Mehdi Ravanbakhsh

Dr, Bsc, MSc, PhD Leibniz Universität Hannover, Associate professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M002), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


As an enthusiastic, focused and experienced academic, CEO and entrepreneur, Mehdi brings to the table over 20 years of experience in leading the development of innovative machine learning methods and techniques for information extraction from big Earth Observation (EO) imaging and ranging data for urban and environmental applications in leading research organisations in Germany and Australia.

Possesses a track record of founding 2 successful high-tech startups, completion of 13 research projects, development of the highly regarded Barista software system, urban analytics software tools for the insurance industry, operational software tools for forest inventory generation, new techniques and software tools for the generation of Australia's image mosaic (also called Australian Geographic Reference Image) and national ground control database, automatic image-based updating of Germany’s geospatial database, an operational urban mapping approach from aerial images for Western Australia (WA) mapping agency, significant contribution to the development of sea level rise visualization tools and national elevation data web portal, publication of over 45 high quality papers, presentation in over 40 conferences and meetings, and a proven ability to develop educational programs and innovative learning tools at the University of Melbourne, RMIT and UWA.

His professional experience further enhanced through close cooperation with over 70 industry partners and 115 project participants, organizing ISPRS, CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI) and UWA workshops and conferences, providing environmental and geospatial companies with expert advice services, developing project proposals and attracting over 1.9 Million external fund.

Roles and responsibilities

Associate Professor, UWA School of Computer Science & Software Engineering, Perth, Australia (2015-Present)

CEO at Mapizy Pty Ltd (based at UWA (2015-Present)


Co-founder at InFarm Pty Ltd (2015-2020)


Senior Research Fellow, School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (based in UWA) (2012-2015)

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project, Automation of species recognition and size measurement of fish from underwater stereo-video imagery (2012-2015)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Project Leader (leve, CRC for Spatial Information & Infrastructure Engineering Department, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (2008-2012)

PhD Researcher, Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI), Leibniz University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany



Current projects

 – Land cover classification in LiDAR, Aerial and Satellite Images– UWA & Mapizy

Image Analysis of Snail and Slugs in Terrestrial Images – UWA & Mapizy

AI-enabled Urban Analytics – UWA & Mapizy

 – Remote Sensing for Mine Site Rehabilitation Performance – UWA & Mapizy (funded by BHP)

 – InFarm: Agriculture Image Processing – UWA & Mapizy (funded through government innovation grants)


Research interests

•    Metric and spectral exploitation of terrestrial and aerial image and laser scanning data as well as satellite imagery in mining, infrastructure, forestry, fishery and agriculture for change quantification

•    Integration of multi-sensor multi-platform geospatial datasets•    Efficient processing of big remotely sensed imagery and ranging data

•    Image-based urban analytics and forest inventory, environmental mapping and monitoring using UAV, LiDAR, aerial and satellite imagery data

•    Underwater stereo-video technology and machine vision for developing automated fishery independent sampling and measurement techniques  

•    Geospatial database updating through feature extraction from multi-sensor multi-platform imagery and ranging data

Teaching overview

- Computer Vision

- Remote Sensing including LiDAR technology and processing

- Geospatial data processing

- Geographic Information Systems

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Food & Agribusiness category, Australian Technologies Competition

Award Date: 20 Jul 2019

developing AI-enabled spatial technology for mapping the built environment, Deloitte (Gravity Challenge)

Award Date: 11 Jun 2019

Agriculture category, First place, MAXAR Hackathon

Award Date: 18 Apr 2018

EH Thompson Award, UK Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Award Date: 20 Oct 2016

German DAAD research scholarship

Award Date: 7 Oct 2007

German DAAD research scholarship

Award Date: 14 Jan 2004

External positions

Co-founder, InFarm Pty Ltd


CEO, Mapizy Pty Ltd, Perth , Australia



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