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).


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Land Rights
Land Tenure
Spatial Networks
Engineering & Materials Science


Schwering, A., Krukar, J., Manivannan, C. , Chipofya, M., & Jan, S. (2022). Generalized, inaccurate,incomplete: How to comprehensively analyze sketch maps beyond their metric correctness. In T. Ishikawa, S. I. Fabrikant, & S. Winter (Eds.), 15th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2022) Dagstuhl. https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPICS.COSIT.2022.8
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.
Chipofya, M. C., Karamesouti, M., Schultz, C., & Schwering, A. (2020). Local Domain Models for land tenure documentation and their interpretation into the LADM. Land use policy, 99, 1-15. Article 105005. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.105005
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
Koeva, M. , Stöcker, C. , Crommelinck, S., Ho, S., Jan, S. , 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. Article 273. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12020273
Crompvoets, J. , Koeva, M. , Crommelinck, S. , Stöcker, C., Ho, S. , Casiano, C., Schwering, A. , Chipofya, M., Jan, S., Zein, T., Timm, C., Kundert, K., Nkerabigwi, P. , Alemie, B., & Wayumba, R. (2019). Its4land - Innovative Geospatial Tools for Fit-for-Purpose Land Rights Mapping. In Proceedings of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 University of Twente.

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1434
Hallenweg 8
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds  1434
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands