Stakeholder Engagement in Future Proofing Urban Infrastructure Systems


Environment quality (air pollutant concentrations, temperatures, relative humidity, lighting, sound level, odour, outside view, visual amenities, acoustic, connection to nature) affect physical wellbeing, psychological wellbeing and productivity. This project will employ IoT and wearable sensors via mobile apps to investigate the effects of environmental quality on humans. Two current topics are:

  • Connection to nature in workplace design: How indoor plants affects occupants' productivity in two work environments, one with indoor plants and one without.
  • Exposure to PM2.5 during active transport modes (non-motorised forms of transport involving physical activity, such as walking and cycling): Measuring PM2.5 concentrations along some transport routes in Melbourne

Aims and Activities

The main objectives of the collaborative workshops are:

  • To raise awareness that there is an opportunity to create living laboratories within the University’s refurbished and new buildings/capital assets.
  • To create a common platform to further explore these opportunities and define meaningful research projects that demonstrate the University’s ability to use cutting edge technology.
  • To bring together stakeholders within the University and potential industry partners to identify national and international funding opportunities.

Project Team

Professor Lu Aye, Academic, Infrastructure Engineering

Dr Hing-wah Chau,Academic, Architecture, Building and Planning

Dr Felix Hui, Senior Lecturer, Infrastructure Engineering

Alex Kennedy, School of Engineering

Sareh Naji, Engineering Lead, Office of Projects Victoria

Maria Panagiotido, PhD candidate, Department of Infrastructure Engineering

Alessandra Yokota, PhD candidate, Department of Infrastructure Engineering

Dr Jenny Zhou, Academic, Engineering