dr. M.N. Koeva (Mila)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Mila is an Assistant Professor working in 3D Land Information. She holds a Ph.D. in 3D modeling in architectural photogrammetry from the University of Architecture, Civil engineering, and Geodesy in Sofia. She also holds an MSc. degrees in Engineering (Geodesy) from the same institution obtained in 2001. Her professional career began at the GIS-Sofia Ltd. - a Municipality Company dealing with cadastre of the city of Sofia, firstly as a specialist and later on a Head of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing department. Working there she took part in various projects for map creation, orthophoto production, and 3D modeling. In 2012 her career development continued in a private company -  Mapex Jsc. As a project manager and lead of a group her task was to apply, coordinate, geodetic, cadastral, and photogrammetric projects.

Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Twente at the faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). From the University of Twente, she holds a university teaching qualification (UTQ). In March 2017 she was ranked as one of the TOP 3 teachers of ITC 2016 - 2017. Her main areas of expertise for teaching and research include Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (satellite, aerial, and UAVs), Digital Twins/Smart Cities/3D modelling, 3D Cadastre, surveying, GNSS, and automatic feature extraction for cadastral mapping and urban planning among others.

She is also guest editor of the Special issue “Remote Sensing for Land Administration 2.”; Co-chair of ISPRS WGIV/10; Reviewer Board of ISPRS IJGI and Geomatics

She coordinated a four years multidisciplinary European Commission Horizon 2020 project "its4land", involving 8 academic and private-sector partners and 6 countries in Europe and Africa - www.its4land.com.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Uav)
Land Tenure
Land Rights
Remote Sensing


Brouwer, T. , Koeva, M. N., van Oosterom, P. J. M., & Theunisse, I. (2020). Ontwikkelingen en trends van de FIG Working Week 2020: Developments and trends from the FIG Working Week 2020. Geo-info, 17(4), 24-25.
Bennett, R., van Oosterom, P. J. M. , Lemmen, C. H. J. , & Koeva, M. N. (2020). Remote sensing for land administration. Remote sensing, 12(15), 1-8. [2497]. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12152497
Karabin, M., Kitsakis, D. , Koeva, M., Navratil, G., Paasch, J. M., Paulsson, J., Vučić, N., Janečka, K., & Lisec, A. (2020). Layer approach to ownership in 3D cadastre in the case of underground tunnels. Land use policy, 98, [104464]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104464
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
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From the University of Twente she holds a university teaching qualification (UTQ) and has diverse teaching background in small and large groups. Current teaching activities cover areas of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 3D Cadastre, GNSS, cadastral rejuvination, 3D modelling, BIM and Smart Cities. She supervised more than 15 MSc students of their master research and is regularly invited for external examiner.

She was voted as one of the TOP 3 teachers in ITC for 2016-2017.

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Project Coordinator of its4land, a multidisciplinary European Commision Horizon 2020 project, involving 8 academic and private-sector partners and 6 countries in Europe and Africa - www.its4land.com.

The main goal of its4land, an European Commission Horizon 2020 project is to develop innovative tools inspired by the continuum of land rights, fit-for-purpose land administration, and cadastral intelligence. its4land is using strategic collaboration between the EU and East Africa to deliver innovative, scalable, and transferrable ICT solutions. The innovation process incorporates a broad range of stakeholders and emergent geospatial technologies, including smart sketchmaps, UAVs, automated feature extraction, as well as geocloud services. The aim is to combine innovative technologies, capture the specific needs, market opportunities and readiness of end-users in the domain of land tenure information recording in Eastern Africa. The project consists of a four year work plan, €3.9M funding, and eight consortium partners collaborating with stakeholders from six case study locations in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda. The major tasks include tool development, prototyping, and demonstration for local, national, regional, and international interest groups. The case locations cover different land uses such as: urban, peri-urban, rural smallholder, and (former) pastoralist.

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