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Confirmed Keynotes

We are excited to announce the following keynote speakers will be presenting at the Conference in 2011.

Jack Dangermond


"The Geographic Approach" (Pre-recorded Video Presentation)

Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond’s leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide. He has received many prestigious awards and citations.

Professor Deren Li


"From Digital Earth to Smart Earth"

Prof. Dr. Ing Li Deren is a scientist in photogrammetry and remote sensing; has dual membership of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering; is a member of the Euro-Asia International Academy of Science; Professor and PhD supervisor of Wuhan University; Vice-President of the Chinese Society of Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography; and is Chairman of both the Academic Commission of Wuhan University and the National Laboratory for Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS). He has concentrated on the research and education in spatial information science and technology represented by remote sensing (RS), global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS).

Professor Huadong Guo


"Digital Earth: From Theory to Action - a digital earth science platform in CAS"

Prof. Guo Huadong is Director-General of the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and presently serves as President of the international organisation on data for science and technology, CODATA.

He is a remote sensing expert, especially in the fields of radar for earth observation and remote sensing applications. Prof. Guo was Principal Investigator for more than 20 major national projects or programs in China and for seven international radar remote sensing programs. He is now a Principal Scientist for a National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program). As one of the founders of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), he serves the ISDE as the Secretary General and the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Digital Earth, the official journal of ISDE which is published by Taylor & Francis.

Chris Holmes


"Building the Same Digital Earth – spatial data infrastructure and architectures of participation"

Chris began his work in open source geospatial software when he joined OpenPlans as the lead developer of GeoServer in 2002. He served in this role until 2005, when he chose to pursue a Fulbright Scholarship in Zambia to examine the potential for Open Source Geospatial software to implement Spatial Data Infrastructures in developing countries.

In 2006 he returned to OpenPlans as its Managing Director. Managing GeoServer development and nurturing the project's sustainability, he grew the geospatial division of OpenPlans into OpenGeo.

Chris has served on the Project Management Committee of GeoTools, the most advanced Open Source Java toolkit, and is now the chair of the Project Steering Committee of GeoServer. Chris was additionally a founding board member to the Open Source Geospatial (OSGeo) Foundation, which is giving diverse spatially oriented projects a common banner. He currently sits on the boards of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) and Brave New Software.

Ian Jackson crop

Ian Jackson, OneGeology Executive, British Geological Survey

"Liberating Rocks – the exploitation of geoscience data for societal benefit"

Ian is currently a member of the One Geology Executive, British Geological Survey and prior to this, he was the Chief of Operations at the British Geological Survey.

Innovative use of early computing systems to handle the large geological datasets led to Ian's appointment as the manager of a corporate project to introduce digital mapping across BGS and subsequently produce the GB national geological map and geohazard digital databases, and operational 3D modelling and digital workflows in BGS. A dominant theme in his career is the wider exploitation of geoscience data for societal benefit in the UK and internationally as an executive or council member of international initiatives (IGC, EC INSPIRE, IAMG and OneGeology).

Elizabeth LeeElizabeth Lee, CyArk

"Digitally Preserving Cultural Heritage Sites"

Elizabeth Lee is the Director of Projects and Development at CyArk. CyArk is a non-profit organisation with the mission of: digitally preserving cultural heritage sites through collecting, archiving and providing open access to data created by laser scanning, digital modeling, and other state-of-the-art technologies.

CyArk have worked on a large number of major world heritage sites including Babylon, Ancient Thebes, Angkor Wat, Pompeii, the Tower of Pisa, Tikal, Easter Island and Mt. Rushmore. Elizabeth has conducted fieldwork for CyArk all over the world. Prior to joining CyArk, she founded the UC Berkeley/ CyArk Visualisation Lab and served as instructor for the UC Berkeley/ CyArk Internship Program.


"Near Real Time Mapping of Recent Flooding Events in Australia with Satellite Radar Interferometry"

Dr Linlin Ge is currently an Associate Professor of remote sensing and GPS in the School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a Project Leader and Senior Research Fellow with the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information. He is also a Visiting Professor of NSW Land and Property Information.