Professor Abbas Rajabifard

Research Interests

  • Planning, management and implementation of spatial data Infrastructures-SDIs (including marine and seamless SDI)
  • SDI and concepts of virtual jurisdictions
  • SDI and enabling platform and SDI capacity building
  • Spatial data management, Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) design and development in both land and marine environments, spatially enabled platforms (SDI, Land administration, cadastre, Marine SDI, Capacity development)
  • Spatially enabled government and society

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Prof Abbas Rajabifard is Head of Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He is also Director of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures & Land Administration (CSDILA).

Prof Rajabifard is a member of Academic Board. He was President of the GSDI Association (2009-2012), Vice Chair of Working Group 3 of the United Nations supported Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP), is a member of ICA-Spatial Data Standard Commission, and is a member of Victorian Spatial Council. He has been an Executive Board member and national representative to the PCGIAP (1994-1998), member of International Steering Committee for Global Mapping Project (1997-2001) and a member of the UN-ESCAP Group of Experts to develop Guidelines on GIS Standardisation for Asia-Pacific (1995). 

Prof Rajabifard has active research in the areas of SDI, Land Administration and land management, spatial enablement, spatial enabled government and societies, disaster management, 3D platforms and virtual jurisdictions. He had published broadly on SDI, land administration, GIS and spatial data management. In recent years he has focused more on the design and development of SDIs in different jurisdictions including sustainable and smart cities. He provide academic and research leadership in the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration; ). Prof Rajabifard has over 15 years of teaching experience in different areas of the spatial data disciplines and in particular SDI, GIS, land administration, spatial enablement and recently in the area of sustainable infrastructure systems. He has supervised many successful PhD and Masters students and has assessed PhD and MSc thesis internationally. He is a member of editorial board of different international journals. In addition to his personal research, a key focus of his effort has been to build the research capacity across different disciplines. In this area, he has successfully managed and coordinated different research projects including ARC, DEST, Australian Commonwealth government funding, Australian CRC-SI (Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information) and collaborative research with European funding. He has been also consulted widely on SDI, land administration, GIS applications and spatial data management to many national government agencies and different ministries and international organizations.

Professor Abbas Rajabifard, was awarded the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association’s (GSDI) President’s Medal at the 2012 Global Spatial Conference in Quebec City, Canada in recognition of his contribution to GSDI and in particular, his chairmanship from 2009-2012.  During his chairmanship, Professor Rajabifard headed two global spatial conferences, contributed to the establishment of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) initiative, facilitated closer collaboration between international spatial industry-related organisations, chaired three Global SDI World Conference refereed publication channels and published two research books. Prof Rajabifard was awarded the SSSI Professional of the Year Award 2015 - the Spatial Excellence Awards which celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals, showcasing most significant performance of professionals in the Surveying and Spatial Industry. This award is in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the disciplines of the surveying and spatial sciences, in professional achievements acknowledged by peer citation as exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and ethical conduct in performance, contribution to continuing professional development and service, peer respect and leadership.

Recent Publications

  1. Atazadeh B, Kalantari Soltanieh S, Rajabifard A, Ho S, Ngo T. Building Information Modelling for High-rise Land Administration. Transactions in GIS. Blackwell. 2017, Vol. 21, Issue 1.
  2. Laylavi F, Rajabifard A, Kalantari Soltanieh S. Event relatedness assessment of Twitter messages for emergency response. INFORMATION PROCESSING & MANAGEMENT. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 53, Issue 1.
  3. Atazadeh B, Kalantari Soltanieh S, Rajabifard A, Ho S, Champion T. Extending a BIM-based data model to support 3D digital management of complex ownership spaces. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2017, Vol. 31, Issue 3.
  4. Atazadeh B, Kalantari Soltanieh S, Rajabifard A, Ho S. Modelling building ownership boundaries within BIM environment: A case study in Victoria, Australia. COMPUTERS ENVIRONMENT AND URBAN SYSTEMS. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 61.
  5. Toran Pour A, Moridpour S, Tay R, Rajabifard A. Modelling pedestrian crash severity at mid-blocks. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science. 2017, Vol. 13, Issue 3.
  6. Amirebrahimi S, Rajabifard A, Mendis P, Ngo T. A BIM-GIS integration method in support of the assessment and 3D visualisation of flood damage to a building. JOURNAL OF SPATIAL SCIENCE. Spatial Sciences Institute. 2016, Vol. 61, Issue 2.
  7. Rahmatizadeh S, Rajabifard A, Kalantari Soltanieh S. A conceptual framework for utilising VGI in land administration. LAND USE POLICY. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 56.
  8. Rajabifard A, Mendis P, Ngo T. A framework for a microscale flood damage assessment and visualization for a building using BIM-GIS integration. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 4.
  9. Laylavi F, Rajabifard A, Kalantari Soltanieh S. A Multi-Element Approach to Location Inference of Twitter: A Case for Emergency Response. ISPRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEO-INFORMATION. MDPI AG. 2016, Vol. 5, Issue 5.
  10. Pour AT, Moridpour S, Tay R, Rajabifard A. A Partial Proportional Odds Model for Pedestrian Crashes at Mid-Blocks in Melbourne Metropolitan Area. 2016 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC ENGINEERING (ICTTE 2016). EDP Sciences. 2016, Vol. 81. Editors: Figueira M, Guo Z.
  11. Bagloee SA, Sarvi M, Rajabifard A, Thompson RG, Saberi M. A solution to the road network design problem for multimodal flow. 19th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC). IEEE. 2016.
  12. Shojaei D, Olfat H, Rajabifard A, Darvill A, Briffa M. Assessment of the Australian digital cadastre protocol (ePlan) in terms of supporting 3D building subdivisions. LAND USE POLICY. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 56.
  13. Kalantari Soltanieh S, Rajabifard A, Olfat H, Pettit C, Keshtiarast A. Automatic spatial metadata systems – the case of Australian urban research infrastructure network. Cartography and Geographic Information Science. American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. 2016.
  14. Atazadeh B, Kalantari Soltanieh S, Rajabifard A. Comparing Three Types of BIM-based Models for Managing 3D Ownership Interests in Multi-level Buildings. 5th International FIG 3D Cadastre Workshop. FIG (International Federation of Surveyors). 2016. Editors: Dimopoulou E, Van Oosterom P.
  15. Coleman DJ, Rajabifard A, Kolodziej KW. Expanding the SDI environment: comparing current spatial data infrastructure with emerging indoor location-based services. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 6.

Abbas Rajabifard

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