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Judges Profile (ASEAN Level)


Andrew Hudson-Smith
Professor of Digital Urban Systems at The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith is a Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)  at University College London. He is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Greater London Authority Smart London Board. He has a keen interest in realtime geographic data via Internet of Things devices with insights into communicating geographic data feeds beyond the normal academic or professional audience. His latest endeavour is the new MSc in Connected Environments at CASA, UCL. He is also the founding editor of the Internet of Things and Urban Planning Journals. He can be followed via @digitalurban on twitter or online at digitalurban.org.


Josh Lieberman, Ph.D.
Director of Innovation Programs, Open Geospatial Consortium

Josh Lieberman develops, leads, and manages OGC Innovation Program initiatives. Originally trained as an earth scientist, Josh has been involved in OGC as a member and as an architect for two decades while also serving as principal at Tumbling Walls, senior manager at Deloitte, and lead architect at Traverse Technologies and Syncline. He is a senior researcher at the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis and teaches part-time at UMBC. Josh has most recently been leading the OGC Disaster Pilot 2021 initiative and several concept development studies, served as an initiative architect for Testbed 16, and is an emeritus member of the OGC Architecture Board.


Min Chen, Ph.D.          Professor, School of Geography; Vice Director, Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment, Ministry of Education of PR

Dr. Min Chen is a full professor and the Vice Director of Key Lab of Virtual Geographic Environment (Ministry of Education of PRC), Nanjing Normal University, China.

He is the PI of NSF for Excellent Young Scholars of China, Distinguished professor of Jiangsu province, group leader of Innovative and entrepreneurial talent group of Jiangsu Province. He is the executive editor of Annals of GIS, an editor of Environmental Modelling & Software. He also serves as the Vice-President of iEMSs, Chair of Modeling Geographic System Committee of International Geographical Union (IGU), Co-Chair of Education and Capacity Building for Digital Earth committee of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE)), Chair of Exploring interoperability of open modeling platforms Initiative in Community Surface Dynamic Modeling System (CSDMS), Chair of Young Scientist Working Group in Asian Geographic Associate (AGA), Co-Chair of National VGE committee of ISDE. He is a Fellow of International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, and a Fellow of Royal Geographical Society.

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Sanghoon Lee, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of the Water Resources Policy Division of the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea

I have more than 20 years of experience in the development and integration of operational, technological, strategic, and policy for geospatial related applicaitons and outcomes – from local to global; currently work as deputy director in the Water Resources Policy Division at the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea. 

I was also involved in national mapping agency (NGII) and research institute (KICT) during 1999 to 2016 being passionated about geospatial policy, standardisation, and land administration with geospatial analysis; and served on the chair of 2015/16 UN-GGIM-AP WG4 (Cadastre and Land Management), 2010-2014 Project Leader for ISO19154(Ubiquitous Public Access), 2015 the 20th UNRCC-AP Session Chair, 2015-2020 Editor for Spatial Information Research. My technical interests are spatial data-mining, semantic technologies, geomatics, spatial database and location mapping. 


Taro Ubukawa
Senior Geospatial Expert, Geospatial Information Section, OICT, United Nations

Taro Ubukawa is a senior geospatial expert working at the United Nations Geospatial Information Section. He is one of the co-leads of UN Vector Tile Toolkit and works for deploying vector tile technology in UN.

He joined the Geographical Survey Institute, currently the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, in 2006 and worked for GIS data development for several years. He stayed at CIESIN, Colombia University to study GIS and remote sensing in 2012. From 2015 to 2017, he was engaged in the bilateral international cooperation projects in the field of geospatial information at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Tourism of Japan. He joined in Japanese delegation to UN-GGIM in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2018. Since December 2019, he is serving for UN as a senior geospatial expert.

All views and evaluations expressed during as this judging panel are his own and DO NOT represent the opinion of any entity whatsoever which he has been, or will be affiliated.