Keynote speakers

The organizing committee is pleased to announce that four prominent scholars will present keynote addresses. These presentations will motivate symposium discussions by containing relevant and up-to-date material on the research and education scope of OGRS.


Gérard Hégron (synopsis of his talk)

French representative and scientifique expert at UERA - Urban Europe Research Alliance. Scientific Director since 2008 in charge of sustainable city at IFSTTAR (French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Planning and Networks).

From 2000 to 2011 he was the director of IRSTV (Research Institute on Urban Sciences and Techniques) gathering 20 laboratories working on interdisciplinary research projects about urban environment and sustainable urban planning and where spatial information and open source GIS development (OrbisGIS) plays a major role for spatial analysis and for the integration of urban data and models. He is also currently the director of the national scientific network on Urban Modeling.


Helena Mitasova (synopsis of her talk)

Associate Professor since 2008 at Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS), North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh.

Her teaching and research areas are about spatial Modeling and visualization : modeling and monitoring of landscape processes, evolution of coastal topography, geoinformation science, multitemporal lidar data processing, spatial interpolation and topographic analysis, coastal and watershed erosion studies. Applications of GIS and multidimensional dynamic cartography for sustainable land use management and conservation of natural resources. Member of the OSGeo foundation and Open Source GRASS GIS development team. See complete profile.


Sergio Rey (synopsis of his talk)

Sergio Rey (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is a Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, where he also serves as an executive committee member and core research faculty in the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation.

Rey’s research interests focus on the development, implementation, and application of advanced methods of spatial and space-time data analysis in the social sciences. His substantive foci include regional inequality, convergence and growth dynamics as well as neighborhood change, segregation dynamics, spatial criminology and industrial networks.  Recent and current research projects include an analysis of the relationships between spatial linkages and urban economic dynamics (EDA), flexible geospatial visual analytics and simulation technologies to enhance criminal justice decision support systems (NIJ), spatial analytical framework for examining community sex offender residency issues over space and time (NSF),  and cyberGIS software integration for sustained geospatial innovation (NSF).  Rey is the creator and lead developer of the open source package STARS: Space-Time Analysis of Regional Systems as well as PySAL: A Python Library for Spatial Analysis.  In 2010 he co-edited with Luc Anselin, Perspectives on Spatial Data Analysis (Berlin: Springer). See complete profile.

Robert Weibel (synopsis of his talk)

Professor of Geographical Information Science since 2000 at Department of Geography, University of Zurich.

His research interests concern, computational cartography, spatio-temporal analysis, spatial analysis for the cultural sciences and GIS for the environment. Also, he has been a principal investigator of the GITTA project, Geographic Information Technology Training Alliance, a platform offering e-learning content as Open Educational Resources. Initiated in 2001, the GITTA project won in 2008 the Medida Prix for innovative use of digital media in education. See complete profile.

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