Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
University of Twente Enschede, the Netherlands
Alfred Stein Stein (M.Sc., mathematics and information science, with a specialization in applied statistics, Eindhoven University of Technology; Ph.D., spatial statistics, Wageningen University) collaborated on research with Michael Goodchild during his month-long sabbatical at UCSB. In addition, he participated in the Spatial Pattern Analysis Workshop, and gave a presentation for the ThinkSpatial brown bag series, entitled, The use of machine learning procedures in remote sensing image mining.
Since 2002 Stein has been a professor at the new Department of Earth Observation Science at ITC, which he is currently heading. His research interests focus on statistical aspects of spatial data, also to include monitoring data, in the broadest sense, optimal sampling, image analysis, spatial statistics, use of prior information, but also issues of data quality, fuzzy techniques and Bayesian procedures. Stein is a senior consultant at the Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung in Bonn, Germany, he is chairman of the biometrical section of the Dutch Statistical Society, and has long been a chairman of the National Study group on Statistics for Earth Sciences. He is a member of the CT de Wit Research School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation and is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Applied Geoinformation and Earth Observation, the former ITC Journal. Currently, nine Ph.D. students are working under his supervision. He is editor of several books and of various special issues of journals.