Dr. Waqas A. Qazi is the founder and lead author of this blog. He received his PhD (2013) in Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science at the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, under a Fulbright fellowship. Currently, he is a Visiting Researcher in the Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing Division at the Dept. of Space, Earth, and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Before that, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Space Science at Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad, Pakistan, and was a founding member of the Geospatial Research and Education Lab (GREL) there. He considers himself as an Earth Scientist or Remote Sensing Scientist and is well-skilled in most kinds of remote sensing data processing and analysis. His research interests are: Remote sensing, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery and interferometric data processing & analysis, Visible/Infrared/High-resolution satellite image processing & analysis, Oceanography, Earth system study and modelling, LIDAR data processing and analysis, and Scientific programming. He is a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Geoscience & Remote Sensing, Forest Ecosystems, GIScience & Remote Sensing, Journal of African Earth Sciences, and Italian Journal of Agronomy. He is an alumnus of the Pakistan National Physics Talent Contest (NPTC), an alumnus of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, a Fulbright alumnus, and the Pakistan National Point of Contact for Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). He was an invited speaker at the TEDx Islamabad event in Fall 2014. He also served as a mentor in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge Islamabad events in April 2015 and 2016. His ResearchGate profile can be seen here.
Dr. Hammad Gilani writes as a guest author on this blog, and has the following research interests: application of remote sensing technologies to the measurement and monitoring of forest ecosystems at local to regional scales; land cover/land use change, and above-ground biomass/carbon stocks using multi-sensor, multi-temporal, and object-oriented image-analysis approaches, spatial-statistical integration of field and remotely sensed data sources; understanding the dynamics of social forestry. His ResearchGate profile can be seen here.
Dr. Umair Rabbani writes as a guest author on the blog. He received his PhD from Charles Sturt University, Australia in 2014. At the CSU’s School of Environmental Science, he worked mainly in the field of remote sensing and applications in spatial hydrological modeling. He is currently associated with Pakistan’s national space agency, Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), where he works in spatial technologies in Disaster Management. His research interests involve remote sensing, hydrological and environmental modeling, machine learning for image processing, high-performance computing for remote sensing and structure-from-motion. However, the only ultimate objective of his life is to be able to pay a tribute by releasing a cover of Pink Floyd-Meddle album.