Dr. Aviva Peeters is a research associate at Ben-Gurion University, and at the Dead-Sea & Arava Science Center. She also heads an R&D company specializing in developing decision support systems to optimize decision-making in complex environments. She currently teaches a course in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at the Arava Institute and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Dr. Peeters holds a BA from the Technion in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, and MA and PhD from Ben-Gurion University. Her thesis focused on the analysis of urban morphology and urban microclimate from satellite imagery. She completed her postdoctoral research at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in the Hebrew University, combined with Volcani Institute and the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bio-economy in Germany.
Dr. Peeters holds a particular interest in developing analytical tools and new information-theoretic paradigms to quantify the structure of complex systems, and to uncover patterns within large databases. She specializes in modeling spatial phenomena for solving real-world problems and developing applied solutions. Her research combines modeling of both human and natural environments and their interactions. Her recent research projects include development of decision support systems for sustainable management of agricultural crops, analysis of self-organization of vegetation in arid areas, analysis of urban forestry and urban microclimate and developing models for sustainable management of urban runoff.