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Dr. Rui Cao is currently a Research Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests lie in Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI) and Urban Informatics. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers in venues related to Geographic Information Science. His works have been cited over 600 times according to Google Scholar. He has led and participated in several research grants as roles of PI and Co-I funded by NSFC, Microsoft, Tencent, etc. He also undertakes teaching and postgraduate training related to Geographic Information Science. He is a member of ACM SIGSPATIAL, IEEE, CCF, CPGIS, and he has served as a reviewer for NSFC and 20 international journals.

Research interests

GIScience, Remote Sensing, Spatial Data Science, GeoAI, Urban Informatics


Geographic Information Science

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Nottingham

Bachelor of Engineering, Wuhan University

Master of Engineering, Wuhan University


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