Professor Lars Kulik

Research interests

  • Sensor Networks, Mobile Computing, Location Privacy, Spatial Algorithms, Spatial Data Mining

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I am a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. I lead the Data & Society Program of the Melbourne School of Engineering. From 2013 to 2015, I was Deputy Head of the department. My overall research goal is to integrate spatial information into pervasive computing systems that anticipate, adapt and respond to the needs of users, and provide services based on the user's location and context. My research focuses on spatial algorithms in pervasive computing environments, efficient algorithms for moving object databases, fast search techniques for spatial data mining and databases, effective methods for safeguarding data privacy, information dissemination algorithms in sensor networks, algorithms for navigation and map matching, as well as robust methods that can cope with uncertainty, especially in the context of mobile computing. I serve on the editorial board of the journal GeoInformatica and the Journal of Location-based Services. Before joining the University of Melbourne in 2004, I was an associate graduate faculty researcher in the Department of Spatial Information Science and Engineering, University of Maine. I completed my PhD in the Department of Informatics at the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2002.

Recent publications

  1. Maiti S, Winter S, Kulik L. A conceptualization of vehicle platoons and platoon operations. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART C-EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 80. DOI: 10.1016/j.trc.2017.04.005
  2. Naghi Zadeh Kakhki E, Bailey J, Kulik L, Tanin E. Challenges of differentially private release of data under an open-world assumption. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2017, Vol. Part F128636. DOI: 10.1145/3085504.3085531
  3. Liang Z, Liu W, Ploderer B, Bailey J, Kulik L, Li Y. Designing intelligent sleep analysis systems for automated contextual exploration on personal sleep-tracking data. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Springer Verlag. 2017, Vol. 10091 LNCS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-50953-2_25
  4. Kotagiri R, Xie H, Kulik L, Karunasekera S, Tanin E, Zhang R, Bin Khunayn E. SMARTS: Scalable Microscopic Adaptive Road Traffic Simulator. ACM TRANSACTIONS ON INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY. ACM Press. 2017, Vol. 8, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1145/2898363
  5. Vedernikov O, Kulik L, Kotagiri R. The hitchhiker's guide to the optimal route planning. Proceedings - 18th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management, MDM 2017. 2017. DOI: 10.1109/MDM.2017.39
  6. Li H, Kulik L, Kotagiri R. Automatic Generation and Validation of Road Maps from GPS Trajectory Data Sets. 25th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016, Vol. 24-28-October-2016. DOI: 10.1145/2983323.2983797
  7. Kowsar Y, Moshtaghi M, Velloso E, Kulik L, Leckie C. Detecting unseen anomalies in weight training exercises. 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OzCHI). 2016. DOI: 10.1145/3010915.3010941
  8. Sultana N, Hashem T, Kulik L. Group meetup in the presence of obstacles. INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Pergamon. 2016, Vol. 61. DOI: 10.1016/
  9. Mustafizur AKM, Khan R, Kulik L, Tanin E. Location Privacy for Group Meetups. 24TH ACM SIGSPATIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. Editors: Ali M, Newsam S, Ravada S, Renz M, Trajcevski G. DOI: 10.1145/2996913.2996966
  10. Quattrone A, Kulik L, Tanin E. Mining City-Wide Encounters in Real-Time. 24TH ACM SIGSPATIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. Editors: Ali M, Newsam S, Ravada S, Renz M, Trajcevski G. DOI: 10.1145/2996913.2996995
  11. Waycott J, Vetere F, Pedell S, Morgans A, Ozanne E, Kulik L. Not For Me: Older Adults Choosing Not to Participate in a Social Isolation Intervention. 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI4GOOD). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2858036.2858458
  12. Hossain A, Quattrone A, Tanin E, Kulik L. On the Effectiveness of Removing Location Information from Trajectory Data for Preserving Location Privacy. 9th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/3003965.3003966
  13. Goel P, Kulik L, Kotagiri R. Privacy-Aware Dynamic Ride Sharing. ACM TRANSACTIONS ON SPATIAL ALGORITHMS AND SYSTEMS. Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016, Vol. 2, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1145/2845080
  14. Bhattacharya T, Kulik L, Bailey J. Real time autonomous point of interest mining through ambient smartphone sensing. 13th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MOBIQUITOUS). 2016, Vol. 28-November-2016. DOI: 10.1145/2994374.2994380
  15. Liang Z, Ploderer B, Liu W, Nagata Y, Bailey J, Kulik L, Li Y. SleepExplorer: a visualization tool to make sense of correlations between personal sleep data and contextual factors. PERSONAL AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING. Springer-Verlag London. 2016, Vol. 20, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-016-0960-6

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