A Conceptual Framework for Geographic
Professor Roberto Laurini
Professor Roberto Laurini, Professor Emeritus of the University of Lyon, France
and KSI Fellow, will deliver a keynote speech at DMS2012.
Dr. Robert Laurini (sometimes called Roberto) is presently Professor Emeritus at the Computing Department of INSA-Lyon, University of Lyon, France. He is
an expert in the domains of geographic information systems, geographic knowledge management and multimedia information systems. He has overall worked on spatial indexing, conceptual modelling of geodata, quality control of geodata, field-oriented databases, interoperability of geographic database and chorems as visual tools for representing geographic knowledge and visual summaries of geodatabases. He got two doctorates from the Claude Bernard University of Lyon, worked as researcher in the University of Cambridge, UK, and visiting professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. From 1995 to 2008, he had also a teaching position at the IUAV University of Venice, Italy. He his fluent in French, English, Italian and Spanish. He has tutored more than 40 PhD on those domains. He is/was associated editor of the following journals, « Journal of Visual Languages and Computing », « Computers, Environment and Urban Studies », « GeoInformatica », « International Journal of Geographical Information Sciences », etc. He received two awards from ACM one in 1998 and the second in 2010 for his works. He wrote several books, among other « Fundamentals of Spatial Information Systems » with Derek Thompson which was a best seller. During 10 years, he was the president of the steering committee of the ACM GIS conference. From 1980, he his vice-president of UDMS (Urban Data Management Society) whose goal is to promote urban information systems. In addition, he was member of scientic committees of more than 100 conferences. He has been involved in PhD committees in 17 countries throughout the world. Recently, he has created an NGO « Academics Without Borders » which is a network of volunteer academics consultants the main goal of which is to assist universities in developping countries.