and Professor Emeritus
INSA Lyon, University of Lyon, France
President of "Universitaires Sans Frontières/Academics
Speech: To be added soon.
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
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 250 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.