Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981 – 1987
    Studied geodesy at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Degree: Diplom in surveying (engineering degree)

  • 1987 – 1988
    Research assistant at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, University of Karlsruhe

  • 1988 – 1994
    Research assistant at the Institute of Photogrammetry, University of Stuttgart, Germany, in Collaborative Research Centre 228 "High-precision navigation"

  • 1994 – 2000
    Head of the "Geo-Information Systems" research group at the Institute of Photogrammetry

  • 1995
    Doctorate in engineering from the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Stuttgart

  • 2000
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) October 2000, granted the venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of "Geo-Information Systems"

  • Since 2000
    Professor and director of the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Acatech, since 2009

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate commission "Geocommission", since 2008

  • Member of the coordinating board for geotechnologies, since 2008

  • Director of ISPRS Working Group II/2 "Multiscale representation of spatial data", 2008 – 2012

  • Member of the executive committee, German Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, since 2004

  • Member of the DFG review board for the fields of geophysics and geodesy, since 2004

  • Director of ISPRS Working Group II/3 "Data generalisation and data mining", 2004 – 2008

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany, 2003 – 2007

  • Chairperson of the Hannover section, German Society for Cartography (DGfK), since 2002

  • Director of the annual AgA conference, since 2002

  • Director of the Geo-Information Systems Consortium, German Geodetic Commission (DGK), 2002 – 2009

  • Spokesperson of the Centre for Geo-Information Systems for Spatial Decision-Making Processes in Coastal Zone Management (GIS-Zentrum), University of Hannover, Germany, since 2001

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