Prof. WU Bo Associate Head (Research), Department of Land Surveying & Geo-Informatics and Director of the Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Abstract: The evaluation and selection of landing areas for lunar and Mars missions need to consider engineering safety and scientific significance. These are closely related to the topographic, geomorphological, and geologic characteristics of the landing area. This talk will present new developments in planetary remote sensing including high-precision and high-resolution topographic mapping, automatic identification and analysis of geomorphological features, and mineral mapping and geological studies. The talk will also present examples and practices for landing site evaluation and selection in lunar and Mars exploration missions.
Short bio of the speaker: Bo Wu joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 2009, becoming an Associate Professor in 2015 and then Professor in 2020. He is now the Associate Head (Research) of the Department of Land Surveying & Geo-Informatics and Director of the Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory at PolyU. He worked on NASA-funded projects for Mars and Moon exploration missions at the Ohio State University from 2006 to 2009. Since joining PolyU, he worked on landing site mapping and evaluation for China’s Chang’E-3, Chang’E-4, and Chang’E-5 lunar missions, and is currently working on landing site mapping and characterization to support China’s first Mars mission, future missions to the lunar South Pole, and future asteroid exploration mission.