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Dr Saman Ghaffarian
Room 36
2nd Floor, South Wing, UCL Main Campus
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  • Lecturer in Geospatial Science
  • Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Employment (prior to UCL)

2020 – 2022: Postdoctoral Researcher in Digitalisation for Agricultural Risk Management (Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands)

2015 – 2016: Guest researcher in Remote Sensing and Machine Learning for Transportation Engineering (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey)



2016 – 2020: PhD in Geo-Informatics for Disaster Risk Management. (Earth System Analysis Department, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands)

2012 – 2015: MSc in Geomatics Engineering (Department of Geomatics Engineering, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey)

Research Summary

I am a geospatial data scientist. My main research area is to use geospatial data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing and socio-economic modelling to assess, mitigate and manage disaster risk. I particularly studied disaster and agricultural damage, recovery, resilience, and vulnerability assessments using big/geospatial data, advanced machine learning methods, agent-based modelling, and multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) models. I processed and employed various remote sensing data such as multi-spectral satellite images, UAV/drone, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), Hyperspectral, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and ground-based data sets in my research.

“Can AI reduce the risk?” This question leads me to research the use of advanced AI-based technological tools and methods including deep learning, explainable AI, digital twins, Internet of things (IoT), and AI-integrated simulation to address disaster and agricultural risk management.

Teaching Summary


IRDR0010: Advanced Hazards


IRDR0021: Social and Geospatial Data Analysis

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