Member Profiles

Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig

Dean, Faculty of Geosciences
Professor for Applied Physical Geography and Environmental Modeling

Department of Geography
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich

www.geographie.uni-muenchen.de

 

 

In his research, Ralf Ludwig focuses on process-based and spatially distributed hydrological and environmental modeling from local to continental scales, data assimilation and model integration for water resources, land use and climate change impact assessment from Mediterranean to subarctic environments. His recent emphasis is centered on the energy-environment interface, and aims at the understanding of the complex interactions and mutual impacts therein. He is chair of the Collaborative Program “Changes in the Hydrological Cycle” of the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA), chair of the Helmholtz research school MICMoR (“Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions”) and Spokesperson of the Albertan-Bavarian Energy-Environment research network ABBY-Net.

Research Interests

Analysis of Global Change (climate, land use) impacts on men-environment systems; environment-energy interface; hydrological modelling (development and application); hydrological extremes; environmental monitoring, multi-parametric and multi-sensoral remote sensing


 

 

 

PD. Dr.-rer.nat. Matthias Schubert

Institute of Informatics
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich

www.dbs.ifi.lmu.de                                                                               

 

 

 

 

In his research, Matthias Schubert focuses on data analysis, artificial intelligence and query processing for diverse application areas such as image processing, spatial information systems, and stream analysis. He is one of the directors of the data science lab at LMU Munich and took part in various interdisciplinary research projects, e.g. in the areas of medicine, space flight and engineering. Within the IRTG, Matthias Schubert will focus on methods for cloud-based stream processing to connect interacting models and data analysis to detect inconsistencies between these models.

Research Interests

Spatial information systems, virtual environments, data analysis and machine learning techniques, data management for streaming and cloud-based systems.


 

 

Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel

Professor for Economics, especially Energy, Climate and Natural Exhaustible Resources

Department of Economics
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich

www.econ.uni-muenchen.de

and

Director, Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources
Ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich e.V.

 

In her research, Karen Pittel focuses on the dynamic modelling of economic development and growth under environmental, resource- and energy related constraints as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of energy and climate policies. Especially since the start of the German “Energiewende”, her interest has centered around the integrated effects of energy transition processes on the economy. As a member of the Climate Council of the Bavarian Government, Karen is also active in policy advice. In her role as a member of the Transdisciplinary Advisory Board of JPI–Climate (European Commission) and the German National Future Earth Committee (DFG), she engages in science policy agenda setting. She is furthermore incoming vice president of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Research Interests

Energy, climate and environmental policy; energy system transformation; environmental and resource economics; economic dynamics, growth and sustainability.


 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Karl

Chair of Energy Process Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

www.evt.cbi.fau.de

 

 

 

In his research, Jürgen Karl focuses on the combustion and thermochemical conversion of biomass and coal, the utilization of biomass-derived syngas in fuel cells and for catalytic conversion into second generation fuels. As founder of the start-up agnion he focused not only on the technical implementation of innovative technologies, he investigated also economic and socio-economic impacts of process chains. He coordinated several European R&D projects and was co-founder of the Albertan-Bavarian Energy-Environment research network ABBY-Net.

Research Interests

Energy from Biomass, Wastes and coal, Combustion and gasification in fluidized beds, Synthesis of methane und SOFC-fuel cells, Carbon capture and sequestration, energy systems analys


 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marco Pruckner

Junior Professorship in Computer Science for Energy Systems

Department of Computer Science
Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

http://www7.cs.fau.de/en/people/pruckner/                                                                 

 

 

 

In his research, Marco Pruckner focuses on the modeling and simulation of electrical energy systems with a high share of renewable energy resources. He investigates different scenarios for the future development of the German electrical energy system. Thereby he also studies the system integration of electric vehicles on a larger scale and the benefit of decentralized electrical energy storage systems.

Research Interests

Energy system analysis, modelling and simulation, Electromobility, electrical energy storage systems, smart grid


 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Diepold

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Informatics (secondary appointment)

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

http://www.ldv.ei.tum.de 

 

 

 

My research interest is in all computational aspects of audiovisual signal processing and analysis of sensory data including the software implementation of efficient algorithms on embedded platforms. More recently, I am involved in the interdisciplinary excellence cluster entitled “Cognition for Technical Systems “(CoTeSys) where I work on computational aspects in machine learning and control using audio-visual data in cognitive robots. For the summer 2010 iCore supported my stay at the Dept. of Computing Sciences, UoA in Edmonton as a Visiting Professor.

Research Interests

Multimedia Signal Processing, Quality of Experience for Multimedia Data and Services, Time-Varying System Theory for High Performance Computing, Machine Learning, Multivariate Data Analysis, Affective/Moral Computing


 

 

Prof. Dr. Annette Menzel

Ecoclimatology
Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Management
TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
Technische Universität München

http://www.oekoklimatologie.wzw.tum.de

 

 

 

Main research interests of Annette Menzel relate to impacts of climate change on the biotic environment, including various aspects in flora, fauna and human health, interactions of biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere as well as climate change dectection by various bioindicators. Her main reserach topics comprise phenology, aerobiology, pollen, dendroecology, impacts of weather extremes, forest fires, as well as urbanised areas as proxy for future conditions. She is speaker of the Water Focus Area within the TUM International Graduate School on Science and Engineering (IGSSE), member of the board of IGSSE and MICMoR, and she works a.o. in interdisciplinary projects with colleagues of the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Research Interests

Forest- and agricultural meteorology, climate change impacts, adaptation, extreme events, phenology, forest fires, dendroecology, air quality, urbanised areas as proxy for future conditions.


 

 

Prof. Dr. Mario Nascimento

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Computing Science
University of Alberta

http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/~mn

 

 

 

Mario Nascimento’s research expertise in Computing Science lies more within the domain of database management, most specifically spatiotemporal data management and wireless sensor data management.  Recently, he has focused on so-called “Trip Planning Queries” where the objective is to optimize routes (trips) of user(s) given constraints such as time-dependency, order of points-of-interest to be visited.  He is Chair of the NSERC Computing Science Liaison Committee, member of the CRA’s Board of Directors and a founding member of the Albertan-Bavarian Energy-Environment research network ABBY-Net.

Research Interests

Spatiotemporal data management, indexing in particular. Data management in wireless sensor networks, in-network query processing in particular.


 

 

Prof. Dr. Sven Anders

Associate Professor

Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
University of Alberta

www.rees.ualberta.ca

 

 

 

Sven Anders is an Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Consumer Marketing. His research interests lie in the economics of vertical agri-food supply chains and retailing markets. Dr. Anders past and current research has focused on the application of quantitative research methods to the analysis of consumer perceptions, attitudes and behaviors on product and scenario choice decisions. Recent collaborative projects are investigating household responses and willingness to adopt alternative and renewable energy technologies under different market configurations and with an explicit focus on the evaluation of the impacts of belief systems, energy knowledge and understanding and political orientations on the adoption decision process.

Research Interests

Applied economics of marketing and public policy analysis, Consumer behaviour and choice decisions in product and service markets, Economics of sector standards in international trade, applied econometrics and discrete choice analysis.


 

 

Prof. Ing. Petr Musilek, Ph.D., PEng

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Director of Computer Engineering Program
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Alberta

www.ece.ualberta.ca

 

Dr. Musilek received his Ing. degree (Electrical Engineering, with great distinction) in 1991, and Ph.D. (Cybernetics) in 1995 from the Military Academy in Brno, Czech Republic. Between 1997 and 1999, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Intelligent Systems Research Lab, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1999 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada, where he is currently a Full Professor and Director of Computer Engineering program.

In 2005, he was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, and a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and in 2012 a Visiting Scientist at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, VSB – Technical University Ostrava, Czech Republic. He is a professional engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). In 2014, he was named a Professor of Informatics in the Czech Republic.

Research Interests

Dr. Musilek’s interests include computational intelligence, energy systems, and environmental modelling. He developed a number of innovative solutions in the areas of renewable energy systems, smart grids, wireless sensor networks, and environmental monitoring and modelling.


 

 

Prof. Dr. Joule Bergerson

Associate Professor

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Centre for Environmental Engineering, Research and Education
University of Calgary

www.ucalgary.ca/jbergers

 

Bergerson’s primary research interests are systems-level analysis for policy and decision making of energy system investment and management. The focus of her work is developing tools and frameworks for the assessment of prospective technology options and their policy implications from a life cycle perspective. To date, her work has addressed fossil fuel derived electricity, oil sands development, carbon capture and storage, renewable energy and energy storage technologies. Project researchers on Bergerson’s team work with scientists, engineers and members of the business community who are developing new energy technologies, to develop and refine techniques for prospective life cycle assessment. These techniques help prioritize research and development activities, by identifying technologies – or optimal combinations of technologies – that could provide particularly large life cycle benefits.

Research Interests

Life cycle assessment, energy systems modelling, energy infrastructure, systems analysis, uncertainty analysis, technoeconomic and environmental assessment, statistical analysis, process design


 

 

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Mayer

Head, Department of Geoscience
Professor for Applied Geochemistry

Department of Geoscience
University of Calgary

http://earth.geo.ucalgary.ca

 

 

Bernhard Mayer is a tracer geochemist with a long track-record of impactful peer-reviewed publications on issues related to Energy and the Environment. His recent research focuses on assessing the environmental impacts on conventional or unconventional energy resources that are currently being developed in Canada. More specifically, his research team investigates the impact of fugitive gases such as CO2 and CH4, e.g. from shale gas plays or carbon capture and storage facilities, on shallow aquatic system, the soil zone, and the atmosphere. The research conducted by Bernhard Mayer is of critical relevance to assess the impact of proposed energy transition solutions on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and on greenhouse gas emission into the atmosphere.

Research Interests

Tracing the sources, the transport and the fate of fugitive gases (CO2 and CH4) from development of fossil fuel based energy resources on the environment (groundwater, soil zone, atmosphere); development of novel tracer tools; aqueous geochemistry; water-rock-atmosphere interactions.


 

 

Prof. Dr. Greg McDermid

Associate Professor

Department of Geography
University of Calgary

 

 

 

 

I am a GIScientist whose research activities revolve around the application of remote sensing and other geospatial technologies to environmental monitoring and ecology. I am involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research collaborations in the fields of wildlife ecology, biodiversity assessment, environmental monitoring, plant-phenology assessment, and vegetation mapping. I am particularly interested in the impacts of human activities (energy system development, natural resource extraction) on environmental systems.

Research Interests

Remote sensing and GIScience applied to wildlife habitat mapping, biodiversity assessment, and environmental monitoring. 


 

 

Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Kienzle

Professor for Physical Geography, Hydrology and GIS
Chair, Department of Geography

Department of Geography
University of Lethbridge

http://www.uleth.ca/artsci/geography

 

Stefan Kienzle’s research focus is the evaluation of the impacts of climate change, both from a hydro-climatological and bio-physical point of view. He is co-developer of a physically-based hydrological modelling system, specifically designed to incorporate land cover and mountain regions in cold climates. Dr. Kienzle has applied his model in several counties, including New Zealand, South Africa, the USA, and Canada. He also created the web site www.albertaclimaterecords.com to enable the viewing and querying of 43 climate indices at high spatial resolution for Alberta for the period 1950 to 2010. He has three funded research projects, and he is Adjunct Professor at three other Universities. Dr. Kienzle has been a PI for the Albertan-Bavarian Energy-Environment research network ABBY-Net since its inception.

Research Interests

Analysis of Global Change (climate, watersheds, land use); physical-based hydrological and crop modelling (development and application); mapping of climate indices