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Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS-GIS)

The Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems (RS&GIS) Field of Study (FoS) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was established in 1990 offering doctoral, master’s, and post-graduate diplomas and certificate studies in Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS). Starting from a research program it has become a recognized education, training, and research program satisfying the need of the region for state-of-the-art technology.

The curriculum is designed to address the theoretical aspects and practical application of space technology, especially in Remote Sensing, GIS, and GNSS.  It provides students ample time and scope to gain practical experience with spatial data through laboratory sessions.  Students are trained to understand the structure and characteristics of digital spatial data, its capture through airborne and spaceborne sensors; handling of big Geo data; processing, analysis, and extraction of information by digital tools, GIS, and cloud-based applications; visualizing and disseminating through web and location-based services to secure optimal use of the extracted information.

Further, coping with the demand, open-source geoinformatics is practiced along with commercially available platforms for spatial data handling and analysis.

Major areas covered in the coursework are remote sensing and GIS at a fundamental and advanced level, earth energy interaction, geometric and atmospheric corrections, application potential in various disciplines, geostatistics, geospatial modeling, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) data acquisition,  aerospace technology, InSAR fundamentals and processing, GNSS data acquisition, WebGIS, Location-based services, and integration of GIS, remote sensing and GNSS.


  • Doctor of Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science
  • Diploma and Certificate.
Program Brochure

Research Focus Area

  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • GNSS Technology
  • Geospatial Data
  • Digital Photogrammetry
  • WebGIS and LBS
  • Big Data and Deep Learning

Preferred Background

  • Master Program

The RS&GIS in AIT is a multidisciplinary field and hence welcomes both engineering and science background students. Undergraduate degree in information, computer, and space-related field, civil and infrastructure-related fields (regional planning, mapping, cartography surveying, geodesy), earth science environment and natural resources (oceanography, agriculture, forestry, fishery) or social science disciplines with adequate professional experience in a relevant field are considered.

  • Doctoral Program

Master’s degree in remote sensing and GIS or in any relevant field mentioned above.

Course Structure

August Semester
Course IDCourse TitleCreditsSemesterRemark
AT76.01Geographic Information Systems3(2-3)AugustRequired
AT76.03Remote Sensing3(2-3)AugustRequired
AT76.14Digital Photogrammetry2(1-3)AugustElective
AT76.22Web GIS Technology1(1-3)AugustElective
AT76.24Introduction to Spatial information Engineering1(1-0)AugustElective
AT76.25Aerospace Technology2(2-0)AugustElective
AT76.28Principles and Application of InSAR1(1-0)AugustElective
AT76.29Positioning and Location-Based Services Technology1(1-0)AugustElective
AT76.9029Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems1(1-0)AugustSelective
January Semester
Course IDCourse TitleCreditsSemesterRemark
AT76.01Geographic Information Systems3(2-3)JanuaryRequired
AT76.03Remote Sensing3(2-3)JanuaryRequired
AT76.09Digital Image Processing in Remote Sensing3(2-3)JanuaryRequired
AT76.15Microwave Remote Sensing2(2-0)JanuaryElective
AT76.18Advance Mapping Techniques2(2-0)JanuaryElective
AT76.19Advance Spatial Analysis Methods3(2-3)JanuaryElective
AT76.21Data Modelling for Geospatial Information1(1-0)JanuaryElective
AT76.27Geospatial Modelling for Environment2(1-3)JanuaryElective
AT76.30Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Application and Processing1(1-0)JanuaryElective
AT76.31Research Methodology in Geoinformatics1(1-0)JanuaryElective
AT76.9039Spacecraft Dynamics and Control2(1-3)JanuarySelective Topic
Inter Semester
Course IDCourse TitleCreditsSemesterRemark
AT76.13Remote Sensing Data Analysis2(1-3)InterSemElective
AT76.23Free and Open Source Software and for Geospatial Analysis2(1-3)InterSemElective
AT76.26Geospatial Data Processing and Management2(1-3)InterSemElective
AT76.20GIS Programming and Modeling3(2-3)InterSemElective
In RS&GIS, the minimum course requirements is 26 credits for Thesis option and 38 credits for Research study option.
Thesis OptionResearch Option
Required Courses 9 credits 9 credits
Elective Courses17 credits29 credits
Option22 credits10 credits
Total48 credits48 credits

Concerned Faculty

Prof. Kiyoshi Honda

Visiting Professor

D. Eng., University of Tokyo, Japan

Specialization: Image Processing, Erosion control, Terrain modeling

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +66-2-524 6149 6407

Office: W219, Academic Building

Dr.Masahiko Nagai

Visiting Faculty

D. Eng., University of Tokyo, Japan

Specialization: Spatial Information Engineering, Remote Sensing, GIS, Image Processing, Mobile Mapping Ontology, Data Interoperability, Environmental Information Science

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +66-2-524 6149

Office: W215 Academic Building

Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn

Visiting Faculty

Project Assistant Professor, Center of Spatial Information Science, U-Tokyo

D.Eng., Spatial Information, Shibasaki-lab, U-Tokyo

Specialization: Large-Scale Spatial Data Processing/Mining, Trajectory data processing (GPS, CDR), Mobile Computing, Human Activity, and Behavior Analysis, Parallel Processing, Cloud Computing Platform, HADOOP, Sensor Network (OGC, SWE), Real-time monitoring system, Sensor-based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +66-2-524 6393

Office: W223 Academic Building

Prof. Tai Nakamura

Visiting Professor

Ph.D. Aerospace, University of Tokyo, Japan

Specialization: Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Space Environment Utilization

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +66-2-524 5592

Office: W213 Academic Building

Dr. Hiroyuki Miyazaki

Visiting Faculty

Project Assistant Professor, Center of Spatial Information Science, U-Tokyo

Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, Japan

Specialization: GIS, Satellite remote sensing, Positioning technology, mobile phone technology, energy, environment, disaster management, urban infrastructure, public health

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +66-2-524 6394

Office: W221 Academic Building

Prof. Ryosuke SHIBASAKI

Visiting Professor

Director, Center for Spatial Information Science, The University of Tokyo

D.Eng., University of Tokyo, Japan

Specialization: Spatial Information, mobile phones, GPS, sensors, satellite imagery to observe and measure people, entities, phenomena in our urban / rural regions

Email: shiba@skl.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Phone: +66-2-524 5577

Office: W223 Academic Building

Dr.Marc Souris

Visiting Professor

Ph.D. Université de La Rochelle, France

Specialization: Computational geometry and algorithms, GIS development, Spatial analysis, GIS and Remote Sensing for Epidemiology

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +66-2-524 5583

Office: W237 Academic Building

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Chitrini Mozumder

Research Specialist 

Doctor of Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Specialization: Specialization: Remote Sensing and GIS, Land use change analysis and modeling, spatial analysis and decision support, Interdisciplinary analysis of human–environment interactions.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +66-2-524 6391

Office: W205B Academic Building

Dr. Sanit Arunplod

Research Scientist & Remote Sensing Lab Manager

Ph.D. in Remote Sensing and GIS, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Specialization: Specialization: Global Navigation Satellites System, Space Weather Activities, Unmanned aerial vehicle(UAV) Surveying, and Mapping with 3D Modelling, Network Infrastructure, and Designed, Weather Monitoring and Sensor Network

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +66-2-524 5590

Office: W225 Academic Building

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Surat Lertlum

Adjunct Faculty

Doctor of Technical Science in Computer Science, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Specialization: RS Computing

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +66-2-524 5593

Office: W241 Academic Building


Contact Us

Ms. Sukanya Hnooma

Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems (RSGIS) 

Department of ICT 

Phone: +66 (0)2 524 5577 

Email: [email protected]