Dr. Krishnan Sundara Rajan
Head, Lab for Spatial Informatics(LSI)
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad.

Areas of Interest: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Modelling & Simulation, Regional and Global Environmental Change, Human-Land-Water interactions, Role of S&T in Policy making, Open Source Softwares

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Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 1999.
Areas of Expertise: Agent based Spatial Modelling (AGENT-LUC), GIS and Remote Sensing, Land Use and Land Cover
M.Eng in Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 1995.
Areas of Expertise: GIS and Remote Sensing, Land Use and Land Cover, Thailand
B. Tech(Hons) Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 1993.
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Engineering, Industrial Waste, Water treatment

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor & Head, Lab for Spatial Informatics - September 2006 onwards
International Institute of Information Technology (Deemed University), Hyderabad, India

Founder Chairman and Director, M/s Kaiinos Geospatial Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Hyderabad - Oct 2010 onwards
URL: http://www.kaiinos.com/

Director (Independent), M/s. Couth Infotech Private Limited - June 2012 onwards

Senior Researcher - April 2002 - August 2006
Japan Science and Technology Agency, Saitama, Japan

Scientific Officer, Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) - January 2001 to August 2006
LUCC International Programme of IGBP & IHDP, Focus 2 office, (concurrent position)
Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Joint Researcher - July 2003 - June 2006 (concurrent position)
Research Institute for Humanity & Nature, Kyoto, Japan

Research Associate - December 1999 - March 2002
Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Professional Memberships / Programs:

1. Life Member, Indian Society of Remote Sensing.
2. Life Member, Indian Society of Geomatics.
3. International Charter Member, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo.org).
4. Founding Member and Treasurer, OSGeo-India (OSGeo.in).
5. Member, IEEE & IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.
6. Member, IGU Commission on Land Use and Land Cover Changes.
7. Was member of Japanese Association of Remote Sensing, American Geophysical Union.
8. An active member in various IHDP and IGBP related Programs - LAND, LUCC, UGEC, GECAFS, GCP, and GWSP.
9. Involved in providing Scientific support to a few NGOs (WASSAN, SOUL, etc) working on Water and Environmental issues.

Projects and Consultancy:

A. Environmental Projects - Land use, Water use and Environment related
1. Modelling of LULC Dynamics in Yamuna and Godavari River Basins, related to ISRO-GBP project on LULC dynamics and Impact of Human dimensions in Indian River Basins. Main PI. Funded by Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO for 2012-2015.
2. Development of Biodiversity Spatial Data Infrastructure for Western Ghats, India. Co-PI, joint research with OSGeo-India. Funded by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India. 2012-2013 (Sanctioned but not started)
3. Documenting Disappearing Water Bodies of Hyderabad City - Socio-technological options for drinking water supply. Co-PI with SaciWATERs, SOUL and NIAS Bangalore. Funded by Dept of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. 2012-13.
4. Agent based modeling of land-use/ land-cover changes in Barak basin - North Eastern India. Main PI. Funded by North East Space Applications Centre, Dept. of Space. 2012-13.
5. GIS Study of the Watershed of Shamirpet lake in Peri-urban area of Hyderabad. A preliminary analysis for South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs, UNDP) to assess water security in peri-urban areas. May 2011-Aug 2011. Preliminary research work.
6. Second National Communication (NATCOM) on inventory of Green House Gases - National Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) assessment using satellite data. PI for 3 states in India. Funded by National Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO for 2009-2011.
7. ENVIS Common Service Platform - a prototype system. This was developed to improve the data and knowledge sharing of ENVIS centres, in consultation with the Min. of Environment and Forestry, Govt. of India. 2008-2009. (internal funds)
8. Agricultural Land Use in East and South Asia - Rapidly Changing Landscapes and its Impacts on Regional Food Security. Main PI of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change (APN) funded project for 2005-07 involving India, Japan and China.
9. DREAMAR: Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: Household Resilience and Change. Decision-making in Rangeland systems: an integrated Ecosystem-Agent-based Modeling Approach. Collaborator of this NSF(USA) funded Project lead by NREL, Colorado State University for 2005-08

B. Geospatial Technology Projects - GIS Algorithms, Satellite Image Processing, Open Source Development (in-house too)
10. Development of an Open Source Collaborative Mapping Platform - VRGeo.in - an in-house technology development project for creation and collation of Voluntarily contributed Geospatial data within India. Technology developed at Lab for Spatial Informatics and Deployed on Megha:Cloud computing platform on GARUDA of CDAC (DeITy, Govt. of India) Bangalore. 2011 onwards.
11. LSIViewer: Libre Spatial Information Viewer for Geospatial data (http://lsi.iit.ac.in/lsiviewer) - a hosted free web service. Also released Source code on github.com under Apache License 2.0 in Oct 2012.
12. Algorithm Development for GIS based Airport Network Generation. Main PI. Funded by Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. 2012 Aug-Dec. 13. Design & Optimization of Image Registration and Fusion Algorithms. Main PI. Funded by Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE), DRDO, Min. of Defence, Govt. of India. 2012-13.
14. Object Creation and Attribution in High Resolution Images for Object Based Image Analysis. Main PI. Funded by Defence Electronics Application Lab, DRDO, Min. of Defence,Govt. of India. 2011-2012.
15. Object Based Attribution & Classification - Change Detection and Image Fusion Main PI. Funded by Defence Electronics Application Lab, DRDO, Min. of Defence,Govt. of India. 2011-2012.
16. Web enabled information system for e-governance of Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation: An Open Source GIS, Remote Sensing and GPS approach. Co-PI, joint research with Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajahmundry. Funded by Dept of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. 2011-2013,
17. Virtual Lab for Optical Remote Sensing - a project to allow students to learn the concepts of Optical remote sensing by running virtual experiments. Main PI for this Lab as part of a larger National funding. Funded by Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India. 2010-2012.
18. Development of CRM package using Open Source Technology (under IMGEOS project). Main Lead. Funded by National Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO for 2011-12 19. Determination of Relative State of Aircraft for Airport Surface Indications & Alerting. Funded by Rockwell Collins Inc., USA. 2009-10
20. Research on Parallel computing applications on Geo-visualization and open source geospatial libraries, using the IBM Cell processor - as part of the IBM Cell Centre of Competence and IBM Shared University Research award to IIIT-H. 2009~2012

C. Consultancy
21. Evaluation of Open Technology Centre’s Service towards e-Government Projects in India, of National Informatics Centre, Dept. of Electronics and Information Technology, Min. of Communications and Information Technology, Govt. of India. (2012-13)
22. Land use planning of Cyberabad, for APIIC and Govt. of A.P. (2008-09). An initial study for the development of a sustainable socio-economic plan for maintaining a consistent Brand of Hyderabad, in the short, mid and long term growth of the Hyderabad Urban Agglomeration
23. Advisor, to EiGEN Technical Services Pvt. Ltd, for the Traffic feasibility study of the Metro link to Cyberabad area (2009)
24. Expert on Environment & Energy, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Hyderabad (2009)
25. GIS and Research Consultant to TriGeo Image Systems Pvt. Ltd. (India) - advised on GIS User Interfaces and WebGIS related.(1998-1999)
26. GIS consultant to 'Chuo Chizu Company (Japan)'. Have worked on various projects including one on identifying development areas & strategies in Niigata Prefecture of Japan, another one for Osaka Prefecture.(1996-1999)
27. Worked on the development of a GPS camera based Photographic Database System to be used as Ground truth data in remote sensing and related areas with Konica Japan (1995)
28. Secretary to the Project Leader of Quality Evaluation Procedures (of geospatial data), Working Group 3 of ISO/TC211. (1998)


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