Prof. John Shi, Head of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI), has been appointed Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Urban Informatics under the University’s Endowed Professorship Scheme for 5 years from 2019 to 2023. He is also the Director of the Laboratory for Smart City and Spatial Big Data Analytics at PolyU. He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Osnabruck in Vechta, Germany in 1994.

Prof. Shi’s current research interests are in the areas of geographic information science (GISci), remote sensing and urban informatics, with a focus on analytics and quality control for spatial big data, object extraction and change detection from satellite images and LiDAR data, integrated indoor mapping technology, 3D and dynamic GISci modelling, and Smart City applications. He has published more than 250 journal articles (with 190 SCI papers) and 15 books. He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including an award from the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and a Natural Science Award from the State Council of China.

An initiative of PolyU to honour distinguished scholars for their outstanding academic and research achievements, the Endowed Professorship Scheme provides philanthropists with the unique opportunity to advance scholarly endeavours in a discipline of their choice for the benefit of the community.

Prof. Shi

Prof. Shi