A/PROF Allison Kealy

A/PROF Allison Kealy


  • Positioning (Sensor fusion, ubiquitous positioning, localization in wireless sensor networks)
  • Satellite Positioning Systems (Quality Control for CORS GNSS networks and GNSS for weather forecasting)



  • Dr Alison Kealy is a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

    Dr Kealy has been a researcher in sensor fusion and satellite positioning systems for almost two decades. The new models and algorithms for measurement integration developed in her PhD research have been published internationally and implemented as part of a commercial mobile mapping system for Queensland Rail, Australia. Dr Kealy has since refined these models to include measurements from other satellite and terrestrial sensors. These results have been integrated into the Geodetic strategy for the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). 

    Dr Kealy is currently a collaborator with DSE on a project in integrated positioning solutions for wireless sensor networks ($50,000). CI Kealy recently completed an ARC Linkage grant ($800,000) awarded collaboratively with RMIT University, University of New South Wales and DSE. The results of this project are currently under evaluation across the Victorian regional network of GPS reference stations. 

    CI Kealy was also part of two research teams awarded funding from the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRC-SI). One project investigated the fusion of data of different quality ($300,000) and the other quality control for CORS networks ($250,000). CI Kealy hold a current ARC International Linkage Grant (2008-2010) with international experts at The University of Nottingham, UK and Vienna University of Technology, Austria respectively. CI Kealy was also an expert adviser to Air Services Australia on their GPS Ground-based Regional Augmentation System (GRAS) and has implemented a near real-time, GPS based weather forecasting system under evaluation by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.   


Member of

  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute. Member 2009 -
  • International Association of Geodesy. Member 2000 -
  • Institute of Navigation. Member 1999 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2013-2015: M. Duckham, A. Kealy, W. Moran, K. Tolhurst, C. Vecchiola, A. Rawlinson, L. Smarr, S. Harris and J. von Kaenel, 'RISER: resilient information systems for emergency response', ARC LInkage Project with IBM Australia, Fire Services Commissioner Victoria, University of California San Diego, Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, Australian Research Council, ARC funding $510K

    2012: A. Kealy, 'Responding to disasters using robust sensing technologies', Global Engagement Strategic Mobility Grants Scheme, University of Melbourne with University of California, San Diego, $3K

    2010: A. Kealy, 'Wireless infrastructure for improving road safety', collaboration with The University of New South Wales & AUSTROADS, Research Collaboration Grant, University of Melbourne, $19,856

    2008: A. Kealy and I. Grant, 'Improving Australia's weather prediction models by integrating estimates of atmospheric water vapor derived from regional GPS networks', Joint Research Project with Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, University of Melbourne, $10K

    2007: M. Duckham, A. Kealy and G. Stoneham, 'Decentralized spatiotemporal queries to support environmental conservation contracts', Joint Research Project with Dept of Sustainability and Environment, Australia, University of Melbourne, $14K



Education and training

  • GradCert, University of Melbourne 2006
  • PhD, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 1996
  • BSc, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus 1991



Available for supervision

  • Y