Eight keynotes by high-ranking speakers from industry, from the public sector and from academia, participated in EnviroInfo2017. The conference was opened by André Weidenhaupt, Premier Conseiller de Gouvernement, Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures, Département de l'environnement, Luxembourg.

Invited Speakers

The inaugural speech will be given by André Weidenhaupt, Premier Conseiller de Gouvernement, Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures, Département de l'environnement, Luxembourg

The title of the keynote: Sentinel Hub - next generation platform for satellite imagery applications

Sabina Dolenc is head of marketing at Slovenian GIS software developing company Sinergise, laboratory for geographical information systems, Ltd. with their core business in agriculture, land management and cloud GIS solutions. Following the university studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Marketing at the University of Ljubljana, Sabina pursued master study at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, where she was awarded a Master of Science in 2016.

In her keynote, Sabina will introduce the Copernicus award winning platform for satellite imagery applications – Sentinel Hub.

Earth observation data provided by satellites are revolutionizing the market of space applications. Open access to data with very short revisit times, high spatial and good spatial resolution, benefits numerous sectors – the agriculture, environmental and land-change monitoring, natural disaster response, insurance and others.

Traditional way of getting the satellite data is technically complex and long lasting process, especially if one wants to use full potential of multi-temporal and multi-spectral imaging. Vast volume of data to download, store and process is technically challenging, even more so using "current-generation" principles, such as building pyramids of final products, resulting in billions of small files, which have to be managed efficiently. Sentinel Hub makes satellite data (Sentinel, Landsat and others) easily accessible for exploring and analysis, either within our web based GIS or in your own GIS environment.

At Sinergise, we have approached the problem from a different angle - thinking about which products/services we can offer without significant pre-processing, tiling or even manual effort. We have set-up the copy of global S-2 archive at AWS [1] (the data are accessible to any interesting party there free of charge) and implemented a processing chain, which taps into the data in real-time, when requests are coming in. We were able to establish WMS/WMTS [2] service, which gets request with specific parameters (e.g. AOI, maximum cloud coverage, time range), queries the database for matching scenes, downloads the relevant data from AWS, creates a composite, a mosaic and then the final result, based on set rendering parameters (e.g. true color, false color, NDVI, EVI, LAI, etc.). All of these actions are being done on full, worldwide, S-2 archive (multi-temporal and multi-spectral) in just a few seconds. To demonstrate the technology, we created a simple web application, called “EO Browser” [3], which makes it possible to query Sentinel-2 data anywhere in the world.

Sentinel-2 data are only as useful as the applications built on top of it. We would like people to not bother too much with basic processing and storing of data but rather to focus on value added services. This is why we are looking for partners, who would bring their remote sensing expertise and create interesting new services.

[1] sentinel-pds.s3-website.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com

[2] www.sentinel-hub.com/apps/wms

[3] apps.sentinel-hub.com/eo-browser/

Frank Hearl is a senior manager at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; providing policy analysis, scientific and engineering support, and coordination related to emerging occupational safety and health issues.

He is a co-author of numerous publications and presentations; mainly focused on the effects of dust on the lung and cumulative risk. His past experience includes quality assurance engineering, field industrial hygiene and epidemiology studies, and research management.

He has degrees in chemical engineering from Purdue University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The title of the keynote: Deep Learning Factory : Empowering strategic decisions through data treatments

Benjamin Hourte is Technology Director at EarthLab Luxembourg and involved from the very first day in the creation of the company. Graduated from the ESSTIN engineering school and the IAEM Lorraine Graduate School, he is working in Start-ups and services companies for more than 13 years. He started as VP R&D in P&T Consulting and was at the origin of the European success of the online software Novento used in 14 different European countries.

More recently as ICT & software manager in HITEC Luxembourg, he was one of the responsible of the project emergency.lu and worked in various topics with the scope of the digitalisation of the industrial sectors and crisis management processes.

In EarthLab Luxembourg, Benjamin is responsible of the Technological Strategy, architect of the next generation BigData platform developed by the company. He also works as mentor for young developers in the areas of deep-learning and disruptive technologies.


The title of the keynote is 'Informatics in Life Sciences – What can we learn from each other?'
Richard Lenz is a Professor for Data Management at the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg. He is doing research in the areas of Evolutionary Information Systems and Data Quality.
He has also been active the Medical Informatics research community since 1997.
Currently he is the Chair of the GI/GMDS Technical Committee on Informatics in the Life Sciences (ILW).

In his keynote he will introduce the ILW and he will highlight some of the most important research challenges that the various working groups currently deal with.
It turns out that some of the core problems from very different application domains are not so different at all, and that it might be a good idea to start learning from each other.

Mr. Morelissen holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and graduated from Institute for Higher Business Administration and Economics (HES), Amsterdam.

He started his career in the Daimler Group in 1993 working for Mercedes-Benz Heavy Trucks as account manager.

Between 1994 and 2000 Mr. Morelissen had various managerial positions within Total SA and an International Transport Company in the Netherlands and Germany.

In 2000 Mr. Morelissen joined the Volvo Group to start working for Volvo Truck Corporation and since 2002  for Volvo Bus Corporation in various country/regional management positions for different European Countries.

Today he works with New Business Development in Electro Mobility in Europe since 4 years.


Márta has broad working experience Europe wide in business and public environment. She dealt with initiation and transaction of trade agreements, taught Business Studies, managed social association and did consultancy work. She gathered her interest on ICT while establishing "New Media" by a traditional German manufacturing company.

In 2005 Márta joined the EC as the Head of Unit of "ICT for the Environment" and developed her Unit further to "ICT for Sustainable Growth" linked to the integrated climate and energy policy. After her move to Luxembourg in 2008 she served as Head of Unit "Technologies for Information Management" with focus on research and development funding of innovative ICT technologies supporting the creation of intelligent digital objects and knowledge management, later on the efficient management of extremely large scale data including Open Data. After this Márta was in charge of the Data Value Chain Unit and implemented a strategy to extract the maximum value from data by building on the intelligent use of data sources across Europe and beyond. It included the fostering of the right policy environment for data driven entrepreneurship including the revision of the Public Sector Information Directive, the development of a pan-European Open Data Infrastructure and research and innovation actions. Furthermore she also contributed to the Digital Single Market strategy of the European Commission by fostering its "Data economy pillar" and by addressing the linguistic challenges of the digital economy and society. Hereby she actively worked on community building to foster the growth of the data economy in Europe. She initiated and implemented the European Data Forum with yearly big events and was deeply involved into the EC Communications such as the "Towards a thriving data-driven economy" and acted  as the driving force of the European Public Private Partnership on "Big Data Value".

Since January 2017 Márta is the Head of the Data and metadata services and standardisation Unit at Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union. Hereby she is working on harmonisation of the statistical data management across sectors and the European Statistical System; she is in charge of the deployment of the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange in Europe and beyond and with her team she contributes to the successful data sharing and dissemination of Eurostat data by delivering excellent service to the different tools and systems. Her portfolio also includes contribution to international data classification, coordination of data purchase for the European Commission services and working in European and international fora.

Ms Maldague holds a Master in Law (UCL) and a post-Master in Corporate Law (KULeuven).Her professional background was mainly gained in the industrial sector, after having worked at first in health insurance.

Sophie Maldague is currently Legal Counsel and Compliance Coordinator for the Audi production site in Brussels.

She joined the Audi-VW group in 2007 and started up the legal department of Audi Brussels after the restructuration of Volkswagen Bruxelles. Then she started the coordination and implementation of a Compliance structure and culture in 2010.

She is dealing with a wide variety of fields, business units, partners and authorities, among them actors of environmental and property management.

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