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
- 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
- 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
- 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;
- 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.
- 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:
Applied Systems Analysis and Computer Technology:
- 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.
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;
Served on the board of scientific advisers of the
(Marine) Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Germany, 1992-1997
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,
Attended and spoke at more than 100 international conferences and symposia.
Honors and awards
Recipient of the Theodor Körnerpreis, City of Vienna, 1978.
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.