Analysing and Improving Volunteered Geographic Information for Humanitarian Activities
Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf
Heidelberg University, Germany
Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf is chair of GIScience (Geoinformatics) at Heidelberg University (Department of Geography) since late 2009. He is member of the Centre for Scientific Computing (IWR), the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage and the Heidelberg graduate school MathComp. He is also funding member of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE).
Since mid 2016 he is working on establishing the 'Heidelberg Institute of Geoinformation Technology' (HeiGIT), core funded by the Klaus-Tschira Foundation Heidelberg.
His main interests currently include
Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), Crowdsourcing, Citizens As Sensors
Location Based Services (LBS) and NAvigational Intelligence as well as
geoinformation for disaster management and humanitarian aid
Since 2012 he is speaker of the graduate school "CrowdAnalyser - Spatio-temporal Analysis of User-generated Content". He is also member of the editorial board of several further journals and organized a set of conferences and workshops. 2012-2015 he was regional editor of the ISI Journal "Transactions in GIS" (Wiley).
Before coming to Heidelberg he led the Chair of Cartography at Bonn University and earlier was Professor for Applied Computer Science and Geoinformatics at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. He has a background in Mathematics and Geography from Heidelberg University and finished his PHD at the European Media Laboratory EML in Heidelberg where he was the first PhD student. There he also conducted further research as a PostDoc for 3 years.