The TU Delft research centre in Wuhan, China, focuses on geo-information. Charting the environment in 3D is necessary for many societal applications ranging from spatial planning to disaster management, and from navigation to (serious) gaming. Geo-information is forming the nerve system of our environment. Due to its rapid development, there is a great need for geo-information in China. Remote-sensing research is directed at monitoring the Earth in order to better understand the ongoing processes (e.g. sea-level rise, flooding, erosion, earthquakes, etc.) and taking appropriate actions in time. Being a small and densely populated country, the Netherlands has a long history with regard to technology to acquire, process, use, and disseminate geo-information for many applications.
In spite of the scale differences, China and the Netherlands have lots in common in the area of spatial information. Wuhan is the leading university in China and even the largest university in the world in the field of spatial information. The mission of the centre is to intensify both applied and more fundamental joint research, increase staff exchange, jointly organize international conferences and workshops, and achieve more PhD and MSc education. The Joint Research Centre, is based on a long, intensive and fruitful history of collaboration between Wuhan and Delft, including honorary professorship of Peter Teunissen at Wuhan since 2000, many PhD's and postdocs from Wuhan in Delft, and international events organized together; e.g. the 3D Cadastres workshop, China, October 2012.

In 2000 Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping (founded in 1956), and three other Universities - of which oldest roots date back to 1893 - merged in what is known today as Wuhan University, a comprehensive and key national university. It is also the home of LIESMARS, the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Survey, Mapping and Remote Sensing.

Mid-term Assessment 11 March 2016

This report contains both the result of the mid-term assessment of the Wuhan University – Delft University of Technology, Joint Research Centre (JRC) on Spatial Information and the selfassessment preparation materials. The assessment of the JRC was conduced on 11 March 2016 by the assessment committee on behalf of the TUD board (vice rector Peter Wieringa) and the JRC Advisory Board (AB chair Deren Li). The self-assessment input materials illustrate the obtained results during the past first three JRC years. Download report.

Within this Joint Research Centre there are several research themes:

  • Geo Information Systems (GIS)
  • Geo Information & Governance
  • Remote Sensing & its applications
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Physical & Satellite Geodesy

There are several opportunities for PhD and MSc education, and also several student projects. 

Cooperation with several companies and government:

  • National Center of Remote Sensing of China, MOST
  • Chinese State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping
  • Shenzhen Land and Plan Administer Commission
  • Grontmij
  • TNO
  • Kadaster
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