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Jakob Schwalb-Willmann

Jakob Schwalb-Willmann

2016 EAGLE Student | Alumni

Jakob Schwalb-Willmann (25) graduated of University of Würzburg in 2018 with an EAGLE Master’s degree in Earth Observation and geoanalysis. From 2013 to 2016, he studied Geography and Sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Unviersity of Munich for his Bachelor degree, where he specialized in remote sensing. During two internships at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Jakob heightened his fascination for both the technical and applicational aspects of remote sensing and related topics. While being enrolled in the EAGLE MSc. programme, he worked at the Chair of Remote Sensing at University of Wuerzburg as a student research assistant. During an internship at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, he had the opportunity to gain knowledge on the overlaps between Geoanalysis and Ecology, and has been involved in the development of a movement analysis web platform. From October 2017 to April 2018, he was spending an ERASMUS+ Grant semester in northern Italy, working at the European Academy of Bolzano (EURAC). There, he developed a processing framework to detect alpine-wide forest change, being part of the Sentinel Alpine Observatory. Jakob finished his studies with his Master thesis on the use of animal movement data for environmental research, titled “A deep learning movement prediction framework for identifying anomalies in animal-environment interactions”.

He wants to utilize remote sensing and geoanalysis to propose and apply strategies that could enable humans to cope with the wide-ranging challenges of sustaining human survival on Earth. He joined the EAGLE program because he considers it as an extraordinary opportunity to deepen his methodological and applicational knowledge in the field of Earth observation.

Jakob likes developing useful software. He developed moveVis, an R package for visualizing animal movement along with environmental data, and getSpatialData, a client for querying, previewing and downloading satellite imagery directly in R. He is a co-author of RStoolbox, providing tools for remote sensing data analysis and processing, of which he wrote a spectral unmixing function. Jakob is a passionate aircraft pilot, holding his pilot license since 2012. Personally, he enjoys cooking and likes photography and filming.


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