Luísa Vieira Lucchese

Luísa Vieira Lucchese

Postdoctoral Researcher

Gardner Lab

Space Research Coordination Center, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at Gardner Lab, in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science of the University of Pittsburgh. Our group mainly focuses on hydrological and hydrosedimentological fluvial and alluvial processes. Specifically, I collaborate on a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project involving these themes and two of my favorite subjects, Machine Learning and Remote Sensing.

I have a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering (2015), a Master of Science (2018), and a PhD (2022) in Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). I also did a PhD Sandwich (mobility period) on the GIScience group of the Geography Department of Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, in Jena, Germany.

For my PhD, I worked in the Hydroenvironmental Applications of Artificial Neural Networks (AHRNA) research group. I modeled landslide susceptibility using Machine Learning methods, especially Artificial Neural Networks. During my time in Jena, I had the chance to dive into spatial cross-validation and geomorphic plausibility of AI models.

I find Machine Learning methods fascinating and still underrepresented in engineering research. Most of my research is based on Remote Sensing products and GIS techniques. I am a coding enthusiast and have coded scientifically for over a decade, having used many different languages over these years. I also like to use and support the use of open-source software.

  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Hydrosedimentology
  • Remote Sensing
  • PhD in Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation, 2018-2022


  • PhD Sandwich - GIScience group, 2021-2022

    FSU Jena

  • Master's Degree in Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation, 2016-2018


  • Civil Engineering, 2011-2015



University of Pittsburgh
Postdoctoral Researcher
Feb 2023 – Present Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Guest Researcher
Dec 2021 – May 2022 Jena, Thüringen, Germany
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
PhD Student
Mar 2018 – Oct 2022 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Master’s Student
Mar 2016 – Mar 2018 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Undergraduate Researcher
Jun 2013 – Dec 2015 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Recent Posts

in the open-source Remote Sensing and GIS Blog

Recent & Upcoming Talks


CAPES National Award for PhD Theses
Academic Accolade given to PhD Thesis
Academic Accolade given to Master’s Thesis
Featured work on UFRGS Teaching Fair 2017
Young Researcher Award UFRGS