School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Wen Xiao

Lecturer in Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry



Wen Xiao joined the Geomatics group within the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences as a lecturer in 2016. His research interests lie in the technologies of photogrammetry and laser scanning and the applications in urban and natural environments, with a focus on dynamic scene understanding, change detection, feature extraction, and 3D modelling from various platforms, e.g. static and mobile mapping systems, airborne and terrestrial lidar, UAV, crowdsourcing.

Recently, his research topics include:

1: moving object extraction from mobile mapping system

2: individual tree delineation from ALS

3: heritage structure analysis using lidar and low cost photogrammetry


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


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.

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

Program committee

ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017

ISPRS Hannover Workshop 2017


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

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters

Remote Sensing


International Journal of Remote Sensing

International Journal of Image and Graphics

Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers


Research interests

Laser Scanning/Lidar: Airborne, Terrestrial, Mobile

Photogrammetry: Mobile mapping, Data fusion, Structure from motion

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;

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


CEG2723    Digital Data Acquisition    Module Leader

CEG2708    Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning I     Module Leader

CEG3706    Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning II    Module Leader