Associate Professor Samsung Lim

My Expertise

My expertise is in geographic information systems (GIS). I apply GIS to real-world problems and help decision-making in a wide spectrum of humanitarian engineering problems, including red-flagging of epidemics and natural disaster management. GIS helps critical decision making and brings benefits to individuals and communities, especially to disadvantaged and marginalised people. I am recognised nationally and internationally as a GIS expert who is specialised in responding to outbreaks, disasters and relief efforts. For example, my publications include geospatial risk analysis methods to flag epidemics for urgent intervention, machine learning methods for bushfire susceptibility mapping, spatial clustering and modelling for landslides susceptibility mapping, social media data-based typhoon disaster assessment, and sugarcane yield prediction using a novel cross-validation approach.


Fields of Research (FoR)

Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling, Photogrammetry and remote sensing, Physical geography and environmental geoscience not elsewhere classified, Geomatic engineering not elsewhere classified

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Associate Professor in the Biosecurity Program of Kirby Institute, and in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

I am an Associate Professor in the Biosecurity Program of Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Health, and in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. I use GIS to support location-based decision-making. I develop advanced GIS technologies that allow us to improve the way we view,...view more

Associate Professor in the Biosecurity Program of Kirby Institute, and in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

I am an Associate Professor in the Biosecurity Program of Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Health, and in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. I use GIS to support location-based decision-making. I develop advanced GIS technologies that allow us to improve the way we view, understand, design, plan, manage, analyse, interpret, and extract information such as patterns and trends of big data. I apply GIS to real-world problems and help decision-making in a wide spectrum of humanitarian engineering problems, including red-flagging of epidemics and natural disaster management. I am a national delegate of Commission 3, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), a national representative of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Sensor-driven Mapping, a professional member of International Association of Geodesy (IAG), and a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

My Grants


Lim, S (2022), Prediction of adverse health effects using daily bushfire susceptibility mapping and air quality monitoring over NSW, Australia, Oracle for Research Cloud Grant

Lim, S (2022), Assessment of post-fire forested ecosystem by using space-borne lidar over south-eastern Australia, Natural Hazards Research Australia

MacIntyre, R, Heslop, D, Lim, S, Paik, H, Yao, L, Steinhofel, K, Moa, A, Paris, C, Sparks, R, Karimi, S (2021), EPIWATCH - artificial intelligence early-warning system for epidemics, Department of Health, Frontier Health and Medical Research

Scotch, M, MacIntyre, R, Steinhofel, K & Lim, S (2018), Enhancing global health security through avian influenza genomic models, PLuS Alliance Collaborative Research

Whitty, M, Homaira, N, Lim, S & Jaffe, A (2016), Identification of indoor localisation solutions for tracking patients in hospital environments to minimise cross-infection, CRCSI Project

O'Reilly, D., Shewan, L., Armstrong, R., Lim, S., Chang, N., Domett, K., Halcrow, S., Unraveling the Mystery of the Plain of the Jars, Lao PDR, ARC-DP150101164, 2015-2019.

Whitty, M., Lim, S., Improved yield prediction for the Australian wine industry, NSW Department of Primary Industries/GWRDC R&D Applications Shared Grant, 2014-2017.

Lim, S., Message Passing Method for N-screen Services, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, S. Korea, 2011-2012.

Zhang, K., Teunissen, P., Rizos, C., Lim, S., Marshall, J.L., Kuleshov, Y., Liou, Y., Platform Technologies for Space, Atmosphere and Climate, Australian Space Research Program (ASRP), 2010-2013.

Lim, S., Trinder, J.C. and Turner, R., Full-Waveform Lidar Remote Sensing for Forest Inventory, ARC, ARC-LP100100847, 2010-2013.

Rizos, C., Lim, S., and Roberts, C., The Feasibility and Design of an Operational Real-Time GNSS CORS Analysis Capability for the Australian Region, CRC-SI, Project 1.15, 2009.

Zhang, K., Wu, F., Rizos, C., Lim, S., Le Marshall, J., Rea, A., Kuleshov, Y., Satellite-Based Radio Occultation for Atmospheric Sounding, Weather Forecasting and Climate Monitoring in the Australian Region, ARC, ARC-Linkage, 2008-2011

Collier, P. and Lim, S., Quality Control Issues for Real-Time Positioning, CRC-SI, Project 1.12, 2008-2010.

Higgins, M., Feng, Y., Rizos, C. and Lim, S., Lorimer, R., Integrating Electricity, Telecommunications and Government Infrastructure to Deliver Precise Positioning Services in Regional Areas, CRC-SI, Project 1.04, 2007-2010.

Lim, S., Metadata Research on Spatial Data, Omnilink Ltd. Pty, 2005-2008.


My Qualifications

Ph.D. (Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics), University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA.

M.A. (Mathematics) Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.

B.A. (Mathematics) Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.

My Awards

Excellent Researcher Awards, Korean Ministry of Science and Technology (2017)

Outstanding Best Paper Awards, IEEE WA Section (2010)

NSW Awards for Excellence in Surveying & Spatial Information (2008)

Excellent Paper Awards, Korean Society of Surveying, Geodesy, Photogrammetry & Cartography (2001)

My Research Activities

My main research interests are geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS):

Geographic Information System (GIS) GIS is now more than ever an enabling technology for utilities and communications, transportation, public safety, natural resources, health and human services, etc. My main research is to apply GIS to real-world problems and help decision-making in the fields of asset/utility management, natural resources exploration, intelligent transportation, natural disaster and emergency management, and public health research. My publications include spatial and temporal fire occurrence patterns using landscape attributes such as climate, terrain, land use, etc. to develop a better understanding of wildfire occurrence across Australia, identifying the most significant attributes linked to fire occurrence, effective flood emergency plans and response measures, integration of spatial analysis and an agent-based model for shelter assignment and routing in flood scenarios, and risk analysis methods to flag epidemics for urgent intervention.

Remote Sensing (RS) Traditional photogrammetry and hi-resolution optical and infrared imaging systems continue to be important geospatial data acquisition technologies. Digital image capture systems are mounted on different platforms, such as hi-resolution satellites, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, road vehicles, etc. Research areas include sensor calibration, direct georeferencing of sensors and automated feature extraction, as well as those related to a variety of mapping/imaging applications. My publications include deep learning from multispectral/hyperspectral images and data fusion of lidar point clouds and multispectral/hyperspectral images which are essential for the enhanced feature extraction from multi-layered datasets.

My Research Supervision

Supervision keywords

Areas of supervision

I am looking for students who are interested in:

GIS-based spatial epidemiology

GIS and RS-based natural disaster and emergency management

Crop growth/health monitoring using multispectral and/or hyper spectral images

Currently supervising

Current Student Thesis Projects:

Manvi Kanwar (MPhil Candidate) Susceptibility mapping of rainfall-induced landslides

Atalay Muluneh (PhD Candidate, Kirby Institute) Advanced GIS methods for red-flagging epidemics

Zimu Song (PhD Candidate) Development of geospatial risk analysis techniques for epidemic diseases

Mehak Jindal (PhD Candidate) Geospatial predictive modelling of avian influenza outbreaks

Maryamsadat Hosseini (PhD Candidate) Predicting wildfire occurrence probability by GeneXproTools

Jiyu Liu (PhD Candidate) Assessment of a post-fire forested ecosystem by using spaceborne lidar over south-eastern Australia

Past Student Thesis Projects:

Badal Pokharel (PhD, 2023) Developing a physical model for establishment of early warning system of earthquake-induced landslides in the Central Nepal Himalayas

Sharareh Akbarian (PhD, 2023) A novel machine learning method for crop yield prediction using unmanned aerial vehicle-based multispectral images

Bingnan Li (PhD, 2022) Deep learning-based spatio-temporal data mining using multi-source geospatial data

Zi Chen (PhD, 2021) Emergency management based on volunteered geographic information

Yongzhi Xu (PhD, 2020) Automated and real-time scan-to-BIM through deep learning-based object detection

Jinda Qi (PhD, 2020) A decision-making framework to support urban heat mitigation by local governments

Li Liu (PhD, 2019) Aboveground biomass estimation of individual trees with airborne lidar data

Qishuo Gao (PhD, 2019) Spectral-spatial classification techniques for hyperspectral imagery

Siti Aisyah Binti Tumiran (PhD, 2019) An improved community structure method for catchment classification

Chau Minh Bui (PhD, 2019) Investigating the spread of emerging avian influenza viruses using cross-disciplinary and computational approaches

Zeyuan Qi (ME, 2018) Assessment of quality and equity of transportation services to central business district in Sydney, Australia

Yang Zhang (PhD, 2018) Understanding wildfire patterns in the south-eastern Australia

Xuefen Liu (PhD, 2018) City-scale evacuation management in flood scenarios, implementation and comparison of a multi-agent based approach and a traffic assignment approach

Hossein Asefi (PhD, 2017) Optimal site selection and location-routing for a sustainable integrated solid waste management system

Sara Shirowzhan (PhD, 2016) Spatial and temporal pattern analysis of 3D urban development using airborne lidar

Ligaya Leah Lara Figueroa (PhD, 2016) Spatial modelling for understanding the correlation between school facilities and academic performance in the Philippines

Nur Fadhillah Norzahari (ME, 2016) Stem classification and modelling from lidar for a semi-automated forest inventory

Hossein Aghighi (PhD, 2015) Markov random field models for classification of remote sensing data and super-resolution mapping

You Shao (ME, 2015) A fusion approach to building-boundary extraction using airborne lidar data and multi-spectral images

Li Liu (ME, 2015) Road extraction from airborne lidar data and integrated remote sensing data

Hong Joo Park (PhD, 2014) Analysis of full waveform airborne lidar remote sensing data for the individual tree inventory in Australian forestry

Vahideh Moghtadaiee (PhD, 2013) Design and performance of the fingerprinting technique for indoor location

Aulia Riza Farhan (PhD, 2013) Assessment of integrated coastal zone management: a case study in the Seribu Islands, Indonesia

Ali Mohammed Al-Shaery (PhD, 2013) Addressing some remaining challenges of integrated high precision GPS/GLONASS positioning

Sharon Kazemi (PhD, 2011) Cartographic knowledge-based generalisation of spatial features

Napat Jakrawatana (PhD, 2010) An integrated decision support tool for more sustainable management of biomass resources in agricultural regions

Muhammad Usman Iqbal (PhD, 2009) Location privacy in automotive telematics

Thomas Surya Sanjaya Yan (ME, 2009) Analysis on distribution of real-time GNSS data over IP networks

Tajul Ariffin Musa (PhD, 2008) Analysis of residual atmospheric delay in the low latitude regions using network-based GPS positioning

My Engagement


Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

National Delegate, Commission 3, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)

National Representative, Commission on Sensor-driven Mapping, International Cartographic Association (ICA)

Working Group Member, WG I/6 Lidar for Airborne and Spaceborne Sensing, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)

Working Group Member, WG 4.3.3. Numerical Weather Prediction for Positioning, International Association of Geodesy (IAG)

Professional Member, Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Australia

Professional Member, American Geophysics Union (AGU), USA

Professional Member, Institute of Navigation (ION), USA

Editorial Board, Geo-Spatial Information Science

Editorial Board, International Journal on Civil Engineering and Urban Planning 

Editorial Board, International Journal of Geoinformatics 

Editorial Board, Korean Society of Surveying, Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography


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