Associate Professor Samsung Lim
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Samsung Lim

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.

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).

+61-2-9385 4505
Room 648, Wallace Wurth Building (C27) Room 411, Civil Engineering Building (H20) Kensington Campus
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Chen X; Bahl P; De Silva C; Heslop D; Doolan C; Lim S; MacIntyre CR, 2020, 'Systematic Review and Evaluation of Mathematical Attack Models of Human Inhalational Anthrax for Supporting Public Health Decision Making and Response', Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol. 35, pp. 412 - 419,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Figueroa LLL; Lim S; Lee J, 2018, 'Modelling the effect of deprived physical urban environments on academic performance in the Philippines', GeoJournal, vol. 83, pp. 13 - 30,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Figueroa LL; Lim S; Lee J, 2016, 'Investigating the relationship between school facilities and academic achievements through geographically weighted regression', Annals of GIS, vol. 22, pp. 1 - 13,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Figueroa LL; Lim S; Lee J, 2016, 'Spatial analysis to identify disparities in Philippine public school facilities', Regional Studies, Regional Science, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 27,


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

Scotch, M, MacIntyre, R, Lim, S, Hogue, BG, Steinhofel, K & Stelzer-Braid, S (2016), Reducing the Risk of a Human-to-Human Transmissible Form of Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Influenza Virus, 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.

Ross, S., Karskens, G., Lim, S., et al., Federated Archaeological information Management System, National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Project, 2012-2014.

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

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

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.


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 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.


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, International Journal on Civil Engineering and Urban Planning 

Editorial Board, International Journal of Geoinformatics 

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


My Research Supervision

Current Student Thesis Projects:

  • Daniel Fowler (PhD Candidate) Spatial epidemiology: how infectious and non-infectious diseases can spread
  • Maryamsadat Hosseini (PhD Candidate) Predicting wildfire occurrence probability by GeneXproTools
  • Badal Pokharel (PhD Candidate) Developing a physical model for establishment of early warning system of rainfall-induced landslides in the Central Nepal Himalayas
  • Jiyu Liu (PhD Candidate) Assessment of a post-fire forested ecosystem by using spaceborne lidar over south-eastern Australia
  • Sharareh Akbarian (PhD Candidate) A novel machine learning method for crop yield prediction using unmanned aerial vehicle-based multispectral images
  • Bingnan Li (PhD Candidate) Machine learning-based spatio-temporal analysis of epidemic diseases using social media data

Past Student Thesis Projects:

  • 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
  • Jingyi Sun  (ME, 2019) A study of the distributional and structural characteristics of Australian remnant forests in major structural types using a data collation method and airborne lidar data
  • 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
  • Isabella Kay Lee (ME, 2015) The applicability of remote sensing techniques for meteorological and environmental monitoring
  • Hong Joo Park (PhD, 2014) Analysis of full waveform airborne lidar remote sensing data for the individual tree inventory in Australian forestry
  • 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