About me:


I am currently a full professor for Geographical Information Science at Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark.

I commenced my PhD in Oct 2008 at the University of Vienna (Univie) focusing on simulation of land use/cover changes dynamics supervised by Prof. Wolfgang Kainz, and finished it in April 2011 with excellence. My dissertation was awarded by Springer for publication as an outstanding PhD thesis. While doing my PhD, I was appointed as a funded research scholar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) in 2009. After my PhD, I was appointed as a postdoc research assistant at the Univie for one year. While pursuing my PhD in Vienna, I had the opportunity to become a consultant at the United Nations office in Vienna as a Remote Sensing/Geoinformation expert and share my expertise with experts, end-users and global disaster managers.

Thereafter, I was offered a postdoc position from Heidelberg University starting as of April 2012. While doing my duties in Heidelberg University, my research proposal as an early career researcher was granted by the Humboldt foundation, which is a globally-known prestigious fellowship. My research project was on “How Good Can Agent-Based Modeling Predict OpenStreetMap Data?” for duration of 2 years within Jan 2013 – Jan 2015. Thereafter, I was appointed as a senior scientist at GIScience research group, Heidelberg University until March 2016.

 My research interests include, but NOT limited to:

  • Geographic Information Science, Geocomputation, Spatial Planning
  • Remote Sensing and spatio-temporal monitoring of Environment
  • Geosimulation and Agent-Based Modeling for Environmental Phenomena
  • Volunteered Geographic Information and Crowdsourced Mapping
  • Disaster management and risk analysis/mapping
  • Big data, Data Science

Further information about my research can be found at Google ScholarResearchGate, Linkedin, AAU and HD. Ideas for research collaboration and external consultation are welcome. My ORCID is 0000-0001-6347-2935.

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