FOSS4G Central and Eastern Europe 2013

16th - 20th June, National Library of Romania, Bucharest, Romania

Keynote Speakers

Jeff McKenna

Jeff (@mapserving) is the current president of the OSGeo and has been involved at the Board level of the organization since 2009. A founding charter member of OSGeo, Jeff has been using and promoting Open Source geospatial for over a decade. He has been a huge supporter of the FOSS4G conference, and a key member of the Conference Committee that has brought the annual FOSS4G to areas all around the world. Jeff is a long-time user and documentation lead for the MapServer project, and is a member of the MapServer Project Steering Committee. His strengths include helping build communities, and sharing his passion for Open Source geospatial.

Paul C. Smits

Paul (@paul_c_smits) received a Ph.D. in electronic engineering and computer science from the University of Genoa, Italy. Since 1998 he is with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. He is leading the team that is developing the technical Implementing Rules Legal Acts for Directive 2007/2/EC establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE). Paul is also overseeing the development of the European Union Location Framework (EULF), and has a particular interest to stimulate innovation in public administrations by promoting the use INSPIRE and the EULF. He is past chairman of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Data Fusion Technical Committee, and served as the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Vice President for Technical Activities (2003-2007). From 2005 until 2012 he was convener of CEN/TC 287 Geographic Information/Working Group Spatial Data Infrastructures, and co-chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) - ISO/TC211 Geographic Information Joint Advisory Group (JAG). He was the editor of the White Paper on the “Recommendations for the Technical Design of a Global Interoperable Information Network”, prepared for the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi in December 2011. Paul is a Marie Currie Fellow.

Jáchym Čepický

Jáchym (@jachymc) became a GRASS GIS and web GIS hacker after studying forest engineering at Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences - Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. Currently he is working at Help Service - Remote Sensing in Czech Republic, mainly on implementation of INPSIRE directive. Jáchym is well know in the FOSS4G community for his contribution to applications like PyWPS, OWSLib, OpenLayers or HSLayers. He was the chairman of FOSS4G-CEE 2012, held in Prague - Czech Republic. From 2012 he is a member of the Board of Directors of OSGeo Foundation.

Robin Smith

Robin has a background in ecology and received a Ph.D. in Town Planning from the University of Sheffield, UK. Since 2008 he has been working at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, as a post-doctoral research fellow and more recently as an external consultant. In support of Directive 2007/2/EC establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE), Robin is currently helping to develop a Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform: a three-year project which aims to share and develop common open source components for the successful implementation of INSPIRE alongside policies such as the Digital Agenda for Europe and the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations Programme, who are funding this work. Robin was delighted to be elected as one of the first Fellows of the Vespucci Initiative for Geographical Information Science in 2009.

Maria Antonia Brovelli

Maria (@MariaBrovelli) has a Degree with honors in Physics and Ph.D. in Geodesy. Currently Professor of GIS at Politecnico di Milano. From 2006 to 2011 she lectured GIS at the ETH – Zurich. From 2001 to 2011 she was the scientific responsible of the Geomatics Laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano. Since 2011 she is Vice Rector of the Como Campus of Politecnico di Milano. She is co-chair of ISPRS WG IV/5 "Web and Cloud Based Geospatial Services and Applications", Associate Editor of Applied Geomatics Journal (Springer); Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Photogrammetric and Topography Society (SIFET); Member of OSGEO Education Committee.

Dirk Frigne

Dirk is founder of Geosparc, a software vendor and global service company for FOSS4G solutions. Geosparc is the main sponsor of Geomajas, a web GIS software framework for SDI solutions, based on Java. He is the spiritual father of Geomajas, which is being further developed by a team of specialists and community enthusiasts. Dirk started his career in 1986 ,after completing his Master in Engineering, as an academical electronic engineer, with specialization in software systems. As a business consultant and entrepreneur, Dirk has experience introducing new ICT solutions in government agencies and utility companies (proprietary and open source based solutions).

Markus Neteler

Markus Neteler ( - is head of the GIS and Remote Sensing unit at the Research and Innovation Centre of the FondazioneEdmund Mach, Trento, Italy. His main research interests are remote sensing for environmental risk assessment, epidemiological GIS modelling and Free Software GIS development, the latter since 1993. He is principal GIS analyst in several European and national projects related to vector-borne diseases and biodiversity. He is author/co-author of several books and chapters on the Open Source Geographical Information System GRASS and various papers on GIS applications. He is founding-member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation ( and served on its board of directors from 2006 to 2011.

Peter Baumann

Peter obtained a degree in Computer Science (1987) from Technical University of Munich, a doctorate (1993) in Computer Science at Darmstadt University of Technology while working with Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics. He has pursued post-doctoral activities in both industry and academia, working for Softlab Group in Munich (now Cirquent) and as Assistant Head of the Knowledge Bases Research Group of FORWISS (Bavarian Research Center for Knowledge-based Systems) / Technical University of Munich. In August 2004 he was appointed as Professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University Bremen. Peter is the chair of the OGC coverage-relevant working groups, invited expert in INSPIRE, and member of the ISO SQL working group. He is Principal Architect of the rasdaman Array Analytics engine which has pioneered the research field of Array Databases. He holds 100+ publications on this and related topics.

Radu Puchiu

Radu (@RaduPuchiu) joined the Government of Romania in 2012 as State Counsellor to the Prime Minister, being in charge of the transformation of Government online services. In February 2013 he was appointed as State Secretary at Government of Romania. Between 2009 and 2012 he was part of the Kondiment Group team as Public Sector Business Unit Manager where he used the experience in Governmental area as well as the knowledge accumulated in eGovernment Programs in Singapore and Austria (2006 and 2007). His previous experience include 6 years as Head of Information Technology Department in Victoria Palace (Headquarter of Romanian Government) and over 6 years as Project Manager for more 100 online projects for different Romanian companies. In 2008, Radu Puchiu was the IT&C Coordinator of the NATO Summit in Bucharest.

Iván Sánchez

Iván (@RealIvanSanchez) is a vocational computer sciencist, and a free/open source activist since the 2000s. Having bought a GPS unit in 2006, he got involved in the OpenStreetMap project, then OSGeo, being a member of both the OpenStreetMap Foundation and OSGeo Spanish chapters, and a supporter and occasional organiser of the FOSS4G, SIG Libre and State of the Map conferences. Iván is spreading the ideals of Open Source and Open Data into several communities, including the GT-IDEE (the Spanish INSPIRE working group), several Spanish government agencies and even EuroGeoSource.




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