2014 Sessions

In total, there were 24 fantastic TransportCamp sessions that were proposed during 'agenda setting'. You can take a look at the final agenda matrix.

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New Science of Cities - Need for Urban Data Visualisation

Session coverage by guest blogger Ian Lo

Session Details 

  • Presented by Meead Saberi (LinkedIn)
  • Location: Room One
  • Time: Session #2 (11:40am - 12:15pm)
  • Number of Attendees: 21
  • Format: Presentation and Q&A

Meead is currently lecturing at Monash University and heads up their City Science team. He was formerly at the University of Chicago and University of Oregon.

Meead Saberi explaining a spatial visualisation 

Meead Saberi explaining a spatial visualisation 

Key points from the presentation:

  • Meead was first exposed to urban cycling at the University of Oregon

  • At Monash, he established “City Science” - using open data to create spatial visualisation

  • Changing Melbourne - growth of population in Melbourne from 2006-2011. 3.5million to 4 million people

    • Dot maps - each person is represented by one dot on the interactive maps

    • Mesh block level (the smallest possible unit)

    • Can scroll left to right to see the changes between 2006 and 2011

    • Graph plotting natural increase versus immigration to Australia over the years from 1990s to now, and in different states

  • 2011 Melbourne Ethnicity Dot Map

    • Shows that Melbourne is well-integrated, NOT segregated (unlike in Chicago, where the Whites gather in the north and Blacks in the South)

    • e.g. Springvale - more Asians; Dandenong - many other ethnicities

    • Ethnicity is determined by where your grandfather was born - e.g. if your grandfather was born in Italy, then your ethnicity is Italian; if your grandfather was born in Australia (even if your great-grandparent was born in Italy), your ethnicity is Australian

    • Categories: Australia & New Zealand, Western European, Eastern European, Asian, Middle Eastern, African, others