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The First Earth Observation for Ecosystem, Infrastructure, and City (EO4EIC) Workshop, organized by the JC STEM Lab of Earth Observations and the Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Geomatics at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, took place successfully on August 7. We are delighted to have had an audience of over 100 attendees, including academic and research staff and graduate students from the LSGI department, CEE department of PolyU, as well as from HKU and CUHK.

This workshop aims to discuss compelling and emerging topics surrounding how to improve our understanding of the nexus among city, urban infrastructure and ecosystem with the latest earth observation technologies, and particularly how to better support the following three goals: (I) enhancing understanding on human-ecosystem interactions; (II) steering sustainable urban development’ and (III) improving urban infrastructure management and planning.

Professor Weng Qihao, Chair Professor of the LSGI department at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Director of the JC STEM Lab of Earth Observations and the Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Geomatics delivered a warm welcome speech and provided an overview of the Lab and the Research Centre.

We are fortunate to have four distinguished speakers in the workshop: Professor Zhang Xiaoyang (Professor, South Dakota State University); Professor Li Jun (Professor, China University of Geosciences); Professor Ma Peifeng (Vice-Chancellor Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong); and Professor Wu Jin (Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong). Each speaker brought a unique perspective and extensive experience in their respective fields, enriching the discussions and inspiring critical thinking about the role of Earth observation in shaping ecosystems, infrastructure, and cities. Interactive sessions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities were thoughtfully incorporated to facilitate knowledge exchange, idea sharing, and the fostering of collaborations that can drive tangible change.

In closing, Professor Weng expressed gratitude to each distinguished speaker by presenting them with souvenirs as a token of appreciation for their insightful contributions to the workshop.

Following the seminar session, an engaging follow-up discussion was initiated with all distinguished speakers to explore opportunities for academic exchange and potential research collaborations with PolyU. This post-workshop interaction allowed for deeper engagement and the nurturing of relationships that can drive future advancements.

In summary, the EO4EIC Workshop marked an important milestone in our mission to promote a holistic and integrated perspective on EO technology and urban science. The success of this workshop encourages us to continue organizing similar initiatives in the future, facilitating ongoing collaboration and exploration of innovative solutions. By harnessing the knowledge and networks formed during the EO4EIC Workshop, we aim to contribute to the transformation of cities towards greater sustainability, efficiency and resilience, three major goals of future cities.