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Dr. TAN obtained his B.Eng. and MPhil in Geotechnical Engineering from the China University of Geosciences in 2011 and 2014. Afterwards, he was awarded a Ph.D by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019. He has been working actively in the research of natural hazard mitigation. He was selected to give an oral presentation in the 39th Annual Seminar 2019 of HKIE Geotechnical Division. He has received the 2019 Ringo Yu Prize for Best PhD Thesis in Geotechnical Studies. He has published more than 14 journal papers in high-ranking international journals (9 first/corresponding authorship) and served as a reviewer in top journals in the related research area including Landslides, JGGE, and Acta Geotechnica.

He is currently the committee member of Debris Flow and Steep Creek Hazards Mitigation Committee in The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP, United States), and the member of Hong Kong Geotechnical Society (HKGES), International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), and Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering.

Currently, he focuses on the development of smart monitoring system for geotechnical structures and slopes based on the innovative optical fiber sensing technology. By cooperating with the Hong Kong government, an unattended monitoring system has been established for automatic monitoring and early warning of a historical tree-colonized masonry retaining wall.

Research interests

natural hazard mitigation, development and application of optic fiber sensing technology,

smart monitoring for geotechnical structures

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Engineering, China University of Geosciences

Master of Engineering, China University of Geosciences


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