HDR Candidates Pan Liao (left) and Sahar Soltani (right) operating the Hyve
The Building and Urban Informatics Group undertakes research and industry/end-user engagement, focusing on computation and simulation in the architecture, construction and urban planning sectors. It specialises in the application and adoption of emerging technologies and methods in the related industries, in order to address challenges in an interdisciplinary, intelligent and sustainable way.
The group employ advanced tools and approaches for simulation, computational design, planning and analysis, information management and collaboration, and prototyping and fabrication, supporting a wide range of research projects in design, building, and urban and regional planning. These advanced facilities and innovative techniques include virtual, augmented and mixed reality; the immersive Hyve-3D collaborative design environment; urban analytics ultilising big data and GIS; digital prototyping; 3D printing and fabrication; etc. These systems are applied in research into architectural style and design culture; collaborative practices in the housing sector; building, construction and waste project management; environmental and social sustainability; transport and infrastructure planning; as well as smart cities and urban information management.
The group is currently comprised of seven active researchers and a dozen research students and assistants, whose projects has been generously supported by major funding agencies including the Australian Research Council; Department of Education and Training; Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation; and Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living.