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Session Overview
09-03: Innovation Fair: Analyzing Land Data & Data Processing
Thursday, 23/Mar/2017:
8:30am - 10:00am

Session Chair: Christoph Aubrecht, European Space Agency (ESA) & The World Bank, United States of America
Location: MC 2-800


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ID: 967 / 09-03: 3
Innovation Fair - Lightning Talk (geospatial, cloud, data technologies)

Better demographic data for improved planning and problem solving in South African cities

Sophie McManus1, Peter Magni2, Geci Karuri Sebina3, Matthew Adendorff4, Richard Gevers5

1Open Data Durban, South Africa; 2South African Cities Network; 3South African Cities Network; 4Open Data Durban, South Africa; 5Open Data Durban, South Africa

Peter Magni is a researcher at the South African City Network. His researched is focused on urban land, spatial planning and land use management and public infrastructure. He has over ten years’ experience in local and national government.

Sophie’s academic background include a BSc in Sociology and African Studies, and MSc in Town and Regional Planning with a focus inclusive housing and urban regeneration initiatives in inner-city Johannesburg. Sophie first came to Durban on a Rotary International Scholarship and has since been working in Durban on issues around low-income housing, enterprise development and inclusiveness.

ID: 971 / 09-03: 4
Innovation Fair - Lightning Talk (geospatial, cloud, data technologies) A Tool for Facilitating Land Contract Disclosure

Jesse Coleman, Kaitlin Cordes, Sam Szoke-Burke

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, United States of America

Sam Szoke-Burke is a Legal Researcher at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, where he focuses on investments in land and agriculture, as well as investments in the extractive industries. Sam also specializes in the intersection of human rights and international investments. Sam holds an LL.B. (Law) and B.A. in Politics from Monash University Australia, and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

ID: 144 / 09-03: 5
Innovation Fair - Lightning Talk (geospatial, cloud, data technologies)

Big Data Approaches to Market Analysis: SE Asian Palm Oil

Gabriel Thoumi. CFA. FRM

Climate Advisers, United States of America

Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM is a Senior Fellow at Climate Advisers where he provides global financial analysis for mitigating systemic climate risk while advising on “greening” capital markets for clients and coalitions.

He has 15 years of experience managing and deploying frameworks to improve global capital markets sustainability through risk mitigation and return enhancement. Previously, for Calvert Investment Management, he valued global equity, index, and fixed income portfolios and their component positions in the utilities, energy, materials, chemicals, and financial sectors. He worked on quantitative index construction and asset allocation strategies. He engaged Fortune 500 CEOs on approaches to mitigating climate risk using financial risk management tools. He led initiatives to improve financial accounting of exchange-listed products and incorporated natural capital into financial tools. He wrote the winning Agriculture Supply Chain Adaptation Facility for the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance.

His research on capital markets has been cited by Forbes Magazine and the Guardian as key reasons why markets can improve our societies’ collective ability to mitigate climate change. He has co-authored numerous papers including a recent paper in Science on standardizing payments for ecosystem services.

Formerly, for the U.S. Government, as Senior Director Finance and Carbon Markets, he led a team publishing confidential analysis on Latin American REDD+ financial readiness. At Morgan Stanley’s climate change mitigation company, he conducted due diligence on derivatives and financed infrastructure projects. At Wells Fargo, he managed $4 billion daily in commercial bank lending and priced financial risks for over 2,000 financial counterparties while managing a $16 billion fixed income portfolio to protect public deposit accounts, and he sold financial products while supporting fixed income trading.

He has an MBA and MSc from the University of Michigan where he was a Consortium and Erb Institute fellow. He is a frequent speaker, author, and lecturer for various universities. He also is a Certified Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America and LEED AP (BD+C) and LEED AP (O+M).

ID: 969 / 09-03: 6
Innovation Fair - Lightning Talk (geospatial, cloud, data technologies)

Mapping Economic Indicators Using Commercial Satellite Imagery: A Case Study in Poverty Analysis of Sri Lanka to Explore Best Practices for Feature Extraction and Classification

Nick Hubing, Chris Lowe

LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping, LLC, United States of America

Nick Hubing has more than 20 years’ experience working in the geospatial technology field. He has served as the President of LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping since 2004. Under his leadership, the company has developed one of the world’s largest commercial digital map archives, become widely recognized in the area of remote sensing, and achieved 12 years of consecutive growth and profitability. Mr. Hubing has been heavily involved within the commercial high-resolution satellite imaging industry since its inauguration with the launch of IKONOS in 1999; he has helped pioneer new satellite imagery applications for NGOs, government agencies, utilities and environmental organizations. Mr. Hubing is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Economics, International Relations and Latin American Studies.

ID: 430 / 09-03: 7
Innovation Fair - Lightning Talk (geospatial, cloud, data technologies)

Software Comes and Goes, Data Stays Forever!

Arnulf Christl

Metaspatial, Germany

Arnulf Christl is a geospatial systems architect and provides consultancy for clients throughout the world such as the United Nations, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, Siemens and IBM. Arnulf provides consultancy for geospatial systems through his company Metaspatial. He has a thorough background in secure and quality assured Open Source products based on Open Standards and is knowledgeable in Open Data models. Arnulf is President Emeritus of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Architecture Board. He is also founding member of the OSGeo initiative GeoForAll and sits on the advisory board of the GLTN project Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM).

ID: 627 / 09-03: 8
Individual Papers
Oral Presentation
Topics: Harnessing geospatial data, cloud platforms and other data technologies
Keywords: applications, satellite data, cloud computing, open source, time series

Combining GIS And Remote Sensing Data Using Open Source Software To Assess Natural Factors That Influence Poverty

Markus Neteler, Carmen Tawalika, Till Adams, Hinrich Paulsen

mundialis GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

ID: 616 / 09-03: 9
Innovation Fair - Lightning Talk (geospatial, cloud, data technologies)

Walking Spatio-Temporal Datacubes - Seamlessly from Laptop to Cloud to Federations

Peter Baumann

Jacobs University, Germany

Peter Baumann is Professor at Jacobs University [1] and hitech founder and CEO. With his research on flexible, scalable multi-dimensional Big Datacubes he has coined the research field of Array Databases [2] and is Principal Architect of the worldwide first complete and operational Array DBMS, rasdaman [3].

Peter Baumann has authored and co-authored 120+ book chapters and papers on raster databases and related fields, and holds international patents on array databases. He is regularly invited to program committees of Big Data related conferences, and is on the board of several journals.

In RDA he is co-chairing the Big Data, Geospatial, and Array Database groups; in OGC he is co-chairing the Big Data, Coverages, and WCS group. Based on his 20 years of experience he is actively shaping Big Data standards, such as the OGC Big Geo Data suite, WCS, suite and ISO Array SQL. In recognition of his entrepreneurial work in the field he has received a series of national and international innovation awards, such as the renowned OGC Kenneth Gardels Award.
More information is available on [4].

ID: 961 / 09-03: 10
Innovation Fair - Lightning Talk (geospatial, cloud, data technologies)

Innovative application of machine learning and AI using earth observation to provide dynamic data and actionable intelligence.

Conor Gerard Smyth, Alexis Smith Modelling Ltd, United Kingdom

Conor is a geospatial professional with an extensive background in geospatial modelling, applied research, consultancy and publishing; over the years, he has also participated in several international collaborative projects to establish ICT solutions to global and societal issues, including risk modelling. Conor has significant national and international experience in several sectors in the development, management and implementation of innovative national-scale spatial data infrastructures, including strategy and policy development, operations management and customer service delivery. Internationally, he is a recognised authority in several key domain areas and an active contributor to the international geospatial community, including involvement in the European Citizen Science Association Policy Working Group. A former non-Executive Director of the Association of Geographic Information, Conor is a final assessor on the Royal Geographical Society CGeog (GIS) professional accreditation scheme. Conor supports IMG to promote, implement and develop its strategic global vision to change the way you see your world™.

ID: 189 / 09-03: 11
Innovation Fair - Lightning Talk (geospatial, cloud, data technologies)

High Accuracy, Low Cost Cadastral Mapping

Brent Jones

Esri, United States of America

Based in Washington D.C., Brent Jones oversees Esri’s worldwide strategic planning, business development, and marketing activities for land records, cadastral, surveying, and land administration. As a recognized technology innovator, Jones specializes in modernizing existing land administration systems and designing new GIS-based cadastral management platforms for small and large governments around the globe. He is a member of the URISA board of directors and past president of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association and a current member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Geospatial Information Management sitting on the Expert Group on Land Administration and Management.

ID: 974 / 09-03: 12
Innovation Fair - Lightning Talk (geospatial, cloud, data technologies)

Mapbox for Land

Mikel Maron

Mapbox, United States of America

Mikel Maron builds collaborative processes at Mapbox to improve data, advance work with OpenStreetMap and help grow the adoption of open geo data in businesses, governments and education.

As Presidential Innovation Fellow at the US State Department Mikel has driven OpenStreetMap adoption across federal agencies. He is co-founder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, co-founder of Map Kibera and GroundTruth Initiative and founding member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from the University of Sussex, and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UC Santa Cruz.