2020

  • October 8: Congratulations to Ying Li for successfully defending her PhD thesis with Category A. Ying’s Ph.D. thesis is entitled “Deep Learning for 3D Information Extraction from Indoor and Outdoor Point Clouds”. The Thesis Examining Committee was chaired by A/Prof. Dr. Robin Duncan from the Department of Kinesiology and included Prof. Dr. Derek Lichti (external examiner) from the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary, A/Prof. Dr. Linlin Xu (internal/external) from the Department of Systems Design Engineering (internal/external), Prof. Dr. Michael A. Chapman from the Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University, Prof. Dr. Richard Kelly from the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, as well Ying’s co-supervisors Prof. Dr. Jonathan Li and A/Prof. Dongpu Cao from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. As a recipient of the CSC scholarship from Wuhan University, Ying joined our Geospatial Sensing and Data Intelligence Group in September 2017 and she has published three refereed journal articles as well as a few conference papers in IGARSS and ISPRS, including Li Y et al, 2020. Deep learning for LiDAR point clouds in autonomous driving: A review, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, doi:10.1109/TNNLS.2020.3015992; Li Y et al, 2020. GRNet: Geometric relation network for 3D object detection from point clouds, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 165, 43-53; Li Y et al, 2020. TGNet: Geometric graph CNN on 3D point cloud segmentation, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 58(5), 3588-3600; Li Y et al, 2020. 3D object detection from frustum indoor and outdoor point clouds, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, PHOTO-D-20-00997, submitted 27Aug2020 and under review. Ying completed her PhD program within 3 year and defended her thesis one year earlier than planned. Well done, congratulations!
  • September 8: Welcome the following five new graduate students joining our Geospatial Sensing and Data Intelligence Group: Lanying (Bella) Wang, who received a M.Sc. degree in geomatics from the University of Waterloo. She will pursue her PhD degree in Urban Remote Sensing; Sarah Narges Fatholahi, who received a M.Sc. degree in geomatics engineering from the University of Tehran. She will pursue her PhD degree in LiDAR Remote Sensing; Jianshen Wang, who received a BES degree in geomatics from the University of Waterloo. He will pursue his MES degree in Urban Remote Sensing; Zijian Jiang, who received a BES degree in geomatics from the University of Waterloo. He will pursue his MES degree in Urban Remote Sensing; Haochen (Henry) Zhou, who received a B.Sc. degree in Economics and Applied Statistics from the University of Toronto Mississauga. He will pursue his MES degree in Geospatial Data Intelligence. Welcome on board! Each of you will find your experience at the University of Waterloo both rewarding and challenging.
  • July 30: Congratulations! Ming Liu successfully defended her PhD thesis with Category A, entitled “Satellite-Based PM2.5 Exposure Estimation and Health Impacts over China”, under co-supervision of Prof. Dr. Jonathan Li and Dr. Rebecca Saari from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Thesis Examining Committee was chaired by A/Prof. Dr. Andre Unger from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and also included Prof. Dr. Dongmei Chen (external examiner) from the Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University, Dr. Linlin Xu (internal/external) from the Department of Systems Design Engineering, Prof. Dr. Michael A. Chapman from the Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University, and A/Prof. Dr. Chris Fletcher from the Department of Geography and Environmental Management.
  • July 28: Congratulations! Lingfei Ma successfully defended his PhD thesis with Category A, entitled “Road Information Extraction from Mobile LiDAR Point Clouds Using Deep Neural Networks”, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jonathan Li. The Thesis Examining Committee was chaired by Prof. Dr. Roland I. Hall from the Department of Biology and also included Prof. Dr. Naser El-Sheimy (external examiner) from the Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, A/Prof. Dr. John Zelek (internal/external) from the Department of Systems Design Engineering, Prof. Dr. Michael A. Chapman from the Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University, and Prof. Dr. Richard Kelly from the Department of Geography and Environmental Management.
  • July 20: Prof. Jonathan Li was appointed the member of the CIG Certification Committee chaired by Mr. Dick Mynen, Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG).
  • July 17: Prof. Jonathan Li was appointed an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS) in the general area of Lidar remote sensing and photogrammetry.
  • July 6: Congratulations! Zhipeng Luo successfully defended his PhD thesis at Xiamen University, entitled Representation Learning and 3D Object Recognition from Mobile LiDAR Point Clouds”, under supervision of Prof. Jonathan Li. The Thesis Examining Committee was chaired by Prof. Dr. Yundong Wu from the School of Computer Engineering, Jimei University and also included Prof. Dr. Shunzhi Zhu from School of Information Engineering, Xiamen University of Technology, Prof. Dr. Cheng Wang, Prof. Dr. Ming Cheng and Prof. Dr. Haixin Sun from the School of Informatics, Xiamen University.
  • June 29: Congratulations! Lisha Chen, Jianlan Gao, Weisheng Lin, Di Liu, Shenlong Lou, Hongbin Zeng, under supervision of Prof. Jonathan Li received their MSc degree in Information and Communications Engineering from Xiamen University during its 2020 Convocation Ceremony on June 29, 2020.
  • June 26: Prof. Jonathan Li was elected as Director together with the 2020-2021 CRSS-SCT Executive at the CRSS-SCT virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) held June 26, 2020.
  • June 16: Ningxuan Zhang received his Masters of Environmental Studies (MES) degree at the University of Waterloo’s virtual Spring 2020 Convocation Ceremony during June 16-20, 2020. His Research Paper is entitled “Vehicle Emission Induced Air Pollution in Beijing China: Problems and Control Measure”.
  • May 19: The CRSS-SCT Waterloo Region Chapter was approved by the CRSS-SCT Executive. The Chapter’s Council (2020-2022) consists of Prof. Jonathan Li (Chair), Dr. Andrea Scott (Treasurer), Dr. Linlin Xu (UWaterloo rap), Dr. Homa Kheyrollah Pour (rap of Wilfrid Laurier University), Haocheng Zhang (industrial rap from Ecopia Tech), and Lingfei Ma (student rap from U Waterloo).
  • May 16: Weikai Tan presented his paper entitled “Toronto-3D: A Large-scale Mobile LiDAR Dataset for Semantic Segmentation of Urban Roadways” (co-authored by Dr. Nannan Qin, Lingfei Ma, Ying Li, Jing Du, A/Prof. Guorong Cai and Prof. Jonathan Li*) at the CVPR 2020 Workshop on EarthVision'20 and our Toronto-3D: A Large-scale Mobile LiDAR Labelling Benchmark was officially released at the ISPRS Working Group I/2 website.
  • March 30: The Final Technical Report on “Spatial and Temporal Downscaling of GRACE Terrestrial Water Storage Using EALCO Model over Canada” (completed by Prof. Jonathan Li, Dr. Ke Yang, Hongjie He, Hasti Petrosian, and Ming Liu) has been submitted to Natural Resources Canada.
  • March 23: Prof. Jonathan Li received the Roger Hoffer Membership Award (Honorable Mention) from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
  • March 11: Prof. Jonathan Li received the Samuel Gamble Award 2020 from the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) for his significant contribution to the development, organization or professional activities of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences at national or international level.
  • March 6: Welcome Hasti Petrosian with MSc and BSc degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Tehran join our Geospatial Sensing and Data Intelligence (GSDI) group as a Research Assistant in GIS and spatial analysis.
  • January 13: Welcome Wenxuan Zhu, a Gematics Program 3B undergraduate student join our Geospatial Sensing and Data Intelligence (GSDI) group. She will conduct her BES Honours Thesis work under supervision of Prof. Jonathan Li.
  • January 7: Welcome Kun Zhao, a CSC-funded Visiting PhD student from the University of Science and Technology Beijing join our Geospatial Sensing and Data Intelligence (GSDI) group. He will conduct his PhD thesis research in the area of large-scale machine learning for LiDAR point cloud data analytics for 12 months under supervision of Prof. Jonathan Li.

2019

  • December 27: Welcome Dr. Nannan Qin from the Purple Mountain Observatory, also known as Zijinshan Astronomical Observatory in Nanjing, China join our GSDI Lab as a Postdoc Fellow under supervision of Prof. Jonathan Li at Waterloo. Nannan received the PhD degree in photogrammetry and remote sensing from Wuhan University in June 2019. He will spend 12 months here to conduct research and development of the algorithms and software tools in DEM extraction from point clouds acquired by LiDAR or Photogrammetry. Welcome Dr. Qin!
  • November 20: Welcome Bingxu Hu join us for his MSc program in geomatics starting in January 2020. Bing received his BSc degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo in 2019. He will focus on studying land-cover classification with AI under weakly supervised learning. Welcome Bing join us!
  • November 6: Welcome Dr. Ke Yang join our GSDI Lab! Dr. Yang received his PhD degree in photogrammetry and remote sensing from Wuhan University in 2015. Having spent 4 years as a research engineer at China Transport Telecommunications & Information Center, he decided to take the postdoc fellow position at the Department of Systems Design Engineering under co-supervision of Prof. Jonathan Li and Dr. Linlin Xu. He will conduct research and development of digital photogrammetry and HD mapping techniques. Welcome Dr. Yan!
  • November 1: Welcome Dr. Wei Liu join our GSDI Lab as a visiting scholar. Dr. Liu is an associate professor from East China Jiaotong University in Nanchang and is funded by the China Scholarship Council for spending 12 months at Waterloo. Dr. Liu received his PhD degree in computer science from Xiamen University in 2015. He will conduct his research on vehicle fine-grained recognition and vehicle identification from images or point clouds using deep learning methods. Welcome Dr. Li!
  • September 10: Congratulations! Zheng (Kent) Gong successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled Semantic Segmentation and Object Detection of Indoor Scenes based on Backpack LiDAR Multi-sensor Data Fusion” at XMU. Kent spend 12 months from September 6, 2018 to August 25, 2019) with the Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, under co-supervision of Prof. Dr. Jonathan Li and A/Prof. Dr. John Zelek. The Thesis Examining Committee was chaired by Prof. Dr. Hanzi Wang from the Department of Computer Science, Sciences and also included Prof. Dr. Yundong Wu (external examiner) from the School of Computer Engineering, Jimei University, A/Prof. Chenglu Wen (internal/external) from the Department of Artificial Intelligence, Prof. Dr. Zhengmiao Deng and A/Prof. Dr. Haixin Sun from the Department of Information and Communications Engineering. Kent joined DJI in Shenzhen as a Research Scientist in LiDAR remote sensing.
  • September 3: Welcome Yuwei (Vivi) Cai, Liyuan (Lucy) Qing, Zihao Liu, Qihang Wang, Zihao (Roy) Yang, and Qiutong (Glen) Yu join our GSDI Lab their MES/MSc/MEng studies either at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management or at the Department of Systems Design Engineering. Welcome you all!
  • September 1: Welcome Hongjie He join us for his PhD study in the upcoming four years. Hongjie received his BSc degree in geomatics from China University of Petroleum in Qingdao in 2016 and MSc degree in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, Lanzhou University in 2019, respectively. Hongjie is funded by the China Scholarship Council and will focus on development of deep learning methods for extraction building rooftops from high resolution aerial and satellite images under supervision of Prof. Jonathan Li.
  • August 1: Prof. Jonathan Li together with Dedong Zhang from Waterloo, Shenlong Lou and Hongbing Zeng from XMU participated in IGRASS 2019 held in Yokohama, Japan from July 28 to August 2. They delivered one oral and 5 poster presentations.
  • July 19: Prof. Jonathan Li participated in the 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2019) held in Tokyo, Japan during July 15-20 and delivered a presentation.
  • July 1: Welcome Dr. Yan Liu join us for her 12 months visiting research under supervision of Prof. Jonathan Li. Dr. Liu received her PhD degree in information engineering from China University of Geosciences in Beijing (CUGB) in 2015 and she is a lecturer with the School of Information Engineering at CUGB. She is funded by CUGB to conduct research in machine learning and deep learning algorithms for large-volume geospatial data processing. Welcome Dr. Liu!
  • June 28: Congratulations to Rongren Wu and Zheng Zhang for receiving their MSc degree in information engineering from Xiamen University. They both completed their three-years graduate studies under supervision of Prof. Li at XMU. Rongren successfully defended his MSc thesis entitled “Tree Segmentation and DBH Estimation from Point Clouds based on Deep Learning” and Zheng successfully defended his MEng thesis entitled “Point Cloud Registration based on Local Descriptors” in May 2019. Congratulations to both!
  • June 25: Prof. Li participated in the 6th International Conference on Earth Observation for Environmental Changes (EOEC 2019) and 8th International Conference on Geoinformation Technologies for Natural Disaster Management (GiT4NDM 2019) held in Chengdu, China during June 24-26. Prof. Li served as theCo-Conference Chair and Program Committee and chaired technical sessions.
  • June 21: Congratulations! Zilong Zhong successfully defended his PhD thesis with Category A, entitled “Spectral-Spatial Neural Networks and Probabilistic Graph Models for Hyperspectral Image Classification”, under co-supervision of Prof. Dr. Jonathan Li and Dr. Alex Wong from the Department of Systems Design Engineering. The Thesis Examining Committee was formed by Prof. Dr. Shengrui Wang (external examiner) from the Department of Computer Science, Sherbrook University, Dr. Michael Chapman (internal/external) from the Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University (Adjunct of Waterloo) Engineering, Prof. Dr. David Clausi, and A/Prof. John Zelek from the Department of Systems Design Engineering. Zilong has accepted an offer and will start his postdoc research at the School of Data and Computer Science Sun Yat-sen University after graduation.
  • June 15: Congratulations to Mengge (Christina) Chen, Yue (Jane) Gu, and Weiya (Victoria) Ye for receiving their MSc degree in Geomatics during the 2019 Spring convocation. All of them spent two years with us from September 2017 to June 2019 and all successfully defended their master’s thesis during the Spring 2019 term.   
  • June 13: Prof. Jonathan Li and Lingfei Ma gave oral presentations at the Joint EuroCOW-M3DMaN Workshop and Laser Scanning Workshop during the ISPRS Geospatial Week held in Enschede, The Netherlands during June 10-14. 
  • May 6: Congratulation to Prof. Jonathan Li for receiving the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award for recognizing his pioneering contributions in developing and promoting mobile LiDAR Mapping technology. This award was presented to Prof. Li by Prof. Naser El-Sheimy, Conference Chair and the Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering and Prof. Deren Li, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering during the opening session of the MMT 2019 held in Shenzhen, China.
  • May 1: Welcome Weikan Tan join us for his PhD program in geospatial data science. Weikai received his BES and MSc degree in geomatics from the University of Waterloo in 2014 and 2016, respectively. After working in a Toronto-based remote sensing company for almost three years, he starts to pursue his PhD degree LiDAR remote sensing and point cloud analytics using deep leaning models under supervision of Prof. Jonathan Li in May 2019. Welcome back, Weikai!