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Dr Suchith Anand

University of Nottingham
United Kingdom
Suchith Anand is founder of Geo for All . He is working for establishing Open Source Geospatial Labs/Research Centres in key universities worldwide as part of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation- ICA MoU. Over 100 research labs have been established worldwide so far .Details at http://www.geoforall.org

He is one of founders of the Open Source GIS Summer School initiative and the Geospatial Open Source, Open Standards, Open Data e-learning initiative. He is also the founder and co-chair of Open Source GIS Conference Series. He is charter member of Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

Suchith is referee for RCUK, European and international research council applications, reviewer for many leading GIS journals (such as the International Journal for Geographical Information Science, Computers and Geosciences , Journal of Location Based Services etc). He is also in the scientific committees of many international conferences and serves on the Editorial Board of GIS Professional. He has also done invited presentations and chairing of sessions at many international conferences.

He is actively involved in successful research grants funding applications for a variety of funding agencies including European Commission, RCUK, Ordnance Survey, JISC , Nuffield Foundation etc. He is involved in many FP7 research (GIS4EU, ISSUE etc) , involved in supervising PhD students and also external examiner for PhDs etc .He has produced scientific reports for Ordnance Survey, JISC etc . His research interests and publications are in automated generalization, metaheuristic optimization techniques (simulated annealing, genetic algorithms, hill climbing, tabu search etc), location based services, linked data, HealthGIS, AgriGIS, ITS, open source, open standards, open data and data harmonization research.

His mission is to build up open source, open standards, open data research for bridging the digital divide.