The conference committee is very pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:
(University of Michigan, USA)
(Pennsylvania State University, USA)
(University of British Columbia, Canada)
Stephen Sheppard, PhD., ASLA, is a Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, teaching in landscape and climate change planning, community engagement, and visualization. He has served as Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry program and directs the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), an interdisciplinary research group which works with communities on developing climate change and energy solutions. He has over 30 years experience in environmental assessment, aesthetics, landscape planning and public involvement. He has published four books, including Visualizing Climate Change from Earthscan/Routledge. His research interests include engaging citizens in low-carbon resilient communities, sea-level rise planning, energy effects of urban forests, and videogames as an educational tool on climate change. He leads UBC’s Research Cluster of Excellence on Cool Tools: Social Mobilization on Climate Change using Digital Tools.
(Visiting Professor Leibniz University Hannover)
Jörg Rekittke is a skilled nursery gardener and registered landscape architect. Based in Berlin, he teaches as a visiting professor (Lehrauftrag) at Leibniz University of Hannover. He held positions at RWTH Aachen University and University of Wageningen, and worked as an Associate Professor in the MLA Program of the National University of Singapore (2009–2016). He also served as a Professor and Deputy Dean at RMIT University, Melbourne. His teaching and research focus on mega-urban contexts and experimentation with digital fieldwork tools.
(Keyscape / Landscape Institute, UK)
Mike is the Chair of the Landscape Institute Digital Practice Group (formerly BIM Working Group) and has been an active member of the Group since its inception in 2012. Mike contributed to the “BIM for Landscape” book, which he helped project manage to publication, and has been heavily involved with its subsequent promotion. Mike has been working with other experts to offer advice and guidance to the profession in respect of BIM and emerging digital technologies in relation to landscape design and construction. He is a chartered member of landscape architect and Product Director at Keysoft Solutions, where he provides the focus for future development of their BIM enabled, traffic management and landscape design software.
(TU Braunschweig, Germany)
Markus Gerke finished his PhD in June 2006, the topic is quality assessment of road databases using remote sensing imagery. In April 2007 he joined the Earth Observation Science department at ITC at the University of Twente as an assistant professor for image sequence analysis. His focus was on the capture of geometric and semantic information from images and image sequences. In 2006 he received the award of the Victor-Rizkallah-Foundation, Leibniz University Hannover. In 2007 he received the Carl-Pulfrich-Award together with Dr. Sönke Müller (Leibniz University of Hannover), and Dr. Andreas Busch (Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, BKG, Frankfurt) for the work on image-based verification and update of geospatial data.
Since January 2017 he is full professor at the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Technical University of Braunschweig. His group works in the fields of surveying engineering, radar remote sensing and photogrammetry.