I am very pleased to start 2019 (and my first ever blog post!) to welcome Dr Tomas Holderness to Addresscloud as our CTO. Tomas and I met in 2015 in a drone workshop in Seoul, where we were attending the annual FOSS4G (open geospatial) conference. Even though the drone we were building never made it off the ground (much to the amusement of our onlooking South Korean military attaché!) our friendship endured.
Tomas brings with him a wealth of experience building geospatial applications and working with risk-profile data.
Prior to joining Addresscloud Tomas lead the Urban Risk Map project at the MIT Urban Risk Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Built as a system for residents and emergency managers the risk map project provided an always-on solution for individuals to report flooding using social media. The risk map and the underlying software CogniCity which Tomas designed are deployed operationally for use in Indonesia, India and the United States. Previously Tomas lead the Open Geospatial Lab at the University of Wollongong's SMART Infrastructure Facility in Australia, developing open data and open source solutions for mapping and analysing cities' response to extreme weather events and climate change.
Tomas received his PhD in Geomatics from Newcastle University, where he used remote sensing to map London's response to heatwave events, focused on understanding how cities can better adapt and mitigate to climate-induced heat events. Tomas also gained his undergraduate degree in Geographic Information Science from Newcastle.
Tomas' work is widely recognised, and has been featured on the National Geographic and in the Guardian. He has received awards for his work on mapping flooding in Indonesia and sanitation network modelling from the Open Data Institute and the Institute of Civil Engineers respectively. Tomas is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and holds the professional accreditation on Chartered Geographer with the same.
We are very excited about the future of Addresscloud and Tomas's combination of academic and real-world skills will be invaluable in building our vision of location intelligence.