Allan Aasbjerg Nielsen

Associate Professor, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Since 1 May 2013 I'm back at what is now the section for Image Analysis and Computer Graphics with DTU Compute - Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Transferred to DTU Space - National Space Institute (formerly called the Danish National Space Center) on 1 January 2007. Associate Professor with the Section for Geoinformatics at DTU Informatics - Informatics and Mathematical Modelling (IMM) from December 2001. Part time substitute for Professor Knut Conradsen (then Provost/Deputy Rector of the Technical University of Denmark) from January 1995 till December 2001. With IMM's Section for Image Analysis from May 1985. With DTU's Thermal Insulation Laboratory 1978-1985. With the Danish Defense Research Establishment in 1978.

M.Sc. in 1978 from the Department of Electrophysics, now a part of the department Ørsted, Technical University of Denmark (basically in atomic and nuclear physics and applications). Thesis entitled Analysis of mono-energetic gamma-spectra (Analyse af mono-energetiske gamma-spektre in Danish).

Ph.D. in 1994 from the Institute of Mathematical Modelling, now a part of Informatics and Mathematical Modelling, Technical University of Denmark. Thesis entitled Analysis of Regularly and Irregularly Sampled Spatial, Multivariate, and Multi-temporal Data (see summary).

Born on 16 August 1952 in Esbjerg on the Danish west coast, mother Tove, father Niels Peter. I have a younger brother, Steen.

I am the proud father of two wonderful girls, Ida and Pi; their mother is my wife Karin.

Joined the army in 1977-1978, served with the Danish Defense Research Establishment working on secret matters.

Worked on energy conservation in housing with the Thermal Insulation Laboratory, now a part of the BYG-DTU, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, from 1978 to 1985. My main activities in that period had to do with 1) construction and maintenance of a large data base containing information on temperatures and heat input in six experimental low-energy houses at Hjortekær, Denmark, 2) air infiltration measurement techniques, and 3) modelling heat dynamics and indoor temperatures (often with pseudo-random heat input). Member of the permanent computer committee of the faculty of civil engineering 1983-1985.

Since 1985 with the Section for Image Analysis, (previously called the IMSOR Image Group), IMM, Informatics and Mathematical Modelling, Technical University of Denmark. (IMSOR, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Operations Research is now a part of IMM.)

Supervisor and co-supervisor for several M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

From 1985 till 1995 work on several projects on application of statistical methods and remote sensing in geology, environment and agriculture funded by the European Union (contracts MSM-114-DK, MA1M-0015-DK(B), MA2M-CT90-0010, and BRE2-CT92-0201) and Danida, the Danish International Development Agency (contract 104.Dan.8/410). Target areas were situated in Greenland, Spain, Germany and Kenya. Also work on four year program on construction of modular, operational image processing systems (MOBS) funded by the Danish National Technical Research Council (STVF).

Since 1988 private consultant primarily with mathematical and (geo)statistical data analysis in geology and other (geo)sience related matters (also some practical experience in work with physicians and medical data on results from clinical investigations, and other data analytical issues), check here.

1990-1994 member of the board of PETIUM (Petroleum Technology Institute without Walls).

From 1990 till around 2001 member of the IMM UNIX superuser group.

1993/1994 three months contract with DLR (Deutsche Forschungs- und Versuchsanstallt für Luft- und Raumfahrt), Institut für Optoelektronik, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

Since 1995 internal examiner, member and chairman of several evaluation committees for PhD students, IMM.

1995-1996 National point of contact (NPOC) for EC DG-XII Environment and Climate Programme Concerted Action COMPARES, COnnectionist Methods in Pre-processing and Analysis of REmote Sensing data, ENV-CT95-0151.

1996-1999 work on BioSonar, Sonar Technology for Monitoring and Assessment of Benthic Communities funded by the European Union.

1996-1999 work on DANMAC, DANish Multisensor Airborne Campaign, funded by the National Space Research Council. Scientific coordinator of DANMAC WG3 on pre-processing of airborne and satellite data.

1997-2001 work on DECO, Danish Environmental monitoring of COastal waters funded by The Danish Research Councils under the National Earth Observation Programme. IMM part of DECO,

1997-2002 work on GEOSONAR, GEOid and Sea level Of the North Atlantic Region funded by The Danish Research Councils under the National Earth Observation Programme. See also IMM part of GEOSONAR.

Member of the Host Committee of the ERIM organised Third International Airborne Remote Sensing Conference and Exhibition: Development, Integration, Applications & Operations, Copenhagen, Denmark 7-10 July 1997.

October 1997 invited guest at Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Ltd., Geophysical Services Department.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the "1st EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy", Zürich, Switzerland, 6-8 October 1998 (organised with RSL at the Department of Geography, University of Zürich).

1998-1999 National point of contact (NPOC) for EC DG-XII Environment and Climate Programme Concerted Action MAVIRIC, MAchine Vision In Remotely sensed Image Comprehension.

Since 1998 external PhD examiner, Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Member of the Program Committee of the ERIM organised Fourth International Airborne Remote Sensing Conference and Exhibition, Ottawa, Canada, 21-24 June 1999.

Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions of Image Processing, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society - Series B, Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, and SCIA - a series of Scandinavian Image Analysis Conferences.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the "2nd EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy", Enschede, The Netherlands, 11-13 July 2000 (organised with ITC the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences).

From 1 December 2001 Associate Professor of geoinformatics.

Member of the Host Committee of the Eleventh International Workshop on Matrices and Statistics held at Lyngby, Denmark, 29-31 August 2002.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the Third EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy held at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, 13-16 May 2003.

Member of the Program Committee of SCIA 2003, the Scandinavian Conference on Image Analysis held in Gothenburg, Sweden, 29 June to 2 July 2003.

From 2004 work on GMOSS, Global MOnitoring for Stability and Security, a Network of Excellence in the Aeronautics and Space Priority of the Sixth Framework Programme of the EU, and under EU's GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative.

From late February 2006 I spent six months as a visiting scientist at the Department of Statistics, University of Oxford where my host was Professor Brian Ripley.

In a fusion process of Danish universities and research institutions I was transferrred to DTU Space - National Space Institute (formerly called the Danish National Space Center) as a part of the generation of the New DTU on 1 January 2007.

Invited guest at Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, 14-18 February 2008.

Invited speaker to the 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute, Invited Paper Session: Multivariate Analysis in the Spatial Domain, 16-22 August 2009.

2012-2013 three months Fellowship on "Advances in multi- and hyperspectral data processing" with DLR (Deutsche Forschungs- und Versuchsanstallt für Luft- und Raumfahrt), Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. The visit was hosted by Andreas Mueller and Dr. Peter Reinartz (and the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD).

I was transferred to DTU Compute - Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science on 1 May 2013.

On 26-27 March 2017 I was invited as one of a dozen European experts to take part in the community-led AI4EO (Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation) workshop held at the ESA/ESRIN Φ-lab. The aim of the workshop was to informally assess progress in the development and application of AI techniques to the world of EO and to explore the potential value of a concerted Research and Innovation (R&I) effort on this topic at European level.

Since 2018 I am the Danish national representative in the EARSeL (European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories) Council.

I am a member of the programme committee of BiDS (ESA conference on Big Data from Space) 2019.

See also publications list, list of talks, projects list, software list and list of cooperators.

I like a good meal and a glass of wine on occasions. I have nothing against a pint of beer or a glass of malt whisky (or whiskey for that matter). Also, I like to play the guitar, the banjo etc. I (used to) play with an acoustic group called Scrumpy who play(ed) mostly Irish and Scots traditional music. (Lovers of this music should check Mich G. Nielsen's, Copenhagen Irish Festival and Copenhagen Folk Club's, Ash Plant's, etc. homepages.) I also like to hang around in live music cafés, I'm not saying I do it, all I'm saying is that I like it - can be met sometimes/rarely at the Bartof Café run by a friend of mine, Joachim Friis-Holm, in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, however, not often enough. Joachim plays (the harp and the bouzouki) with Ash Plant (and used to play with Harp'n'Drum). Another friend, Kim Christiansen, runs a great beer place in central Copenhagen called Ørsted ølbar & café. He also runs the great Søernes ølbar by Sortedammen. Kim used to play with both Scrumpy and Harp'n'Drum. I also enjoy Monday Night Big Band headed by Niels Jørgen Steen (yes, they play Monday nights) at Vognporten in central Copenhagen, again not often enough. Check AOK and KultuNaut also.

See my homepage.