Professor Sisi Zlatanova

Research Cluster Staff, Geospatial Research Innovation and Development

3D Indoor modelling, 3D GIS, integration of BIM and GIS, 3D spatial analysis, DBMS, emergency response

My research focuses on 3D digital mapping of the real world. This is important because a growing number of applications require 3D representations of buildings and their surroundings. By modelling what is happening indoors, in our public buildings, in our offices, hospitals and schools, we can work on myriad ways to make our environment more pleasant, more secure and more sustainable.

UNSW Built Environment encompasses several different disciplines, but the need for accurate and robust 3D mapping is something these disciplines all share. I see my role as an enabler, or facilitator, that can blend the work of research groups ranging from architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture, through to building and construction management, and city analytics.
As a teacher, I am responsible for the Visualisation of Urban Data within the Master of City Analytics and I supervise master and PhD students on topics related to 3D spatial modelling and analysis.

I have graduated as a surveyor at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Bulgaria) and obtained my PhD degree on 3D GIS for Urban Development at the Graz University of Technology (Austria). I worked as a software programmer at the Central Cadastre (Bulgaria) and have been at academic positions at UACG (Bulgaria), the Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC, the Netherlands), Graz University of Technology (Austria), Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) and Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies (Russia). I have joined the University of New South Wales in January, 2018.

I supervise master and PhD students on topics related to 3D spatial modelling and analysis. My recent research concentrates on 3D Indoor modelling and navigation. I am an author and co-author of more than 300 papers and I have edited and co-edited 23 books. A full list of publications (downloadable) is available here. I have been involved in the work of several international organisations. I am the president of ISPRS TC IV on Spatial Information science, the treasurer of UDMS and a co-chair of OGC SWG IndoorGML. I have been actively participating in the organisation of conferences such as Gi4DM, UDMS, 3D GeoInfo, Indoor3D and summer schools.

In my free time I am walking, hiking, cycling, swimming and reading.

I can be found on: Google Scholar, Research Gate, Scopus, Academia, ORCID, ResearcherID

Research Activities: 

I have leaded the following projects related to emergency responce and 3D BIM/GIS data:

Progressing precinct modelling on the UNSW Campus and Beyond: BIM/PIM and 3DGIS: reports and demo

Indoor Scanning of FR NSW: 'walking in point clouds' demo

3D visibility analysis for safety and security with voxels: demo

Indoor Semantic Modelling for Routing: The Two-Level Routing Approach for Indoor Navigation: PhD research funded by CSC and Bentley Systems: PhD thesis L. Liu

Path planning for first responders in the presence of moving obstacles: PhD research funded by CSC and Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment: PhD thesis Z. Wang

Smart Indoor models to support crisis management in large public buildings (2015-2017), funded by the Dutch M4S/STW :

3D SDI for the Port Rotterdam (2012-2014), Funded by the Dutch NGI: The project investigated BIM/GIS integration: demo ( BuildingBits, in Dutch)


Supervision Area: 

I am available for supervising on any of the following topics: 3D modelling (indoor/outdoor, above/below surface), 3D analysis, Indoor navigation, BIM/GIS aggregation, 3D reconstruction, Level of Details for 3D urban models, Voxel representations, AR visualisation, data integration for emergency response. 

I am responsible and teaching Visualisation of Urban data within the Master of City Analytics