Dr. Berdien De Roo has been awarded twice for the research she conducted as part of her PhD. She got the Geospatial Award 2017 in the category dissertation and the ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in GIS.
She earned the ESRI Award for the best scientific publication in GIS in 2016 for the paper ëFrom Virtual Globes to ArcheoGIS: Determining the technical and practical feasibility.í. The award was presented at the IGTF 2017 conference in Baltimore (ASPRS Annual Conference). The ESRI Award honours individuals who publish papers of scientific merit that advance our knowledge about GIS technology.
During BeGeo, the Belgian conference and fair on geo-information, the Geospatial Award 2017 was handed over by the Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne. These awards were co-hosted by Flagis and AM / FM GIS Belux.
In her PhD research entitled 'Putting the past in place. A conceptual data model for a 4D archaeological GIS', Berdien attempted to take a first step towards a 4D archaeological GIS.
Berdien successfully defended her PhD at Ghent University at the end of September 2016. Her research, which was supervised by Prof. dr. Philippe De Maeyer of the Department of Geography and Prof. dr. Jean Bourgeois of the Department of Archaeology, focussed on the combination of Geography, Geo-informatics and Archaeology. In her PhD she examines the requirements for archaeological data storage, analysis and exchange and determines how these can be translated into an archaeological data model.