Professor Sunil Bhaskaran is an internationally reknowned expert in geospatial technology. He has over 16 years of experience in teaching and research in both Australian and American universities. At the City University of New York he spearheaded the development of geospatial technology at Bronx Community College. He accomplished this by engaging students in focused undergraduate research, designing new pathways courses, authoring text books and publishing in high impact peer-reviewed journals some of which were co-authored by students. He is currently designing CUNY's first ever Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S. - Geospatial Technology) in collaboration with the Industry. He has published widely in high impact journals and has delivered over 50 invited talks, seminars around the world. He has been serving on NYC Mayors Sustainability and Long Term Planning and now Recovery and Resilience. He has received several grant awards from the industry and federal agencies including the National Science Foundation. Professor Sunil's research interests are in applied geomatics in which he has developed applications using space borne and airborne  imaging spectrometer, multispectral datasets. He serves on the IEEE/IGARSS technical committee and was honored on numerous occasions by the CUNY for securing institutional grants and service to the university. 

Contact Information

Sunil Bhaskaran, PhD
Professor and Founding Director - BCC Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute
Bronx Community College of the City University of New York
Phone : 718.289.5566
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Department: BCC Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute (BGCCCI)

  • Geomatics
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Image and Spatial Analyses
  • Big Data Analytics

Research Title

Automated feature extraction of target objects using traditional per-pixel and object based methods.

Research Description

Applications of image and spatial analyses for decomposing space borne and air borne remotely sensed data and integrating it with other data for modeling, simulations and decision support systems. Since imaging spectrometer datasets are analyzed large volumes of data need to be processed and analyzed on the fly. Applications developed at BGCCCI may be used by a wide range of clients in the Industry ranging from Defense, Agricuture, Planning, Emergency etc.

Publications pertaining to the HPC over the past five years

1. Bhaskaran, S., Devi, S., Bhatia, S., Samal, S., Brown, L (2013), Mapping shadows from very high resolution satellite data using HSV and edge detection techniques. Applied Geomatics. DOI 10.1007/s12518-013-0118-4.

2. Javed Mallick, Atiqur Rahman, Maik Netzband and Sunil Bhaskaran, (2011) Thermal satellite data for assessment and monitoring of surface temperature changes and its impact on micro-climate of Delhi. Urbanization and Global Environmental Change, UGEC Viewpoints, International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) on Global Climate Change, Arizona State University, USA Vol. No 6, pp: 18-23, November, 2011.

Current Funding

- Special Innovation Projects funded by BCC-STF - $18,500
- National Science Foundation - Advanced Technological Education - $900,000 (2017-2020)

Contribution of the HPC in my research

BGCCCI would like to explore and streamline HPC usage for the following:

- Batch processing of large volumes of data
- Big Data Analytics