Department of Geography and Resource Management (GRM), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. KAN Zihan

Faculty Member

Prof. KAN Zihan

Assistant Professor

BSc (WuhanU)
PhD (WuhanU)

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  • Kan Z, Kwan M.P, Ng M K, Tieben H, 2022. The Impacts of Housing Characteristics and Built-Environment Features on Mental Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(9): 5143.
  • Kan, Z., Kwan, M.P., Liu, D., Tang, L., Chen, Y. and Fang M., 2022. Assessing individual activity-related exposures to traffic congestion using GPS trajectory data. Journal of Transport Geography, 98, 103240.
  • Huang, J., Kwan, M.P., Cai, J., Song, W., Yu, C., Kan, Z. and Yim, S.H.L., 2022. Field Evaluation and Calibration of Low-Cost Air Pollution Sensors for Environmental Exposure Research. Sensors, 22(6), 2381.
  • Liu, D., Kwan, M.P., Huang, J., Kan, Z., Song Y. and Li, X., 2022. Analyzing income-based inequality in transit nodal accessibility. Travel Behaviour and Society. 27, 57-64.
  • Kan, Z., Kwan, M.P., Huang, J., Wong, M.S. and Liu, D., 2021. Comparing the space-time patterns of high-risk areas in different waves of COVID-19 in Hong Kong. Transaction in GIS. 00, 1– 20.
  • Kan, Z., Kwan, M.P. and Tang, L., 2021. Ripley’s K-function for network-constrained flow data. Geographical Analysis. 0, 1–20.
  • Kan, Z., Kwan, M.P., Wong, M.S., Huang, J. and Liu, D., 2021. Identifying the space-time patterns of COVID-19 risk and their associations with different built environment features in Hong Kong. Science of the Total Environment, 772, 145379.
  • Huang, J., Kwan, M.P. and Kan, Z., 2021. The superspreading places of COVID-19 and the associated built-environment and socio-demographic features: A study using a spatial network framework and individual-level activity data. Health & Place, 102694.
  • Liu, D., Kwan, M.P., Kan, Z., 2021. Analyzing disparities in transit-based healthcare accessibility in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien. 1-15.
  • Ren, C., Tang, L., Long, J., Kan, Z. and Yang, X., 2021. Modelling place visit probability sequences during trajectory data gaps based on movement history. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 10(7), 456.
  • Liu, D., Kwan, M.P., Kan, Z. and Song, Y., 2021. An integrated analysis of housing and transit affordability in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. The Geographical Journal, 187, 110–126.
  • Liu, D., Kwan, M.P. and Kan, Z., 2021. Analysis of urban green space accessibility and distribution inequity in the City of Chicago.Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 59,127029.
  • Kwok, C.Y.T., Wong, M.S., Chan, K.L., Kwan, M.P., Nichol, J.E., Liu, C.H., Wong, J.Y.H., Wai, A.K.C., Chan, L.W.C., Xu, Y., Li, H., Huang, J. and Kan, Z., 2021. Spatial analysis of the impact of urban geometry and socio-demographic characteristics on COVID-19, a study in Hong Kong. Science of the Total Environment, 764, 144455.
  • Kan, Z., Wong, M. S., Zhu, R., 2020. Understanding space-time patterns of vehicular emission flows in urban areas using geospatial technique. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 79, 101399.
  • Chen, Y., Tang, L., Kan, Z., Bilal, M. and Li, Q., 2020. A novel water body extraction neural network (WBE-NN) for optical high-resolution multispectral imagery. Journal of Hydrology, 588, 125092.
  • Chen, Y., Tang, L., Kan, Z., Latif, A., Yang, X., Bilal, M. and Li, Q., 2020. Cloud and cloud shadow detection based on multiscale 3D-CNN for high resolution multispectral imagery. IEEE Access, 8, 16505-16516.
  • Huang, J., Kwan, M. P., Kan, Z. et al. 2020. Investigating the relationship between the built environment and relative risk of COVID-19 in Hong Kong. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 9(11): 624.
  • Kan, Z., Tang, L., Kwan, M.P., Ren, C., Liu, D. and Li, Q., 2019. Traffic congestion analysis at the turn level using taxis’ GPS trajectory data. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 74, 229-243.
  • Tang, L., Gao, J., Ren, C., Zhang, X., Yang, X. and Kan, Z., 2019. Detecting and evaluating urban clusters with spatiotemporal big data. Sensors, 19(3), p.461.
  • Kan, Z., Tang, L., Kwan, M. P. and Zhang, X., 2018. Estimating vehicle fuel consumption and emissions using GPS big data. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(4), 566.
  • Kan, Z., Tang, L., Kwan, M.P., Ren, C., Liu, D., Pei, T., Liu, Y., Deng, M. and Li, Q., 2018. Fine-grained analysis on fuel-consumption and emission from vehicles trace. Journal of cleaner production, 203, 340-352.

Teaching Fields

  • Spatial statistics and analytics
  • Big data analytics
  • Smart and sustainable cities
  • Geographic Information Science

Research interests

  • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Environmental Health
  • Spatiotemporal Analysis
  • Transportation Geography
  • Travel Behavior

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2021. Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Award, Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.
2019. University Scientific Research Outstanding Achievement Award (Science and Technology) (team). Ministry of Education (China).
2019. Graduate Academic Innovation Award, Wuhan University
2017. First Prize in Progress in Surveying and Mapping Technology (team). Chinese Society for Geodesy Photogrammetry and Cartography.
2017. National Scholarship, Ministry of Education (China)
2017. Joint Ph.D. Student Program Scholarship, China Scholarship Council


GIScience and space-time analysis

Human mobility and spatial flow modeling

Environmental exposure and human activity