Meet our junior members

The Lab warmly welcomes new student researchers

We are happy to work with talented students to support our research activities. We are pleased to introduce five new members of our team.

Zhong Shiyue

“My passion for interdisciplinary research brought me on the path of research in GIS and psychology, and inspires me everyday to see the world from multiple angles!


I am a graduate student pursuing a Masters in International Affairs at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS. I received my bachelor degree with Majors in International Studies, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science from Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA). My working experience includes a role as Editorial Assistant at Journal of Asian Studies, Project Lead at Think Tank and Civil Societies Program, and Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough Twin Cities.


Understanding the impact of training and bias in mapping.

Lawrence Chew

“The Study of Geography is about more than just Memorising Places on a Map. It’s about Understanding the Complexity of our World.” - Barack Obama


Year 4 NUS Geography undergraduate with a double minor in Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) & Urban Studies, with skill sets in Geospatial Analytics, Data Analysis and Cartography. I am especially interested in the area of Geospatial Analysis and Geospatial Database Management with the intention of value-adding in the area of Urban Planning and Development.


Exploration of building data openly released by governments.

Koichi Ito

“It brings me joy to tap into the potential of emerging urban data with talented and passionate people at the Lab!”


I am a year 2 student in the Master of Urban Planning program. My working experience includes internships at various IT startups in Japan, an international non-profit organization in Senegal, an urban development research internship at World Bank Group, and a software engineer position at a health care e-commerce startup. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America.


Applications of computer vision techniques and street-level imagery in urban studies.

Kay Lee

“Geospatial data is critical to gaining insight into how our cities work from the ground up as well as the processes that shape our lives.”


I am a third-year undergraduate at Yale-NUS from Singapore, majoring in Urban Studies alongside a minor in Anthropology. I am interested in understanding our cities and contributing to positive change through both data-based and ethnographic research. I am keen on pursuing a career in city research and urban planning in the future.


Quality assessment and analysis of open building datasets.

Chen Xinyu

“I am very excited to use data and technical skills to explore urban dynamics and devise solutions to urban problems.”


I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied GIS degree. Before joining the Lab, I have spent one year studying in the Master of Urban Planning programme, and I have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Geography and Urban Rural Planning from Sun Yat-sen University, China. I have participated in several spatial data science projects in the areas of crime, public health, and Airbnb. My working experience includes an internship of real estate consulting in JLL and an internship of strategy consulting in Detecon.


Teaching activities in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Cartography.

Welcome everyone!

We might be accepting new student researchers next year, so keep an eye at our openings page if interested.