prof.dr.ir. A. Stein (Alfred)

Full Professor

About Me

Prof. dr. ir. Alfred Stein (1958) is professor in Spatial Statistics and Image Analysis. He received his MSc in mathematics and information science, with a specialization in applied statistics from Eindhoven University of Technology and his PhD at Wageningen University. He started his career at the soil science and geology department of Wageningen university, leading to a professorship at the chair of mathematical and statistical models in 2000. In 1995 he was appointed as a visiting professor at the - then - Institute of ITC where in 2002 he became professor at the new department of Earth Observation Science, which he has headed for more than 10 years. From 2008 until 2020 he has been a member of the faculty board alternating with the portfolios of research and education.

His research interests focus on statistical aspects of spatial and spatio-temporal data, e.g. monitoring data, in the widest sense. Optimal sampling, image analysis, spatial statistics, use of prior information, but also issues of data quality, fuzzy techniques, random sets, all in a Bayesian setting.

From 1998 onwards he has been working with more than 50 PhD students on a range of spatial (and temporal) statistical topics. At present, 12 PhD students are working under his supervision. Since 2011 he is the editor-in-chief of Spatial Statistics, the leading platform in the domain of spatial statistics. It publishes articles at the highest scientific level concerning important and timely developments in the theory and applications of spatial and spatio-temporal statistics. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Applied Geoinformation and Earth Observation and Environmental and Ecological Statistics. 

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Engineering & Materials Science
Image Fusion
Remote Sensing
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Remote Sensing
Synthetic Aperture Radar

Ancillary Activities

  • ME commissie
    MER commissie Waddenzee
  • Elsevier
    Editor-in-chief Spatial Statistics
  • Elsevier
    Conference organization


Gao, B. , Stein, A., & Wang, J. (2022). A two-point machine learning method for the spatial prediction of soil pollution. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 108, 1-10. [102742]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2022.102742
Marshall, M. , Belgiu, M., Boschetti, M., Pepe, M. , Stein, A. , & Nelson, A. (2022). Field-level crop yield estimation with PRISMA and Sentinel-2. ISPRS journal of photogrammetry and remote sensing, 187, 191-210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2022.03.008
Gao, B., Wang, J. , Stein, A., & Chen, Z. (2022). Causal inference in spatial statistics. Spatial statistics, [100621]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spasta.2022.100621

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 2-048
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  2-048
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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