Scientific Program Committee - Wim Hugo

Wim Hugo

Wim Hugo is the Systems Architect for a number of inter-dependent data portals in South Africa: The SAEON Data Portal, the South African Earth Observation System (SAEOS), and the Risk and Vulnerability Atlas. New initiatives, such as the World Data Centre for Biodiversity and Human Health in Africa, extensions to other science disciplines, an Operational Oceanography initiative, and the African BioEnergy Atlas fill out the portfolio. He represents the SAGEO community in the Data Subcommittee of the Committee for Spatial Information – charged with establishing a South African Spatial Data Infrastructure, and works with GEO to disseminate South African state-funded data sources through GEOSS. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the ICSU World Data System[1], and a member of the EuroGEOSS Advisory Board.

He obtained a B.Eng (Chem) from the University of Potchefstroom in 1983, and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1985.

After graduation, Wim worked in the synthetic fuels industry in the fields of catalytic research, operations and logistics optimization, technical marketing management, and subsequently as an independent consultant specialising in feasibility studies and techno-economic optimisation.

Increasing interest in systems for optimisation and decision support lead to a career change in 1998. Wim joined MBV Consulting Group, a formal systems engineering company, in 1999 as a Director, specialising in planning and decision support systems. This specialisation expanded to include systems for scientific data dissemination, with a focus on spatial data, and on network-based spatial analysis techniques.

Research interests include

· Development of meta-data driven, automated processing for distributed data and services;

· Development of spatio-temporal allocation and optimisation techniques for environmental impact assessment;

· Creation of a self-maintaining ‘network of networks’ inventory of scientific endeavour from meta-data catalogues, voluntary contributions, compliant websites, and social media.