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From pixel to people – using satellite imagery to monitor urban dynamic and mental health impacts

PhD defence, Friday 27 November 2020. Tzu-Hsin Karen Chen.

2020.11.27 | Sunitha Satkunam

Tzu-Hsin Karen Chen

Tzu-Hsin Karen Chen researches remote sensing and changing urban form. Urban form has changed in the last few decades along horizontal building density and vertical building heights. Even in a developed country, such as Denmark, new housing developments are not slowing down. Tzu-Hsin Karen Chen studies how time-series satellite images and artificial intelligence can characterise those urban changes. Based on the historical urban form mapping gained from images, she looks further into how Danish people have migrated across varying types of urban environments and relates it to mental health.

The new research findings contribute to the harmonised monitoring of urban environments, and understanding of how urban planning and design can support sustainable development goals.

The PhD study was completed at Big Data Centre for Environment and Health, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 27 November 2020 at 13:00
Place: The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Clive Sabel (cs@envs.au.dk).
Title of PhD thesis: Changing urban form: detection, transformation, and implications for mental well-being
Contact information: Tzu-Hsin Karen Chen, e-mail: thc@envs.au.dk, tel.: +45 71644066
Members of the assessment committee:
Associate Professor Jasper van Vliet, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Associate Professor Lasse Møller-Jensen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Kai Bester (chairman), Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Clive Sabel, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Associate Professor Alexander Prishchepov, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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