I lead the spatio-temporal modelling laboratory at the institute for geoinformatics. I hold a PhD in geosciences, and am interested in spatial statistics, environmental modelling, geoinformatics and GI Science, semantic technology for spatial analysis, optimizing environmental monitoring, but also in e-Science and reproducible research. I am an ordinary member of the R foundation. I am one of the authors of Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R (second edition), am Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Statistical Software, and associate editor for Spatial Statistics. I believe that research is useful in particular when it helps solving real-world problems.