Abhishek V. Potnis

GeoComputational Systems Lab · CSRE · Indian Institute of Technology Bombay · abhishekvpotnis@iitb.ac.in

I am a Ph.D. student in the Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. My research interests include Geospatial Semantics, Machine Learning and Data Visualization. I love travelling places, capturing and captioning the world through my camera.


Route Navigation and Pothole Monitoring using Crowd Sourced Pothole Mapping

  • Developed a GIS based Android and web application to address the issue of monitoring and managing potholes on Indian roads
  • Intelligent pothole-free routing for senior citizens, pregnant women and patients
  • Earlier work on the application with Mr. Pankaj Randhe (M.Tech.) and Mr. Pratyush Talreja (M.Tech.) won Esri India's mApp Your Way - a national level Mobile Application Development Competition

September 2017 - Present

Google Summer of Code 2016

This project aimed at enabling Cesium - an open source virtual globe for Liquid Galaxy. The idea of this project is to enable Cesium to run across the multiple displays, providing an immersive and a riveting experience to the users.

April 2016 - August 2016

Google Summer of Code 2015

For CALIPSO data, most scientific visualizations showed the orbit track of CALIPSO on the overhead view map along side the LiDAR profile data. The objective of this project was to visualize both the orbital track on the flat maps and the LiDar profile data together using the Cesium Javascript Library, that uses HTML5 and WebGL to render 3D Globes and maps.

April 2015 - August 2015

Pratham – IIT Bombay Student Satellite

  • Team Member in the Electrical Sub-System and Project Website Manager
  • Programmed Atmega micro-controllers of the Satellite using Embedded C
  • Developed an application to parse, log and display in a GUI, the data stream from the satellite in the ThermoVacc chamber during Thermo-Vaccum Testing

October 2014 - January 2016

Mozilla Firefox

  • Fixed bugs by authoring code patches primarily in JavaScript for Mozilla Firefox
  • Edited and improved technical articles on Mozilla Developer Network
  • Recognized as a core contributor in the “about:credits” section of Mozilla Firefox
  • Attended Mozilla Summit 2013 at Santa Clara, USA, with travel and stay being sponsored by Mozilla

June 2014 - Present

Simulation of Mini-bus Service with Emergency Response Route Navigation in IIT Bombay

  • Implemented a route navigation feature, that would identify the nearest bus from an emergency location and guide it using the shortest possible route computed using the Dijkstra's algorithm, displaying the time to reach the location
  • Developed an interactive web application that simulated the mini-bus service in the campus

August 2014 - November 2014

Satellite Image Classifier using Parallelepiped Classification

  • Studied and implemented the pixel based Parallelepiped Classifier for classifying satellite imagery into land use land cover classes.
  • Developed an interactive web application for training the classifier to generate a model and perform satellite image classification

August 2014 - November 2014


A Spatio-Temporal Ontological Model for Flood Disaster Monitoring

International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2017), United States of America

Kuldeep Kurte, Surya Durbha, Roger King, Nicolas Younan, Abhishek Potnis

July 2017

Exploring Visualization of Geospatial Ontologies Using Cesium.

Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data co-located with the 15th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2016), Japan

Potnis, A., Durbha, S.

October 2016

Poster Presentation: Semantic Mediation and Reasoning on Streaming Sensor Data over Geospatial Sensor Web

12th Semantic Web Summer School (SSSW 2016), Italy

Potnis, A., Durbha, S.

July 2016


Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

M.Tech. - Ph.D. Dual Degree
Specialization: Geoinformatics

CPI: 9.28

June 2014 - Present

University of Mumbai

Bachelor of Engineering
Specialization: Computer Engineering

Percentage: 74.26

June 2009 - May 2013


Programming Languages & Tools
Geospatial Softwares and Other Frameworks
  • Esri's ArcGIS
  • QGIS
  • Erdas Imagine
  • Matlab

Achievements & Activities

  • Google Summer of Code 2016 - Liquid Galaxy Project - Enabling Cesium for Liquid Galaxy
  • Google Summer of Code 2015 - Cesium Community - NASA's Data Curtains from Space
  • 1 st Place - Esri India's mApp Your Way - Mobile App Development Challenge for the application - "Route Navigation and Pothole Monitoring using Crowd Sourced Pothole Mapping"
  • Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer - SE 6
  • Name listed as a "Core Contributor" on the Mozilla Monument, outside Mozilla’s office space at San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Conducted a two-day workshop on QGIS for the Geology Community as a part of the GeoWeek held at Fergusan College, Pune in Maharashtra, India in October, 2017
  • Delivered talks on Open Source, Web Standards and Contributing to Open Source at numerous events
  • Completed Module 1 of French Language Course conducted by International Relations Office, IIT Bombay, in association with Embassy of France, New Delhi