Biography: Prof Shi is Head of Department and Chair Professor in Geographic Information Science (GISs) and remote sensing, for Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained his doctoral degree from University of Osnabrück in Vechta, Germany in 1994. He proposed and developed the principles of modeling uncertainties in spatial data and spatial analyses, and published the first book on this topic. Four major theoretical breakthroughs have been made through his research: (a) from determinant- to uncertainty-based representation of geographic objects in GISs; (b) from uncertainty modeling for static spatial data to dynamic spatial analyses; (c) from uncertainty modeling for spatial data to spatial models; and (d) from error description of spatial data to spatial data quality control.
Because of these achievements, he received The Wang Zhizhuo Award, given by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) in 2012 (Note: "The award is granted at each quadrennial ISPRS Congress to a person who has made significant achievement or innovation in the spatial information sciences."), and also State Natural Science Award (the most prestigious award for basic research in China) by the State Council, China in 2007. Prof Shi served as President of Commission on Theory and Concepts of Spatial Information Science, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (2008-2012), President for Hong Kong Geographic Information System Association (2001-2003). He also serves as an editorial board member for a number of international journals, including IJGIS, the top journal in GISci. He has published more than 200 journal articles (with 130 SCI papers) and over 10 books.