PROF Abbas Rajabifard

PROF Abbas Rajabifard


  • 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



  • 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 su   


Member of

  • Institute of Engineers Australia. MIEAust 2001 -
  • Mapping Science Institute Australia. Member 2001 -
  • Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. MSSI (Aust) 2001 -
  • The Institution Surveyor Australia. Member 2001 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2011: A. Rajabifard, MERIT Visiting Scholars Fund, Melbourne School of Engineering, $3K

    2010: P. Mendis, H. Malano, A. Rajabifard, I. Johnston, C. Duffield, L. Aye, A. Western, R. Crawford, B. Davidson, T. Ngo, H. Doloi, 'MUtopia - A collaborative-interdisciplinary platform for visualisation, simulation and testing innovative ideas of future sustainable urban development', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute (MSSI) and Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), University of Melbourne, $50K   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2002
  • MSc, ITC-The Netherlands 1993
  • Post-Grad in Photogrammet, ITC-The Netherlands 1992
  • BSurv, 1989

Awards and honors

  • SSI Professional of the Year Award, Spatial Science and Surveying Institute Australia - SSSI, 2015
  • GSDI President's medal was awarded to recognise and acknowledge service to GSDI Association and to recognise him as past President, Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association, 2012
  • The Most Cited Article Award 2005-2010, ELSEVIER-Computers and Geosciences, ISI Journal, 2011
  • President's Medal for Best Paper published since 2000, Mapping Sciences Institute Australia, 2002



Available for supervision

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