Spatial Thoughts was founded with a mission to enable everyone to learn, use and master modern geospatial technologies. Our goal is to provide high-quality and affordable learning resources in a wide range of formats. We are strong believers in open-source, open-data and open-learning materials.

Ujaval Gandhi, Founder

Ujaval got his Masters in Geospatial Information Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison. After joining Google Inc. in California, he moved to India in 2006. He was one of the early employees at Google India and part of the team that launched Google Maps for India. He has worked on multiple Geo teams at Google and led the aerial imagery group in India. He was the lead trainer for Google Earth Engine in India and conducted numerous training sessions across the country.

Ujaval’s interest and expertise is using open-source spatial analysis software to automate GIS and Remote Sensing workflows. He is a world-renowned GIS expert and training facilitator who is passionate about advancing the use of open-source technologies in teaching and research. He is a charter member of the Open-source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and a visiting faculty/researcher at University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Our Team

Santhosh M, Training Associate

Santhosh’s background is in GIS and Remote Sensing. A keen learner himself, Santhosh is passionate about teaching and making complex subjects accessible. He is responsible for developing new learning content and managing our training events.

Vishnu Prasad JS, Research Intern

Vishnu is a MBA student at NIT-Calicut specializing in Data Analytics. His research interest is in applied data science. His current work is on applying machine learning techniques in the area of urban transportation using open-source geospatial datasets and APIs.