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Arnaud Vandecasteele

Office: SN 1021
Telephone: (709) 864-3097
Fax: (709) 864-3119

Email: a.vandecasteele[at]

Lab Web site: MarineGIS



I completed my  PhD thesis in November 2012 at Mines ParisTech, exploring the use of spatial ontologies for detecting abnormal vessel behaviour. My work focused on the use of spatial reasoning and spatio-temporal semantic information in order to classify and analyze vessel's behaviour. One of the big challenges of this PhD research was to integrate the spatio-temporal heuristics used by maritime experts in an expert system. My general research interests include, but are not limited to, geographic information systems (GIS), spatio-temporal analysis, semantic information, and the study of spatial patterns.

During my postdoc I will extend PhD work by continuing to work on the spatial analysis of maritime behaviour, in addition to conduct research in the field of geocollaboration and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI).

Selected publications

  • Arnaud, Vandecasteele; Aldo, Napoli. 2012. Spatial ontologies for detecting abnormal maritime behaviour. OCEANS 2012 MTS/IEEE Yeosu Conference: The Living Ocean and Coast - Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities, Yeosu, Korea
  • Arnaud, Vandecasteele; Aldo, Napoli. 2012. An Enhanced Spatial Reasoning Ontology for Maritime Anomaly Detection. 7th International Conference on System Of Systems Engineering - IEEE SOSE 2012, Genoa, Italy. p. 247-252