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dr. M. Kuffer (Monika)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Monika Kuffer is working as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC, University of Twente). Her main research interests are urban remote sensing, SDG monitoring, mapping deprived areas (e.g., slums), and analyzing urban form and dynamics with remote sensing and spatial statistics/metrics. She is co-chairing an international network on deprivation area mapping IDEAMAPS (https://ideamapsnetwork.org), and is presently working on two research projects related to deprivation area mapping SLUMAP (http://slumap.ulb.be) and ACCOUNT (https://slummap.net). She received her PhD from the University of Twente (NL) and one MSc in Human Geographer (TU Munich) and a second MSc in Geographic Information Science (University of London).

 

Expertise

Earth & Environmental Sciences
City
Earth Observation
Imagery
Informal Settlement
Remote Sensing
Urban Area
Social Sciences
Slum
Engineering & Materials Science
Earth (Planet)

Publications

Recent
Wang, J., Fleischmann, M., Venerandi, A. , Kuffer, M., & Porta, S. (2022). Earth observation + morphometrics: towards a systematic understanding of cities in challenging contexts. In Annual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form (pp. 363-370). University of Strathclyde. https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/80476/
Wang, J., Georganos, S. , Kuffer, M., Abascal, A., & Vanhuysse, S. (2022). On the knowledge gain of urban morphology from space. Computers, environment and urban systems, 95, [101831]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2022.101831
Abascal, A., Rodríguez-Carreño, I., Vanhuysse, S., Georganos, S. , Sliuzas, R., Wolff, E. , & Kuffer, M. (2022). Identifying degrees of deprivation from space using deep learning and morphological spatial analysis of deprived urban areas. Computers, environment and urban systems, 95, 1-20. [101820]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2022.101820
Kuffer, M., Grippa, T. , Persello, C., Taubenböck, H. , Pfeffer, K. , & Sliuzas, R. (2022). Mapping the morphology of urban deprivation. In X. Yang (Ed.), Urban Remote Sensing: Monitoring, Synthesis, and Modeling in the Urban Environment (pp. 305-323). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119625865.ch14
Merodio Gómez, P., Juarez Carrillo, O. J. , Kuffer, M. , Thomson, D. R., Olarte Quiroz, J. L., Villaseñor García, E., Vanhuysse, S., Abascal, Á. , Oluoch, I. , Nagenborg, M. , Persello, C., & Brito, P. L. (2021). Earth observations and statistics: Unlocking sociodemographic knowledge through the power of satellite images. Sustainability (Switzerland), 13(22), 1-21. [12640]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212640
Vanhuysse, S., Georganos, S. , Kuffer, M., Grippa, T., Lennert, M., & Wolff, E. (2021). Gridded urban deprivation probability from open optical imagery and dual-pol SAR data. In 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS (pp. 2110-2113). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9554231
Owusu, M. , Kuffer, M. , Belgiu, M., Grippa, T., Lennert, M., Georganos, S., & Vanhuysse, S. (2021). Geo-ethics in slum mapping. In 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS (pp. 5700-5703). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9553570
Kuffer, M. , Thomson, D. R., Maki, A., Vanhuysse, S., Georganos, S. , Sliuzas, R. , & Persello, C. (2021). EO-based low-cost frameworks to address global urban data gaps on deprivation and multiple hazards. In 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS (pp. 2106-2109). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9554094
Engstrom, R. , Thomson, D., Ek, J. , & Kuffer, M. (2021). Development of a multi-city deprived area mapping ecosystem. In 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS (pp. 2122-2125). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9555016
Georganos, S., Vanhuysse, S., Abascal, Á. , & Kuffer, M. (2021). Extracting urban deprivation indicators using superspectral very-high-resolution satellite imagery. In 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS (pp. 2114-2117). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9554849
Owusu, M. , Kuffer, M. , Belgiu, M., Grippa, T., Lennert, M., Georganos, S., & Vanhuysse, S. (2021). Towards user-driven earth observation-based slum mapping. Computers, environment and urban systems, 89, 101681. [101681]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2021.101681
Abascal, Á., Rothwell, N., Shonowo, A., Thomson, D. R., Elias, P., Elsey, H., Yeboah, G. , & Kuffer, M. (2021). “Domains of Deprivation framework” for mapping slums, informal settlements, and other deprived areas in LMICs to improve urban planning and policy: A scoping review. (Preprints). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202102.0242.v1
Persello, C. , & Kuffer, M. (2020). Towards Uncovering Socio-Economic Inequalities Using VHR Satellite Images and Deep Learning. In 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2020 - Proceedings (pp. 3747-3750). [9324399] (International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS39084.2020.9324399
Lefèvre, S., Corpetti, T. , Kuffer, M., Taubenböck, H., & Mallet, C. (2020). Foreword to the Special Issue on Paving the Way for the Future of Urban Remote Sensing. IEEE Journal of selected topics in applied earth observations and remote sensing, 13, 6533-6536. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSTARS.2020.3046096

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Projects

Ongoing research projects on Earth Observation and mapping deprived urban areas: 

The IDEAMAPS Network is developing and maintaining an Integrated DEprived Area MAPping System (IDEAMAPS) that leverages the strengths of our current silo-ed approaches to “slum” area mapping.
More info: https://ideamapsnetwork.org/

ACCOUNT (Accounting for the unaccounted) is developing a machine-learning based framework for estimating the population of invisible spaces in support of the SDG Slum Indicator.
More info: https://slummap.net/index.php/account/ 

The SLUMAP project (Remote Sensing for SluMapping and Characterization in sub-Saharan African Cities) is a two-year research project (2019-2021) funded by the STEREO-III programme of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO).
More info: http://slumap.ulb.be/ 

IDEAMAPSUDAN (Integrated Deprivation Area Mapping System for Displacement Durable Solutions and socioeconomic reconstruction in Khartoum, Sudan) is implementing a training project in Sudan on Capacity strengthening for gender-responsive and sustainable urban development.
More info: https://slummap.net/index.php/projects-overview/ 

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 3-114
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  3-114
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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