School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Wen Xiao

Lecturer in Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry

Background

Introduction

Dr Wen Xiao joined the Geomatics group within the School of Engineering as a lecturer in 2016. His research interests lie in the intergration of artificial intelligence, computer vision and robotics, with photogrammetry, laser scanning and remote sensing, applied to urban and natural environments. The vision is to develop Multiscale Multimodal Modelling and Monitoring (M4) systems to tackle environmental and societal problems for the UN sustainable development goals. Studies include infrastructure and transport systems monitoring, hazard monitoring and impact analysis, deformation/change detection and monitoring, from various sensing platforms, e.g. static and mobile mapping systems, airborne and terrestrial lidar, UAVs, CCTV and crowdsourcing.

Qualifications

Ph.D. 2015 : IGN (Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière), Lab MATIS, Université Paris-Est, France

M.Sc. (Distinction) 2012 : Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, the Netherlands. (Erasmus funded)

B.Sc  2010 : School of Geodesy and Geomatics, Wuhan University, China.

Previous positions

Mar. 2014 - April 2014 : Academic Guest, Chair of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

July 2015 - Oct. 2015 :  Research Engineer, IGN, lab MATIS, France

Funding

NERC Highlights Project ‘Flood-PREPARED’: Predicting Rainfall Events by Physical Analytics of REaltime Data, Co-I, 5/2017 - 4/2021, £1.8million.

EPSRC Preparing for GCRF - Newcastle Universtiy: Disaster Risk Reduction of Heritage Structures in Nepal, Value £19,400, 2016-2017. PI.

Global Challenges Rapid Response Travel Funding: £2,100, 7/2017.

Newton Fund Travel Opportunity - Newcastle University: £1,336, 4/2016 - 3/2017.

Program committee

ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017

ISPRS Hannover Workshop 2017

Reviewer

ISPRS Journal of photogrammetry and remote sensing

IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing

Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems

IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Transactions

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters

Remote Sensing

Sensors

International Journal of Remote Sensing

International Journal of Image and Graphics

Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers

Research

Research interests

Transport systems and vehicles

Infrastructure and urban systems

Built environment and Environmental informatics

Hazard monitoring and impact analysis

Deformation/change detection and monitoring


Research themes

Dynamic scene understanding: moving object detection, tracking, time series analysis, traffic flow

Change detection: database updating, vegetation growth, erosion/deformation monitoring

3D Modeling: street environment (road, building facade, vehicle), tree

Object detection: feature extraction, localization, recognition/classification 


Postgraduate supervisor

Qian Li (PhD student, second supervisor), High-performance urban flood modelling with extremely high-resolution data;

Jiaxing Zhang (PhD student, second supervisor) Traffic flow monitoring from real time lidar data using deep learning;

Arunan Sivalingam (MSc student, second supervisor), Inspection and monitoring of old and deteriorating tunnels using laser scanning technology

Teaching

CEG2723    Digital Data Acquisition    Module Leader

CEG2708    Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning I     Module Leader

CEG3706    Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning II    Module Leader

Publications