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Raphael Linker

Raphael Linker
Associate Professor
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Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Haifa 32000, Israel

Academic degrees

 

2000 – Ph.D.    Failure detection and isolation in greenhouses. Faculty of Agricultural Engineering. Technion-IIT, Haifa, Israel

1995 – M.Sc.   Simultaneous CO2 enrichment and ventilation of greenhouses. Faculty of Agricultural Engineering. Technion-IIT, Haifa, Israel

1990 – Diplôme d’Ingénieur Civil.   Faculty of Electro-Mechanical Engineering. Brussels Free University.

 

Academic appointments

 

08/2014-02/2015: Sabbatical leave at Faculty of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California Davis (CA, USA)

2011-Present:           Associate Professor. Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Technion

2005-2011:               Senior Lecturer. Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Technion.

2002-2005:               Post-Doctorate. Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Technion.

2001-2002:               Post-Doctorate. Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. Cornell University.

2000-2001:               Research Associate. Faculty of Agricultural Engineering. Technion.

 

Graduate students

Completed Theses (Ph.D.)

2020

Jamal, A. A framework for improving the predictions of crop growth models using real-time measurements.

Orlova, Y. Non-destructive optical measurements for in-situ investigation of "Golden Delicious" apple development from petal fall till the end of June drop. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Spektor, B.).

2017

Rinot, O. Improved prediction of nitrogen mineralization processes in soils. (PA: Shaviv, A.; SA: Linker, R.).

Tardi-Ovadia, R. Development of a method for detection and identification of the phyto-pathogens Helminthosporium solani and Colletotrichum coccodes on Solanum tuberosum. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Tsror, L. (Agricultural Research Organization)).

2016

Kira, O. Monitoring of aerosols by open-path FTIR. (PA: Linker, R; SA: Dubowski, Y.).

2011

Bamberger, E. Combined use of ERT and vadoze zone flow modeling for improved estimation of soil water content. PA: Linker, R; SA: Furman, A.).

2010

Segal-Rozenhaimer, M. Environmental fate of semivolatile pesticides in the atmosphere: Implementation of FTIR techniques in the investigation of heterogeneous reactions. (PA: Dubowski, Y.; SA: Linker, R.).

2009

Segal, Y. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of organic fouling of ultrafiltration membranes for wastewater treatment. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Dosoretz, C.).

 

Thesis in Progress (Ph. D.)

2021

Wienman, A. Remote sensing and data assimilation in crop models (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Rozenstein, O. (Agricultural Research Organization)). Expected graduation: Oct. 2024.

 

Completed Theses (M.Sc.)

2021

Termin, D. Site-specific nitrogen management in citrus orchard to minimize nitrogen pollution (PA: Linker, R.; SA: T. Paz-Kagan (Agriculture Research Organization)).

2019

Edlerman, E. Autonomous multi-robot system for use in vineyards and orchards.

Gips, E. A quality wine making oriented dynamic model of the growth of Vitis Vinifera.

Stein, Y. Stability control of a two-wheeled vehicle.

2018

Levavi, I. (Haifa Univ.).  Sensors-based irrigation of greenhouse tomatoes (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Greenbaum, N. (Haifa Univ.)).

2017

Jamal, A. Utilizing probabilistic weather forecasting for optimal irrigation scheduling. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Housh, M. (Haifa Univ.)).

Herrmann, S. Leakage-induced pipeline stressing. (PA: Klar, A.; SA: Linker, R.).

2015

Dekel-Ben Yaakov, V. Stress detection in plants by thermic hyperspectral sensor SPECIM LWIR. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Alchantis, V. (Agriculture Research Organization).

2014

Dromi, I. Detection of underground spaces using BOTDR (PA: Klar, A.; SA: Linker, R.).

Nachum, M. Trajectory planning and guidance of a robotic arm for tree pruning. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Gutman, S.).

Nir, O. Modeling of tree structure using robotic arm for pruning.

Shaked, M. Combination of coarse and fine visual servoing control for a polar precision sprayer.

Tune, M. BOTDR based system for automated detection of sinkhole formation. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Klar, A.)

2012

Alony, A. Imaging of spatial and temporal bio-chemical variations in the rhizosphere zone by laser induced auto-fluorescence.

Kira, O. New measuring method combining FTIR-ATR spectroscopy and stable isotopes to investigate the kinetics of nitrogen transformations in soils. (PA: Linker, R; SA: Shaviv, A.).

Lousky, M. Integration of a plant model in a greenhouse decision support system.

2011

Hammami, H. Detection of defects and diseases in citrus and mango fruits based on hyperspectral imaging system.

Orlova, Y. Investigation of eggshell crack propagation and eggshell strength parameters. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Spektor, B.).

2009

Agmail, W. MIMO control of temperature and humidity inside greenhouses cooled by fogging systems. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Arbel, A. (Agricultural Research Organization)).

Elkabetz, M. Fusion of non-destructive methods for quality assessment of apples. (PA: Shmulevich, I.; SA: Linker, R.).

Kushnir, V. Development of an artificial vision system for real-time estimation of cow breathing rate.

Nenner, U. Control of single track robotic vehicle. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Gutman, P.O.).

2008

Blass, T. Navigation algorithm for autonomous vehicle operating in orchards. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Shmulevich, I.).

Scholnik, R. Shrouded turbine control in ‘Energy Tower’. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Guetta, R.).

2006

Borenstein A. Direct determination of nitrate in agricultural soils using FTIR/ATR spectroscopy. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Shaviv, A.).

Wiener, M. Reduction of soil interference in the direct-determination of nitrate by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Shaviv, A.).

2004

David-Horowitz V. Assessment of fruit mealiness. (PA: Shmulevich, I.; SA: Linker, R.).

 

Theses in Progress (M. Sc.)

Gnoyanic, A. Apple detection and counting from single orchard image. (Thesis submitted).

Levinas, D. Non-contact acoustic detection of pipe water leaks (PA: Linker, R.; SA: Friedler, E.). Expected graduation: Feb. 2022.