Raphael Linker

Raphael Linker
Associate Professor
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.)


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.).


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)).


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


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


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.).


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.)


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.)


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


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.


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


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.).


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


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.)


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.


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.).


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.).


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.).


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.).


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.