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 I am a professor in computer science and currently the research chair of the French Naval Academy and one of the deputy directors of the ISblue Interdisciplinary Graduate School for the Blue Planet. I was previously a senior lecturer in computing at the Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom and senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. 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 (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.
In the time of the covid-19 pandemic I have partly re-oriented my research towards the study of the diffuion of that deadly virus through maritime transportations with sevveral colleagues from the Shanghai Maritime University (cf. recent paper published) and a panel of covid-19 tracking applications at the MDM 2020 conference). I have also co-chaired the First IEEE International Workshop on Social Data Mining in the Post-pandemic Era (SDM 2021) held in Auckland in early December 2021.
I am currently involved with my reserch group in the ISOLA EU project on the Innovative & Integrated Security System on Board Covering the Life Cycle of a Passenger Ships Voyage, and as a member of the external advisory board of the Autonomous Swarms of Maritime Robots . Over the past few years I have been also acting as the maritime leader task of the H2020 project datAcron "Big Data Analytics for Time Critical Mobility Forecasting"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).
Amongst other affiliations, I am a research fellow at the Research Center for Social Informatics of the Kwansei Universit Japan, an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Geodesy Engineerin at the K. N Toosi University in Tehran Iran, a reseach fellow of the Institut of Geographic Science of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing. Over the past years I have beena regular visiting research fellow of the Logistics Engineering College of the Shanghai Maritime University.
I have been an Erskine Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. I co-chair the ISPRS commission on semantic interoperability and ontology for geospatial information and I am in charge of the international relations 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. Most of 2020 conferences have been held virtually so a new way of bringing together researchers but anyway I have been recently co-chairing several virtual workshops such as the International Workshop on Environment and Geoscience and the 2nd International Maritime Big Data workshop. In 2015 I was 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 and W2GIS 2017), COSIT 2013 workshop on Spatio-temporal theories and research for environmental, urban and social sciences, Geospatial Semantics (GeoS 2011), series of Information Fusion and Geographical Information Systems (IF&IGIS 2019, IF&IGIS 2017, 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). 
 With Thora Tenbrink and Jan Wiener I co-edited 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