Hugo Martins from UNIGIS Lisbon has been announced as the winner of the worldwide UNIGIS Academic Excellence Prize 2011. His thesis titled ”SIGLA WEBGIS PORTAL: An Open Source Web-based GIS application for the Portuguese Bluetongue Entomological Surveillance Program” was voted by the International Review Board as the best UNIGIS thesis this year.
Stephanie Brand from UNIGIS Salzburg finished a very close second in a highly competitive finish. She submitted a thesis "Roof surface classification with hyperspectral and laser scanning data. An assessment of Spectral Angle Mapper and Support Vector Machines".
In the third place is Peter Witt from UNIGIS Manchester, with the thesis "The development of a predictive hiking travel time model accounting for terrain variations".
All winners will be invited to present their work in July 2012 at the Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg (www.gi-forum.org) where they will be publicly recognized for their outstanding academic achievement.