Dr. Werner Kuhn

Werner Kuhn is a professor of Geoinformatics at the University of Münster, Germany (http://ifgi.uni-muenster.de/). He leads a group of researchers working on semantic interoperability problems in geospatial information infrastructures (http://musil.uni-muenster.de/). His own research focuses on formal models (ontologies) for the semantics of geospatial information. He teaches courses on geographic information science, semantic interoperability, and other topics in Geoinformatics.

From 1991 to 1996, Werner worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Geoinformation at the Technical University Vienna, in the group of Prof. Andrew Frank. Previously, he had been a post-doctoral research associate in the US National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the University of Maine. Werner got his PhD (Dr.sc.techn.) in 1989 from ETH Zurich in Surveying Engineering with a thesis on GIS user interfaces, and his diploma as a surveying engineer in 1982 with the computation of the first gravimetric Geoid for Switzerland.

In 2007, Werner co-led (together with Dr. Femke Reitsma and Dr. Alia Abdelmoty) the e-Science Theme “Spatial Semantics for Automating Geographic Information Processes” at the UK National e-Science Centre in Edinburgh. From October 2002 to April 2003, Werner was a visiting scholar at the University of California at San Diego, in the Meaning and Computation Laboratory of Prof. Joseph Goguen. From July 1984 to October 1985, he had been a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Maine.

Werner has been serving the larger geographic information science community as an elected member of the Council of AGILE (Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe, from 1998 to 2002), as Technical Director Europe, of the Open GIS Consortium (from 1998 to 2001), and as a delegate to CEN TC 287 on Geographic Information. He is a co-founder of the COSIT conference series, a member of various editorial boards, and a member of the Comité Scientifique of the French Geological Survey (BRGM). Earlier, he was a member of the Research Council of the Canadian GEOIDE network.