Center for Spatial Information Systems Research

Director’s Message

On behalf of our faculty and staff, I invite you to learn more about the interesting research being conducted in the Center for Spatial Information Systems Research at the University of Haifa. The CSISR is committed to excellence, vision and innovative research as was conducted, separately, for many years by the faculty that joined together in 2012 to strengthen the scientific status and the better funding support opportunities for such an interdisciplinary researchers focusing on spatial issues.

Our goal is to conduct state-of-the-art research in spatial sciences to enhance the understanding of fundamental processes in geo-related aspects of nature and mankind. Our research laboratories provide an environment for the training of advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in the geospatial sciences, or geospatial aspects of other sciences.

The CSISR has a faculty of sixteen investigators coming from four different faculties as well as from the public and private professional sectors. Our researchers have national and international reputations in their respective fields. In addition, some faculty members serve in a professional capacity at the local, national and international levels. A number of our faculty serve as officers in the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, The International Cartographic Association, International Society for Clinical Biostatistics, as well as on editorial boards of Geo-information and remote sensing journals.

We hope this website introduces you to our faculty and their research. I urge you to contact me or any faculty member if you have further questions.


The Center for Spatial Information Systems Research (CSISR) is an umbrella research center based on the GIS & RS laboratories at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. The researchers are representing five different faculties and schools of UH. The goal is to collaborate on different research efforts that have spatial connotations. Most of the team members are using GIS or Location Bases Services only. Other are more into image and pose understanding, data extraction, 3D Modeling, Archiving and documentation. A large group is dealing with environmental and ecological issues. Other teams work on public health, maritime civilizations, archeology, history and more. Recent research efforts at the CSISR are dealing with: Road safety; Dynamic segmentation; Forest dehydration; Disaster mitigation via social networks; Monitoringdust and dune movements; Locating buried archeological strata using Ground Penetrating radar; Lidar-based 3D virtual documentation of Museums, Cultural heritage sites and other National Landmarks, to name a few. The use of EO, Airborne photography as well as in-situ photographs combined with digital spatial layers complimented with digitized maps and old charts makes CSISR one of the best focal points of Geospatial cooperation, knowhow and capacity building.