The current AGILE council comprises the following members:

One external officer support the work of the council:

Alexis Comber (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.

Carlos Granell (Secretary)

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.

Jing Yao (Co-Secretary)

e-mail: Jing.Yao @

Dr Jing Yao is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Big Data and Quantitative Methods at University of Glasgow, UK. She has a PhD in Geography (2012) and a MSc in Industrial Engineering (2012) both from Arizona State University (ASU), USA. She also has a MSc degree (2005) and a BSc degree (2002) in Geographical Information System (GIS) from Nanjing University, China. Previously she worked as a postdoctoral associate at the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation at ASU in the US and a research fellow at the Centre for Geoinformatics at University of St Andrews in UK. She joined University of Glasgow as a lecturer in 2014. Jing is currently a member of the UKRI-funded Urban Big Data Centre at University of Glasgow. She has participated in several international projects on sustainable urban development, urban and regional planning, and emergency planning and response. She is member of the editorial board of International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Transactions in Urban Data, Science, and Technology and Journal of Geodesy and Geoinformation Science.

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).

Carsten Keßler

e-mail: Carsten.Kessler @

Carsten Keßler is a Professor for Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Data Analysis at Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Carsten started his career with a diploma (2004), PhD (2010), and Post-Doc at University of Münster, Germany, before working as a consultant for the United National Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, Switzerland (2012–2013). He then re-joined academia as Assistent Professor for Geographic Information Science at Hunter College, City University of New York, USA (2013–2016), before becoming Associate Professor (2016–2020) and then Professor (2020–2021) at Aalborg University (AAU), Copenhagen, Denmark. In Spring 2021, he moved back to Germany for his current position, while maintaining an affiliation with AAU. Carsten is currently co-coordinator of the H2020 project "Future Migration Scenarios for Europe", co-spokesperson of the German National Research Data Infrastructure for the Earth System Sciences (NFDI4Earth) and participates in several national and international projects around Spatial Data Infrastructures and Research Data Management. He is member of the editorial board of Transactions in GIS, the Journal of Location Based Services, the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems and the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research.

Rob Lemmens

e-mail: r.l.g.lemmens @

Rob Lemmens is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geoinformation Processing, University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). He holds a PhD in Geoinformatics from Delft University of Technology. He has expertise in semantic modelling, geo web technology, spatial data infrastructures, interoperability standards, volunteered geoinformation, workflow modelling and open source software development. Rob worked as a visiting scientist at Google in Mountain View, at City University of New York and at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., focusing on semantic models for collaborative mapping. Rob is involved in the Platform Linked Data Netherlands and organiser of several hackathons and mapathons, together with the Red Cross. He has worked in technology deployment and capacity building in Africa and Asia. In two European COST projects he co-created a VGI Knowledge Portal and co-edited a book on citizen science. He co-authored several publications on using the semantic web in learning environments, geoprocessing and geodata discovery. He is lead architect for ontology development for the Living Textbook application, which is currently deployed as editing tool for the EO/GI Body of Knowledge ( He leads two other projects on modularising education into fine-granular shareable content and matching.

Juha Oksanen

e-mail: juha.oksanen @

Juha Oksanen is the head of department and a professor of geoinformatics and cartography at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute in the National Land Survey of Finland. In addition, he is an associate professor of geoinformatics in the University of Helsinki (UH). His long academic career in geographical information science started in the mid 1990s, when he was appointed as the first assistant of geoinformatics in the Department of Geography, UH. In late 1990s he started as a research assistant at the Finnish Geodetic Institute, did his PhD in 2006, became a research manager in 2012 and the head of department in 2018. Juha is currently the director of the national Open Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Research (Geoportti RI), which provides easy access to massive geospatial data and geocomputing resources for scientists in Finland. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Location Based Services, a member of scientific committees of number of conferences, such as AGILE, ICC, EuroCarto, GIScience, Spatial Accuracy, and GIS Ostrava, and the chair of the Cartographic Society of Finland.

Simon Scheider

e-mail: s.scheider @

Simon Scheider is an assistant professor in geographic information science at the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, University Utrecht. His research lies at the interface between conceptual modeling, geographic data analysis and knowledge extraction. He is particularly interested in understanding the concepts underlying spatio-temporal data, including reference systems, fields, places, spatial objects, events, trajectories and their relationship to human activities. He is doing research on AI and Semantic Web technology to support geographic analysis with GIS and to enable meaningful analytics of spatial information. One of his focus areas is geographic question-answering (geoQA) in the context of GIS. Simon received his PhD from the University of Muenster in Geoinformatics in 2012. He has co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications in journals, conference proceedings and books. Prior to his current appointment in Utrecht, he was a post-doc at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation of ETH Zürich, Switzerland, a post-doc at the Institute of Geoinformatics in Münster, Germany, and a visiting scholar and research fellow at the Geography department of the University of California Santa Barbara, USA.

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.

Susi Rosenfeld (administration)

e-mail: susirosenfeld @


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.