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 I am a professor in computer science and  chair of the Naval Academy Research Institute in France. I was previously a senior lecturer in computing at the Nottingham Trent University and senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. I hold a PhD in computer science from the University of Burgundy and an "Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches" from the University of Rouen. My research is oriented towards theoretical and pluri-disciplinary aspects of geographical information science. My research interests are as follows (cf. list of publications for details):
  • Spatio-temporal models and theories. I am interested in alternative models of space, from the application of naive geography principles to computational models.
  • Semantic and cognitive-based GIS, e.g., modelling of navigation knowledge and landscape perception in urban spaces and built environments.
  • WEB, wireless and GIS systems, from the development of location-based systems to the spatial analysis of the WEB, when considered as a social network. 
  • Maritime, environmental and urban GISs.
Over the past few years I have been acting as the deputy leader of the working group on the representation of movement data and spatio-temporal DBs of the European Science Foundation COST action MOVE (Knowledge Discovery for Moving Objects). I am currently involved in the H2020 project datAcron "Big Data Analytics for Time Critical Mobility Forecasting", I am in charge with my colleague Cyril Ray of the maritime use case. Amongst other affiliations, I am a visiting researcher at the Information Media Lab of the University of Hyogo, a research associate at the Centre for Planning Studies at the Laval University and a research fellow at the Joint Laboratory for Geographical Information Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2014 I have been an Erskine Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. I am a regular visiting research fellow of Logistics Engineering College of the Shanghai Maritime University thanks to a Shanghai Baiyulan funding. I co-chair the ISPRS commission on semantic interoperability and ontology for geospatial informatio and I am a member of the French national research network in GIS, so-called, MAGIS for "Modelisation et Application des SIG".

My editorial activities are very much oriented to the domain of GI science at large. In 2015 I am one of the PC co-chairs of the International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD 2015), I have been since member of the SSTD Endowment. Over the past few years I have been also involved in the chairing of several conferences such as Web and Wireless GIS (W2GIS 2013), COSIT 2013 workshop on Spatio-temporal theories and research for environmental, urban and social sciences, Geospatial Semantics (GeoS 2011), Information Fusion and Geographical Information Systems (IF&GIS 2013, IF&GIS 2011 and IF&GIS 2009), while in 2010 I was one of the co-chairs of the Collaborative Interdisciplinary Specialized Workshop on Spatial Behaviour  and Linguistic Representations.

In 2009 I was one of the co_chairs of the international conference in Spatial Information Theory (COSIT'09)  , I serve in the steering committees of  (COSIT), Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems (W2GIS), and Semantic and Conceptual Issues in GIS (SeCoGIS). I am regularly involved in the program committees of GIScience, ACM SIGSPATIAL (ACMGIS), Spatial Cognition (SC), AGILE ion Geographical Information Systems, Spatial Data Handling (SDH), Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST) and several specialised workshops such as  Behaviour Modelling and Interpretation (BMI), Space, Time and Ambient Intelligence (STAMI) and the International ACMSIGSPATIAL Workshop on Indoor Spatial Awareness (ISA).


I am one of the co-editors with Thora Tenbrink and Jan Wiener of the book ' Representing Space in Cognition: Interrelations of behaviour, language and formal models' published by Oxford University Press.
 

 

 

 

My teaching activities include several computer science and computing courses at the engineer and master levels. I have also developed several modules connected to my research activities in the domain of GIS, remote-sensing, sustainable development, simulation and multi-agent modelling. I am acting as an expert on geography and geomatics of the Belgium public sector agency AEQES (Agence pour l'Evaluation de la Qualité de l'Enseignement Supérieur).
 
Contact Email: christophe[dot]claramunt[at]gmail[dot]com