National Institute for Space Research - INPE, São José dos Campos, Brazil
Dr. Gilberto Câmara (born 1956) is a Brazilian researcher in Geoinformatics, Spatial Databases, and Environmental Modelling at the Image Processing Division of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). He is internationally recognized for promoting free access for geospatial data and for setting up an efficient satellite monitoring of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Gilberto was head of INPE’s Image Processing Division from 1991 to 1995, INPE’s Assistant Director for Earth Observation from October 2001 to December 2005 and INPE’s director general from December 2005 to May 2012.
Dr. Câmara is very active on the global effort for making Earth Observation data openly accessible. He has been involved in GEO since its inception and has led Brazil to be one of the most forward-looking countries in GEO as regards data policy. Gilberto conceived the “CBERS for Africa” initiative that will allow images from the CBERS remote sensing satellites to be distributed openly for African users. As recognition for his efforts in data policy, he was invited to be a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Creative Commons. He is also the leader of INPE’s team on Geoinformatics, which has become internationally recognized for developing open source software that contains state-of-the-art research. Dr. Câmara has advised 23 PhD dissertations and 25 Master thesis and published more than 150 scholarly papers that have been cited more than 5000 times. He serves on the editorial board of the journals Anthropocene, Earth Science Informatics, Journal of Spatial Information Science and Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of Global Land Project from 2006 to 2011.
As recognition for his work, he was inducted as a Doctor honoris causa from the University of Münster (Germany) and as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du Mérite of France. He received the Global Citizen Award of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association. He is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).