The current AGILE council comprises the following members:

Two external officers support the work of the council:


Martin Raubal (Co-Chair)

e-mail: agile.chair @ gmail.com

Martin Raubal is Professor of Geoinformation-Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich, Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation). He was previously Associate Professor and Vice-Chair at the Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Junior Professor at the University of Münster.
Martin received his Ph.D. in Geoinformation from Vienna University of Technology in 2001 with honors. He holds a M.S. in Spatial Information Science and Engineering from the University of Maine and a Dipl.-Ing. in Surveying Engineering from Vienna University of Technology. Martin’s research interests lie in the area of cognitive engineering for geospatial services, more specifically he focuses on representing and modeling people’s cognition and spatio-temporal behavior, and the integration of such models into geospatial applications for the enhancement of people’s decision-making support. His teaching includes courses on GIS, cartography, geovisualization, location-based services, temporal aspects of GIS, spatial cognition and wayfinding, and research methods.
Martin was a board member of UCGIS (University Consortium for Geographic Information Science) from 2008-11 and a council member of AGILE from 2005-06. He serves on the editorial boards of Transactions in GIS, Journal of Location Based Services, Journal of Spatial Information Science, Geography Compass, and the Semantic Web Journal. He has authored and co-authored more than 70 books and research papers published in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Marinos Kavouras (Co-Chair)

e-mail: mkav @ mail.ntua.gr

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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 @ gmail.com

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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 @ nateko.lu.se

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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).

Tiina Sarjakoski

e-mail: Tiina.Sarjakoski @ nls.fi

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Professor Tiina Sarjakoski (formerly Kilpeläinen) acts as a Research Director at FGI since 2012. The Finnish Geodetic Institute (FGI) was merged to the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) in the beginning of 2015, and FGI continues its activities with the new name ‘Finnish Geospatial Research Institute’ (FGI) as a research unit in the NLS. She received D.Sc. (Tech.) degree in geoinformatics at Helsinki University of Technology in 1997. She is an External Docent in Geoinformatics and Theoretical Cartography at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm since 2001. She acted as a Research Manager at the Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography, FGI during 2006-2012 and led a research group of ‘Ubiquitous Spatial Interaction’. Previously she worked as a Specialist Research Scientist at the FGI. She has published in the field of knowledge-based methods for geographic information (GI), formalisation of GI, usability of mobile maps, multiple representation databases, visualisation and map generalisation for network processing and mobile map services, and recently on spatial cognition and way-finding. She has authored and co-authored more than 100 research papers and book chapters published in refereed journals and conference proceedings. She has been active in the International Cartographic Association (ICA), Commission on Map Generalization and Multiple Representation. She is currently a Finnish representative in the ICA Commission on Cognitive Visualisation. She has been leading a number of national research projects and participated in international EU-projects, e.g. as an assistant coordinator in Geospatial Info-Mobility Service by Real-Time Data-Integration and Generalisation-project (GiMoDig).

Alexis Comber

e-mail: a.comber @ leeds.ac.uk

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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.

Mike Worboys

e-mail: M.Worboys @ greenwich.ac.uk

Mike Worboys is Professor of Spatial Informatics at the University of Greenwich, London. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Research Professor of Spatial Informatics at theNational Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of Maine, USA. Previously, Mike was Director of the School of Computing and Information Science, Professor of Spatial Informatics, University of Maine, USA. Before that, he was Head of the Department of Computer Science at Keele University, England. Mike holds a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Birmingham, England. He is a distinguished scientist of the ACM, life member of the London Mathematical Society, and was selected as member of Mapping Science Committee of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Mike has been a researcher in geographic information science for more than 25 years. His textbook, Geographic Information Systems: A Computing Perspective co-authored by Matt Duckham, has more around 1400 citations (Google Scholar, 2016). He is the author of more than 80 fully refereed research papers, is an editor in chief of the Journal of Spatial Information Science, on the editorial boards of many of the major international research journals, and has been programme chair of several national and international geographic information science conferences. He has received substantial research funding from the UK, USA, and European funding agencies. He has given keynote addresses to many international conferences, including AGILE. Mike is currently the leader of “gcubed”, the Greenwich GI Science Group that conducts research in computational and formal aspects of geographic information science.

Barbara Hofer

e-mail: Barbara.Hofer @ sbg.ac.at

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 Earthzine.org magazine.

Fred Toppen (support of treasurer)

e-mail: F.J.Toppen @ uu.nl

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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 @ igik.edu.pl

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 @ tu-dresden.de

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.