Ida Litaay - Networker

Ida, as she is known by one of her middle names, is currently a Senior Exploration Geology at Minerals and Metals Group - MMG ( in Africa, supporting green field (regional) and brown field (near-mine) exploration programs in Zambia and Congo (DRC), the famous Central African Copperbelt. She got acquainted to GIS when she did her undergraduate degree in Geology at University of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. She then embarked on Gold Exploration with increased use of GIS. After 4.5 years trampling up and down tropical jungle of Indonesia, she took a one-and-a-half year break to do Master of Geoinformatics and Photogrammetry program at Stuttgart University of Applied Science. A return to her hometown Ambon and involvement in International NGO's and also consultant work to local government, exposed her more to database and geoinformatics. Later on in her career, she returned to Gold Exploration as she always enjoys outdoor life and work; to international postings in in Laos and Thailand before returning to Indonesia to a more GIS-DB role.

She is often called a social-convener and is a firm believer in 'Network is your Asset'. Involvement in training and development has also been her passion. She is at present a member of Natural Resource Department of Indonesian Association of Geologists (IAGI) and a member in Professional Development committee of Indonesian Society of Economic Geologist (MGEI). Since 2009, Ida has been associated with AGSE.

Franz-Josef Behr - Co-founder and head of the AGSE conferences

Professor of spatial information processing at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences.

With a strong background in computer science, especially geospatial IT and consultancy work regarding GI system introduction for municipalities and utility companies, he is teaching in several courses here (BEng Surveying and Geoinformatics, BSc Information Logistics, MSc Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics, mainly related to IT (programming, DBMS and data modeling, GIS, geodata formats, XML technologies, Internet technology, web services etc.). Interoperability and open standards are important for him, currently also topics like disaster mapping and crowd sourcing (quality aspects, interoperability issues, data modelling). He includes free and Open Software and Open Data in teaching and research.

Prof. Behr is founder of the SUAS MapServer project, and some more services, i. e. and As alumni representative of our University he is very interested in continuing education and in internationalization of education. In addition he is Co-chair Academic Track FOSS4G 2013, Nottingham, and for different journals and programmes.

Pradeep kumar - Co-founder of AGSE

Currently a Reader-in-Geology in the University of Kerala, he has gone through multifarious assignments like being a Chief Editor for a publishing firm, a hydrogeologist in the Central Ground Water Board, India, coordinator of the Disaster Management Masters Program in the School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, India. His stint at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences as a Masters student lead him to take up initiatives in GIS, with a number of students engaged in their PhD.s with some element of GIS in their work. His core interests are in GIS, GIS in Mineral Exploration, Disaster Management, Metamorphic Petrology and Mineralogy. He teaches GIS for Geology as well as for Computer Science students in his current assignment.

He is active in the area of internationalization of education and has been instrumental in organizing quite a few conferences and workshops in the areas of disaster management, water resources management and GIS. He has been associated with the AGSE right from its inception.

Mirka Zimmermann -

Mirka Zimmermann graduated in Computer Science. She holds a Master of Science degree in Geoinformatics from ITC - Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, The Netherlands. Mrs. Zimmermann has been professionally involved in different research and development Projects, funded by international Agencies. She has project expertise at international level (Latin America, Europe, Eastern Africa and SE Asia). Her professional contribution is focussed mainly in the areas of Geoinformatics for Sustainable Development and e-Learning.

Currently she is pursuing a PhD at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. Her publications list include: "Internet courses on Remote Sensing; in Search of the Source Material", "Administration of Teaching and Learning contents in the MITO Meta-database", "Geoinformation – Catalyst for planning, development and good Governance" and "Geoinformation for a better World" amongst others.

Moses Ngigi - Geomatic Engineering and GIS Consultant, Nairobi, Kenya

Moses M. Ngigi is a PhD holder in Geoenvironmental Sciences from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, Msc in Geoinformatics and Photogrammetry from the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and a BSc in Surveying from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is a lecturer at the Department of Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Nairobi, Kenya. He has substantial professional experience in geomatics, both as a lecturer in GIS and surveying with the Ministry of Lands and the Kenya Institute of Surveying and Mapping. He has a great passion for GIS application in various disciplines, especially those focussed in the betterment of the society. He was very instrumental in the hosting of the AGSE 2011 in Kenya, and has been an active member of the Stuttgart Alumni Group.

Matthias Moeller - Professor, Beuth University, Berlin

Matthias S. Moeller received his Diploma and PhD in Applied GI-Science and Environmental Analysis. He was with Arizona State University (USA) from 2003 - 2007. During 2006 through 2010 he was appointed as a substitute professor for Cartography, GIScience and Remote Sensing at the University of Bonn and the University of Bamberg (Germany). Since October 2010 he holds a professorship for Cartography, GIScience and Remote Sensing at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

Dr. Moeller gave more than 70 academic lectures and courses at numerous distinguished Interna-tional Universities. He published ca. 50 scientific papers and gave more than 50 aural presentations at international conferences.

His main research focus is directed to the analysis of detailed urban structures, urban environments, using an integrative approach of GI-methods and remote sensing images. Digital and mobile Geomedia and the development of user-adapted WebGIS interfaces is an important part of Dr. Moellers R&D. As a member of the Society for the Education of Geomatics (GIS-AT) he has developed a series of practical school exercise lessons introducing Geo Information in K12 schools.

Contact: Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Department III, Cartography, GI-Science, Remote Sensing, Luxemburger Str. 10, D 13353 Berlin, Germany, phone +49 30 4504 5424, email mmoeller [at]

Sajid Pareeth - PhD researcher at Centre for innovation and Research (CRI) - Foundazione Edmund Mach, Trento Italy

With strong background in Remote sensing and geoinformatics, he is very keen on applying these technologies on climate change, sustainable development, food security, biodiversity conservation, and landscape ecology aspects globally. His research interests include deriving the patterns and processes of change in landscape and time series analysis of high temporal satellite imageries. His work is well published in international peer reviewed journals and also contributed to national level policies on biodiversity conservation and species extinction. He has worked extensively on OGC specifications and a strong follower of inter operable systems and frameworks.

Apart from his research, Sajid is interested in teaching and promoting open source tools in geoinformatics. He has taken number of workshops and classes for Msc and PhD students on using open source tools and OGC specifications. Before joining the PhD program, he was associated with CGIAR institute – International Water Management Institute (IWMI) for 2 years. He started his career in 2003 with Ashoka trust for research in ecology and the environment (ATREE), Bangalore and also ran own consultancy for three years. He holds a masters in Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics from Hft-Stuttgart, Gemany. He is associated with AGSE from its inception and has been very keen on expanding it to a bigger forum.