I have graduated as a surveyor at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria in 1983 and I have obtained my PhD degree on 3D GIS for Urban Development at the Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria in 2000. I worked as a software programmer at the Central Cadastre in Sofia, Bulgaria (1984-1989), an assistant-professor at UACG, Sofia, Bulgaria (1989-1995), a researcher at the International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands (1995-1999) and associate professor the section GIS Technology (2000-2015), OTB department, 3D Geoinformation group (2015-2018), Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Since January 2018, I am a full professor at the Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney and leading the GRID lab.
My research interests are in 3D geo-information: 3D object reconstruction, 3D data structures, 3D spatial relationships (topology) and 3D visualisation (VR and AR). I have been working on topics related to structuring and organization of semantically reach 3D data (above, beneath and on the surface), organization of Level of Details (including textures), developing of new data types (e.g. freeform curves and surfaces), spatial functions (e.g. for navigation and evacuation), query and simplifications of IFC models (and their matching to CityGML schema), etc. I enjoy working with students. I have supervised several PhD students and more than 50 Master students.
I have been leading and participating in several national and international projects. Some of the most interesting recent ones are listed below:
- Methods for identification for free navigable space (2018-2022) iNout, Pusan University South Korea
- Smart 3D indoor models to support crisis management in large public buildings (2015-2019), (Sims3D) funded by NWO/STW M4S
- Navigation for first responders among moving obstacles (2011-2015) PhD project (demos), funded by CSC, China
- Indoor semantic modelling to support path finding (2010-2017) PhD project (demos), funded by CSC, China
I am an author and co-author of more than 350 papers and I have edited and co-edited 22 books. A full list of publications (downloadable) is avaible here. I have been involved in the work of several international organisations (ISPRS, UDMS) and standardisation bodies (OGC). I have been actively participating in the organisation of conferences such as 3D GeoInfo, Gi4DM, UDMS, Indoor3D and summer schools.
In my free time I am cycling, walking, hiking, reading and watching movies.