Victor Olaya is the creator and main developer of the SEXTANTE library, a widespread free geoprocessing framework currently included in several free and open source GIS applications. He is also the main author of the Spanish Free GIS Book, a free (CC BY) book on the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems.
Jorge Arévalo has just joined CartoDB. Jorge is a convinced GISter. He is the creator of GDAL PostGIS Raster driver and he normally codes on Python and C. Jorge is joinning CartoDB as an evangelist, to spread our word in hackathons and events around the world and to help our partners and developers to create amazing stuff with the CartoDB platform. We hope you meet him soon, he is such a nice guy!
Marco Octavio Trindade Painho is a Professor at the New University of Lisbon. He has published 31 articles in professional journals and 148 papers in proceedings of events, has 16 book chapters and published 11 books. His work also includes 143 items of technical production.
Participated in 2 events abroad and 4 in Portugal. Received 3 awards and / or honors. In his professional activities he has interacted with 195 employees in co-authorship of scientific papers.
Besides his teaching activities, Marco Painho was ISEGI's Director (2000 - 2010), as well as the Coordinator of Master’s programme in Geographic Information Systems and Science via e-learning (2001 - 2008). He is the coordinator of the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies (Erasmus Mundus).
Specializations: Geographical Information Systems and Science, Environmental Information Systems, Information Quality, Information Infrastructures, New Technology Implementation, GI Education, Distance Learning (e-learning).
Before assuming this position in July 2012, she was the Director of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Space Programme. She had responsibility for the space-based component of the WMO Global Observing System (GOS), coordinated space-based assets to meet the needs of WMO Members in the topical areas of weather, water, climate and related natural disasters, and also served as the technical focal point for WMO’s activities with GEO.
Before joining WMO in October 2008, she was the Associate Director for Geography at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Virginia where she had responsibility for the Landsat, remote sensing, geography and civilian mapping programs of the agency. It was under her leadership that implementation of the Landsat data policy was reformed to release all data over the internet at no additional cost to the user -- an action that has resulted in the release of more than 12 million Landsat scenes to date.
As the 2007 Chair of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) she led the spaceagency response to the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) satellite requirements for sustained measurement of the GCOS Essential Climate Variables (ECVs). She holds a Bachelor´s degree in Geology from the State University of New York at Cortland, a Master´s degree in Geography from the University of Denver, and a Master´s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.
Chris R. Albon
is the Director of a new crisis data project at Ushahidi, leading work around the use of data in natural and man-made disasters. Prior to Ushahidi, he was Director of the Governance Project at FrontlineSMS. Previously, he earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis researching the quantitative impact of civil wars on health care systems.
He writes about liberation data and data science for social good at ChrisRAlbon.com. In 2008, he founded Conflict Health, a blog on the defense of health and health workers in armed conflict and political violence. He also wrote for the Daily Dot, United States Naval Institute Blog, TheAtlantic.com, ForeignPolicy.com, UN Dispatch, and elsewhere.
He earned a B.A. from the University of Miami, where he triple majored in political science, international studies, and religious studies.
is a professor in the Department of Computer Languages and Systems at the University Jaume I (UJI), where he teaches Internet technologies and Geographic Information Systems. He is co-director of the Master in Geospatial Technologies funded by the Erasmus Mundus program and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Geospatial Information Integration.
He is director of the GEOTEC Research Group. He is and has been principal investigator of EU projects such as Ermes and EuroGEOSS (FP7), ENABLE (Erasmus + KA2), CityBench (ESPON) and eSDI-NET + (FP6) and Spanish projects as SmartWays, "Virtual Spain" and Geocloud.
His main research activities are in computer science, Internet technologies, Web2.0, Context aware systems, sensor networks and smart cities/campus.
Besides academic activities, Dr. Huerta is a founding member and owner of several companies such as a Spin-off company of the UJI (UBIK Geospatial Solutions) and an Internet service provider founded in 1995 (Internet Xpress) and, therefore, has extensive business experience as well as experience in systems integration.
is a qualified Spatial Planner currently employed with the Irish Planning Institute as a Planning Projects Officer. His primary focus relates to the development of Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) funded Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities in All Landscapes (SPECIAL) Project in an Irish context with domestic multiplier organisations in Public and Semi State sectors.
In addition to his SPECIAL role, he is also responsible for a number of business development and policy research portfolios within the Institute.