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PROF Lars Kulik


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



  • 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.   


Member of

  • Association for Computing Machinery. ACM 2006 -


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2013-2015: S. Winter, M. Savelsbergh, M. Wallace, L. Kulik, R. Kotagiri, R. Thompson and C. Duffield, 'Integrated Mobility on Demand in urban transport infrastructures', ARC LInkage Project with VicRoads, Yarra Trams, Haasz technology Pty Ltd, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Limited, Victorian Department of Transport, Australian Research Council, ARC funding 330K

    2012-2014: F. Vetere, E. Ozanne and L. Kulik, 'Growing old and staying connected: touch screen technology for ameliorating older people's
    experience of social isolation', ARC Linkage Project with Alliance Perpetual and Benetas, Australian Research Council, ARC funding $195K

    2012: F. Vetere and L. Kulik, 'Getting well and being present', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES), University of Melbourne, $50K

    2010: F. Vetere, E. Ozanne and L. Kulik, 'Mobile and broadband technologies for ameliorating social isolation in older people', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES), University of Melbourne 
    2010: S. Winter, M. Duckham and L. Kulik, 'Cognitive engineering in navigation assistance: Granularity, relevance, integration', Group of Eight & DAAD Australian-German Research Cooperation Scheme with University of Bremen, Germany, University of Melbourne, $10K



Education and training

  • Dr. rer. nat., University of Hamburg 2002
  • Diplom (MSc), University of Hamburg 1996
  • Vordiplom, University of Hamburg 1991
  • Zwischenpruefung, University of Hamburg 1990

Awards and honors

  • Teaching Award, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, 2006
  • Best paper award, International Conference Spatial Cognition 2006, 2006
  • Best paper and presentation award, COSIT 2003, 2003



Available for supervision

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