Emmanuel PapadakisDepartment of Geoinformatics
GIScience Doctoral College at the University of Salzburg

March 15–August 15, 2017

Emmanuel Papadakisis received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Computer Science, from University of Crete. He was a researcher at the Information Systems Laboratory of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) for two years and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geoinformatics at the GIScience Doctoral College at the University of Salzburg, under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Blaschke. His research involves the representation and modeling of the notion of place, as well as, the integration of such a formalization in the rigid world of a GIS platform. His primary objective is an approach of a place-based GIS design-implementation that will infuse the common raster-vector representation of space with a human-oriented spatial conceptualization.​

He is currently visiting the Center for Spatial Studies to collaborate with his co-supervisor Prof. Helen Couclelis on evaluating the function-based model of place, proposed as part of his thesis, and utilizing it in real-case scenarios. During his visit he plans to focus on building an algebra of functions to describe place’s functionality and consequently developing a composition method that will aid on the spatial projection of places. Further, he is developing a system that will specialize on supporting function-based search of space, e.g., “Locate all places that can support the functions of a shopping center,” even if they do not fall in that category.

Papadakis research interests include knowledge representation and reasoning, data visualization, Semantic Web, modeling languages, reality modeling, ontology engineering, interfaces and Human-computer interaction. His Master’s thesis focused on topics relevant to spatiotemporal knowledge representation, such as the objective and subjective perception of space and time, temporal imprecision and incompleteness, the four-dimensional nature of events, as well as the impact of semantic association on spatial and temporal knowledge. Parts of his work have been published in the eChallenges 2014 and TPDL 2015 conferences. In addition, Papadakis’ research on temporal primitives at FORTH is currently under consideration for inclusion to CIDOC CRM, an ISO certified standard for representing cultural heritage information.