Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Shi Chao
Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Dr. Shi is currently an Assistant Professor in geotechnical engineering. He obtained his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering and MSc degree in Financial Mathematics and Statistics from City University of Hong Kong in 2022 and 2019, respectively. He also received an MPhil degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2015. He is a chartered geotechnical engineer in both the UK and mainland China, with five years’ industry experience in internationally leading consultancy and contractor company in Hong Kong. He used to lead or participate in the design and construction works of various high-profile infrastructure projects, such as reclamation works for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, ground improvement works for the 3rd runway of the Hong Kong International Airport, and subsea tunnelling works for an MTR link. He has also published over 20 SCI-indexed journal papers (including geotechnique, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, and Canadian Geotechnical Journal), and his research interests include soil mechanics, machine learning of geo-data, centrifuge modelling and numerical analysis of soil-structure interaction, and geo-energy system. The recruitment of PhD students is ongoing. Interested candidates, please contact Dr. Shi.
• Machine learning of sparse geodata for probabilistic geotechnical site characterization
• Underground digital twin
• Hybrid data-driven and physics-based analysis of geotechnical systems
• Centrifuge modelling and numerical analysis of soil-structure interaction
• Fundamental thermo-mechanical soil behavior
• Geo-energy system such as energy piles
  • AI-empowered Underground Digital Twins for Data-driven Analysis of Tunnels
  • Deep Generative Modelling of Subsurface Stratigraphy from Limited Training Images and Sparse Investigation Data
  • Hybrid Knowledge-based and Data-driven Digital Twin Models for Automatic Geotechnical Site Planning and Optimization
  • Investigation of Thermomechanical Performance of Driven Geothermal Energy Piles
Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award from ASCE, 2023
Early Career Award by Geotechnique, 2023
Young Scholar Award, ACUUS, 2023
R.M. Quigley Awards (Honourable Mention) from CGJ, 2022
Top cited paper award, 2015
Energy Technology Concentration Award, 2013
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, 2019
National Scholarship, 2009, 2011
Courses Taught
CV2013 Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics
CV3016 Construction Process and Technology
CV4110 Excavation and Retaining Wall
EN2004 Geoenvironment and Soil Mechanics
Supervision of PhD Students
Sun Bo (2023.08 - present)