Keynote Speakers

Prof. Petr Kubicek
Nemoforum Vice-Chairman; Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic

Biography: He received his master degree (1987) as well as Ph.D. (1992) at the Department of Geography, Faculty of Science Masaryk University in Brno. In 1988 - 2000, he worked as a lecturer of physical geography, geomorphology, and GIS at the same department and actively participated in EU projects dealing with transfer of GI/GIS technologies, cross-border cooperation and development of data warehouses (Panel GI, CREDO, Well GIS). At the beginning of the 21st century he left the academia and spent five years at the commercial sector working in telecommunications and as a business representative for INTERGRAPH. Since 2005, he has been working at the Institute of Geography of Masaryk University in Brno. He defended the habilitation thesis in 2012 (Selected aspects of geospatial data uncertainty visualization) and currently specializes in digital cartography and geoinformation infrastructure. Dr. Kubicek cooperates on the international level with International Cartographic Association commissions on Use, User and Usability Issues and Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization. He is also acting as a member of the national GeoInfo Strategy team preparing the document for the national government. He has over 90 publications focused on geoinformation and digital cartography.


Prof. Lena Halounova
ISPRS Secretary General; Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

Biography: Dr Lena Halounová received her Ing. (civil engineer) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University Prague, branch Water Constructions and Water Management in 1980 and PhD. (Three-dimensional nonstationary flow in open channels) at the same faculty in 1989. She has been employed in the Remote Sensing Laboratory, Fac. of CE, CTU in Prague since 1985.
She defended her habilitation on the topic of automated classification of black and white aerial photographs and radar data at CTU in Prague in 2005.
Lena Halounová is a head of the Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) of the department of mapping and cartography at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague, and education background includes: Geographical information systems; Digital image data processing; Remote sensing.
Prof. Lena serves as a reviewer for many conferences and gave many invited lectures. She published more than 75 conference papers in international conferences.


Prof. Ning Xiong,
Mälardalen University, Sweden

Biography: Dr. Ning Xiong obtained the Master of Science from the Donghua University (Shanghai) in 1989, and the Ph.D. with outstanding distinction from the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany) in 2000. During the period between 2000 and 2004, he worked as guest researcher at the Swedish Defense Research Agency and senior lecturer at the Mid Sweden University, respectively.
Currently he is full professor and leader of the Machine Learning and Optimization Group at the Mälardalen University, Sweden. His research addresses various aspects of computational intelligence techniques, including machine learning and big data analytics, evolutionary computing, fuzzy systems, as well as multi-sensor data fusion, for building self-learning and adaptive systems in industrial and medical domains. He serves as editorial board members for three international journals, as well as guest editors for a few special issues in journals. He also has been program committee members for a number of conferences and invited referees for many leading journals. He published over 100 papers in international journals and conferences.