Ass.-Prof. Dr. Ourania Kounadi, BSc MSc

Head of Working Group Digital Geography

Department of Geography and Regional Research
Universitätsstraße 7 (NIG)
1010 Vienna


Zimmer: B0514


Hours: tba


The spectrum of my work ranges “prediction” to “protection”.  

I apply methods for geographical prediction to understand the relationship between humans and the environment, be able to model it, and subsequently predict or forecast relevant information in the fields of urban safety and crime analysis. The challenge is to fuse spatial methods or spatially-aware statistical and machine learning methods to “new” material such as geosocial media data, PPGIS, and sketch maps.

As a researcher the more data I have, the better it is for my work; I am not an exception to this rule. However, I am also aware (and concerned) of the fact that the “new” material, such as big geodata, is rich, diverse, but also often about individuals or it entails sensitive or private information. My work is also related to the privacy protection principles, practices, and algorithms regarding geodata.


Research interests

Location privacy – geocomputation – predictive analytics – crime analysis


Recent publications

Borsci, S., Lehtola V.V., Nex F., Ying Yang M., Augustijn E.-W., Bagheriye L., Brune C., Kounadi O., Li J., Moreira J., Van der Nagel J., Veldkamp B., Le D.C., Wang M., Wijnhoven F., Wolterink J.M., Zurita-Milla R.(2021): Embedding artificial intelligence in society: looking beyond the EU AI master plan using the culture cycle. AI & Society: Knowledge, Culture and Communication; Link

Polzin F. & Kounadi O. (2021): Adaptive Voronoi Masking: A Method to Protect Confidential Discrete Spatial Data. – 11th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2021), Part II. Janowicz K. and J. A. Verstegen (eds.); Article No. 1; 1:1–1:17; Link

Leitner M., Glasner P. & Kounadi O. (2021): Geographies of Crime. – The Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Link

Zurita-Milla R., Fakhrurrozi A., Kounadi O., Dimopoulos G., Hernandez A. (2021): On the use of mixed-effects models in spatio-temporal machine learning models. – Spatial Data Science meeting 2020; Link

Kounadi, O., Ristea, A., Araujo, A., & Leitner, M. (2020). A systematic review on spatial crime forecasting. Crime Science, 9(1), 1-22.

Vallejo, M., Kounadi, O., Podor, A. (2020). Analysis and mapping of crime perception: A quantitative approach of sketch maps. AGILE GIScience 2020.

Georgiadou, Y., de By, R. A., & Kounadi, O. (2019). Location Privacy in the Wake of the GDPR. ISPRS international journal of geo-information, 8(3), 157.


Editorial Work

Kounadi O. (Associate Editor): Cartography and Geographic Information (CaGIS); Link

Kounadi O. & Resch B. (eds.) (2021): Applications and Implications in Geosocial Media Monitoring. – Special issue of International Journal of Geoinformation; Link


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