourced spatial data, and the assessment of spatial data quality.  More Details 

Dr. Anh Vu Vo is Senior Researcher Fellow at the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin.  He has extensive background experience in spatial data storage and processing strategies for aerial laser scanning.  His research interests include the creation and implementation of novel technologies and algorithms related to the capture, storage, processing, visualizing, and validating of remote sensing data and its spatio-temporal integration with other data types.  More Details 

Chamin Hewage is PhD student at the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin.  Chamin’s research focuses on the management of LiDAR data in distributed cloud environment.  More Details

Prof. Debra Laefer is Professor of Urban Informatics and Director of Citizen Science at the Center for Urban Science + Progress (CUSP) at New York University (NYU).  Prof. Laefer and her Urban Modeling Group help pioneer computationally efficient storage, querying, and visualization strategies that both harness distributed computing-based solutions and bridge the gap between data availability and its usability for the engineering community.  More Details

Prof. Raul Lejano is Professor in the School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University (NYU).  Prof. Lejano is a scholar in environment, behavior, and collective action, whose foremost interests involve understanding people’s deep engagements with community and environment, and reflecting such in how we design policy and institutions from a relational perspective. His work on urban sustainability involves increasing resilience in vulnerable communities to risks from extreme weather events, environmental health risks, and social disenfranchisement.  More Details

Dr. Evan O’Keeffe is Research Fellow at the Center for Urban Science + Progress (CUSP) at New York University (NYU).  Evan’s research focuses on new methods for viewing large portions of massive remote sensing datasets, including through VR headsets, external controllers and smart phone technology.  More Details

Dr. Ulrich Ofterdinger is Associate Professor at the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).  His research focuses on the characterization and modelling of complex hydrological systems across multiple scales and the integration of multi-scale remote sensing data into numerical models. More Details  

Prof. Jennifer McKinley is Professor at the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).  Her research focuses on the application of spatial analysis techniques, including geostatistics, compositional data analysis and Geographical Information Science (GIS) integrating multi-scale data sets.  More Details

Dr. David Hughes is Associate Professor at the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).  David’s research portfolio includes the use of multi-scale remote sensing data for the monitoring of built environment infrastructure and natural landscapes in the context of civil engineering applications.  More Details

Aaron Miller is PhD student at the School of Natural and Built Environment.  Aaron’s research focuses on the acquisition and analysis of aerial and ground-based mobile LiDAR data in urban environments.  More Details

John Meneely is Senior Research Technician at the QUB Centre for GIS and Geomatics. John is an international 3D Laser Scanning Specialist with a wide field of applications across Natural Resources/Environmental Management, Built Environment and Archaeology.  More Details