Dr. Antonio Benavides Castillo (honorary keynote) (Campeche, Mexico)
Director of the Centro INAH Campeche (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia).
Dr. A. Benavides Castillo is an archaeologist with worldwide recognition for his work and expertise in the “Maya World” (Mundo Maya). He has large experience working on the archaeological site of Edzna. Current projects is the complex and difficult task of Maintaining the Archaeological Zones that are Not Open to the Public (MANZANA = Mantenimiento a Zonas Arqueologicas No Abiertas al Publico). Some examples: Balché, Chunyaxnic, Sisilá, Chelemí, Hwasil, Sabana Piletas and Xuelén.Previusoly he has done aracheological research in Maya sites like: Cobá (Quintana Roo); Chacmultún (Yucatán); Okolhuitz,Jaina and Uxul (Campeche).
Prof. Dr. Li Deren (honorary keynote) Wuhan, China
Prof. Dr. LI Deren is a scientist in photogrammetry and remote sensing, with dual membership of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, member of the Euro-Asia International Academy of Science and honorary doctorate of ETH. He is the Professor and PhD supervisor of Wuhan University, Chair of the Academic Committee of Wuhan University and the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing. He was President of the Chinese Society of Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography and President of Hubei Association for Science and Technology (HAST).
In the 1980s, Prof Li was mainly engaged in the studies of observation errors and processing methods in geodesy and photogrammetry. In 1985, he completed theoretical research in the separability of model errors, which advanced the reliability theory to the separability phase. The result of this study received the 1988 Best Paper Award of the German Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and Hansa Luftbild Award.
Since then he has concentrated on the research and education in geo-spatial information science and technology represented by remote sensing (RS), global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Since 1994, Prof. Li has worked together with his young brother Deyi Li on the theory and application of spatial data mining.
Prof. Li Deren has received a large amount of high-level scientific recognition awards.
Prof. Dr. Philippe de Maeyer, (honorary keynote), Ghent, Belgium
Philippe De Maeyer is senior full professor in cartography and GIS; he is the chair of the Department of Geography. He is full member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences. He is involved in research on:
The history of cartography and map making and the use of GIS in historical (map) studies; the use of GIS and remote sensing for land-cover/land-use issues/changes (including climate change, esp. in Central-Asia); the use of GIS and remote sensing in archaeology (Silk road in Xinjiang, (China), Campeche (Mexico), …); risk modelling (esp. the economic direct impact and the social, ecological and cultural impact) of floods and other natural hazards (Belgium, SIDS Small Island Developing States, …); the use of GIS for accessibility studies, e.g. accessibility to health care; indoor routing (algorithms, landmarks)
Dr. Mario Hernandez (honorary keynote), Mexico
Worked at various IBM Research Centres in Mexico, USA, Brazil and France developing hardware and software for satellite remote sensing applications and assisting national governments in understanding the benefits of satellite image applications. Then the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as manager of the satellite based Global Resources Information Database (GRID). Since 2000 he joined the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) developing, implementing and managing the ‘Open Initiative on the use of space technologies for World Heritage sites’. This initiative has today over sixty space partners working on the thematic of remote sensing for natural and cultural heritage sites. His work has been a tremendous support for the nomination of Calakmul as a natural and cultural heritage site.
Dr. M. Hernandez is currently the Secretary General for the International Society for Digital Earth ISDE), and regional representative for Latin America of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).
Dr M. Hernandez has given multiple international course son the use of space technologies for heritage sites, has a large list of keynote addresses on the same topic in the international fora.
Dr Gunter Schreier (honorary keynote), Oberpfaffenhoffen, Munich, Germany
Dr Gunter Schreier works with the German Space Agency (DLR) as director of the DLR German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD). He is coordinator for large scale projects especially in the context of the European earth observation system Copernicus and earth observation projects with international partners and coordinating the earth observation payload data ground segment. He has served at DLR in several functions since 1985, among others as team leader for establishing the SAR geocoding functionalities of the ESA ERS-1/2 “Processing and Archiving Center”, also applied for SRTM. He also worked as national expert at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, in Ispra. Italy, and was founding Vice President Geomatics of Definiens, Munich (now Trimble). Currently, he is Chairman of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Earth Observation Committee, and Chairman of the International Policy Advisory Group (IPAC) of ISPRS.