Following an invitation from the Loeb Fellowship Program, Dr Stefan Lang, Head of Z_GIS Research, gave a talk at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), last Thursday, March 29. His presentation entitled “Image to information – new viewpoints on global challenges” gained a lot of attention among architects, planners, and journalists dealing with issues of sustainability, participation, and social engagement.
Dr Lang showed outstanding results from Z_GIS research activities with a focus on image exploitation and Earth observation in the humanitarian and disaster context. He highlighted the importance of assembling GI processing workflows and image analysis techniques for addressing global challenges with an efficient suite of tools. Likewise he emphasized the crucial role that a constant interchange would play with those who are in need of such information, like humanitarian organizations or the UN.
In the current academic year Dr Lang joins the Loeb Fellowship Program at GSD, Harvard University, as an affiliate enriching his research experiences in sustainable spatial planning and management, GI in disaster response and humanitarian action.