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. Naderivesal S, Kulik L, Bailey J. An effective and versatile distance measure for spatiotemporal trajectories. DATA MINING AND KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2019, Vol. 33, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1007/s10618-019-00615-5
  2. Correa O, Khan A, Tanin E, Kulik L, Kotagiri R. Congestion-Aware Ride-Sharing. ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems. Association for Computing Machinery. 2019, Vol. 5, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1145/3317639
  3. Kowsar Y, Velloso E, Kulik L, Leckie C. Demo: LiftSmart: A monitoring and warning wearable for weight trainers. the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and the 2019 ACM International Symposium. 2019. DOI: 10.1145/3341162.3343795
  4. Hashem T, Kulik L, Kotagiri R, Zhang R, Soma SC. Protecting privacy for distance and rank based group nearest neighbor queries. WORLD WIDE WEB-INTERNET AND WEB INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Springer. 2019, Vol. 22, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1007/s11280-018-0570-5
  5. Correa O, Tanin E, Kulik L, Kotagiri R. Activity-based ride-sharing in action. ACM International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems. ACM Press. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3274895.3274991
  6. Mirmomeni M, Kowsar Y, Kulik L, Bailey J. An automated matrix profile for mining consecutive repeats in time series. 15th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Springer Verlag. 2018, Vol. 11013 LNAI. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-97310-4_22
  7. Saha RR, Hashem T, Shahriar T, Kulik L. Continuous obstructed detour queries. 10th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2018). Schloss Dagstuhl. 2018, Vol. 114. DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.GIScience.2018.14
  8. Khan A, Kulik L, Tanin E, Hua H, Hashem T. Efficient Computation of the Optimal Accessible Location for a Group of Mobile Agents. ACM TRANSACTIONS ON SPATIAL ALGORITHMS AND SYSTEMS. Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2018, Vol. 4, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1145/3239124
  9. Xu Y, Qi J, Borovica-Gajic R, Kulik L. Finding all nearest neighbors with a single graph traversal. 23rd International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications. Springer Verlag. 2018, Vol. 10827 LNCS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-91452-7_15
  10. Ghane S, Kulik L, Kotagiri R. Publishing spatial histograms under differential privacy. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. ACM Press. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3221269.3223039
  11. Xie H, Kulik L, Tanin E, Zhang R, Kotagiri R, Karunasekera S, Qi J. Studying transportation problems with the SMARTS simulator. GIS: Proceedings of the ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3274895.3274939
  12. 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
  13. Naderivesal S, Kulik L, Bailey J. A fast and accurate index structure for spatiotemporal trajectories. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2017. DOI: 10.1145/3144457.3144497
  14. Xie H, Karunasekera S, Kulik L, Tanin E, Zhang R, Kotagiri R. A Simulation Study of Emergency Vehicle Prioritization in Intelligent Transportation Systems. 2017 IEEE 85TH VEHICULAR TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE (VTC SPRING). IEEE. 2017, Vol. 2017-June. DOI: 10.1109/VTCSpring.2017.8108282
  15. 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

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