Cornelis Stal is a lecturer at the HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts (D of Built Environment), a visiting professor at the Ghent University (Department of Geography), and a member of HERITAGE with reasonable experience in the field of the combination, processing, and quality analysis of airborne and terrestrial laser scanning and photogrammetry for 3D modeling. His special interest is in the (automatic) generation of geometric, radiometric, and semantic-rich 3D models, derived from irregular point sets and other spatial data sets. This means that both laser scanning and photogrammetry, as well as geo-ICT (GI-systems, GI-programming, GI-management, …) are important pillars of his research, supported by a solid knowledge of both web development languages and Python. Other research opportunities have allowed him to add additional expertise on geomatics applications for bathymetric modeling. As an employee at the Department of Geography (Ghent University), he has played a significant role in the maritime SBO project called SEARCH (Archaeological Heritage at the North Sea) and CREST (Climate Resilience Coast). 

Next to the analysis of GNSS data from tidal buoys, he worked on the development of processing algorithms for tunnel measurements using laser scanning. Currently, he has a special focus on the digital 3D documentation of cultural heritage. Given his expertise in heritage modeling, he is a member of the Heritage Management Organization, where he actively participates in multiple research projects and summer schools. He is also giving support for various bachelor papers, master manuscripts, and doctoral research. Subjects like absolute positioning, satellite remote sensing image interpretation, integrated 3D modeling and GIS, mobile acquisition platforms, … are important aspects in the involved research topics. Furthermore, recent developments in the field of spatial AI applications, UAV technology, and web-based data sharing have gathered a dedicated research focus.