Dr Martin Tomko

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: B304
  • Building: Engineering Block B
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Geographic Information Retrieval (annotation, search and retrieval, and ranking of spatially related data)
  • Spatial analytics (mobility analytics, spatial machine learning and AI)
  • Spatial data integration (spatial databases, spatial data quality)
  • Spatial databases (autonomous data cleaning and integration)
  • Spatial information science (spatial communication, retail analytics, cyber-physical-social systems, spatial recommender systems)
  • Spatial infrastructures (eResearch infrastructure in the spatial domain)

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I am a Lecturer in the discipline of Geomatics with research interests in the area of Spatial Information Science, urban structure and network analysis, spatial databases and geographic information retrieval. My research thus contributes to numerous areas of spatial cognitive engineering.  I have a broad experience in design, implementation and management of the technical aspects of large-scale geospatial infrastructures and data handling, such as the design and implementation of a strategic Australian eResearch portal AURIN - The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network's flagship product.

Recent publications

  1. Hamzei E, Li H, Vasardani M, Baldwin T, Winter S, Tomko M. Place questions and human-generated answers: A data analysis approach. Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development. 2020. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-14745-7_1
  2. Tomko M, Winter S. Beyond digital twins - A commentary. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING B-URBAN ANALYTICS AND CITY SCIENCE. Sage Publications. 2019, Vol. 46, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1177/2399808318816992
  3. Tomko M, Galang G, Bayliss C, Koetsier J, Greenwood P, Voorsluys W, Mannix D, Sarwar S, Widjaja I, Pettit C, Sinnott R. Designing Adaptable Spatial Cyberinfrastructure for Urban eResearch. CyberGIS for Geospatial Discovery and Innovation. 2019. Editors: Wang S, Goodchild MF. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-024-1531-5_4
  4. Winter S, Majic I, Naghi Zadeh Kakhki E, Tomko M. Discovery of topological constraints on spatial object classes using an extended topological model. Journal of Spatial Information Science. University of Maine. 2019, Issue 18. DOI: 10.5311/JOSIS.2019.18.459
  5. Winter S, Tomko M, Vasardani M, Richter K-F, Khoshelham K, Kalantari Soltanieh S. Infrastructure-Independent Indoor Localization and Navigation. ACM Computing Surveys. Association for Computing Machinery. 2019, Vol. 52, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1145/3321516
  6. Hamzei E, Winter S, Tomko M. Initial Analysis of Simple Where-Questions and Human-Generated Answers. 14th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2019). 2019, Vol. 142. DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.COSIT.2019.12
  7. Hamzei E, Winter S, Tomko M. Place facets: a systematic literature review. Spatial Cognition and Computation. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2019. DOI: 10.1080/13875868.2019.1688332
  8. Li H, Wang M, Baldwin T, Tomko M, Vasardani M. UniMelb at SemEval-2019 Task 12: Multi-model combination for toponym resolution. 13th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation. Association for Computational Linguistics. 2019. DOI: 10.18653/v1/s19-2231
  9. Moss R, Naghi Zadeh Kakhki E, Tomko M, Geard N. What can urban mobility data reveal about the spatial distribution of infection in a single city?. BMC Public Health. Biomed Central. 2019, Vol. 19, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-6968-x
  10. Adams B, Tomko M. A critical look at cryptogovernance of the real world: Challenges for spatial representation and uncertainty on the blockchain. Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, LIPIcs. 2018, Vol. 114. DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.GIScience.2018.18
  11. Chen H, Vasardani M, Winter S, Tomko M. A Graph Database Model for Knowledge Extracted from Place Descriptions. ISPRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEO-INFORMATION. 2018, Vol. 7, Issue 6. DOI: 10.3390/ijgi7060221
  12. Chen H, Vasardani M, Winter S, Tomko M. A Graph Database Model for Knowledge Extracted from Place Descriptions. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. MDPI AG. 2018, Vol. 7, Issue 6. DOI: 10.3390/ijgi7060221
  13. Ren Y, Tomko M, Salim FD, Chan J, Clarke CLA, Sanderson M. A Location-Query-Browse Graph for Contextual Recommendation. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON KNOWLEDGE AND DATA ENGINEERING. IEEE Computer Society. 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1109/TKDE.2017.2766059
  14. Wang Y, Winter S, Tomko M. Collaborative activity-based ridesharing. JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT GEOGRAPHY. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 72. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2018.08.013
  15. Naghi Zadeh Kakhki E, Chan J, Ren Y, Tomko M. Contextual Location Imputation for Confined WiFi Trajectories. 22nd Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD). Springer Verlag. 2018, Vol. 10938. Editors: Phung D, Tseng VS, Webb GI, Ho B, Ganji M, Rashidi L. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-93037-4_35

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