Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences
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Biography

I hold a Ph.D. in Interactive Arts and Technology with my research on fear of crime using simulations and virtual environments. I had postdoctoral positions in the research group of Modelling of Complex Social Systems and at the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies.

Dr. Park’s research program focuses on developing interactive data analytics and visual analytics to investigate social problems including crimes, fear/perception of crime, cyber security, public safety, crowd control, fire egress, and terrorism. His research utilizes interactive two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) visualization techniques to discover patterns and trends of both physical and cybercrimes and simulate behaviours of criminals, crowd, old people, police, and terrorists in realistic 3D virtual environments for devising strategies and tactics. Many of his research projects deal with big data (crime data, Darkweb forum data, AIS data, etc.) and analyze/visualize them using state-of-art techniques (AI/machine learning, Social Network Analysis, Visual Analytics, etc.).

Research & Scholarship

Funded Research (Selected)

Title: Developing an Interactive Framework and Crime Analytics for Public Safety Using the City of Vancouver as a Model

Funding: Insight Development Grant

Period: 2019-2022

Role: Principal Investigator

Title: Detecting Vulnerable Areas against Terrorists' Attacks

Funding: Mitacs Globalink Internship Program

Period: Summer 2019

Role: Supervisor

Title: Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation of Police Strategy for Crowd Control

Funding: Mitacs Globalink Internship Program

Period: Summer 2016

Role: Supervisor

Title: Management Tool for Major Crowd Disruptions Resulting from Terrorist Acts Using a Virtual Environment Model.

Funding: TSAS (Terrorism, Security, and Society) Research Grant

Period: 2013-2014

Role: Co-Investigator

Education

  • Ph.D. (Interactive Arts and Technology), 2008, Simon Fraser University.
  • M.Sc. (Computer Science), 1998, Loyola University Chicago.
  • B.Sc. (Mathematics), 1993, Sogang University Seoul.
  • B.Sc. (Physics), 1991, Sogang University Seoul.

Awards & Honors

  • Research Training Recognition Fund, Thompson Rivers University, 2019
  • Research Training Recognition Fund, Thompson Rivers University, 2018
  • TRU World Internal Fund, Thompson Rivers University, 2015 (paid directly to my research assistant)
  • TRU World Internal Research Fund, Thompson Rivers University, 2014
  • Internal Research Fund Grant, Thompson Rivers University, 2013-2014
  • Research Enhancement Fund, Thompson Rivers University, 2011-2012
  • MITACS-Accelerate Stipend, Simon Fraser University, 2010-2011
  • President’s Ph.D. Research Stipends, Simon Fraser University, 2006
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, 2005
  • Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, 2004 & 2006

Recent Publications

Selected Publications:

R. McBride, V. Nguyen, V. Spicer, J. Song, A. J. Park, and H. H. Tsang, "Investigating Historical Crime Importance in Vancouver via Temporal-Spatial Crime Pattern Theory", in 2021 Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC), Virtual (2021)

R. Ficocelli, A. Park, L. Patterson, F. Doditch, V. Spicer, J. Song, and H. H. Tsang, "Voice Command Based Crowd Control Training System with Various Police Formations", in 2021 Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC), Virtual (2021).

A. J. Park and S. Z. Stamato, “Social Network Analysis of Global Transshipment: A Framework for Discovering Illegal Fishing Networks.” International Symposium on Foundations of Open Source Intelligence and Security Informatics 2020, Virtual (2020).

S. Stamato and A. J. Park, “Static and Dynamic Social Network Models for the Analysis of Transshipment in Illegal Fishing.” GTA 4.0: The 4th Workshop on Graph Techniques for Adversarial Activity Analytics, Virtual (2020).

A. J. Park, R. Ficocelli, L. D. Patterson, V. Spicer, H. H. Tsang “Testing Various Riot Control Police Formations through Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation.” IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference 2020, Virtual (2020).

R. Ficocelli, A. J. Park, L. D. Patterson, V. Spicer, and H. H. Tsang, F. Dodich, “Crowd Management of Honda Celebration of Light Using Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation.”  Future Technologies 2020, Vancouver, BC (2020).

A. J. Park, R. Ficocelli, L. D. Patterson, V. Spicer, H. H. Tsang, and J. Song, “Devising and Optimizing Crowd Control Strategies Using Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation.”  IEEE European Intelligence and Security Informatics 2019, Oulu, Finland (2019).

A. J. Park and K. Vedantham. “Detecting Possible Lone Wolf Terrorist's Locations.” IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference 2019, Vancouver, BC (2019).

A. J. Park, R. Ficocelli, G. Han, H. H. Tsang, V. Spicer, and E. Hwang. “Agent-Based Behavioral Model and Simulation of Fire Egress.” IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference 2019, Vancouver, BC (2019).

A. J. Park, K. Behiels, V. Spicer, J. Song, and H. H. H. Tsang. “Discovering Crime Trends and Patterns Using Three-Dimensional Visual Analytics.” IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference 2019, Vancouver, BC (2019).

J. Song, V. Spicer, A. J. Park, H. H. Tsang, and P. L. Brantingham. “Computational Method for Identifying the Boundaries of Crime with Street Profile and Discrete Calculus.” International Symposium on Foundations of Open Source Intelligence and Security Informatics 2019, Vancouver, Canada (2019).

Affiliations & Memberships

  • National member of International CyberCrime Research Centre
  • Senior Research Affiliate of TSAS (Terrorism, Security, and Society)
  • Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Expertise

  • Interactive Information Visualization and Visual Analytics on Big Data
  • Virtual Environments for Social Science Research (Criminology and Gerontology)
  • Human-Computer Interaction for Virtual Environments
  • Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation for Counter-Terrorism, Crowd Control, and Fire Egress
  • Social Network Analysis and Visualization (AIS and Darkweb)
  • Computational Criminology (Fear of Crime and CPTED)

Courses Taught

CMPT 166 (Introduction to Computing Science and Programming II)

CMPT 231 (Data Structures and Algorithms)

CMPT 401 (Special Topics: Virtual Reality)