Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mariana Belgiu successfully defending her PhD

This week, Mariana Belgiu presented the results of her PhD thesis, entitled “Formal ontologies for extracting information from remotely sensed data”. Her committee consisted of Prof. Josef Strobl as the chair and Prof. Michael Leitner (Lousiana State University, USA) as well as Prof. Andreas Koch (University of Salzburg, Austria) as the discussants.

Mariana explained her complex four-year research work within an impressive presentation. The following discussion brought up challenging questions in regard to technical aspects of her work, but also social science and philosophical points of views were lively discussed. Mariana mastered these challenges with accurate and complete responses.

More than 40 participants attended this fourth PhD project defence within the Doctoral College (DK) "GIScience", since its establishment in fall 2011. Mariana Belgiu held a position as an associated student within the DK. She convincingly demonstrated her expert knowledge within the domain of formal ontologies in remote sensing. The next big steps in her career are dedicated to continuing her research work within the remote sensing community as well as serving as a lecturer within the UNIGIS study programme at the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg.

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