Dr. A.K.S. Gopalan
Dr. A.K.S. Gopalan was the Director, Space Applications Centre
during 1998 - 2002. Earlier he was Director, Advanced Data
Processing Research Institute (ADRIN), Dept. of Space, Govt. of
India, Hyderabad during May 1989 - March 1995 and was directing
Research and Development in the advanced areas of Image Analysis,
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Photogrammetry/Cartography,
Expert Systems/Artificial Intelligence, Microwave Remote Sensing
and high throughput Image Analysis and Mapping Systems. Born on
October 10, 1942 at Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, he obtained his M.Sc.
degree in Physics in 1964 from Annamalai University, Tamilnadu and
M. Tech. degree in Electronics in 1966 from Birla Institute of
Tech. & Science, Pilani. Dr. Gopalan obtained Ph.D. in Meteorology
& Oceanography in 2001 from Andhra University.
Joined ISRO in 1970 and worked in the field of Space
Communications till 1974. He switched over to the field of Remote
Sensing with special reference to Image Processing. Special
Systems developed are IRS Data Products System as Associate
Project Director, IRS Project which is operational at National
Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Hyderabad and ISROVISION System
which is marketed by HCL Limited and M/s SPECK Systems, Hyderabad.
He has served as a Member/Chairman of a number of national
level scientific committees including Survey of India
(SOI)/Department of Science and Technology (DST) Committees for
map digitisation project and Cartographic Data Exchange Format.
Has published and presented a number of papers in national and
international conferences/proceedings. He was elected as President
of Indian National Cartographic Association for the year 1993-94.