Professor Marcus Foth

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Professor Marcus Foth

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Participatory Visualisation and Assessment of Risks: A Crowdsourcing

Professor Marcus Foth, Director, Urban Informatics, Queensland University of Technology


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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. What is urban informatics?
  2. What is volunteered geographic information?
  3. What are the benefits for the insurance sector?
  4. What are the benefits for state and local government?
  5. What are the benefits for the insured / the community?

Target Audience

Insurance sector, academics, researchers, spatial information practitioners, government / public servants, policy makers

Presentation Overview

This presentation provides an overview of a new study that explores crowdsourcing as a way to complement risk assessment in the insurance sector. The aim of our study is to pioneer and evaluate innovative interaction and visualisation approaches that allow the insurance sector to include social media and crowdsourced data for risk identification and assessment. This data, combined with traditional risk assessment information, is a promising source of information, offering time-critical insights into emerging hazards and threats. The study delivers methods and tools to crowdsource data from contributors through sensing and active sharing, as well as novel interaction and visualisation approaches that aid in the analysis of the resulting data. The study will benefit both the insurers and the insured by making non-traditional data sources available for risk assessment and prevention.


Professor Marcus Foth is founder and director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, Research Leader of the School of Design, and Professor in Interactive & Visual Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

Marcus’ research focuses on the relationships between people, place and technology. He leads a cross-disciplinary team that develops practical approaches to complex urban problems. He adopts human-computer interaction and design methodologies to build engagement around emerging issues facing our cities. Marcus has received over $4 million in national competitive grants and industry funding.

He received a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2013, and was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology. Marcus has authored and coauthored over 140 publications in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings.

He is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics (IGI 2009), co-author of Action Research and New Media (Hampton Press 2009), co-editor of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press 2011), Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing HumanComputer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions (MIT Press 2014), and Citizen’s Right to the Digital City (Springer, 2016).