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[SPHPC Distinguished Lecture Series] Big Data and Geospatial Technologies for Health Research

Updated: Jun 2

The JC School of Public Health and Primary Care is pleased to host the Distinguished Lecture Series: Interdisciplinary Research in Public Health. The first lecture will be the sharing of Professor Mei-Po KWAN on Big Data and Geospatial Technologies for Health Research.

SPHPC Distinguished Lecture Series: Interdisciplinary Research in Public Health


15 June, 2023 (Thursday)


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (HK Time, GMT+8)


Tutorial Room, 3/F, School of Public Health Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (Map)


Professor Mei-Po KWAN Choh-Ming Li Professor of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK


Professor Shelly TSE Director, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health Studies, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK


The rapid development and widespread use of advanced geospatial technologies such as GPS, remote sensing, mobile sensing, and location-aware devices in recent years have greatly facilitated the acquisition of enormous amounts of high-resolution space-time data. To build smart and healthy cities, we need to integrate these multi-source geospatial big data acquired by earth observation technologies and mobile sensing technologies to provide more accurate assessments of individual exposures to environmental or social risk factors and develop planning policies to improve health for all.

In this presentation, Prof. Mei-Po KWAN will discuss how these new developments can provide new insights into the relationships between human health, people’s daily mobility, and the complex spatiotemporal dynamics of environmental influences. Drawing upon her recent projects on individual exposures to green/blue spaces, light at night, and air and noise pollution as well as on COVID-19, she explores how the collection, integration, and analysis of high-resolution space-time data enabled by advanced geospatial and mobile technologies (e.g., real-time mobile sensing and GPS tracking) can help identify the “truly relevant geographic context in space and time.”

About the Speaker:

Professor Mei-Po KWAN is Director of the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Geography and Resource Management, and an affiliated faculty of the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Kwan is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the United Kingdom Academy of Social Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Royal Geographical Society, and the American Association of Geographers. She was awarded many outstanding academic achievement awards by the American Association of Geographers, including the Distinguished Scholarship Honors, the Anderson Medal of Honors in Applied Geography, the Wilbanks Prize for Transformational Research in Geography, the Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography, the Edward L. Ullman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Transportation Geography, and the Melinda Meade Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health and Medical Research. Prof. Kwan has delivered over 370 keynote addresses and invited lectures and presentations in more than 20 countries. Her recent projects examine the health impacts of individual environmental exposure (e.g., noise, air pollution, green space), urban and mobility issues, the space-time dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic and the perception of data privacy, and the protection of geoprivacy via the development of a Geospatial Virtual Data Enclave (GVDE).

Professor Shelly TSE obtained her Bachelor of Medicine major in Prevention Medicine from Fudan University and then got PhD in Public Health at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received further training in the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health of USA in 2012. Shelly’s research interest includes circadian rhythm and health impact, occupational and environmental exposures and cancer epidemiology, and dust exposure and adverse health effects. In the past 10 years, Shelly has continuously awarded research grants from NCI/NIH of USA to support the breast cancer molecular epidemiolgy study, PI of several porjects funded by the NSFC, GRF/RGC, HMRF projects, etc. Shelly is the key international collaborator of WHO/IARC on lung cancer SYNERGY project. In addtion, Shelly received the Second Class Award of State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (SSTPA) in 2014 on industrial dusts, mechanisms and prevention (#4). Shelly serves as the National Secretary of ICOH of the P. R. of China (2022-2024), Chairman of the Quality Assurance Sub-committee (2020-2024), Visiting Professor of Nanjing Medical University Shanghai Jiaotong University, etc. Shelly received research grants more than HK$42M as Principal Investigator and published research papers more than 200.

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