Keynote Speaking

Key Speaker: Prof. Emilio Chuvieco Salinero

University of Alcalá / Spain

Brief C.V.

Professor of Geography and director of the Environmental Ethics chair at the University of Alcalá, Spain, where he coordinates the Master program in Geographic Information Technologies, and leads the "Environmental Remote Sensing Research Group". Visiting professor at the U.C. Berkeley and Santa Barbara, the Canadian Remote Sensing Center and the University of Maryland. Advisor of 35 Ph.D. dissertations. Principal investigator of 28 research projects. Author of 28 books and 335 scientific papers and book chapters, 134 of which are indexed in Scopus. Former president of the Spanish Remote Sensing Society and the Geographic Information Technologies group of the Association of Spanish Geographers. Corresponding member of the Spanish Academy of Sciences since 2004. He is the science leader of the Fire Disturbance project within the European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative Program. Co-editor in Chief of Remote Sensing of Environment.

His main professional activity has been focused on the environmental analysis of Satellite Earth observation, with particular emphasys on forest fire applications. In addition, he is interested in Faith-Science relations and environmental ethics, and particularly on the impact of large religious traditions in environmental conservation. He founded and currently leads a publishing company, oriented towards publishing essays on social, cultural and scientific controversial issues.

Title of Presentation: Earth Observation of Global Change


Key Speaker: Prof. Vladimir Tikunov Sergeevich

Moscow  State  University / Faculty of Geography

Brief C.V.

Vladimir S.Tikunov  published more than 500 articles including 19 monographs and textbooks in  Russia and abroad (Armenia, Australia,  Belgium,  Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic,  Denmark,  Egypt, England, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India,  Italy, Japan, Kenya, S. Korea, Mexico, Moldavia, Mongolia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland,  Portugal, Rwanda, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, USA - in Russian,  English,  French, German, Italian, Armenian, Georgian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Mongolian, Korean, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese languages). His current interests are geoinformatics, applied mapping and mathematical-cartographic modeling.  He delivered lectures in the universities of Brno  (Czechoslovakia), Irkutsk (USSR), Buffalo and Santa-Barbara (USA), Wageningen and Enshede (The Netherlands), Cambridge (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa), Guangzhou, Urumqi, Hong Kong (China), Santiago-de-Chile (Chile), Havana (Cuba), Sevastopol (Ukraine), Istanbul (Turkey), Yaroslavl (Russia), Penza (Russia), Stavropol (Russia), Geneve (Switzerland), Astana (Kazakstan), Reykjavik (Iceland), Berlin (Germany), Skopje, Prishtina, Tirana,  Thessaloniki (ICA Workshop in South Balkan).

Title of Presentation: GIS-monitoring of tourism development in the area of the Silk road, on the example of Russian segment.


Key Speaker: Prof. Hendrik J. Scholten

Geodan Amsterdam

Brief C.V.

Henk J. Scholten studied Mathematics and Geography at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and obtained his Ph.D. on the subject of models for housing allocation at the Faculty of Geography of the University of Utrecht (NL) in 1988. Since 1990 he is professor in Spatial Informatics at the Faculty of Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Director of the Spinlab ( Prof. Scholten is founder and CEO of Geodan, one of the largest European companies specialised in Geospatial Information Technology http://( On April 29th, 2005, Prof. Scholten received a Royal Decoration for his significant contribution to geo-information, both on a national and international level. In July 2009  the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’was given to Prof. Scholten by Jack Dangermond, founder of ESRI. This award is given to a person who has contributed significantly to advancing the science and technology of GIS throughout his career. In 2015 Prof. Scholten received from the Manchester University the title of honorary Doctor of Science from the Faculty of Science and Engineering for his extensive contributions to GIS. In May 2016 during the GeoSpatial World Forum, Prof. Scholten was given another Life Time Achievement Award.

Title of Presentation: How geoscience will help us in designing a smarter world


Key Speaker: Prof. Thomas Blaschke

Department of Geoinformatics -ZGIS / Austria

Brief C.V.

Thomas Blaschke is a Professor for Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and Director of the Doctoral College GIScience. His research interests include methodological issues of the integration of GIS, remote sensing and image processing for environmental modeling, in particular integrating methods and domain knowledge into spatial analysis and GIS-based spatial decision support system. His academic record yields 340+ scientific publications including >100 ISI journal publications. He is author, co-author or editor of 17 books and received several academic awards including the Christian-Doppler Prize 1995.

Title of Presentation: Object Based Image Analysis: integrating GIS and remote sensing for environmental studies


Key Speaker: Pro. Mir Abolfazl mostafavi

University of Laval / Canada

Dr. Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi is a full professor at the Department of geomatics, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada. He is a member of the Center for Research in Geomatics (CRG) and has led the Center from 2010 to 2016 ( He currently acts as the Editor-In-Chief of the journal of GEOMATICA published by the Canadian Institute for Geomatics ( Professor Mostafavi’s research activities are mainly focused on spatiotemporal data modeling and representation, dynamic GIS, spatial ontologies and semantic interoperability, geosimulation of geographic and social dynamics and sensor networks for smart mobility and smart environments.

In 2013, Prof. Mostafavi has led a team of more than 30 researchers from 11 universities across CANADA and established the Convergence Network of Geospatial Intelligence for Innovation” ( which facilitates collaboration and partnerships among academia, industry and government to undertake research and innovation in the field of geomatics and accelerate knowledge transfer to potential users.

Since 2009, Prof. Mostafavi has joined to the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, allowing him to expand his research activities towards the development of geospatial mobile and assistive technologies for people with disabilities and elderly people and conduct innovative research on modeling and better understanding of the complex social and geographic dynamics related to the mobility of people with disabilities and development of smart inclusive cities.

For more details on professor Mostafavi’s research activities please see:

Title of Presentation: Geospatial intelligence for Smart Inclusive Cities


Key Speaker: Prof. E. N. Meijer

Geodan Ámsterdam

Brief C.V.

Evert N. Meijer studied human geography at the VU University Amsterdam and founded in 1985 Geodan, one of the largest European companies specialised in Geospatial Information Technology. He has been involved in marketing research and locational site analysis for the retail & banking sector, the role of GIS in environmental impact analysis in Europe and Asia and the use of geo-information in incident & crisis management. 

Title of presentation: Dutch Geo-Rail experiences for the New Silk Road


Key Speaker: Prof. Xi Chen

Xinjiang Branch / Chinese Academy of Sciences / China

Title of Presentation: Ecosystem Management by Remote Sensing and GIS in central Asia


Key Speaker: Prof. Bojie Fu

Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences / Chinese Academy of Sciences / China

Title of Presentation: Ecosystem services modeling


Key Speaker: Dr. Seyed Kazem Alavi Panah

Full Professor, University of Tehran


- Soil science, University of Shiraz, Iran, 1983

- Soil Science (Soil Salinity), University of Tarbiat Moddaress, Tehran, Iran  

- M.Sc. Soil Science (Remote Sensing and GIS), University of Gent, Belgium, 1995

- Ph.D. Soil Science (Remote Sensing and GIS), University of Gent, Belgium, 1997

Awards and Honors:

  1. The best student paper awarded by Isfahan Univesrity, 1988.
  2. The best presented paper in Remote Sensing Conference in India, awarded in 1988.
  3. The best paper awarded by Vice chancellor of Ministry of Education in 1989.
  4. The best paper presented in Varamin City, Iran awarded by Varamin governor, 1989 .
  5. The selected research project titled: "surface temperature of Lut desert"awarded by University of Tehran, 2005.


Work Experiences:

  • 2004 to present: The Deputy of post graduate, Faculty of Geographty, University of Tehran, Iran
  • 2003 to present: Associated professor, Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran, Iran
  • 1998 to 2003: Deputy of Research, International Research Center for Coexisting with Desert, University of Tehran, Iran



  1. Scientific Association of EARSEL.
  2. Scientific Association of Desert.
  3. Board of Directors of Scientific Association of Iran RS & GIS.
  4. Board of Directors of Agriculture of engineering organization (NGO) of Iran.



Title of Presentation: Current applications and future research topics on thermal infrared remote sensing technologies