Dr. Robert Laurini

KSI Fellow and Professor Emeritus
INSA Lyon, University of Lyon, France
President of "Universitaires Sans Frontières/Academics Without Borders"

Dr. Robert Laurini, presently professor emeritus at the Knowledge Systems Institute, after being distinguished professor at INSA-Lyon, University of Lyon, France, is a well-known specialist in GIS.

He was among the first (‘86-87) to teach GIS at the University of Maryland, USA, at the IUAV University of Venice, Italy, and at several other universities especially in Latin America. He speaks French, English, Italian and Spanish.

He has supervised or co-supervised more than 40 PhD's in GIS.

His present interests are geographic knowledge, territorial intelligence, and digital aspects in Smart Cities.

He is vice-president of the Urban Data Management Society whose goal was to promote information systems in municipality, and now in smart cities.

He authored or co-authored more than 10 books and more than 200 papers in those domains.

He is also the founder of the NGO «Academics Without Borders» which is a network of academic consultants working for the modernization of higher education institutions in developing countries.

See www.laurini.net/robert/ for more details.