Short Bio

Flora Salim is a Senior Lecturer at the Computer Science and IT, School of Science, RMIT University. Her research interests are human mobility and behaviour analytics, context and activity recognition, and urban intelligence. She was awarded the Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Industry in 2012-2015 and the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence – Early Career Researcher 2016.

Dr. Salim has been awarded nationally competitive grants and numerous industry contracts, with the total amount awarded of over than $1M in the last 5 years. Her research in spatio-temporal data analytics, context recognition and behaviour recognition and prediction from sensor data has been evaluated across multiple projects, such as indoor monitoring and analytics in university and retail environments, driving behaviour recognition, road risk analysis, and passenger movement analysis in airports.

She leads the Context Recognition, Urban Sensing and Intelligence (CRUISE) research group.

Key Research Projects and Grants
  • Lead CI, Spatio-temporal Data Analytics for Situation Awareness in Airport Operations, $134,000 from Northrop Grumman Corporation, USA.
  • CI, Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant LP150100246, “Swarming: micro-flight data capture and analysis in architectural design”, 2015-2018, $223,436 from ARC,
  • Lead CI, “VizUrban”, $105,000 from AURIN (Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network), 2014-2015: Query and 3D visualization services for urban visual analytics. http://vizurban.com
  • CI, 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 CI, “Online Infrastructure for iCO2mmunity”, $490,442, RMIT, Siemens, Victorian Greener Government Building Fund, 2014-2016.
  • CI, “Innovative Road Safety Technologies”, Bouguettaya, Sellis, Song, Salim, funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, $110,000 over 2013-2016.
  • Lead CI, “Two Cities as a Living Lab”, IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Award 2010, from IBM Research Labs, USA
Awards
  • 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
  • Senior Lecturer, Computer Science and IT, School of Science, RMIT University, January 2016-current
  • 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
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, 2009-2012.
  • Research Fellow, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, Architecture & Design, RMIT, Oct 2008-July 2013
  • Associate Lecturer (sessional), Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, 2007-2008
  • Senior Software Engineer, mediaproxy pty ltd and Xenon Systems, Melbourne, 2003-2004
Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) at Monash University (Jun 2004–Aug 2008, conferred on 14 May 2009)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Reviewer for Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing, IEEE Trans. on Human Machine Systems, IEEE Trans. on Services Computing, IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Trans. on Cloud Computing, and IEEE Trans. on Knowledge and Data Engineering.
  • Organizing committee member of PerCom 2017, UIC 2015, MobiCASE 2015, ICPADS 2015, CoSDEO 2016, AwareCities 2016, and IEEE MDM 2016, Expert panellist in IEEE PerCom (A*).
  • Program committees of ACM MUM 2015, ISSNIP 2015, iiWAS 2015, ADC 2016.