Short Course
Big Earth Observation Data Analytics
Prof. Dr. Gilberto Camara
Image Processing Division, DPI
National Institute for Space Research, INPE, Brazil

Prof. Dr. Gilberto Camara is a Brazilian researcher in Geoinformatics, Spatial Analysis, Land Use Change, and Applied Ontology, from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). He is internationally recognized for promoting free access for geospatial data and for setting up an efficient satellite monitoring of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.
Gilberto was INPE's assistant director for Earth Observation from October 2001 to December 2005, and INPE's director general from December 2005 to May 2012. During his term in as INPE's director general, the institute's budget grew from US$ 90 million in 2004 to US$ 250 million in 2010. Under his guidance, INPE's team achieved big advances in land change monitoring using remote sensing, leading to a major decrease in the deforestation in Amazonia. The leading scientific journal Nature called the reduction in deforestation in Amazonia to be "the biggest environmental success story in decades".
Gilberto has advised 23 PhD dissertations and 31 Master thesis and published more than 150 scholarly papers that have been cited more than 8400 times (Google Scholar, Sep 2016). He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of Global Land Project from 2006 to 2011. From June 2013 to May 2015, he was the Brazil Chair at the University of Munster (Germany), with support from the Brazilian agency CAPES.
As recognition for his work, he was inducted as Dr. Honoris Causa from the University of Munster (Germany) and as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du Mérite of France. He received the Global Citizen Award of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association. He is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente (Netherlands) and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He received the 2012 William T. Pecora Award from USGS and NASA for "leadership to the broad and open access to remote sensing data".
He currently represents the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in the Belmont Forum, an international group of funding agencies for global change research, and has been elected to be one of the two co-chairs of the Belmont Forum. He is also a member of FAPESP's advisory committee on Global Change Research.