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Paul Smits

Paul Smits

Paul, from the Netherlands, leads the INSPIRE Action within the SDI Unit.

He has a Ph.D. in electronic engineering and computer science from the University of Genoa, Italy.

Paul has been with the Joint Research Centre since 1998, working on topics related to geospatial data analysis, pattern recognition, data fusion and interoperability.  He is convener of CEN/TC 287 Geographic Information/ Working Group Spatial Data Infrastructures, co-chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) - ISO/TC211 Joint Advisory Group (JAG).

In addition to this Paul is a Marie Curie Fellow, and senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Within the SDI Unit, Paul leads the INSPIRE Action.  This work group is an enthusiastic and dedicated group of people within the JRC, responsible for the technical coordination of the Directive on the establishment of an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe (INSPIRE).