School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Wen Xiao

University Research Fellow (Tenure Track)



Dr Wen Xiao joined the Geomatics group within the School of Engineering as a lecturer in 2016. His research interests lie in the integration 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 environment and development problems for the UN sustainable development goals. Studies include infrastructure and transport systems monitoring, forest monitoring and growth analysis, deformation/change detection and monitoring, from various sensing platforms, e.g. static and mobile mapping systems, airborne systems (including UAVs), CCTV and crowdsourcing.

Two PhD opportunities available: 

Integrating remote sensing and in-situ observations for improved glacial lake hazard monitoring and assessment

Forest Species Mapping and Monitoring by Multi-modal Remote Sensing

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

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

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

Council Member

UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc, 2018-2021)

Previous positions

Mar 2016 - Mar 2018 : Lecturer in Laser Scanning and Photogrammetric Computer Vision, Newcastle University

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 SHEAR Catalyst project ‘WeACT’: Web-Based Natural Dam-Burst Flood Hazard Assessment and ForeCasting SysTem, Co-I, 9/2018 – 8/2020, £298,406. 

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; £6,500, 7/2019.

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

Program committee

ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017, 2019

ISPRS Hannover Workshop 2017


ISPRS Journal of photogrammetry and remote sensing

Remote Sensing of Environment

IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

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

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing

International Journal of Remote Sensing

Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems

IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Transactions

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters

Remote Sensing



International Journal of Image and Graphics

Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers

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Research interests

Transport systems and vehicles

Infrastructure and urban systems

Built environment and Environmental informatics

Hazard monitoring and impact analysis

Dynamics (Growth/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

Maria Peppa (Postdoc), Flood impact analysis on urban road network and traffic; 

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;

Dan Bell (MPhil);

Aleksandra Zaforemska (MPhil);

Arunan Sivalingam (MSc)


CEG2723    Digital Data Acquisition    Module Leader

CEG2708    Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning I     Module Leader

CEG3706    Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning II    Module Leader