Selected Recent Publications :


Hsu CY, Chang SS, Lee EST, Yip PSF. (2015). Geography of suicide in Hong Kong: Spatial patterning, and socioeconomic correlates and inequalities. Social science & medicine. 130:190-203.
Ge, E., Lai, P.C., Zhang, X., Yang, X., Lie, X., Wang, H., Wei, X. Regional Transport and Its Association with Tuberculosis in the Shandong Province of China, 2009-2011, Journal of Transport Geography, 46: 232-243.
Lai, P.C., Chow, C.B., Wong, H.T., Kwong, K.H., Liu, S.H., Tong, W.K., Cheung, W.K., Wong, W.L., Kwan, Y.W. (2015) Effects of Geographic Scale on Population Factors in Disease Diffusion Analysis, Journal of Acute Disease, 4(4): 169-174.
Lai, P.C., Chow, C.B., Wong, H.T., Kwong, K.H., Kwan, Y.W., Liu, S.H., Tong, W.K., Cheung, W.K., Wong, W.L. (2015) An Early Warning System for Detecting H1N1 Disease Outbreak - A Spatio-temporal Approach. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 1-18.
Lai, P. C. & Wong, F. H. T. (2015) Weather and Age-Gender Effects on the Projection of Future Emergency Ambulance Demand in Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 27(2): NP2542-NP2554.
Liu X, Song Y, Wu K, et al. 2015. Understanding urban China with open data. Cities 47, 53-61.
Liu X, Wang J. 2015.The geography of Weibo. Environment and Planning A, in press.
Loo, Becky P.Y. and Tessa Anderson (2015) Spatial Analysis Methods of Road Traffic Collisions. CRC Press. (ISBN 9781439874127 - CAT# K13435) (completed, In Press).
Loo, Becky P.Y. and Winnie W.Y. Lam (2015). Does Neighbourhood Count in Affecting Children’s Journeys to Schools?. Children’s Geographies 13(1): 89-113. DOI:10.1080/14733285.2013.828450.

Sarkar, C., Webster, C.J., and Gallacher, J. (2015). UK Biobank Urban Morphometric Platform (UKBUMP) - a nationwide resource for evidence-based healthy city planning and public health interventions. Annals of GIS, 21, 135-148.

Swords J, Liu X. 2015. Visualizing urban and regional worlds: power, politics, and practices. Environment and Planning A, in press.
Thach, T.Q., Zheng, Q., Lai, P.C., Wong P.Y., Chau, Y.K., Jahn, H.J., Plass, D., Katzschner, L., Kraemer, A., Wong, C.M. (2015) Assessing spatial associations between thermal stress and mortality in Hong Kong: a small-area ecological study, Science of the Total Environment, 502(1): 666-672.
Wu K, Long Y, Mao Q, Liu X. 2015. Mushrooming Jiedaos, growing cities: an alternative perspective on urbanizing China. Environment and Planning A 47(1), 1-2.
Yao, Shenjun, Becky P.Y. Loo and Winnie W.Y. Lam (2015). Measures of Pedestrian Activity-based Exposure to the Risk of Vehicle-pedestrian Collisions: Space-time Path vs Potential Path Tree Methods. Accident Analysis and Prevention 75: 320-332. Doi:10.1016/j.aap.2014.12.005.


Adams, M.A., Frank, L.D., Schipperijn, J., Smith, G., Chapman, J., Christiansen, L.B., Coffee, N., Dominguez, D.S., du Toit, L., Dygrýn, J., Hino, A.A.F., Lai, P.C., Mavoa, S., Pinzón, J.D., Van de Weghe, N., Cerin, E., Davey, R., Macfarlane, D., Owen, N., Sallis, J.F. (2014) International variation in neighborhood walkability, transit, and recreation environments using Geographic Information Systems: The IPEN adult study, International Journal of Health Geographics, 13: 43.
Lai, P.C., Chow, C.B., Wong, H.T., Kwong, K.H., Kwan, Y.W., Liu, S.H., Tong, W.K., Cheung, W.K., Wong, W.L. (2014) Population Factors Affecting Initial Diffusion Patterns of H1N1, Population Health Management, 17(6): 390-1.
Lai, P.C., Kwong, K.H. & Wong, F.H.T. (2014) Spatio-temporal and stochastic modelling of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Geospatial Health, 8(1): 183-192.

Lai, P.C., Peart, M.R. & Wang, J.J. Understanding the World with Geography, Junior Secondary Geography Electronic Textbook, 2014-15 (English edition:

Lai, P.C. & Mak, A.S.H. Learning and Teaching Materials for Secondary School Geography: Geographic Information System Resource Kit (Part 1). Hong Kong: Personal, Social and Humanities Education Section, Education Bureau, 2014.
Lam, Winnie W.Y., Shenjun Yao and Becky P.Y. Loo (2014). Pedestrian Exposure Measures: A Time-space Framework. Travel Behaviour and Society 1(1): 22-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.tbs.2013.10.004.


Ma, X., Thach, T.Q., Lai, P.C., Chau, Y.K., Lai, H.K., Wong, C.M. (2013). The Associations between Exposures to Traffic and Mortality Risks in Hong Kong, Proceedings of The 4th GIS in Public Health Conference of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), 17-20 June 2013, Miami, Florida, USA.

Lai, P.C., Low, C.T., Tse, W.S., Tsui, C.K., Lee, H. and Hui, P.K. (2013) Risk of tuberculosis in high-rise and high density dwellings: an exploratory spatial analysis, Environmental Pollution, 183(2013): 40-45.
Lai, P.C. & Mak, A.S.H. Resource Package on the Use of Geographic Information System (GIS) in Geography Lessons, Vol. 1: Education Bureau. 2013
Lam, Winnie W.Y., Becky P.Y. Loo and Shenjun Yao (2013). Towards Exposure-based Time-space Pedestrian Crash Analysis in Facing the Challenges of Ageing Societies in Asia. Asian Geographer, 30(2), 105-125.
Levin, N., Singer, M. & Lai, P.C. (2013) Incorporating Topography into Landscape Continuity Analysis – Hong Kong Island as a Case Study. Land, 2 (4): 550-572.
Loo, Becky P.Y., C.B. Chow, M. Leung, T.H.J., Kwong, S.F.A. Lai and Y.H. Chau (2013). Multi-disciplinary Efforts toward Sustained Road Safety Benefits: Integrating Place-based and People-based Safety Analyses. Injury Prevention 19: 58-63 DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040400.
Loo, Becky P.Y. and Shenjun Yao (2013). The Identification of Traffic Crash Hot Zones under the Link-attribute and Event-based Approaches in a Network-constrained Environment. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 41, 249-261.
Loo, Becky P.Y. and Winnie W.Y. Lam (2013). A Multilevel Investigation of Differential Individual Mobility of Working Couples with Children: A Case Study of Hong Kong. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, 9(7), 629-652.
Low, C.T., Lai, P.C. Tse, W.S.C., Tsui, C.K., Lee, H. & Hui, P.K. (2013) Exploring tuberculosis by types of housing development. Social Science and Medicine 87(2013): 77-83.
Plass, D., Chau, P.Y.K., Thach, T.Q., Jahn, H.J., Lai, P.C., Wong, C.M. & Kraemer, A. (2013) Quantifying the burden of disease due to premature mortality in Hong Kong using Standard Expected Years of Life Lost. International Journal of Public Health, 13(1): 863.
Wong, F.H.T. & Lai, P.C. (2013) Weather factors in the short-term forecasting of daily ambulance calls. International Journal of Biometeorology. 58 (5):669-678

Wong, P., Lai, P.C. & Hart, M. (2013) Microclimate Variations between Semi-enclosed and Open Sections of a Marathon Route. Advances in Meteorology, 2013, 10, Article 287934.

Wu, J., He, S., Peng, J., Li, W., and Zhong, X. (2013) Inter-calibration of DMSP-OLS Night-time Light Data by Using Invariant Region Method. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34:20, pp. 7356-7368.
Wu, J., Wang, Z., Li, W., and Peng, J. (2013) Exploring Factors Affecting the Relationship between Light Consumption and GDP Based on DMSP/OLS Nighttime Satellite Imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, 134, pp. 111-119.


Lai, P.C., Wong, W.C., Chan, M.H., Low, C.T. & Wong, M. Managing Environmental Hazards of Outdoor Falls among the Elderly Population of Hong Kong (2012) In Stimson, R.J. and Haynes, K.E. (Eds.) Studies in Applied Geography and Spatial Analysis: Addressing Real World Issues. UK: Edward Elgar. Chapter 20.
Loo, Becky P.Y. and Shenjun Yao (2012). Geographical Information Systems.” In: Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches, ed. Guohua Li and Susan P. Baker (New York: Springer): 447-463.
Low, C.T., Lai, P.C. Tse, W.S.C., Tsui, C.K., Lee, H. & Hui, P.K. (2012) Does it matter to live on lower or higher grounds? An analysis of tuberculosis prevalence and building heights. Respiratory 17(Suppl.2). 69-73.
Pan, J., and Manocha, D. (2012). Bi-level Locality Sensitive Hashing for k-Nearest Neighbor Computation. 2012 IEEE 28th International Conference on Data Engineering (Icde), 378-389.
Qi, Z., Yeh, A.G..O., Li, X., and Lin, Z. (2012). A novel algorithm for land use and land cover classification using RADARSAT-2 polarimetric SAR data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 118, 21-39.
Qi, Z., Yeh, A.G..O., Li, X., and Lin, Z. (2012). Integration of polarimetric decomposition, object-oriented image analysis, and decision tree algorithms for land-use and land-cover classification using RADARSAT-2 polarimetric SAR data. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 78, 1319-1332.
Qi, Z. and Yeh, A.G.O. (2012). Integrating change vector analysis, post-classification comparison, and object-oriented image analysis for land use and land cover change detection using RADARSAT-2 polarimetric SAR images. In S. Timpf, and P. Laube (Eds.), Advances in Spatial Data Handling (107-123). Berlin: Springer.

So, B.K.L., Ng, M.H.K., Zhang, P., and Lin, H. (2012). GIS in urban cultural studies: Reflections from the project on Republican Beijing. Annals of GIS, 18, 81-92.


Wenzhong Shi, A.G.O. Yeh, Yee Leung, and Chenghu Zhou. (2012). Advances in Spatial Data Handling and GIS, Berlin: Springer.

Yao, Shenjun and Becky P.Y. Loo (2012). Identification of Hazardous Road Locations for Pedestrians. Procedia Engineering, 45, 815-823.
Yang Yue, Tian Lan, A.G.O. Yeh, Qing-Quan Li (2014). Zooming into Individuals to Understand the Collective: A Review of Trajectory-based Travel Behaviour Studies, Travel Behaviour and Society, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 69-78.
Yue, Y., Wang, H.D., Hu, B., Li, Q.Q., Li, Y.G., & Yeh, A.G.O. (2012). Exploratory calibration of a spatial interaction model using taxi GPS trajectories. Computers Environment and Urban Systems, 36, 140-153
Yeh, A.G.O. and Qi, Z. (2014). Short-interval monitoring of land use and land cover change using a time series of RADARSAT-2 polarimetric SAR images. In M. Kwan, D. Richardson, D. Wang, and C. Zhou (Eds.), Space-Time Integration in Geography and GIScience: Research Frontiers in the US and China. Dordrecht: Springer.
Zhu, J.S., & Yeh, A.G.O. (2012). A self-learning short-term traffic forecasting system. Environment and Planning B-Planning & Design, 39, 471-485
Zou, H.X., Yue, Y., Li, Q.Q., & Yeh, A.G.O. (2012). An improved distance metric for the interpolation of link-based traffic data using kriging: a case study of a large-scale urban road network. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 26, 667-689
Wong, H. T. & Lai, P. C. (2012) Weather inference and daily demand for emergency ambulance services. Emergency Medicine Journal, 29(1): 60-64.


Cerin, E., Chan, K.W., Macfarlane, D.J., Lee, K.Y., and Lai, P.C. (2011) Objective assessment of walking environments in ultra-dense cities: development and reliability of the Environment in Asia Scan Tool – Hong Kong version (EAST-HK), Health and Place, 17(4): 937–945.

Lai, P.C., Wong, W.C., Low, C.T., Wong, M. & Chan, M.H. (2011) A small-area study of environmental risk assessment of outdoor falls. Journal of Medical Systems, 35(6): 1543-1552.
Loo, Becky P.Y., Shenjun Yao and Jianping Wu (2011). Spatial Point Analysis of Road Crashes in Shanghai: A GIS-based Network Kernel Density Method. IEEE Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on GeoInformatics: GIS in Education and Business, June 24-25 2011, Shanghai, China.

Qi, Z. and Yeh, A.G.O. (2011). Influence of incidence angle on land use and land cover classification using RADARSAT-2 polarimetric SAR data. Proceedings of International Symposium on Remote Sensing and GIS Methods for Change Detection and Spatio-temporal Modeling, Hong Kong, China.

Yeh, A.G.O. and Tang, S.S. (2011). A GIS-based computer-supported collaborative work flow system in urban planning. In Nyerges, T.L., Couclelis, H., and McMaster, R. (eds.), The SAGE handbook of GIS and society, p. 304-320. Los Angeles: Sage.


Ferreira, J., Diao, M., Zhu, Y., Li, W. and Jiang, S. (2010), Information Infrastructure for Research Collaboration in Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Planning. Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, No. 2183, pp. 85-93.
Lai, P.C., Mak, A.S.H., So, F.M., Leung, T.S., and Kwong, K.H. (2010). Modelling voter behaviours by geographic information technology: A case of Hong Kong in 2004. Annals of GIS, 16, 15-25.
Lai, P.C., Kwong, K.H. & Mak, A.S.H. (2010) Assessing the applicability and effectiveness of 3D visualisation in environmental impact assessment. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 37 (2): 221-233.
Lai, P.C., So, F.M. and Chan, K.W. Spatial epidemiological approaches in disease mapping and analysis, (Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group), 2010.
Lai, P.C. and Kwong, K.H. Spatial analysis of the 2008 influenza outbreak of Hong Kong. In Taniar, D., (Eds.) Computational Science and its Application (ICCSA 2010), (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), LNCS 6016, March 2010: 374-388

Kwong, K.H. and Lai, P.C. Spatial components in disease modelling. In Taniar, D., (Eds.) Computational Science and its Application (ICCSA 2010), (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), LNCS 6016, March 2010: 389-400.

Peng, J., Wang, Y., Zhang, Y., Wu, J., Li, W. and Li, Y. (2010), Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Landscape Metrics In Quantifying Spatial Patterns. Ecological Indicators, 10, 217-223.
Qi, Z. Yeh, A.G.O., and Zhang X. (2010). Fusion of RADARSAT-2 PolSAR and PolInSAR data for land use and land cover classification, Proceedings of Asia GIS 2010 International Conference, 05-06 November 2010, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Xia Li, Xiaohu Zhang, A.G.O. Yeh and Xiaoping Liu (2010). Parallel Cellular Automata for Large-scale Urban Simulation Using Load-balancing Techniques. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 803-820.