Three digital shows in three libraries focus on research

Digital wall exhibitions at three libraries are sharing and promoting multi-disciplinary Monash research to students and other Library users.

Visit the libraries to see the digital exhibitions and pick up a postcard to learn more about each featured research project.

Elwood 2062

At the Sir Louis Matheson Library at Clayton, the striking Elwood 2062 exhibition showcases the work of the Collaborative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) Research Team to develop better measures to address the vulnerability of cities to flood hazards due to population growth, increasing urban density and a changing climate.

The Elwood 2062 video presents two scenarios of a heavy rain storm event. The first is a worst-case scenario in which we continue with our current practices and do not adapt to future challenges. The second is of a vibrant, connected and self-sufficient Elwood that celebrates its healthy and beautiful environment, uses water and other resources efficiently, and is resilient to natural hazards.

Economics and light

Meanwhile at Caulfield Library, two ongoing economics research programs are featured on the digital wall, in a dramatic 3D video of the earth from space. The research, conducted by Dr Paul Raschky and others of the Monash Business School in collaboration with the University of St. Gallen, uses NASA satellite data and IP addresses to determine economic activity and social and political phenomena across the globe.

The first, Measuring Human Economic Behaviour from Outer Space, uses satellite data on night-time light intensity to measure economic activity at the subnational level. This data can be used to map the local effects of political and economic developments or activities.

The second research project, The Internet as Quantitative Social Science Platform: Insights from a Trillion Observations, is based on three years’ work using the Australian Synchrotron’s MASSIVE and Nectar computing facility to process more than one trillion observations of whether computers around the world were online or offline. Find out more at

Visual perception

The third Library digital exhibition, From noise to meaning: how visual information makes sense, is on show at the Hargrave-Andrew Library, at Clayton.

It is the work of Dr Elizabeth Zavitz, a research fellow from the Department of Physiology (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences). The exhibition illustrates how different types of visual information combine to produce our perceptual experience. Dr Zavitz, who studies the brain from a computational perspective, explains the things we end up seeing are not only constrained, but constrained in very predictable ways.

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