On 1 September, Dr Martin Behnisch took over as head of the Spatial Information and Modelling Research Area at the IOER. At the same time, he is now also a professor at the TUD Dresden University of Technology. In a formal ceremony at the end of August, the Rector of the TUD, Professor Ursula M. Staudinger, presented him with the certificate of appointment.
Behnisch has been working as a senior scientist at the IOER since 2011. After studying timber construction and wood processing technologies at the Berufsakademie Sachsen and architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), he completed his doctorate at the KIT in 2007 on the topic of urban data mining and the question of how data mining and knowledge discovery methods can be used in conjunction with geoinformation systems to research the built environment. He also completed a postgraduate degree in Geographical Information Science and Systems at the Paris-Lodron University in Salzburg with distinction. This was followed by positions as a research assistant and lecturer at KIT and Tianjin University in China. Before joining the IOER, Martin Behnisch worked as a research assistant and a senior research associate at the Institute for Historic Building Research and Conservation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.
The focus of his research at the IOER is in the area of Spatial Data Science and GeoAI. Martin Behnisch focuses on creating insightful data and decision support services. Among other things, he was significantly involved in studies on global urban sprawl and led a project to determine the solar energy potential of building facades in Germany.
“Geodata and spatial modelling of alternative futures will become significantly more important for science and society in the foreseeable future. We are on the way to a digital age. In view of the extent of the current global socio-ecological crisis, this can be quite advantageous. If we succeed in applying spatial information and modelling in a way that will help us achieve transformative change and make regions, cities and neighbourhoods sustainable and resilient,” explains Behnisch.