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Dr. Songnian Li has been a faculty member (Full Professor) of Geomatics Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University since 2001.  He holds a B. Eng. degree in Surveying Engineering from the Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping (now Wuhan University), and a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering of the University of New Brunswick in New Brunswick, Canada.  Prior to joining Ryerson University, Dr. Li had worked in a number of universities in China and spent one year at Lakehead University as a visiting scholar. He has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor or member of a number of universities in Canada, China and Japan, and was invited twice as a research fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2009 and 2012.

Dr. Li has been working on research projects related to geocollaboration, geospatial web, moving object data mining and knowledge discovery, spatio-temporal dynamics, public participation GIS, and solar energy potential mapping.

Professional Activities, Services, and Memberships:

Professional Services: Council Member (Treasurer), International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) (2016-2020); President, ISPRS Technical Commission II (2012-2016); Canadian National Delegate, Commission 3 of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) (2007-2010, 2011-2014); Chair of ISPRS WG IV/5 of Technical Commission IV (2004 – 2008, 2008-2012); Council Member of Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) and Chair of the Canadian National Committee for ISPRS (2009-2016); and Special Examiner of the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) (since 2004).

Scholarly Services: Associate Editor of GIS and Cartography, the Editorial Board of Geomatica (since 2002); Member, Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR); Guest Editor of special/theme issues in ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, International Journal of Digital Earth, Transactions in GIS, and Geomatica; Scientific Reviewers of national and international journals, book series chapters, granting bodies (e.g., NSERC, Canada; RGC in Hong Kong), and workshop (e.g., URISA workshops).

Dr. Li is also an individual member of the following professional societies/associations:

  • Licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Canada (since 2003)
  • Licensed member of Association Ontario of Land Surveyors (AOLS), Canada (since 2002)
  • Member of Canadian Institute of Geomatics, URISA International, and American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)