Personal details

Name
Dr Alan Woodley
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer Software Development
Faculty of Science,
School of Computer Science
Discipline *
Computation Theory and Mathematics, Communication and Media Studies
Phone
+61 7 3138 0522
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval

Keywords

Data Science, Data Mining, Information Retrieval, Sustainability, Natural Language Processing, Environmental Management, Water, Energy and Land Nexus, Resources, Mining

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr. Alan Woodley is the leader of the Spatial Informatics Laboratory and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science. He has a background in data and computer science with a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Ph.D. from QUT.

Research

His research has focussed on applying efficient ‘big data’ solutions covering data analytics, computational modeling, and visualisation. His work has been applied to the mining and environmental domains and has developed research frameworks and tools to improve industrial sustainability and to bridge the social-technical divide. He has obtained research funding of over 3 million dollars and published over 60 articles.

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Certificate in New Ventures Leadership, MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, 2018
  • Queensland University of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy, 2008
  • Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons),  2003
  • Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Information Technology,  2003

Experience

  • Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, 2018 – Current
  • Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, 2018 – 2019
  • Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, 2017
  • Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, 2014 – 2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, 2008 – 2014

Current Roles

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science, Faculty of Science
  • Associate Investigator, Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy
  • Associate Investigator, Australian Data Science Centre
  • Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers

 

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Teaching

Dr. Woodley has taught classes ranging from 100 – 600 students, in university and professional development context. Recent teaching includes:

He has also taught professional development classes teaching the Minerals Council of Australia’s Water Accounting Framework to representatives from mining companies (BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo America, Glencore, MMG), consultants, government agencies and others.

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Experience

Dr. Woodley has spent over the past decade working with industry, Some of his success stories include working with:

  • The Yarrabilba community, Lendlease and Food Agility CRC to produce a community compost application.
  • Working with the Bonneville Power Association, a subsidiary of the US Department of Energy,  to produce a salmon monitoring tool.
  • The Queensland government and Frontier-SI to produce a high-dimensional  land change application.
  •  Represents of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia to work with data analytics of remote sensing algorithms.
  • Working with representatives of resource industry to help with their water issues.
This information has been contributed by Dr Alan Woodley.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2021
Details
Awarded $584 from the Food Agility CRC for the development of a Circular Food Economy Digital Framework. Our goal is to build an app for them.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2021
Details
Funding of $149K from the Bonneville Power Administration (a subsidiary of the US Department of Energy) for the project "Analysis of Spatial Stream Networks for Salmonids: Phase 2".This project required us to develop an open source version of our system.
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2018
Details
Awarded a prestigious 3-year Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowship in Digitial Agriculture. The Fellowship will join together farm sensors, computational models, and visualizations. The Fellowship will explore how uncertainty is passed from sensors to models and how models can better deal with streaming data.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2017
Details
Funding of $200K from the CRC for Spatial Information (Category 4: Australian Competitive Grant) for the project "Change Detection System from High-Resolution Satellite Images (CDS)". The project uses high resolution (<3m^2) images to detected anthropogenic changes to land use. The project partners include the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Department of Environment and Science and The University of Queensland.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2017
Details
Funding of $173K from the Bonneville Power Administration(a subsidiary of the US Department of Energy) for the project "Automated Fish Density Tool". The BPA supplied low emissions energy, mostly from hydroelectric power plants. The project will model, predict and visualize fish population in the North West United States. The project partners include the National Marine Mammal Lab of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the US Forest Service.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2013
Details
Funding of $75K from the Australian Coal Association Research Program (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grant) for the project "Scoping Study for the Development of an Industry Rehabilitation and Closure Knowledge Management System". The project investigated a number of management systems and determined that a Wiki system would provide the capability to best capture informal knowledge and link together existing tools. Based on this project a further proposal was submitted to ACARP to produce such a system. To access the final report please visit http://www.acarp.com.au/abstracts.aspx?repId=C23023.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2012
Details
Funding of $650K ($620K external plus $30K in-kind) for the project "Managing the Impacts of Minerals Development on Women and Men and their Traditional Livelihoods in Mongolia" from AusAid's flagship research program the Development Research Awards Scheme (Category 1 Australian Competitive Grants). The project investigated the socio-environmental impacts on traditional livelihoods on men and women from large scale mining in Mongolia and identified safeguards to mitigate negative impacts. For more information please visit : https://www.csrm.uq.edu.au/mongolia/adra-home
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2011
Details
Funding of $278K from the Australian Coal Association Research Program (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grant) for the project "Coal seam gas, coal and agriculture: water implications". The project identified water-related issues within the coal mining, CSG and agriculture sectors; explored the regional character of these issues; identified cross-sector risks to the coal mining industry and generated a spatial data product that located where competition and conflict were most intense between these sectors.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2011
Details
Funding of $293K from the Australian Coal Association Research Program (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grant) for the project Managing Mine Water Under Extreme Climate Variability". The project modelled how effectively a mine water system would perform under the extreme climate scenario of high rainfall and potential flooding.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2011
Details
Funding of $232K ($ 195K of external funding plus $37K in-kind)) for the research project "Modelling the Water, Energy and Economic Nexus" from the Australian Coal Research Program (Category 1 Australian Competitive Grants). The project developed a hierarchical system model (HSM) that represented the use of water and energy, and the generation of emissions from mine sites, and modeled their associated social, environmental and company risks.

For access to the HSM code please visit http://cwimi-tools.smi.uq.edu.au/hsm/
To access the final report visit: http://www.acarp.com.au/abstracts.aspx?repId=c21033.

Publications

Keir, Greg, Roux, Estelle, & Woodley, Alan (2014) An integrated modelling and risk analysis tool for mine water interactions. In McIntyre, Neil & Wiertz, Jacques (Eds.) Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Water Managemen

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • MULTIMODAL DATA FUSION OF REMOTE SENSING AND SOCIAL MEDIA USING MACHINE LEARNING FOR NATURAL DISASTER DETECTION AND ASSESSMENT
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Dimitri Perrin
  • Predicting regional cropping preferences using spatial twitter sentiment analysis
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Richi Nayak