Wearable weather stations: Interface between Humans and Climate-Smart Cities

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Heatwaves in Australia are becoming more frequent and severe, killing more people than any other natural disaster. To mitigate the impact of heatwaves, this project aims to employ wearables to create human-centric knowledge on cities designed and inhabited in harmony with climate. Using an innovative Internet-of-Things approach, it aims to 1) develop wearable weather stations, 2) obtain unprecedented real-time climate data, and 3) determine the complex impact of urban heat on humans. The expected outcomes are crowdsourcing of urban climate and heat stress, and evidence-based guidelines to build climate-smart cities. Such outcomes provide significant benefits to planning and environmental health.


An ideal candidate is expected to have a background in engineering, data science, or environmental health, with a strong curiosity and knowledge in how IoT technologies, and particularly the huge amounts of temporal and spatial about people, buildings, cities, and climate, will change the way we design, operate, and inhabit the world around us. Basic understanding of computational thinking and some knowledge of programming languages such as Python are needed. Experience in heat stress assessment is desirable but not required.
Additionally, the successful candidate should demonstrate i) Academic Excellence, ii) Research Ability or Potential (relevant work experience, capacity for critical thinking and analysis, and initiatives), iii) Communication skills (written and oral), and iv) Interpersonal and Leadership Abilities.
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De Dear

University of Sydney
Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning