My overarching research interests involve understanding the dynamics and interactions of geographic processes, with special focus on urban development and interventions to adapt to extreme events. In operationalizing my research, I primarily rely on earth observation-based techniques to measure variables, and geospatial analysis along with artificial intelligence to explore patterns in space and time.

In the department of PGM, my major focuses are: (1) mapping urban morphology, and (2) understanding environmental risk of deprived groups.


  • Earth and Planetary Sciences

    • Metropolitan Area
    • Observation
    • Earth
    • Datum
    • Investigation
    • Morphology
    • Shape
    • Land Surface Temperature


Strategic themes / Focus areas

  • Urban remote sensing
  • Urban climate
  • Spatiotemporal analysis
  • Applied data science


  • Remote sensing
  • Image analysis
  • GIS
  • Machine learning


AI perceives like a local: predicting citizen deprivation perception using satellite imagerynpj Urban Sustainability, 4(1), Article 20, 1-14. Abascal, A., Vanhuysse, S., Grippa, T., Rodriguez-Carreño, I., Georganos, S., Wang, J., Kuffer, M., Martinez-Diez, P., Santamaria-Varas, M. & Wolff, E. spatial data-driven urban pattern language framework for design and planning: Towards facilitation stakeholder participation. University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). Wu, C. Urban Slum Population Visible: Citizens and Satellites to Reinforce Slum CensusesIn Urban Inequalities from Space: Earth Observation Applications in the Majority World (pp. 287-302). Abascal, A., Georganos, S., Kuffer, M., Vanhuysse, S., Thomson, D., Wang, J., Manyasi, L., Otunga, D. M., Ochieng, B., Ochieng, T., Klinnert, J. & Wolff, E. the Invisible on the Map: Low-Cost Earth Observation for Mapping and Characterizing Deprived Urban Areas (Slums)In Urban Inequalities from Space: Earth Observation Applications in the Majority World (pp. 119-137). Vanhuysse, S., Kuffer, M., Georganos, S., Wang, J., Abascal, A., Grippa, T. & Wolff, E.
Enhancing the predictive performance of remote sensing for ecological variables of tidal flats using encoded features from a deep learning modelGIScience and Remote Sensing, 60(1), Article 2163048. Madhuanand, L., Philippart, C. J. M., Wang, J., Nijland, W., de Jong, S. M., Bijleveld, A. I. & Addink, E. A. and characterising buildings for flood exposure analysis using open-source data and artificial intelligenceNatural hazards, 119, 805-835 (E-pub ahead of print/First online). Bhuyan, K., van Westen, C., Wang, J. & Meena, S. R. spatial structure from a street network perspective: mapping street patterns with random forest classificationIn The 18th International Conference on Computational Urban Planning and Urban Management. Centre for Open Science. Wu, C., Wang, J. & Kraak, M. J. Geo-spatial modelling of urban povertyIn 2023 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE) (pp. 1-4). IEEE. Kuffer, M., Ali, I. M. M., Gummah, A., Da Silva Mano, A., Sakhi, W., Kushieb, I., Girgin, S., Eltiny, N., Kumi, J., Abdallah, M., Bad, M., Ahmed, F., Hamza, M., Wang, J., Elzaki, T., Gevaert, C. & Flasse, C. + Morphometrics: Understanding cities through urban morphology at large scaleLandscape and urban planning, 233, Article 104691. Wang, J., Fleischmann, M., Venerandi, A., Romice, O., Kuffer, M. & Porta, S. and urban poverty: Detecting and characterising slums and deprived urban areas in low- and middle-income countriesIn Advanced Remote Sensing for Urban and Landscape Ecology. Springer Nature. Kuffer, M., Abascal, A., Vanhuysse, S., Georganos, S., Wang, J., Thomson, D. R., Boanada, A. & Roca, P.

Research profiles

Ph.D.,Research Center of Digital City, Wuhan University, China; Collaborative Innovation Center of Geospatial Technology, Wuhan, China.

Master of Urban Planning,The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, U.S.System dynamic modeling of urban sustainable development.

B.S. in Resource, Environment and Planning,


University of Technology, Chengdu, China

Courses academic year 2023/2024

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