dr. M.C. Chipofya (Malumbo)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am Assistant Professor of Land Informatics within the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management. My work has previously focused on application of Qualitative Spatial Knowledge Representation and Reasoning to spatial map alignment (the discovery of correspondences between a pair of maps); modeling customary and other non-statutory land tenure systems (as contrasted with modern legal land tenure categories); and Computer Vision methods for semantic sketch understanding (this is applied in the context of sketch based land tenure mapping).

My current interests in terms of both research and application include design and implementation of information systems to support customary land tenure information management; and distributed and decentralized systems in geographic information acquisition, distribution, and management.

Technically my work involves the application of methods from Graph matching, Knowledge representation including ontology modeling with owl and logic programming with ASP, foundational computer vision techniques, and I am now increasingly employing tools from the distributed and decentralized systems domain (hashtable based data distribution techniques, consensus models and algorithms, network structures and data routing).


Land Tenure
Land Rights


Degbelo, A. , Stöcker, C., Kundert, K. , & Chipofya, M. C. (2021). SmartLandMaps: From customary tenure to land information systems. 1-12. Paper presented at FIG e-Working Week 2021, .
Koeva, M. , Stöcker, C. , Crommelinck, S., Ho, S., Sahib, J. , Bennett, R. , Zevenbergen, J. , Vosselman, G. , Lemmen, C., Crompvoets, J., Buntinx, I., Wayumba, G., Wayumba, R., Odwe, P. O., Osewe, G. T., Chika, B., Pattyn, V. , & Chipofya, M. C. (2020). Innovative remote sensing methodologies for Kenyan land tenure mapping. Remote sensing, 12(2), 1-27. [273]. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12020273
Koeva, M. N. , Stöcker, C. , Crommelinck, S. , Chipofya, M. C., Kundert, K., Schwering, A., Sahib, J., Zein, T., Timm, C., Humayun , M., Crompvoets, J., Tan, E., Casiano, C., & Nkerabigwi, P. (2020). Innovative geospatial solutions for land tenure mapping. Rwanda Journal of Engineering, Science, Technology and Environment, 3(1), 34-49. https://doi.org/10.4314/rjeste.v3i1.3S
Karamesouti, M., Schultz, C. , Chipofya, M., Jan, S., Murcia Galeano, C. E., Schwering, A., & Timm, C. (2018). The Maasai of Southern Kenya domain model of land use. In ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (4 ed., Vol. 4, pp. 105-112). (ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences). International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-4-105-2018
Jan, S., Schwering, A., Schultz, C. , & Chipofya, M. (2017). Cognitively plausible representations for the alignment of sketch and geo-referenced maps. Journal of Spatial Information Science, 14, 31-59. https://doi.org/10.5311/JOSIS.2017.14.294
Chipofya, M. C. (2016). Matching qualitative constraint networks with online reinforcement learning. 1-14. Paper presented at 2nd Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Berlin, Germany. https://doi.org/10.29007/1g5q
Chipofya, M., Schultz, C., & Schwering, A. (2016). A metaheuristic approach for efficient and effective sketch-to-metric map alignment. International journal of geographical information science, 30(2), 405-425. https://doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2015.1090000

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