Bing Li

Assistant Professor

Postdoc, Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology (2021)
Ph.D. (2019) and S.M. (2015), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A.Sc. Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto (2013)

Dr. Bing Li completed his Ph.D. from MIT (2019) in the field of rock mechanics and holds a B.A.Sc. in Mineral Engineering (2013) from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Western, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech, where his work was focused on the development and application of machine learning and physical models to detect, analyse, and predict mining, oil&gas, and carbon sequestration induced earthquakes. He has also worked as a consulting seismologist on greenfield geothermal projects, as well as at Total S.A. in geophysics.

His research interests include micro-earthquake monitoring and fracture imaging in rocks at the field scale of mining, civil, and energy applications, as well as using laboratory-scaled models. The goal is to develop data-driven approaches to understand and more accurately predict the onset of failure modes in rock mechanics problems such as rock bursts, slope stability and fluid-induced fault slip. His teaching interests are rock mechanics, engineering geology, and data science for geotechnical engineers.

Professional Organizations

Member of:

  • American Rock Mechanics Association (Future Leader Class 2021)
  • European Geophysical Union
  • American Geophysical Union
  • International Society of Rock Mechanics
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers


Editorial Activities:

  • Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment (Editorial Board Member)
  • Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (Scientific Editor)
  • Sustainability (Guest Editor)
  • Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
  • American Rock Mechanics Association Symposia
  • Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
  • Applied Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Physics
  • Construction and Building Materials
  • Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
  • International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences
  • The Seismic Record
  • Minerals
  • Geophysical Journal International
  • Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-energy and Geo-resources