About

I’m a spatial researcher and geodata scientist from Germany, working as a Sales Consultant for Tableau Software out of our German Office in Frankfurt.

I graduated in 2006 from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich, Germany, in social geography/anthropogeography and geoinformation science (GIS) and received a doctoral degree from the Division of Spatial Information Science (SIS) at the University of Tsukuba (筑波大学) in Tsukuba, Japan. My research is based on the use of GIS and spatial methodologies in analysis, visualization and simulation or modeling in order to gain deeper insights into the processes triggering human behavior.

My graduation thesis (German: “Diplomarbeit”) is titled “Spatial Modeling and Analysis of Man-Made Large-Scale Loss Events Using GIS” (German title: “Räumliche Modellierung und Analyse anthropogen bedingter Großschadenereignisse mit Hilfe eines Geographischen Informationssystems”), which I created in collaboration with Munich Re.

After graduation I have been working for a global GIS corporation for about 3.5 years before returning to academic work.

In my PhD thesis titled “Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Terrorism Vulnerability – A Case Study of Central Tokyo, Japan” I focused on the use of spatial methods for the assessment of threats, especially terrorism, in urban areas, specifically in Japanese cities. The scientific approach I used in my research is the one of vulnerability analysis as opposed to risk analysis, which is more widely done in contemporary research. The approach to apply spatial methodology in the vulnerability analysis to terrorist threats is fairly new. I’m strongly convinced that socio-spatial factors and processes determine vulnerability and am led in my research by the hypothesis that vulnerability is closely related to the relative position in space of buildings, infrastructures or social groups at risk. I believe urban areas to be the most suitable study area, as this is where the aforementioned processes can be observed, measured and operationalized. The main target of my research is to put the approach of Spatial Urban Vulnerability Analysis on the agenda of both the spatial research and the hazard research community, as I believe that spatial methodology can further enhance vulnerability analysis.

After successfully finishing my PhD program in summer 2014 I started working as a research associate at the Institute for Transport Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin, where I’ve been involved in the modeling of urban mobility and its bidirectional correlations with spatial structure.

Since March 2016 I’m back in the commercial world, working as a Sales Consulant for Tableau – helping people see and understand their data. You can find some of the vizzes I crafted on my Tableau Public page.

Degrees

Ph.D. (Doctor of Science, 理学博士) in Spatial Information Science 2014 University of Tsukuba (筑波大学) in Tsukuba, Japan

Dipl.-Geogr. (Univ.) 2006 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich, Germany

Cand. Geogr. 2004 Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany

Academic Awards

Honorable Mention at the 2015 Gilbert F. White Award by the Hazards, Risks & Disasters Specialty Group (HRDSG) at the American Association of Geographers (AAG)

2014 Award for Exceptional Achievements in the Advancement of Spatial Information Science (平成26年度筑波大学大学院生命環境科学研究科長の空間情報科学研究分野優秀賞) by the Head of the Department for Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Tsukuba (筑波大学)

2013 Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship (平成25年度公益財団法人ロータリー米山記念奨学性) by the Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation 公益財団法人ロータリー米山記念奨学会

2012 Sinfonica Statistical GIS Research Grants (平成24年度シンフォニカ統計GIS研究助成対象者) by the Statistical lnformation Institute for Consulting and Analysis (Sinfonica) 公益財団法人統計情報研究開発センター

Shortlist for Prize for the Promotion of Young GIS Talents 2007 (Förderpreis GIS 2007) by Runder Tisch GIS eV (Round Table GIS)

Academic Associations

Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Association of Japanese Geographers (AJG) (日本地理学会)
GIS Association of Japan (GISA) (地理情報システム学会)
International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) (until 2013)
Japan Association on Geographical Space (JAGS) (地理空間学会)
Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) (日本地球惑星科学連合)
Munich Geographic Society (GGM) (Geographische Gesellschaft München)

Publications

2016

Gebhardt, L.; Krajzewicz, D.; Oostendorp, R.; Goletz, M.; Greger, K.; Klötzke, M.; Wagner, P.; Heinrichs, D. (2016). Intermodal Urban Mobility: Users, Uses, and Use Cases. Transportation Research Procedia Vol. 14, 1183–1192.Link

2015

Greger, K. (2015). Spatio-Temporal Building Population Estimation for Highly Urbanized Areas Using GIS. Transactions in GIS Vol. 19 (1), 129-150.Link

2014

Greger, K.; Murayama, Y. (2014). Measuring Mobility and Urban Structure: A Case Study of Four Capital Cities in Asia. Tsukuba Geoenvironmental Sciences Vol. 10, 33-42.

Greger, K.; Murayama, Y. (2014). Collection Methods for Spatio-Temporal Personal Movement Data. 平成25年度多目的統計データバンク年報 (Annual Report on the Multi Use Social and Economic Data Bank) Vol. 91, 63-83. PDF

2013

Greger, K.; Murayama, Y. (2013). Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Bicycle Commuting Behavior in the Greater Tokyo Area Using a Micro-Scale Persontrip Database. 2013年全国共同利用研究発表大会 (Proceedings of the Session of Inter-University Research Activities in Japan “CSIS Days 2013”), 37. Abstract, Poster

Murayama, Y.; Lwin, K.; Greger, K.; Estoque, R.; Kubo, T. (2013). 位置情報付きのビックデータ(パーソントリップ調査)をWeb-GISでハンドリングする (Handling Big Data with Locational Information (from a Persontrip Survey) using Web-GIS.) 2013年全国共同利用研究発表大会 (Proceedings of the Session of Inter-University Research Activities in Japan “CSIS Days 2013”), 25. Abstract

Kubo, T.; Yamamoto, T.; Mashita, M.; Hashimoto, M.; Greger, K.; Waldichuk, T.; Matsui, K. (2013). The Relationship Between Community Support and Resident Behavior After the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake: The Case of Hitachi City in Ibaraki Prefecture. In: Neef, A.; Shaw, R. (Eds.) Risks and Conflicts: Local Responses to Natural Disasters. Is: Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management Vol. 14, 11-42. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. PDF

2012

Greger, K. (2012). Spatial Analysis of Terrorism Vulnerability: A Case Study of Tokyo, Japan. 2012年全国共同利用研究発表大会 (Proceedings of the Session of Inter-University Research Activities in Japan “CSIS Days 2012”), 51. Abstract, Poster

Greger, K. (2012). Spatial Analysis of Terrorism Vulnerability: A Case Study of Tokyo, Japan. 第21回研究発表大会会報 (Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the GIS Association of Japan), C-3-1. PDF

Greger, K. (2012). Micro-Scale Terrorism Vulnerability Mapping – A Case Study of Tokyo, Japan. 地理空間学会第21回大会発表要旨集 (Proceedings of the 5th General Meeting of Japan Association on Geographical Space), 7.

Hashimoto, M.; Greger, K.; Mashita, M.; Yamamoto, T.; Kubo, T. (2012). 日立市における東日本大震災時の地域防災: 防災対策および避難所運営状況に着目して (Regional Disaster Prevention in the City of Hitachi at the Time of the Great East Japan Earthquake: A Focus on the Disaster Prevention and Shelter Management Situation.) 地域研究年報 (Annals of Human and Regional Geography) Vol. 34, 111-136. 筑波大学人文地理学・地誌学研究会 (Tsukuba University Research Association for Human and Regional Geography): Tsukuba, Japan. (in Japanese) PDF

2011

Greger, K. (2011). Spatial Analysis of Large-Scale Man-Made Disasters Using GIS – An Exemplary Implementation for Air Traffic Accidents. 2011年全国共同利用研究発表大会 (Proceedings of the Session of Inter-University Research Activities in Japan “CSIS Days 2011”), 31. Abstract, Poster

Hashimoto, M.; Greger, K.; Mashita, M.; Yamamoto, T.; Kubo, T.; Matsui K. (2011). 日立市における地震被害と土地条件との関係 (The Relationship Between Soil Condition and Earthquake Damage in the City of Hitachi.) 第20回研究発表大会会報 (Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the GIS Association of Japan), B-4-2. (in Japanese with English abstract) PDF

Mizutani, C.; Greger, K.; Estoque, R.; Munthali, K.; Koarai, M.; Nakano, T. (2011). 生存期間に着目した土地利用の時空間分析 (Spatio-Temporal Analysis on Land Use Considering Lifespan.) 第20回研究発表大会会報 (Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the GIS Association of Japan), C-4-2. (in Japanese with English abstract) PDF

Earlier

Greger, K. (2006). Räumliche Modellierung und Analyse anthropogen bedingter Großschadenereignisse mit Hilfe eines Geographischen Informationssystems. (Spatial Modeling and Analysis of Man-Made Large-Scale Loss Events Using GIS.) Unpublished Graduation Thesis. (German)

Greger, K. (2003). Medienstadt München. Arbeiten und Leben in der New-Media-Branche. Vorstellung eines Forschungsprojekts. (Media City Munich. Life and Work in the New Media Field. Introduction of a Research Project.) Online at http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/16/16157/1.html. (German)

Presentations

2016

Greger, K. (2016). Intermodal Urban Mobility – The Case of Berlin. Poster presented at mobil.TUM International Scientific Conference on Mobility and Transport on June 6. Munich, Germany. Poster

2015

Gebhardt, L.; Greger, K. (2015). Urbane Mobilität: Intermodalität in der Stadt. (Urban Mobility: Intermodality in the City.) Poster presented at the Deutscher Kongress für Geographie (German Congress for Geography – DKG) on Oct 1. Berlin, Germany. Poster

Greger, K. (2015). A Spatio-Temporal Betweenness Centrality Measure for the Micro-Scale Estimation of Pedestrian Traffic. Presented at the 2015 American Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting on Apr 21. Chicago, IL. Abstract

2014

Murayama, Y.; Lwin, K.; Greger, K.; Estoque, R.; Kubo, T. (2014). 非集計パーソントリップデータをWeb-GISでハンドリングする (Handling Non-Aggregated Person Trip Data with Web-GIS.) Presented at the 2014 Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU, 日本地球惑星科学連合) Meeting on April 28. Yokohama, Japan. (Japanese) Abstract

Greger, K.; Murayama Y. (2014). Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Bicycle Commuting Behavior in the Greater Tokyo Area Using a Micro-Scale Persontrip Database. Presented at the 2014 Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU, 日本地球惑星科学連合) Meeting on April 28. Yokohama, Japan. Abstract

Greger, K.; Murayama Y. (2014). Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Bicycle Commuting Behavior in the Greater Tokyo Area Using a Micro-Scale Persontrip Database. Presented at the 2014 Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting on Apr 9. Tampa, FL. Abstract

2013

Greger, K.; Murayama, Y. (2013). Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Bicycle Commuting Behavior in the Greater Tokyo Area Using a Micro-Scale Persontrip Database. Presented at the Session of Inter-University Research Activities in Japan “CSIS Days 2013” on Nov 23. Kashiwa, Japan. Abstract

Murayama, Y.; Lwin, K.; Greger, K.; Estoque, R.; Kubo, T. (2013). 位置情報付きのビックデータ(パーソントリップ調査)をWeb-GISでハンドリングする (Handling Big Data with Locational Information (from a Persontrip Survey) using Web-GIS.) Presented at the Session of Inter-University Research Activities in Japan “CSIS Days 2013” on Nov 22. Kashiwa, Japan. (Japanese) Abstract

Greger, K. (2013). Spatial Methodologies for the Analysis of Vulnerability in Urban Areas – A Case Study for Terrorism in Tokyo, Japan. Presented at the 2013 International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional Conference on Aug 8. Kyoto, Japan. Abstract

Greger, K.; Murayama, Y. (2013). Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Bicycle Commuting Behavior in the Greater Tokyo Area Using a Micro-Scale Persontrip Database. Presented at the 2013 International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional Conference on Aug 7. Kyoto, Japan. Abstract

Greger, K. (2013). Spatial Methodologies for the Analysis of Vulnerability in Urban Areas – A Case Study for Terrorism in Tokyo, Japan. Presented at the 2013 Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU, 日本地球惑星科学連合) Meeting on May 20. Makuhari, Japan. Abstract

Greger, K. (2013). Session host: Geography, GIScience, and Anthropogenic Hazards. Session at the 2013 Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting on Apr 9. Los Angeles, CA. Abstract

Greger, K. (2013). Spatial Methodologies for the Analysis of Vulnerability in Urban Areas – A Case Study for Terrorism in Tokyo, Japan. Presented at the 2013 Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting on Apr 9. Los Angeles, CA. Abstract

2012

Greger, K. (2012). テロリズムに対する脆弱性の空間分析-東京都都心を事例として- (Spatial Vulnerability Analysis – A Case Study of Downtown Tokyo.) Presented at the Session of Inter-University Research Activities in Japan “CSIS Days 2012” on Nov 3. Kashiwa, Japan. Abstract

Greger, K. (2012). Spatial Analysis of Terrorism Vulnerability – A Case Study of Tokyo, Japan. Presented at the GIS Association of Japan (GISA, 地理情報システム学会) on Oct 13. Hiroshima, Japan.

Greger, K. (2012). Micro-Scale Terrorism Vulnerability Mapping – A Case Study of Tokyo, Japan. Presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association on Geographical Space (JAGS, 地理空間学会大会) on Jun 30. Tokyo, Japan.

Greger, K. (2012). Spatial Analysis of Terrorism Vulnerability. Presented at the 2012 Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU, 日本地球惑星科学連合) Meeting on May 22. Makuhari, Japan. Abstract

Greger, K. (2012). Spatial Analysis of Terrorism Vulnerability. Presented at the 2012 Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting on Feb 26. New York City, NY. Abstract

2011

Greger, K. (2011). Spatial Analysis of Large-Scale Man-Made Disasters Using GIS – An Exemplary Implementation for Air Traffic Incidents. Presented at the Session of Inter-University Research Activities in Japan “CSIS Days 2011” on Nov 11. Kashiwa, Japan. Abstract

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