Environmental software,
planning & management

      DDr. Kurt Fedra

      Dr. phil., Dr. sci.

      Environmental Software and Services GmbH
      Kalkgewerk 1  A-2352 Gumpoldskirchen   AUSTRIA
      Tel: +43 (0) 664 245 1399  Fax: +43 2252 633 059

      e-mail: kurt@ess.co.at     WWW: http://www.ess.co.at/STAFF/kurt.html

      Professional Experience:

      1995 --
      Director of Environmental Software and Services GmbH, Austria; scientific coordinator of several large international RTD projects with a total project volume above 20 Mill. Euro;
      1989 -- 1995
      Manager, Computer Applications and Services; managing the computer resources of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria, for more than 100 scientific and administrative users; supervising a staff of 14.
      1985 -- 1995
      Project Leader, Advanced Computer Applications Group at IIASA; design and development of information and decision support systems in the area of environmental management, development planning, and risk analysis, for international governmental and industrial clients; supervising a project staff of 14-20 scientists and engineers; managing the project as a self-supporting group with a yearly contract volume of about US$ 1,000,000.
      1984 - 1985
      Research Scholar at IIASA, working on computer based environmental decision support systems and ecological models.
      1982 - 1983
      Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, working at the Parsons Laboratory for Water Resources and Environmental Engineering on problems of environmental modeling.
      1978 - 1982
      Research Scholar, Resources and Environment Area at IIASA, working on several water resources and environmental modeling projects.
      1972 - 1977
      Research Assistant at the University of Vienna, Zoological Institute, systems ecological field work (scientific diving) various periods spent as guest researcher in Italy and Yugoslavia.
      1979 --
      International Consultant and Lecturer on scientific computing and environmental systems analysis:
        UN organizations, including UNESCO-MAB, UNESCO, SCOPE Paris, UNEP Nairobi, UNIDO, UNIDO/UNDP Vienna and New Delhi;
        World Bank (ONIX project, Slovenia);   NBI, Nile Basin Initiative (including IWRM/DSS courses in all Nile riparian countries).
        Pollution Control Research Institute, Bharat Heavy Electricals, Hardwar, India;   Environment Canada, Ottawa, Canada;
        Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa;
        EC Research Projects: EpiMan (IAH, UK); HYDRA (University of Trento, Italy);
        Hewlett Packard Europe,   Digital Equipment Europe;   Deft Hydraulics, Delft, The Netherlands;   Nolan and Norton, Utrecht, The Netherlands;
        CEFIGRE, Sophia Antipolis, France;     International Academy of Environment, Geneva;   Technital Consulting Engineers, Verona, Italy;
        Istituto di Teoria di Sistemi, Polytechnico di Milano, Italy;   FEEM, Milano & Venice; Venice Centre for Marine Sciences and Technologies, Venice;
        German Ministry for Science and Technology, BAH Biological Station Helgoland (scientific advisory council);
        Environmental Protection Division, City of Vienna, Austria;    

      Education
      2000
      Dr.sci. (interdisciplinary) from the University of Geneva
      1997 - 2000
      Doctoral student at the University of Geneva, (doctorat és sciences, mention interdisciplinaire), thesis on:   Environmental Decision Support Systems: a conceptual framework and application examples.
      1982 - 1983
      Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory, Water Resources and and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA.
      1978
      Ph.D. (biology) from the University of Vienna; thesis on a computer simulation model of the ecology of the North Adriatic Sea.
      1971 - 1977
      studies at the University of Vienna (biology, chemistry, human ecology, philosophy; from 1976 through 1980 also courses in computer sciences, physics, and mathematics, parallel enrollment at the Technical University of Vienna).

      Fields of Work and Special Experience

      University Teaching Experience:

      • Lecturer at the University of Innsbruck, Austria:   Stadtökologie (urban ecology)
      • Lecturer at the Technical University of Vienna: environmental applications of GIS, geoinformatics, spatial analysis, modeling and DSS;
      • Lecturer, Charge de course, University of Geneva, Switzerland: geomatics;
      • Lecturer at the University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina: geomatics, environmental systems analysis;
      • Lecturer at the University of Trento/Rovereto, Italy: environmental decision support systems;
      • Lecturer at the Johannes Keppler University, Linz, Austria: applied systems analysis and environmental systems analysis.
      Applied Systems Analysis and Computer Technology:
      research on information and decision support systems for large environmental and socio-technical systems, interactive simulation, visualization, GIS and AI applications, knowledge engineering, advanced programming skills, including simulation techniques, interactive graphics, multi-media design and content editing; design of large-scale interactive modular program systems; in-depth knowledge of UNIX/Linux, several programming languages; management of large software development projects, scientific coordinator for several major EU sponsored international RTD projects with a total project volume above 20 Million Euro.

      Environmental Systems Analysis:
      environmental and ecological modeling, including air, surface and groundwater models; water quality, lake/watershed systems, coastal marine systems, rain-runoff and regional water resources management, nonpoint-source pollution; toxics and hazardous waste management models; local and regional air quality simulation; risk analysis; state-of-the-environment and environmental impact assessment.

      Ecology and Biological Sciences:
      experimental and field ecology, marine biology, scientific diving (certified Dive Master CEN: EN 14153-3, Nitrox, Rebreather); development of underwater instrumentation and data acquisition systems, UW photography, kinematography; ecosystems analysis, biostatistics and biometrics; ecological modeling.
      Served on the board of scientific advisers of the (Marine) Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Germany, 1992-1997

      Interntional experience
      Project work, field research and teaching in numerous countries, including: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Burundi, China, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Russia/USSR, Rwanda, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.
      Attended and spoke at more than 100 international conferences and symposia.

      Honors and awards
      Recipient of the Theodor Körnerpreis, City of Vienna, 1978.

        Publications:   More than 120 publications including international journal articles, conference papers, technical reports and documentation, and contributions to several books in the area of environmental systems analysis and related computer applications.