Dr. Yao Yevenyo Ziggah


PhD, Geodesy and Survey Engineering, 2017

MEng, Geodesy and Survey Engineering, 2013

BSc (Hons), Geomatic Engineering, 2008



1. China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), (2014 - 2017)

2. China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), (2010 - 2013)

3. University of Mines and Technology (Then, KNUST Western University College, Tarkwa), (2004-2008)



1. Chinese Government Scholarship, (2014-2017)

2. UMaT Staff Development Fund, (2014-2017)

3. Chinese Government Scholarship, (2010-2014)

4. Ghana Government Scholarship, (2010 - 2013)



  • Application and development of Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Geodesy
  • Geodetic Coordinate Transformation
  • Geomathematics
  • Crustal Deformation Modelling
  • Geoid Modelling and Height Systems
  • GPS Meteorology
  • Ground Vibration Modelling



1. Lecturer (2017- date)

2. Assistant Lecturer (2014 - 2017)



1. Principles of Geodesy

2. Advanced Geodesy

3. Survey Measurements

4. Land Surveying

5. Applied Optics

6. Survey Computation and Adjustment II

7. Spatial Statistics



1. 4 Undergraduate Project Works, (2014/2015 Academic Year)

2. 5 Undergraduate Project Works, (2015/2016 Academic Year)

3. 4 Undergraduate Project Works, (2017/2018 Academic Year)



1. Mine Surveyor, CBM Surveys Limited (Adamus Resources Limited on the Nzema Gold Operations-Resettlement and Mine Construction Project)

2. Exploration Surveyor, Westminster Development Limited

3. Mine Surveyor, Boafo Mining Limited

4. Pit Surveyor (Service Personnel), Golden Star Limited (Bogoso/Prestea)

5. Intern, Abosso Goldfields Limited, Damang Mine



1. Estimation of Mine Pit Excavation Volume using Multiple Linear Regression Approach - A Case Study. (2016-2016)

2. CoordinateTransformation using Vanicek and Steeves Concept - A Case Study of Ghana Geodetic Reference Network. (2016-2016)

3. Transformation of Planimetric Coordinates between War Office 1926 Ellipsoid and Clark (1880) Modified Ellipsoid. (2016-2016)

4. Comparative Study of Ordinary Least Squares and Total Least Squares Methods in 3D Coordinate Transformation-A Case Study of Ghana Geodetic Reference Network. (2016-2016)

5. Integration of Wavelet Analysis and Artificial Neural Network for Geodetic Deformation Modelling – A case study. (2016-2016)

6.Peformance Assessment of Methods Used in Transformation from Cartesian Coordinates (X, Y, Z) to Geodetic Cooridnates (φ, λ, h). (2015-2015)

7. Distortion Assessment in an Existing Bursa-Wolf and 12 Parameter Linear Affine Data Using Polynomial Transformation Model within Ghana Geodetic Reference Network.(2015-2015)

8. Assessing the Methods of Estimating Ellipsoidal Height for a Local Geodetic Network. (2015-2015)

9. A Comparative Study of Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) and Total least squares (TLS) in Predicting 2D Cartesian coordinates. (2015-2015)



1. Arthur, C.K., Temeng, V.A. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2020), "Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines (MARS) approach to blast-induced ground vibration prediction", International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp1-25 https://doi.org/10.1080/17480930.2019.1577940

2. Ziggah, Y.Y., Youjian, H., Yakubu, I. and Laari, P.B. (2019), "Least Squares Support Vector Machine Model for Coordinate transformation", Geodesy and Cartography, Vol. 45(1):16-27.

3. Ziggah, Y.Y., Youjian, H., Tierra, A.R. and Laari, P.B. (2019), "Coordinate transformation between global and local data based on artificial neural network with K-fold cross-validation in Ghana", Earth Sciences Research Journal, Vol. 23(1):67-77.

4. Arthur, C.K., Temeng, V.A. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2019), "Soft computing-based technique as a predictive tool to estimate blast-induced ground vibration", Journal of Sustainable Mining, pp.1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsm.2019.10.001

5. Asante-Okyere, S., Shen, C., Ziggah, Y.Y., Rulegeya, M.M. and Zhu, X. (2019), "A Novel Hybrid Technique of Integrating Gradient-Boosted Machine and Clustering Algorithms for Lithology Classification", Natural Resources Research, pp.1-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11053-019-09576-4

6. Gonçalves, T.M., Zhong, X.,  Ziggah, Y.Y. and Dwamena, B.Y. (2019), “Simulating Urban Growth Using Cellular Automata Approach (SLEUTH) - A Case Study of Praia city, Cabo Verde”, IEEE Access, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 156430-156442.

7. Brantson, E.T., Ju, B., Ziggah, Y.Y., Akwensi, P.H., Sun, Y., Wu, D. and Addo, B.J. (2019), “Forecasting of Horizontal Gas Well Production Decline in Unconventional Reservoirs using Productivity, Soft Computing and Swarm Intelligence Models”, Natural Resources Research, 28(3):717-756.

8. Shen, C., Asante-Okyere, S., Ziggah, Y.Y., Wang, L. and Zhu, X. (2019), "Group Method of Data Handling (GMDH) Lithology Identification Based on Wavelet Analysis and Dimensionality Reduction as Well Log Data Pre-processing Techniques",  Energies, 12(8),1-16.doi:10.3390/en12081509

9. Yakubu, I., Ziggah, Y.Y. and Yeboah, C. (2019), "Evaluating Hurst Parameters and Fractal Dimensions of Surveyed Dataset of Tailings Dam Embankment", International Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Vol. 13 (4):223-227.

10. Atuahene, S., Bao, Y., Ziggah, Y.Y. and Gyan, P. (2019), "Artificial Neural Network Based Artificial Intelligent Algorithms for Accurate Monthly Load Forecasting of Power Consumption", London Journal of Research in Science: Natural and Formal, Vol. 19 (2):1-15.

11. Atuahene, S., Bao, Y., Gyan, P. and Ziggah, Y.Y.  (2019), "Accurate Forecast Improvement Approach for Short Term Load Forecasting Using Hybrid Filter-Wrap Feature Selection", International Journal of Management Science and Business Administration, Vol. 5 (2):37-49.

12. Arthur, C.K., Temeng, V.A. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2019), "Novel approach to predicting blast-induced ground vibration using Gaussian process regression", Engineering with Computers, pp.1-14.

13. Cheng, P., Hui, Z., Xia, Y., Ziggah, Y.Y., Hu, Y. and Wu, J. (2019), " An Improved Skewness Balancing Filtering Algorithm Based on Thin Plate Spline Interpolation", Applied Sciences, 9(1):1-15.

14. Hui, Z., Wang, L., Ziggah, Y.Y., Cai, S. and Xia, Y. (2019), "Automatic Morphological Filtering Algorithm for Airborne LiDAR Data in Urban Areas", Applied Optics, 58(4):1164-1173.

15. Hui, Z., Li, D., Jin, S., Ziggah, Y.Y., Wang, L. and Youjian, H. (2019), "Automatic DTM Extraction from Airborne LiDAR Based on Expectation-Maximization", Optics & Laser Technology, 112:43-55.

16. Hui, Z., Jin, S., Chen, P., Ziggah, Y.Y., Wang, L., Wang, Y. and Youjian, H. (2019), "An Active Learning Method for DEM Extraction from Airborne LiDAR Point Clouds",IEEE Access, 7:89366-89378.

17. Ziggah, Y.Y., Yakubu, I., Laari, P.B. and Hui, Z. (2018), “2D Cadastral Coordinate Transformation Using Extreme Learning Machine Technique”, Geodesy and Cartography (The Journal of Committee on Geodesy of Polish Academy of Sciences), 67(2):321-343.

18. Ziggah, Y.Y. and Laari, P.B. (2018), "Application of Multivariate Adaptive Regression Spline Approach for 2D Coordinate Transformation", Ghana Journal of Technology, 2(2):50-62.

19. Yakubu, I., Ziggah, Y.Y. and Peprah, M.S. (2018), "Adjustment of DGPS Data using Artificial Intelligence and Classical Least Square Techniques", Journal of Geomatics, 12(1):13-20.

20. Yakubu, I., Ziggah, Y.Y. and Baafi, K.A. (2018), "Prediction of Tidal Effect in Crustal Deformation Monitoring: A Geodetic Perspective", Ghana Journal of Technology, 2(2):63-69.

21. Asante-Okyere, S., Xu, Q., Mensah, R.A., Jin, C. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2018), "Generalized Regression and Feed Forward Backpropagation Neural Networks in Modelling Flammability Characteristics of Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)", Thermochimica Acta, 66:79-92.

22. Atuahene, S., Bao, Y., Ziggah, Y.Y., Gyan, P. and Li, F. (2018), Short-Term Electric Power Forecasting Using Dual-Stage Hierarchical Wavelet-Particle Swarm Optimization-Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System PSO-ANFIS Approach Based On Climate Change. Energies, 11(10):1-19.

23. Asante-Okyere, S., Shen, C., Ziggah, Y. Y., Rulegeya, M.M. and Zhu, X. (2018), “Investigating the Predictive Performance of Gaussian Process Regression in Evaluating Reservoir Porosity”, Energies, 13(12):1-13.

24. Ziggah, Y.Y. and Yakubu, I. (2017), "Alternative Methods of Determining Translation Parameters for Geocentric Translation Model Applications", Ghana Journal of Technology, 2(1):38-50.

25. Ziggah, Y.Y., Youjian, H., Laari, P.B. and Hui, Z. (2017), "Novel Approach to Improve Geocentric Translation Model Performance using Artificial Neural Network Technology" Boletim de Ciências Geodésicas, 23(1):213-233.

26. Ziggah, Y.Y., Ayer, J., Laari, P.B. and Frimpong, E. (2017),  "Coordinate Transformation using Featherstone and Vaníček Proposed Approach – A Case Study of Ghana Geodetic Reference NetworkGeoplaninng: Journal of Geomatics and Planning,4,1,19-26.

27. Kumi-Boateng, B. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2017), "Horizontal coordinate transformation using artificial neural network technology- A case study of Ghana geodetic reference network ", Journal of Geomatics,11,1,1-11.

28. Peprah, M.S., Ziggah, Y.Y. and Yakubu, I. (2017), "Performance Evaluation of the Earth Gravitational Model 2008 (EGM2008) – A Case Study" South African Journal of Geomatics, 6, 1, 47-72.

29. Konate, A.A., Pan, H., Ma, H., Qin, Z., Guo, B., Ziggah, Y.Y.,Kounga, C.L.M., Khan, N., Tounkara, F. (2017), "Use of spectral gamma ray as a lithology guide for fault rocks: A case study from the Wenchuan Earthquake Fault Scientific Drilling project Borehole 4 (WFSD-4)", Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 128, 75-85. 

30. Akyen, T., Boye, C.B. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2017), "Landfill Lifespan Estimation: A Case Study", Ghana Mining Journal, 17(2):1-5.

31. Yakubu, I., Ziggah, Y.Y. and Asafo-Adjei, D. (2017), "Appraisal of ANN and ANFIS for predicting Vertical Total Electron Content (VTEC) in the Ionosphere for GPS Observations", Ghana Mining Journal, 17(2):12-16.

32. Zhenyang, H., Beiping, W., Youjian, H. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2017), "Improved Progressive Morphological Filter for Digital Terrain Model Generation from Airborne Lidar Data", Applied Optics, 56(34):9356-9367.

33. Ziggah, Y.Y., Youjian, H., Tierra, A., Konate, A.A. and Hui, Z. (2016), "Performance evaluation of artificial neural networks for planimetric coordinate transformation—a case study, Ghana", Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9,698.

34. Ziggah, Y.Y., Youjian, H., Yu, X. and Laari, P.B. (2016), "Capability of Artificial Neural Network for Forward Conversion of Geodetic Coordinates ( ϕ , λ , h ) to Cartesian Coordinates (X, Y, Z)", Mathematical Geosciences, 48,6,687-721.

35. Ziggah, Y.Y., Yakubu, I. and Kumi-Boateng, B. (2016) “Analysis of Methods for Ellipsoidal Height Estimation – The Case of a Local Geodetic Reference Network”, Ghana Mining Journal, 16, 2,1 - 9.

36. Kumi-Boateng, B. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2016), "A Hybrid Model to Predict Cartesian Planimetric Coordinates", Journal of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, 4,1,48-61.

37. Kumi-Boateng, B. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2016), "Accuracy Assessment of Cartesian (X, Y, Z) to Geodetic Coordinates (φ, λ, h) Transformation Procedures in Precise 3D Coordinate Transformation – A Case Study of Ghana Geodetic Reference Network", Journal of Geosciences and Geomatics,4,1,1-7.

38. Annan, R. F., Ziggah, Y. Y., Ayer, J. and Odutola, C.A. (2016), “A Hybridized Centroid Technique for 3D Molodensky-Badekas Coordinate Transformation in the Ghana Geodetic Reference Network using Total Least Squares Approach”, South African Journal of Geomatics,5,3,269-284.

39. Annan, R. F., Ziggah, Y. Y., Ayer, J. and Odutola, C.A. (2016), “Accuracy assessment of heights obtained from Total station and Level Instrument using Total Least Squares and Ordinary Least Squares Methods”, Geoplaninng: Journal of Geomatics and Planning,3, 2, 87-92.

40. Laari, P.B., Ziggah, Y. Y., Annan, R. F. (2016) "Determination of 3D Transformation Parameters for the Ghana Geodetic Reference Network using Ordinary Least Squares and Total Least Squares Techniques" International Journal of Geomatics and Geosciences, 7,3,245-261.

41. Zhenyang, H., Youjian, H., Shuanggen J. and Ziggah, Y.Y.  (2016), ''Road centerline extraction from airborne LiDAR point cloud based on hierarchical fusion and optimization'', ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 118, 22-36. 

42. Zhenyang, H., Youjian, H., Ziggah, Y.Y. and Xianyu, Y. (2016), " An Improved Morphological Algorithm for Filtering Airborne LiDAR Point Cloud Based on Multi-Level Kriging Interpolation", Remote Sensing, 8,35,1-16.

43. Huang, F.M., Wu, P. and Ziggah, Y.Y.(2016), "GPS Monitoring Landslide Deformation Signal Processing using Time-series Model", International Journal of Signal Processing, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition, 9,3,321-332.

44. Konate, A.A., Pan, H., Ma, H., Cao, X., Ziggah, Y.Y., Oloo, M. and Khan, N. (2015), ''Application of Dimensionality Reduction to Improve Geophysical Log Data Classification Performance in Crystalline Rocks'', Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering,133,633-645. 

45. Konate, A.A., Pan, H., Fang, S., Asim, S., Ziggah, Y.Y., Deng, C. and Khan, N. (2015), ''Capability of Self-Organizing Map Neural Network in Geophysical Log Data Classification: Case Study from CCSD-MH'', Journal of Applied Geophysics,118,37-46. 

46. Konate, A.A., Pan, H.,Khan, N. and  Ziggah, Y.Y. (2015), ''Prediction of Porosity in Crystalline Rocks Using Artificial Neural Networks: An Example from the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling Main Hole'', Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica,59,1,113-136.

47. Ziggah, Y.Y., Youjian, H., Odutola, C.A. and Nguyen, T.T. (2013), ''Accuracy Assessment of Centroid Computation Methods in Precise GPS Coordinates Transformation Parameters Determination-A Case Study, Ghana'', European Scientific Journal, 9,15,200-220.

48.  Ziggah, Y.Y., Youjian, H., Odutola, C.A. and Fan, D.L. (2013), ''Determination of GPS Coordinate Transformation Parameters of Geodetic Data between Reference Datums-A Case Study of Ghana Geodetic Reference Network'', International Journal of Engineering Sciences & Research Technology, 2(4),956-971.

49.  Odutola, C.A., Beiping, W. and Ziggah,Y.Y. (2013), ''Assessing Vertical Accuracy of SRTM Ver 4.1 and ASTER GDEM Ver 2 Using Differential GPS Measurements – Case Study in Ondo State Nigeria'', International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research,4,12,1-9.

50. Odutola, C.A., Beiping, W. and Ziggah,Y.Y. (2013), ''Testing Simple Regression Model for Coordinate Transformation by Comparing Its Predictive Result for Two Regions'', Academic Research Journal,4,6,540-550.

51.  Odutola, C.A., Beiping, W., Ziggah,Y.Y. and Abdul, D.O. (2013), ''The Need for 3D Laser Scanning Documentation for Select Nigeria Cultural Heritage Sites'', European Scientific Journal,9,24,75-91.

52. Lo-Karija, M.K., Shihua, Q. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2013), ''Correlation among Municipal Solid Waste Pollution, Fecal Coliform Water Pollution and Water Borne Diseases in Juba/South Sudan'', British Journal of Applied Science & Technology, 3(4):1120-1143.

53. Ziggah, Y.Y., Youjian, H., Odutola, C.A. and Kumi-Boateng, B. (2012), ''Regression Models for 2-Dimensional Cartesian Coordinates Prediction: A Case Study at University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa-Ghana'', International Journal of Computer Science & Engineering Survey, 3,6,61-79.



1. Ziggah, Y.Y., Peprah, M.S., Yakubu, I. and Laari, P.B. (2018), “Predicting Open Pit Mine Geodetic Deformations using Artificial Neural Networks”, Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Land Surveying Division Seminar 2018 at Ho, Volta Region, Ghana, 5-7 September, pp. 1-26.

2. Ziggah, Y.Y., Casimir, N., Yakubu, I. and Laari, P.B. (2018), “Fractal Characteristic Analysis of Geodetic Deformation Monitoring Data: An Example from Open Pit Mine in Ghana”, Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Land Surveying Division Seminar 2018 at Ho, Volta Region, Ghana, 5-7 September, pp. 1-14.

3. Yakubu, I., Ziggah, Y.Y. and  Tenadu, K. (2018), "Education for Spatial Planning and Design: Integrating Surveying and Mapping Sciences as a Foundation" FIG Congress 2018, Embracing our Smart World where the continents connect: enhancing the geospatial maturity of societies, Turkey, May6-11, 2018.

4. Hui, Z., Cheng, P., Ziggah, Y.Y. and Nie, Y. (2018), "A Threshold-Free Algorithm for Airborne LIDAR Point Clouds Based on Expectation-Maximization"  The International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Sciences, Volume XLII-3, 2008, ISPRS TC III Mid-Term Symposium "Developments, Technolgies and Applications in Remote Sensing", 7-10 May, Beijing, China, pp 607-610.  

5. Ziggah, Y.Y. and Laari, P.B. (2017), "Investigating the Performance of Multivariate Adaptive Regression Spline (MARS) Approach in 2D Coordinate Transformation"  Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Land Surveying Division Seminar 2017, At Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Accra.  

6. Ziggah, Y. Y., Akwensi, P. H. and Annan, R. F. (2016), "Plane Coordinate Transformation Using General Least Squares Approach – A Case Study of Ghana Geodetic Reference Network"  4th UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp.68-77.  

7. Hui, Z., Hu, Y. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2016), “Automatic Building Extraction from Airborne LiDAR Point Cloud Based on Mean Shift Segmentation”. In: GEOBIA 2016: Solutions and Synergies, 14 September 2016 - 16 September 2016, University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), Netherlands, pp. 1-2.

8. Akyen, T., Boye, C.B. and Ziggah, Y.Y. (2016), "Municipal Solid Waste Estimation and Landfill Lifespan Prediction- A Case Study" 4th UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp.127-133.

9. Nguyen, T.T., Nguyen, Q.M., Liu, X.G., Ziggah, Y.Y. (2012) ''3D Object Model Reconstrcution Based on Laser Scanning Point Cloud Data'' International Symposium on Geoinformatics for Spatial Infrastructure Development in Earth and Allied Sciences (GIS-IDEAS),16-20 October 2012, HoChiMinh, Vietnam.