The current AGILE council comprises the following members:

Two external officers support the work of the council:

Alexis Comber (Co-Chair)

e-mail: a.comber @

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Lex Comber is a Professor of Spatial Data Analytics at the University of Leeds (School of Geography). After a first degree in Plant and Crop Science (University of Nottingham), Lex completed a PhD in Computer Science on the topic of automated land cover change detection at the University of Aberdeen and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, now the Hutton Institute. He then worked as a researcher with Pete Fisher at the University of Leicester for 3 years on project examining the uncertainties associated with the revision of Geographical Information before taking up a position as the GIS group manager at a large commercial consultancy. Lex started as a Lecturer at the University of Leicester in 2005 and was awarded his chair in 2014. Lex’s research interests, although initially focussed on land cover, land use and land cover change, now cover all things spatial and include a particular interest in method development and with publications and applications in a number of domains (e.g. medical sciences, criminology, access to education, etc). This is part due to his journey into geo-computation and a realisation that many of the tools he has developed for spatial analysis can be applied to both environmental and social problems. His publications in peer reviewed scientific journals (now approaching 50 in total) reflect the diversity of of his research interests and his extensive international collaborations. He has recently co-authored the first comprehensive text book in spatial analysis and mapping in R, the open source statistical software.

Marinos Kavouras (Co-Chair)

e-mail: mkav @

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Marinos Kavouras obtained a Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering (1979) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece. He received his MScE (1982) and his PhD (1987) from the University of New Brunswick in Canada. Parallel to his position as a Professor of GIScience and Cartography, he has served as Dean of the School of Rural & Surveying Engineering of NTUA (2006-2010), Vice President of the Hellenic Cadastral Agency KTIMATOLOGIO SA (2004-2009), Chair of Working Group II/6 - System Integration and Interoperability (2004-08) and Co-Chair Working Group ICWG II/IV - Semantic Interoperability and Ontology for Geospatial Information (2008-12) of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). He is currently the Director of the Cartography Laboratory, Director of the NTUA Geoinformatics Graduate Programme, and vice-president of the NTUA senate committee on post-graduate studies. He has served in numerous organizing and scientific committees, and as a reviewer in scientific journals. He is a member of the series editors of Dissertations in Geographic Information Science (IOS Press) and in the editorial board of the ISPRS International Journal of Geoinformation. Furthermore, he has undertaken various research programmes in Geoinformatics and has formed OntoGEO - a group conducting Research in GIScience. He is also adjunct researcher of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS-ATHENA). President of a special committee for the future strategy and reform of the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering and the discipline of Geospatial Technology and Member of the Advisory Committee for the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics of the Cyprus University of Technology, 2006. He has lead/participated in various research projects. During his term as a Vice President of the Board of Directors of KTIMATOLOGIO SA, he had an active role in the successfully completed 80 million euros project under the 3rd structural fund of developing an information infrastructure for the Hellenic Cadastre. His research interests include theoretical issues in GIScience, knowledge representation, geospatial ontologies, semantic interoperability, spatio-temporal modelling, concept mapping, and theoretical cartography. He has co-authored the book “Theories of Geographic Concepts – Ontological Approaches to Semantic Integration” published by CRC Press T&F, and over 120 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

Marek Baranowski (Secretary)

e-mail: agile.secretary @

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Marek Baranowski is a Professor of Geomatics at the Institute of Geodesy and Cartography. He studied geography at the Warsaw University and in his scientific career he has specialized in digital cartography, geographic information sciences, spatial information infrastructure, land cover / land use inventories and GIS applications for environmental studies. In 1970's and 1980's he developed, as a system designer and programmer, several digital mapping systems and fully functional GIS package “SINUS” in late 1980’s. Marek was a conceptual author and project manager of the General Geographic Database of Poland, played a leading role in designing and developing of the Natura 2000 network in Poland. He was a co-editor of the first State of Environment report as well as designer and supervisor of the Electronic Atlas of Environment in Poland. He introduced a digital technology to elaboration of the National Atlas of Poland. He chaired several geo-information metadata profile definition teams in Poland. He is a member of the Data Specification Drafting Team of the INSPIRE. He received PhD in digital cartography and habilitation degree of Earth Sciences in geography. In 1980's he was scientific director of the Geodetic and Cartographic Data Processing Centre. After establishing of the United Nations Environment Programme/GRID-Warsaw Centre in 1991 he has served as its director for next 17 years. Later, for 5 years he was a director of the Institute of Geodesy and Cartography. He is a chairman of the Cartographic Division of the Polish Geographic Society, vice-president of the Polish Association of Spatial Information, vice-chairman of the State Geodetic and Cartographic Council as well as a member of the Spatial Information Infrastructure Council.

Ali Mansourian (Treasurer)

e-mail: ali.mansourian @

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Ali Mansourian is an Associate Professor at Lund University, Sweden. He is also a member of Lund University GIS Centre. He holds a PhD in Geomatics Engineering from K.N.Toosi University of Technology (2005). He was a visiting researcher in the Center for Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and Land Administration, University of Melbourne, Australia (2004) and a Postdoc researcher at Lund University GIS Centre, Sweden (2009). In 2005, he became an assistant professor and worked as a teacher and researcher at the Department of GIS, K.N.Toosi University of Technology. In 2011, he moved to the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University. In 2013 he was promoted to Associate Professor at Lund University. His teaching and research activities focus on the realization of SDIs and adoption of technical solutions from semantic web, geospatial web services, and web service composition for the development of SDIs. He is also interested in spatial modelling using artificial intelligence techniques with main focus on health and spatial epidemiology, disaster management and urban planning. He has been the coordinator of and involved in several research projects, among them: Senior adviser of the Management and Planning Organization, National Mapping Agency, and coordinator of a research team on National SDI strategic planning and development in Iran (2005 – 2012); Consultant of World Health Organization (WHO/Europe) and team leader for WGRAS project (since 2014); Technical member of ICOS carbon portal project on system development and standardization (since 2013); Technical member of EU-FP7 HaptiMap project (2011 – 2012); Coordinator of a Sida funded project on spatially enablement e-government in Uganda (since 2015).

Carlos Granell

e-mail: carlos.granell @

Carlos Granell is a Ramon y Cajal research fellow in the Geospatial Technologies research group (GEOTEC) at University Jaume I of Castellón (UJI) since December 2015. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher at European Commission–Joint Research Centre, Ispra (Italy), and a postdoc researcher in GEOTEC. Carlos graduated in Computer Engineering and received his doctorate in Computer Science and GIS (2006) from UJI under the supervision of Mike Gould. Carlos’ research covers multi-disciplinary GIS –where the “S” may stand for Systems, Software, Services, Standards, Science, Social Sciences, and Society–, spatial analysis & visualization, real-time streaming processing, data-rich web mapping applications, and reproducible research. He serves on the editorial board/associate editor of Computer and Geosciences, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, PeerJ, Smart Science, and Journal of Open Research Software. His scientific publications on science and social science journals reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of his research interests.

Barbara Hofer

e-mail: Barbara.Hofer @

Barbara Hofer is Assistant Professor at the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg, Austria since 2013. Before coming to Salzburg she worked at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and contributed to the European Drought Observatory. In 2010 she finished her doctoral thesis in Geoinformation at the Vienna University of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Frank. Her first degree in Geoinformation was earned from the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. Barbara’s main research interests are spatial data infrastructures, online geoprocessing and knowledge formalization. Teaching covers courses on cartography, spatial data infrastructures and spatial statistics in the Master Applied Geoinformatics and the Bachelor Geography in Salzburg. She serves as study programme coordinator of the Master Applied Geoinformatics, is co-head of the departmental research area ‘Geographic Information Infrastructure’, and belongs to the Associated Faculty of the Doctoral College GIScience at the university. She also is member of the editorial board of the AGIT ‘Journal für Angewandte Geoinformatik’ and serves as associate editor for education of the IEEE magazine.

Phaedon Kyriakidis

e-mail: phaedon.kyriakidis @

Phaedon Kyriakidis is a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), and an Adjunct Professor at the Departments of Geography of the University California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and of San Diego State University (SDSU), USA. He currently serves as the Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at CUT, and as the (co)Coordinator of the MSc program in Geoinformatics and Geospatial Technologies at the same institution. He was a former Professor (and Vice-Chair) at the Department of Geography of UCSB, and a former Professor of Spatial Analysis at the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean, Greece. He holds a PhD (1999) from the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences of Stanford University USA, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow (1999-2000) at the Earth Sciences Division of Berkeley National Laboratory USA, where he later held a Faculty Staff appointment (2001-2013). His research interests include geographic information science, spatial analysis and GIS, geostatistics and geocomputation as well as related applications to earth and environmental sciences, public health, social sciences and archaeology. He has (co)authored more than 100 research papers, books and book chapters published in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and edited volumes. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Cartographica and Spatial Statistics.

Sabine Timpf

e-mail: sabine.timpf @

Sabine Timpf is a Professor at the Institute of Geography at the University of Augsburg, Germany. She currently serves as head of the institute and as the study programme coordinator of the Master and Bachelor in Geoinformatics. Prior to her current appointment she spent time as a postdoc at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Würzburg, Germany, and at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She received her PhD from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, a Diploma in Surveying Engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany, and an M.Sc. from the University of Maine at Orono, U.S.A.. Sabine’s research interests include geographic information science, geospatial intelligence, cognitive engineering, spatial modelling and simulation, spatial cognition in wayfinding, geocomputation and more recently agent-based modelling as an approach to model complex systems such as urban transportation. She has (co)authored more than 100 research papers and chapters published in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and edited books. She currently serves as co-editor of the German journal on Artificial Intelligence – KI.

Fred Toppen (support of treasurer)

e-mail: F.J.Toppen @

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Fred Toppen works at the Faculty of Geographical Sciences of the University of Utrecht. His prime responsibility is education management and teaching of GIS and related issues. Since the start of the EGIS conferences, he has been involved in the organisation of workshops. Later he joined the Organising Committee. His main responsibility was the setting up of the Education Special Interest Group. This group proved to be successful in organising coherent streams within the EGIS paper presentation sessions. The same role was played by the Education and Awareness Special Interest Conference Committee for the JEC/GI conferences. For both groups, Fred Toppen acted as Treasurer and as Vice-Chairman and initiated and contributed to most of its activities. He was chair of the Organising Committee of the first European GIS Education Seminar which took place at Soesterberg in September 1998.

Aleksandra Furmankiewicz-Szelag (support to secretariat)

e-mail: Aleksandra.Furmankiewicz-Szelag @

Aleksandra Furmankiewicz-Szelag has a degree in marketing and management of the Warsaw University. She works at the Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (IGiK) as a project coordinator and responsible for marketing and training. She has participated in a number of international and national projects carried out at the IGIK, mainly on the geoinformation solutions and applications. She has an experience in the coordination and preparation of national and EU collaborative proposals, a project execution as well as in organizing regional and international conferences, seminars and meetings.

Daniel Henzen (webmaster)

e-mail: daniel.henzen @

Daniel Henzen has a degree in media and computer science of the University of Dresden. He is now working at the Faculty of environmental sciences of the University of Dresden. His research fields are sensor web enablement and research data infrastructures.