izr. prof. dr. Tomaž Podobnikar
Geospatial Information Expert – Scientific Councillor, Assoc. Prof. (PhD, MSc, BSc Geodetic Engineering) with 25+ years of productive working experience in the areas of geoinformatics and applied sciences including GIScience, environmental and social sciences, Earth observation, hazard and risk management, teaching and supervising, project/programmes evaluation, etc. at 12 academic, governmental, NGO, IGO (UN) and consulting organizations in 9 countries. Simplifier and constructor in the process of discovering new knowledge. Career highlights include strong leadership and people management (head of the dept., GIS chief); fieldwork in ecological, archaeological, anthropological and geomorphological mapping, various geodetic survey; designed and delivered courses in management of spatial data quality, GIS and digital terrain modelling (DTM). Documented innovative methods and technical solutions: spatial data integration with semantic enrichment to reduce the cost of DTM up to 25-times, realized for the National DTM; geomorphological MVI techniques for spatial feature detection and recognition, visualization and photography enhancement, used in the Esri World Topographic Map. Awarded with over 25 competitive grants including Fulbright and Skolkovo Innovation Center.