Our Team

Steffen Fritz

EOCS Head, Deputy Program Director

Steffen Fritz is Deputy Program Director of IIASA's Ecosystem Services and Management Program, and Leader of the Center for Earth Observation & Citizen Science (EOCS). Steffen joined IIASA in 2007 and leads the EOCS scientific agenda along with numerous related projects. He was awarded the ERC funded CrowdLand Project in 2014.

Linda See

Senior Research Scholar

Linda See is deputy head of EOCS and a senior Research Scholar at IIASA. LInda joined IIASA in 2012 and leads the efforts on scientific publications in EOCS, working closely with the development team. Among other projects she leads the Urban Europe funded FloodCitiSense project and the Austrian-funded ADAPT-UHI project.

Ian McCallum

Research Scholar

Ian McCallum is deputy head of EOCS and a Research Scholar at IIASA. Ian joined IIASA in 2000 and is responsible for interactions between EOCS and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). In addition he works on projects related to flood risk, marginal lands in Europe and the food, water and energy nexus.

Olha Danylo

Research Scholar

Olha Danylo is a Research Scholar at IIASA. Olha joined IIASA in 2014 with an Ernst Mach Scholarship. Her current scientific interests include the usage of GIS and machine learning tools to analyze spatial and remote sensing data, aiming to improve environmental mapping and contributing to urban climatology science.

Dahlia Domian

Research Scholar

Dahlia Domian is a Research Scholar at IIASA. Dahlia joined IIASA as a Group and Project Officer in 2014. Among other activities, Dahlia currently is the Principal Investigator of the WeObserve Project, an H2020 Coordination and Support Action (CSA) for the Citizens Observatories.

Martina Dürauer

Research Application Developer

Martina Dürauer is a Research Scholar, joining IIASA in 2013. She is a research application developer, managing the geospatial infrastructure supporting the Geo-Wiki. In particular, she develops and supports the numerous campaigns that are run using Geo-Wiki.

Dilek Fraisl

Research Scholar

Dilek Fraisl joined IIASA in 2016. She is responsible for the full project lifecycle of numerous projects within EOCS. In addition, she is leading the efforts from IIASA on the Global partnership for citizen science. Dilek currently pursues a PhD at BOKU in Vienna on citizen science and the SDGs.

Ivelina Georgieva

Research Assistant

Ivelina joined IIASA in 2019 as a research assistant. She has participated in numerous Geo-Wiki campaigns since 2016 gaining experience in land cover and land use validation. Her main task in EOCS will be to support the expert validation requirements in a new campaign focused on global forest usage.

Hadi Hadi

Research Scholar

Hadi Hadi joined IIASA in 2019 as a Research Scholar. Hadi was a summer student in 2017 at IIASA, and rejoined IIASA's EOCS team to collaborate on the Restore+ Project. In particular, he works with radar remote sensing and is contributing to efforts to monitor land use change in Indonesia.

Gerid Hager

Research Scholar

Gerid Hager joined IIASA in 2016, to work for the Systems Thinking for Transformation project (SYSTRANS), which aims to promote a systems view in educational practice. Additionally, she was the PI on the GROW project, a citizen observatory for improving soil data and empowering growers, family farmers and gardeners through evidence-based practices.

Neha Joshi

Research Scholar

Neha Joshi joined IIASA in 2017, conducting research on the mapping of peatlands and non-peatlands degraded due to fires, drainage and land use change in Indonesia, as a part of the RESTORE+ project. The research involves the use of a time series of radar and optical satellite imagery to capture subtle, dynamic and long-term changes to land surfaces.

Mathias Karner

Software Developer

Mathias Karner joined IIASA in 2012 as a Research Scholar. Within EOCS, he is mainly involved in the Geo-Wiki project with a focus on mobile devices and smartphones and exploring other technologies for working with spatial data. In addition, he supports much of the back-end database development.

Juan Carlos Laso Bayas

Research Scholar

Juan Carlos Laso-Bayas joined IIASA in 2015. In EOCS, he is mainly working with statistical analysis of spatially explicit crowdsourced and remotely sensed data. Furthermore, he is Co-principal investigator in the collaboration project between IIASA and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). 

Myroslava Lesiv

Research Scholar

Myroslava Lesiv joined IIASA in 2014, as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with a Marie Curie fellowship. Her main scientific interests involve high-performance information technologies for ecology and environmental protection, synergy methods for land cover mapping and approaches to the creation of geoinformation systems for GHG spatial inventories.

Victor Maus

Research Scholar

Victor Maus joined IIASA as a Research Scholar in 2016. His main research interests are geoinformatics, environmental modeling, and Big Data Analytics. Victor has developed numerous R packages utilising satellite information. He now holds a full-time position at the WU in Vienna, but remains affiliated with EOCS.

Inian Moorthy

Research Scholar

Inian Moorthy joined IIASA as a Research Scholar in 2015. His research interests include quantitative remote sensing, citizen science, and crowdsourcing mechanisms to complement Earth Observation datasets and processing chains. Inian is the PI of LandSense and leads our external funding acquisition efforts.

Moemen Saad

Application Developer

Moamen Saad joined IIASA in 2017 as an App developer. He has largely been involved in the Horizon 2020 funded Grow Project, developing the Grow Observatory App. The App links you with other Grow resources including the Grow database and social media. In addition, he is supporting several other projects with mobile development needs.

Dmitry Shchepashchenko

Senior Research Scholar

Dmitry Shchepashchenko was an IIASA summer student in 1995. He returned to IIASA in 2007 as a Research Scholar. His recent projects have included a full carbon account of Northern Eurasia, Global forest/biomass/land cover mapping, remote sensing applications and managing the forest observation platform.

Sandra Brozek

Admin Support

Tobias Sturn

App and Game Developer

Tobias Sturn joined IIASA in 2014 as an App and Game Developer to design and develop serious games like Cropland Capture, Picture Pile and FotoQuestGo. His interests cover human-computer interaction, computer graphics and all aspects of gaming, especially games with a purpose and edu-tainment.