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Prof. John W.Z. Shi
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Prof. John W.Z. SHI

DoSCRI & Chair Professor of Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing


Research Overview

GISci, remote sensing and urban informatics, with focusing 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.

Teaching areas

Geographical Information Systems Concepts and Principles, Advanced Geographical Information Systems, Design and Development of Geographical Information Systems.

Education and Academic Qualifications

Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Urban Informatics
Chair Professor in GISci and Remote Sensing
Director of PolyU-Shenzhen Technology and Innovation Research Institute (Futian)
Director of Smart Cities Research Institute
Head of Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics

Professional Qualifications

  • Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Academic and Professional Experiences


Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors


Academician, International Eurasian Academy of Sciences


Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors(UK)


Science and Technology Progress Award in Surveying and Mapping (Grand Award), by Chinese Society for Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation(as primary contributor)


The Wang Zhizhuo Award, by International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


Distinguished Alumina of Wuhan University


Award of Innovative Publication Engineering, by General Administration of Press and Publication of China (as primary contributor)


National Natural Science Award (Second-class), by the State Council of China (as the primary contributor)


Progress Award in Science and Technology (First-class, as the third contributor), by Ministry of Education, China


Award of Chang Jiang Scholars, Chair Professor, by Ministry of Education, China


ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in GIS (as the first contributor), by American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


Distinguished Young Scholar Fund (B), by National Natural Science Foundation, China

2007     and 1998

The President’s Award for Outstanding Performance/Achievement (one of the three awardees selected from over 1000 faculty members in 2007)

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