Comp Sci & IT, School of Science, RMIT University GPO BOX 2476 Melbourne VIC 3001 Australia

Flora Salim is an Associate Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She leads the Context Recognition and Urban Intelligence (CRUISE) group, working on context and behaviour recognition, time-series and spatio-temporal data mining, and applied machine learning (and deep learning) for smart cities, smart buildings, and smart mobility, using IoT, sensor, and multimodal data. She is a Deputy Director of the RMIT Centre for Information Discovery and Data Analytics. She is a Humboldt Fellow, awarded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is also a Victoria Fellow 2018, a highly-competitive merit-based award from the Victorian Government.

She is the recipient of the RMIT Award for Research Impact - Technology 2018. She received the RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence – Early Career Researcher in 2016. Previously, she was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Industry (APDI) Fellow in 2012-2015. Prior to that, she was a postdoc in Spatial Information Architecture Lab. She obtained her PhD from Monash University in 2009. Prior to her PhD, she was a Senior Software Engineer at mediaproxy.

She is an Editorial Board member (Area Editor) of Pervasive and Mobile Computing. She is an Associate Editor of the PACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), the journal publication of Ubicomp. 

Key Research Projects and Grants

Dr. Salim has been awarded two ARC linkage grants, a Discovery, and numerous national and international industry contracts, with the total amount awarded of over than $3M in the last 5 years, in collaboration with Microsoft, IBM, Northrop Grumman Corporations, Arup, City of Melbourne (CoM), Mornington Peninsula Shire (MPS), Siemens, Aurecon, and others. 

  • Lead Chief Investigator, a Smarter City and Suburb project with Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Co-Chief Investigator of Microsoft RMIT Cortana Intelligence Institute.
  • Lead Chief Investigator, Behaviour Analytics of Indoor Occupants to Optimise and Personalise Activity Based Working, a total of $200,000 from RMIT ECP Opportunity Funding and Arup.
  • Lead Chief Investigator, Spatio-temporal Data Analytics for Situation Awareness in Airport Operations, $134,000 from Northrop Grumman Corporation, USA.
  • Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant LP150100246, “Swarming: micro-flight data capture and analysis in architectural design”, 2015-2018, $223,436 from ARC,
  • Lead Chief Investigator, “VizUrban”, $105,000 from AURIN (Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network), 2014-2015: Query and 3D visualization services for urban visual analytics.
  • Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant LP120200305, “An Integrated and Real-time Passenger Travel and Public Transport Service Information System”, 2013-2016. $510,000 from ARC, $102,000 from ARUP.
  • Lead Chief Investigator, “Online Infrastructure for iCO2mmunity”, $490,442, RMIT, Siemens, Victorian Greener Government Building Fund, 2014-2016.
  • Chief Investigator, “Innovative Road Safety Technologies”, Bouguettaya, Sellis, Song, Salim, funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, $110,000 over 2013-2016.
  • Lead Chief Investigator, “Two Cities as a Living Lab”, IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Award 2010, from IBM Research Labs, USA
  • Humboldt Fellowship for experienced researchers, awarded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
  • Victoria Fellow 2018, awarded by veski (the Victorian Government).
  • RMIT Award for Research Impact - Technology 2018. 
  • 2016 RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence – Early Career Researcher.
  • 2014 Victorian State iAwards, for EnviS, the most innovative postgraduate student project, supervised by Dr. Salim.
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Research (Industry) Fellow, 2012-2015.
  • The recipient of the Ian Permezel Memorial Award 2010.
  • Google Anita Borg Scholarship Award – Finalist (2008)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) – PhD scholarship, DSTC Top-Up Scholarship
  • DSTC Best Thesis Award 2003, among all CS&IT Honours & Masters students in GO8 universities.
Employment History
  • Associate Professor, Computer Science and IT, School of Science, RMIT University, January 2019-current
  • Senior Lecturer, Computer Science and IT, School of Science, RMIT University, January 2016-December 2018 (inclusive of Career Interruption, Dec 2016-July 2017 due to carer responsibilities)
  • Lecturer, School of Computer Science and IT, RMIT University, January 2014-December 2015
  • Research Fellow, School of Computer Science and IT, RMIT University, August 2013- December 2013
  • Research Fellow, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, Architecture & Design, RMIT, Oct 2008-July 2013 (Inclusive of Career Interruption, Feb 2012-Dec 2012 due to carer responsibilities)
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, 2009-2012.
  • Associate Lecturer (sessional), Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, 2007-2008
  • Senior Software Engineer, mediaproxy pty ltd and Xenon Systems, Melbourne, 2003-2004
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) at Monash University (2005-2009). Research active period post PhD to 2019: 8+ years inclusive of career interruptions.
  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Computing at Monash University (Jun 2002 – Jul 2003), H1, WAM: 90/100
  • Bachelor of Computing at Monash University (July 2000 – June 2002)
Invited Talks
  • Invited Speaker and Panellist, Microsoft Faculty Summit 2019, Redmond, July 2019.
  • Panellist, Future of Transport, Panel Discussion, Deloitte Disruptive Tech Talk series, 22 May 2019.
  • Keynote speaker, 30 January 2019, Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW) 2019.
  • A talk on Smarter Cities and Transportation in the Ministry of Transport, Republic of Chile, July 2018.
  • Invited lecture, 13 March 2018, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Athens, Greece.
  • Invited lecture, 29 March 2018, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly (TEI of Thessaly), Larissa, Greece, hosted by A/Prof Leonidas Anthopoulos, funded by Erasmus.
  • Invited talk, 26 March 2018, CERTH - The Centre for Research & Technology, Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Invited seminar, Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, 15th March 2018.
  • Invited talk, Communication Technology group, Universität Kassel, Germany, 14th March 2018, hosted by Prof David Klaus.
  • Invited seminar, Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences, Bamberg University, Germany, 13th March 2018, hosted by Prof Daniela Nicklas, Chair of Mobile Systems.
  • Invited talk, Database Systems and Data Mining Group, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany, hosted by Prof Hans-Peter Kriegel, Head of the Database Systems and Data Mining group. 
  • Invited talk, Centre for Research in Mathematics, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Western Sydney, October 2017, hosted by A/Prof Oliver Obst.
  • Invited talk, Department of Communications and Networking, School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland, August 2017, hosted by Dr Stephan Sigg. 
  • Keynote Talk in a Seminar held for members of Chinese Government's Ministry of Transportation, October 2016
  • A Panel Member in IEEE PerCom 2016 (A* conference) on Panel Discussion "Smart Cities: Intelligent Environments and Dumb People", chaired by Prof Franco Zambonelli, March 2016.
  • Australian Institute of Urban Studies (AIUS) NSW Division’s City Briefings, July 2015
  • School of Information Technology, Deakin University, June 2015
  • Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies, University of Adelaide, January 2015
  • A keynote speaker at Light Rail Symposium 2013, ARUP Australasia.
  • A keynote speaker in “Transiting Cities” symposium held by Office of Urban Transformation Research (OUTR) in collaboration with Latrobe City Council
  • A speaker and panellist in Melbourne Conversations, 28 Oct 2013, with Anthony Funnell from ABC Radio National (RN), Future Tense program, on “Convergence: A New Paradigm for Thinking About Cities”, broadcasted by ABC.
  • Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Crime Prevention through environmental design in Victoria, Nov 2012.
  • SmartGeometry International Conference 2010.
Professional Activities
  • An Editorial Board member (Area Editor) of Pervasive and Mobile Computing.
  • An Associate Editor of the PACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), the journal publication of Ubicomp. 
  • An expert member of IEA EBC (International Energy Agency's Energy in Buildings and Communities programme) Annex 79. 
  • Recently served as a TPC Vice-Chair of IEEE PerCom 2018
  • An expert committee of the JPI Urban Europe and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) calls on Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas, 2018.
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Grant Assessor Since 2012.
  • Reviewer for IEEE Trans. on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Trans. on Neural Network and Learning Systems, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, IEEE Trans. on Human Machine Systems, IEEE Trans. on Services Computing, IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Trans. on Cloud Computing.
  • Organizing committee member of UbiComp 2019, SenSys/BuildSys 2019, PerCom 2018, PerCom 2017, UIC 2015, MobiCASE 2015, ICPADS 2015, CoSDEO 2016, AwareCities 2016, and IEEE MDM 2016.
  • Recent Program committees roles: IJCAI 2019, IJCAI 2018, PerCom 2020, PerCom 2019, PerCom 2018.

Journal Review and Editorial history: Publons Profile Page

Research Areas
Pervasive Computing
Ubiquitous computing
Spatio-temporal analytics
Urban computing
Human mobility analysis
Big data analytics
Data mining & knowledge discovery
Crowdsourcing & Crowdsensing
Internet of Things
Intelligent Transportation Systems