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. Saha RR, Hashem T, Shahriar T, Kulik L. Continuous obstructed detour queries. Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, LIPIcs. 2018, Vol. 114. DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.GIScience.2018.14
  2. Xu Y, Qi J, Borovica-Gajic R, Kulik L. Finding all nearest neighbors with a single graph traversal. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Springer Verlag. 2018, Vol. 10827 LNCS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-91452-7_15
  3. Hashem T, Kulik L, Kotagiri R, Zhang R, Soma SC. Protecting privacy for distance and rank based group nearest neighbor queries. World Wide Web. Springer. 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s11280-018-0570-5
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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. 7th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence (ISAI). Springer Verlag. 2017, Vol. 10091. Editors: Otake M, Kurahashi S, Ota Y, Satoh K, Bekki D. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-50953-2_25
  8. Correa O, Kotagiri R, Tanin E, Kulik L. From ride-sourcing to ride-sharing through hot-spots. 14th EAI International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MobiQuitous). 2017. DOI: 10.1145/3144457.3144483
  9. Rahman Khan AKMM, Correa O, Tanin E, Kulik L, Kotagiri R. Ride-sharing is About Agreeing on a Destination. GIS: Proceedings of the ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems. 2017, Vol. 2017-November. DOI: 10.1145/3139958.3139972
  10. 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
  11. Vedernikov O, Kulik L, Kotagiri R. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Optimal Route Planning. 18th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM). IEEE. 2017. DOI: 10.1109/MDM.2017.39
  12. 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
  13. Kowsar Y, Moshtaghi M, Furtado De Mendonca Moncores Velloso E, Kulik L, Leckie C. Detecting Unseen Anomalies in Weight Training Exercises. 28th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. Editors: Parker C. DOI: 10.1145/3010915.3010941
  14. Sultana N, Hashem T, Kulik L. Group meetup in the presence of obstacles. INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Pergamon. 2016, Vol. 61. DOI: 10.1016/
  15. 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

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