- 29 JanDr. Nimish Biloria appointed as board member OCEAN Design Research Association
- 29 JanNext Generation Building special issue: info-matter, edited by Dr. Nimish Biloria and Matias Del Campo is out now.
- 27 JanFinal Review MSc1 Design Studio: EXPO 2025 (World Expo Rotterdam 2025)
- 26 JanHenriette Bier and Sina Mostafavi publish paper on Structural Optimization for Materially Informed D2RP
- 15 JanJoint PhD student Tiantian Du joins Hyperbody
- 12 Jan Henriette Bier and Sina Mostafavi discuss how robotic processes improve the built environment in Delta interview
- 04 JanFibrous Smart Material Topologies initiated by Dr. Nimish Biloria has received funding from 3TU.Bouw and will be implemented in collaboration with TU Eindhoven, U Twente and EURECAT
- 26 NovHyperbody MSc2 studios "Design To Robotic Production" and "Inter-Activating Environments" prototypes at exhibition "Synthetic 2015"
- 24 NovProf. Kas Oosterhuis will lecture at Dubai Chamber of Commerce on 24th of November at 13:30. The lecture is entitled: "Unchaining The Building Industry"
- 12 NovSocialGlass is among the selected projects to be presented at 'De Veranderende Stad' Exhibition in Amsterdam
Achilleas Psyllidis's project "ROUTE – Route Ontology of Urban Transportation Entities" wins the 1st Prize in the LD4SC-15 – Linked Open Data for Smart Cities Summer School.
The goal of the project was to generate and publish an existing large-scale open dataset as Linked Open Data, in order to be used more efficiently in several Smart City applications. In particular, the ROUTE project had as use case the open dataset of the Athens urban transportation network, provided by the OASA (Athens Urban Transport Organization), OSY (Road Transportation), and STASY (Urban Railways) companies. The data include the full network of stops and routes for bus, trolley, metro, subway, tram, and commuter rail, as well as the start- and endpoints, intermediate stops, and full timetable of all the aforementioned means of transport. They consist of approximately 2.1 million individual records, distributed across 9 different data subsets.
At present, these publicly available data comprise a 3-star dataset, based on the Tim Berners-Lee open data deployment scheme. Subsequently, they present several limitations in terms of applicability and further usability in Smart City applications. The goal was thus to upgrade them to a 5-star dataset, fulfilling all the Linked Data principles.
The ROUTE project followed the complete Linked Data cycle, from specification, to ontology-based data modeling, RDF triples generation, linking to external datasets, publication, and finally exploitation and use in semantic web applications for cities.
For the data modeling part, the Route Ontology of Urban Transportation Entities (ROUTE) was developed, comprising 261 Entities, reusing 2 existing ontologies, and aligned with 15 external structured vocabularies for Linked Data. The ontology formally describes public urban transportation routes. It also describes concepts pertinent to trip services, pickup and drop-off types, time intervals, frequency, geographical information about stops, among other related concepts. The ROUTE Ontology further offers multilingual support, as its main concepts and object properties are available in English, French, Greek, and Irish. Using ontology matching and alignment techniques it allowed for the establishment of links between the various data sets and facilitated the data mapping process. The result was the generation of approximately 4.6 million RDF triples that were published to the Linked Open Data Cloud (LOD Cloud).
The resulting triples were further linked to relevant open datasets, so as to allow the performance of complex queries. In this way, the data can provide more meaningful information for inclusion in Smart City applications, as well as for planning and decision-making purposes.
The project was developed in collaboration with Matthew Horrigan (PhD Candidate, University College Dublin), Oudom Kem (PhD Candidate, EMSE), and Diarmuid Ryan (Computer Scientist, University College Dublin).
The 1st Summer School on Smart Cities and Linked Open Data (LD4SC-15) targeted researchers and professionals from both industry and academia, with the goal of using Linked Open Data technologies in the domain of Smart Cities. It was the first one organized in this topic worldwide and was supported by the READY4SmartCities FP7 Coordination and Support Action. It was organized by the Ontology Engineering Group of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), the Information Technologies Institute (ITI), and was further sponsored by the SWIMing (Semantic Web for Information Modeling in Energy Efficient Buildings) H2020 project.
LD4SC-15 was held from June 7 to June 12, 2015 in Cercedilla, Madrid, Spain.