The Center for Applied Geomatics (CAG) has been established with a vision to leverage geospatial technologies combined with big data analytics to address challenges facing our cities and built environments. 

The recent emergence of advanced geospatial technology has transformed the way we plan and manage our natural and built environments. It is now possible to collect, analyse and visualize large quantities of spatial data, giving decision-makers valuable insights into current needs and helping planners, engineers and public officials make informed decisions. World over, technologies like remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have found use in city governments, planning agencies and development practitioners to address a wide array of problems such as land suitability analysis and feasibility studies, spatial planning, environmental conservation, public health mapping.

Cities in India are also increasingly employing geospatial analytics to map and maintain data on land covers, land use and urban expansion, as well as to coordinate and monitor city functions like waste management, public transport services, complaint redressal, tax collection in real-time. As India continues to urbanize and cities grow in size and population, the adoption of advanced technologies at scale to rapidly plan for serviced land and public infrastructure and efficiently manage municipal services, while safeguarding natural resources and environments will be imperative.

We aim to become a resource and knowledge hub for urban data and promote, facilitate and support the application of geospatial technologies in interdisciplinary research, education, community and government services. Our focus areas include the application of geospatial technology in urban planning, urban infrastructure and natural resource management, geo-spatially enabled governance, Enterprise GIS, application in Smart Cities, and advanced applications of GIS and remote sensing in industry and research.


Shaily  Gandhi

Shaily Gandhi

Deputy Center Head

Shaily is a GIS expert with more than 10 years of experience. She has a PhD from CEPT University in Geospatial Technology and has expertise in bridging the gap between GIS & governance.

Shaily has been awarded the Geospatial World 50 Rising Star for the year 2023 by Geospatial World. She has also served as the Program Chair for the M.Tech program in Geomatics (MGeo) at the Faculty of Technology from March 2022 till October 2023.

Shaily is an executive committee member for the Committee on Data of the International Science Council (ISC) and Joint Secretary of ISRS and ISG, Ahmedabad Chapter. She is the student branch counsellor for the IEEE GRSS Student branch at CEPT University. She contributes to important research projects as a Data scientist and GIS expert with different centers at CRDF. She works closely on projects with DST, GIDB, ISRO, GIZ, CODATA, MHT and Nagoya.

Shaily has a Doctorate from CEPT University Ahmedabad. She holds a Master's degree in Geoinformatics from Symbiosis, Pune and is a BCA from SLICA, Ahmedabad. Shaily is keen on exploring the implementation of GIS and data science in the domain of Urban Analytics. Her core interest lies in exploring spatial technology for better decision-making along with defining spatial data standards for data interoperability for building future cities. As Deputy Center Head, CAG, CRDF, Shaily brings extensive experience to bear on GIS and data science.

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CAG Wins GIS Day 2023 Award
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