Scientific organisers

The workshop and the competition are organised by:

Kevin Buchin – Assistant professor in the Algorithms Group at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Eindhoven. buchin His research focuses on the design and analysis of geometric algorithms, both from a theoretical and a practical perspective. In particular, he develops algorithms for the analysis of movement data, collaborating with a number of ecologists to design new geometrical and statistical methods for movement analysis. Examples of his work on movement data include similarity analysis, movement segmentation, interaction patterns and representing groups of moving objects.
Urška Demšar – Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Geoinformatics in the School of Geography & Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews. She is originally a mathematician with a PhD in Geoinformatics. Her research area is Spatiodemsar-Temporal Visual Analytics with specific focus on visual analytics for computational movement analysis. She is combining analytical and visual techniques and is particularly interested in visual interpretation of results of spatial and spatio-temporal statistical methods. She collaborates with researchers in a number of application areas, including eye tracking and animal movement. She is also co-chair of the ICA commission on Visual Analytics.
Kamran Safi – Senior research scientist and head of the Computational ecology lab at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell Germany. Kami is an ecologist by training with research interest in relating the individual animal to the environmental conditions to learn safi the causes and consequences of environmental fluctuation on animal movement across scales. He is interested in combining and fusing data from the wild, using a wide range of sensors deployed on animals, with remote sensing. His work is both method driven as well as grounded in the frame work of (movement) ecology and is based on computer-intense simulation and probabilistic analysis methods.
Robert Weibel – Professor of GIScience at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich. Rob’s research focuses on computational cartography, movement pattern analysis and simulation, and linguistic applications of GIScience. He hweibelas initiated and chaired the European COST Action IC0903 “MOVE: Knowledge Discovery from Moving Objects” (, an interdisciplinary network of more than 100 researchers in 24 countries that has been a major facilitator of movement research in Europe over the past four years. Throughout his career, he has organized or co-organized more than a dozen workshops on topics related to GIScience.