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About University

University of Tehran (UT) as the oldest Iranian Leading University is a comprehensive entity with over 56000 students (2016) at different academic levels. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2016, the University is ranked in the 301 – 400 category.

Internationalization of the University is currently one of the three strategic goals of the University for the development of its future plans. This goal will be achieved through the improvement of standards of the research and education comparable to the high international standards, research on the edge of high-quality knowledge, increasing the international cooperation and presence, increasing exchange programs as well as the number of international students.


Role in the project

University oh Teheran will be involved in the following activities:

  • Gathering the Iranian information collection and analysis of local needs
  • Participation in all meetings including steering committee meetings
  • Participation and organization of the ToT sessions
  • Participation in dissemination/exploitation events
  • Translating SDI-T courses from english into farsi
  • Lead the Iranian University team


Project Members



  • Ara Toomanian

Dr. Ara Toomanian is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of GIS and RS, Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran. Dr. Toomanian received his PhD from Lund University, 2012 in the field of GIS. He is a board member of RS application working groups in INSA, consultant of the Iranian National Post Center, member of national GNAF working group, board member of International UNISDR safe school technical working group, secretary of the GIS/ RS commission in the Ministry of science, research and technology. He is also a member of core management group and Iranian coordinator of GeoNetC, an Erasmus+ project for capacity building in Iran and Iraq, funded 2015. Besides that, he is/was involved in several research and capacity building projects in the field of GIS, SDI, SDSS, Data Mining, and Banking Industry in Iran. Recently, together with Lund University, he established a joint MSC program in Geomatics. He has published more than 10 papers in scientific journal, more than 10 papers in international conferences and 2 books and book chapters.

  • Ara Toomanian

Five of the selected publications are:

  • Alavipanah, S.K., Hamzeh, S., Jeihouni, M., & Toomanian, A. (2017). Quantitative assessment of Urmia Lake water using spaceborne multisensor data and 3D modeling. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 189 11, 572.

  • Kalantari, M., Rahmaty Ghavagh, A., Toomanian, A., Yazdanpanah Dero, Q. (2016). A New Methodological Framework for Crime Spatial Analysis Using Local Entropy Map, Modern Applied Science, Vol 10, No 9.

  • Jeihooni, M., Alavipanah, S.K., Toomanian, A. Hamzeh, S. (2015). Assessing the spatio-temporal variations of Tabriz plane aquifer salinization and its relation with Urmia lake water level, Journal of Fundamental and Applied Life Sciences, 5(3), pp. 1228-1236.

  • Jeihouni, M., Toomanian, A., Alavipanah, S.K., Shahabi, M., Bazdar, S., (2015). An application of MC-SDSS for water supply management during a drought crisis, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 187(7):396. doi: 10.1007/s10661-015-4643-y. Epub 2015 Jun 3.

  • Toomanian, A., Harrie, L., Mansourian, A., Pilesjo, P., (2013). Automatic integration of spatial data in viewing services, JOURNAL OF SPATIAL INFORMATION SCIENCE, No. 6.