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Mila Koeva is an Associate Professor at University Twente, International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation ITC, The Netherlands. She has a PhD on “3D modelling in architectural photogrammetry” from the University of Architecture, Civil engineering, and Geodesy in Sofia. She also holds an MSc. degree in Engineering (Geodesy) from the same institution.  Her main areas of expertise include 3D land Information, including Digital Twins and 3D Cadastre, image data acquisition and processing techniques (satellite, aerial, and UAVs), and automatic feature extraction for cadastral mapping and urban planning, among others. More specific, her research focuses is on the implementation of innovative geospatial and machine learning methods based on remotely sensed data in support of 3D urban modelling and cadastral applications. Her career includes ten years of working as a photogrammetric specialist and head of the photogrammetry department ( with the main aim of producing accurate cadastral and topographic maps and three years of work in a private organization ( leading three EU projects related with geodetic, cadastral and photogrammetric activities.

She was a Project Coordinator/Leader of its4land, a multidisciplinary European Commission Horizon 2020 project, involving 8 academic and private-sector partners and 6 countries in Europe and Africa. Due to her scientific activities, she is selected to have an active part in international professional organizations chairing working groups and organizing scientific events e.g. co-chair ISPRS WG IV/10, co-chair of 3D GeoInfo 2018, ISPRS GSW 2019, FIG WW 2021, etc. She is regularly being invited to give invited talks or to be the keynote speaker on international events e.g. 3D GeoInfo 2021, UASG2021, GATE Big Data, FIG Cmmision7, GLTN 2020, GI Forum (WWU)2020,  etc. She is serving as guest editor for several special issues 3D Land Administration in LUP, MDPI RS4LA1, MDPI RS4LA2. She serves as Reviewer Board Member of ISPRS IJGI, MDPI Geomatics, Frontier Remote Sensing. A full list of scientific publications can be found on: Google Scholar and UT-site. Besides research international project activities, she is involved in education, including lecturing, course development, and supervision of MSc and Ph.D. students. In March 2017 she was ranked as one of the TOP 3 teachers of ITC 2016 - 2017.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, 3D modelling in architectural photogrammetry

Artificial Intelligence Expert

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  • Geo Sciences


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