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Dr. Waqas A. Qazi

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Email: waqas qazi
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I received my PhD from University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, in 2013 under a Fulbright fellowship. At CU-Boulder, I studied at the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and the focus area for my PhD was Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science. Currently, I'm an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Space Science at Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad, Pakistan. My general expertise is in Remote Sensing where I have worked with various remote sensing datasets through my career, while for my PhD thesis I specifically worked on Remote Sensing using SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and Oceanography, working extensively on development of techniques to measure ocean surface currents from space-borne SAR intensity images and interferometric data.

I am a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Geoscience & Remote SensingForest EcosystemsJournal of African Earth Sciences, GIScience & Remote Sensing, and Italian Journal of Agronomy (publons profile here). I am an alumnus of 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). I was an invited speaker at the TEDx Islamabad event in Nov., 2014 where I spoke about how remote sensing and satellite imaging is used to unravel the secrets of our planet. I've served as mentor in the NASA International Space App Challenge Islamabad events in April 2015 and April 2016. I also serve regularly on the interview panel for final selection of Fulbright MS and PhD candidates from Pakistan. I am also an HEC approved PhD supervisor.

I blog at EarthEnable on topics related to remote sensing, earth observation, scientific programming, and academic publishing.

Research Interests: 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, Scientific programming.

 

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Faculty Positions Open: GREL is actively on the lookout for qualified PhD faculty in RS & GISc. If you are interested to apply to be part of this vibrant faculty, just contact Dr. Rizwan Bulbul or Dr. Waqas Qazi.


(8th March, 2017) GREL faculty member Dr. Waqas A. Qazi won a SATHA Innovation Award for technology innovation during the 6th Invention to Innovation Summit at the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.


(Feb. '17) GREL faculty and students' research on studying upwelling and physical oceanography in the Arabian Sea was higlighted and presented as a poster at the 10th Coastal Altimetry Workshop, held in Florence, Iraly. This research is being led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, and is supported by IFS and JAXA


(16-01-17) GREL is launching the 2nd Workshop on Workshop on Data Analysis Techniquesfor Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science using MATLAB . This course will be led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, from 30th Jan. - 3rd Feb., 2017. Detailed course info and registration is available here. Last date for registration: 18th Jan., 2016.


(11-12-16) The ISNET / NARSS Seminar & Hands-on Training Workshop on Earth Remote Sensing with SAR has been successfully held at NARSS (National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences), Cairo, Egypt, from 27th Nov. - 1st Dec. The hands-on training workshop was conducted by GREL faculty member Dr. Waqas A. Qazi.


(20-10-16) Dr. Waqas A. Qazi delivered a guest talk at Dept. of Meteorology, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, on "SAR Remote Sensing Applicatons" during their monthly seminar series.


(04-07-16) GREL faculty member Dr. Rizwan Bulbul and MS student Ahsan Abbas recently completed formal scientific and technical review of the book "GeoProcessing with Python." This included testing the code, identifying / removing bugs, and identifying / installing required libraries.


(23-06-16) GREL is launching the 2nd Summer School on Earth Remote Sensing with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). This course will be led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, from 1-5th Jan., 2016. Detailed course info and registration is available here. Last date for registration: 20th July, 2016.


(12-05-16) Dr. Majid Nazeer, recent PhD graduate from Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, will be delivering a guest talk on Atmospheric Correction of Remote Sensing Imagery and Coastal Water Quality Applications at GREL Lab, tomorrow, 13th May, from 10:30 AM to 12 PM.


(22-04-16) Forest ground survey was conducted by GREL team from 18-20th April for undergrad Final Year Project. The survey team was led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi and Mr. Naeem Shahzad, and included 1 MS and 2 BS students. The survey was conducted in Ghora Ghali forest, Murree Forest Division, with the support of Forest Dept., Govt. of the Punjab. Plot survey methodology was used and tree DBH / height were measured. These surveyed plots will be used for regression modeling with remote sensing data for forest AGB estimation.


 (23-12-15) GREL is launching its 1st Workshop on Workshop on Data Analysis Techniquesfor Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science using MATLAB . This course will be led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, from 25-29th Jan., 2016. Detailed course info and registration is available here. Last date for registration: 18th Jan., 2016.


 (27-11-15) ESA has accepted a Cat-1 research proposal by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi to study and analyse landslides and slope stability in KPK post-2005 Kashmir earthquake. ESA has granted a quote of 180 SAR images from Envisat ASAR for the research. As part of this research, repeat-pass InSAR processing will be developed and implemented in-house at GREL.

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2nd International QGIS User & Developer Conference, Girona, Spain, 24-29th May, 2016.


ESA offers a free 5-week online course on Monitoring Climate from Space in support of upcoming COP21 Climate Summit. Start date: 30th Nov. See details here.


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Latest@GREL



 

Faculty Positions Open: GREL is actively on the lookout for qualified PhD faculty in RS & GISc. If you are interested to apply to be part of this vibrant faculty, just contact Dr. Rizwan Bulbul or Dr. Waqas Qazi.


(8th March, 2017) GREL faculty member Dr. Waqas A. Qazi won a SATHA Innovation Award for technology innovation during the 6th Invention to Innovation Summit at the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.


(Feb. '17) GREL faculty and students' research on studying upwelling and physical oceanography in the Arabian Sea was higlighted and presented as a poster at the 10th Coastal Altimetry Workshop, held in Florence, Iraly. This research is being led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, and is supported by IFS and JAXA


(16-01-17) GREL is launching the 2nd Workshop on Workshop on Data Analysis Techniquesfor Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science using MATLAB . This course will be led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, from 30th Jan. - 3rd Feb., 2017. Detailed course info and registration is available here. Last date for registration: 18th Jan., 2016.


(11-12-16) The ISNET / NARSS Seminar & Hands-on Training Workshop on Earth Remote Sensing with SAR has been successfully held at NARSS (National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences), Cairo, Egypt, from 27th Nov. - 1st Dec. The hands-on training workshop was conducted by GREL faculty member Dr. Waqas A. Qazi.


(20-10-16) Dr. Waqas A. Qazi delivered a guest talk at Dept. of Meteorology, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, on "SAR Remote Sensing Applicatons" during their monthly seminar series.


(04-07-16) GREL faculty member Dr. Rizwan Bulbul and MS student Ahsan Abbas recently completed formal scientific and technical review of the book "GeoProcessing with Python." This included testing the code, identifying / removing bugs, and identifying / installing required libraries.


(23-06-16) GREL is launching the 2nd Summer School on Earth Remote Sensing with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). This course will be led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, from 1-5th Jan., 2016. Detailed course info and registration is available here. Last date for registration: 20th July, 2016.


(12-05-16) Dr. Majid Nazeer, recent PhD graduate from Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, will be delivering a guest talk on Atmospheric Correction of Remote Sensing Imagery and Coastal Water Quality Applications at GREL Lab, tomorrow, 13th May, from 10:30 AM to 12 PM.


(22-04-16) Forest ground survey was conducted by GREL team from 18-20th April for undergrad Final Year Project. The survey team was led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi and Mr. Naeem Shahzad, and included 1 MS and 2 BS students. The survey was conducted in Ghora Ghali forest, Murree Forest Division, with the support of Forest Dept., Govt. of the Punjab. Plot survey methodology was used and tree DBH / height were measured. These surveyed plots will be used for regression modeling with remote sensing data for forest AGB estimation.


 (23-12-15) GREL is launching its 1st Workshop on Workshop on Data Analysis Techniquesfor Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science using MATLAB . This course will be led by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, from 25-29th Jan., 2016. Detailed course info and registration is available here. Last date for registration: 18th Jan., 2016.


 (27-11-15) ESA has accepted a Cat-1 research proposal by Dr. Waqas A. Qazi to study and analyse landslides and slope stability in KPK post-2005 Kashmir earthquake. ESA has granted a quote of 180 SAR images from Envisat ASAR for the research. As part of this research, repeat-pass InSAR processing will be developed and implemented in-house at GREL.

More >>>

 

Events



  


  


 


2nd International QGIS User & Developer Conference, Girona, Spain, 24-29th May, 2016.


ESA offers a free 5-week online course on Monitoring Climate from Space in support of upcoming COP21 Climate Summit. Start date: 30th Nov. See details here.


  More