Prof. Dr. Ilse Aben is a Senior Scientist at SRON (Netherlands Institute for Space Research), Endowed Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Co-Principal Investigator for TROPOMI (Tropospheric Monitoring Instrument onboard Sentinel-5P). Her expertise is in satellite remote sensing focusing on long lived greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide, and related species such as carbon monoxide. Her interest lies in measuring and understanding anthropogenic (and natural) emissions.
Dr. Michael F. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also holds the title of Research Professor. He is also Distinguished Chair Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Research Professor at Arizona State University, and holds many other affiliate, adjunct, and honorary positions at universities around the world. His research and teaching interests focus on issues in geographic information science, including uncertainty in geographic information, discrete global grids, and volunteered geographic information. He directed or co-directed several large funded projects, including the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the Alexandria Digital Library, and the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science.
Dr. Werner Kuhn is a co-founder of the COSIT conference series. He is a member of several editorial boards of peer reviewed international journals, such as the Semantic Web journal (SWJ), Applied Ontology (AO), Spatial Cognition and Computation (SCC), the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR) and the Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS). Dr. Werner is also a professor of Geographic Information at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He served as the Director of the UCSB Center for Spatial Studies and is one of the founding members of the Vespucci Initiative for Advancing Geographic Information Science, organizing annual summer schools and specialist meetings. Dr. Kuhn was an elected member of the Council of AGILE (Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe, from 1998 to 2002), the international member of the Research Management Committee of the Canadian GEOIDE network (from 2001 to 2003), the Technical Director Europe of the Open GIS Consortium (from 1998 to 2001), and an Austrian delegate to CEN TC 287 on Geographic Information (from 1992 to 1995). Between 1991 and 1996, Prof. Dr. Kuhn was an assistant professor in the Department of Geoinformation at the Technical University Vienna in Austria, before he became a post-doctoral researcher at the US National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the University of Maine, USA. Also he got his doctorate in 1989 from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in Surveying Engineering with a thesis on sketch-based geometric modeling, and his Venia Legendi (Habilitation) in Geographic Information Science from the Technical University Vienna in 1995.
Dr. Iris Kramer is the Founder & CEO of ArchAI, she is an archaeologist turned computer scientist, she is the first person in the world to do a PhD in deep learning for the detection of archaeological sites on Earth Observation data. ArchAI prides herself in the automation and assessment of archaeological sites required by environmental impact assessments (EIAs) during the planning permission application process for construction projects within Europe. Their pre-trained AI models can assess thousands of images instantly, providing rapid, accurate feedback to developers and project planners.