François Golay

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Full Professor +41 21 693 57 81

Citizenship: suisse

Birth date: 30.01.1958

GC D2 408 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

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GR A2 392 (Bâtiment GR)
Station 2
CH-1015 Lausanne

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Fields of expertise

GIS application design Spatial Decision Support Systems Geospatial data infrastructures GIS for environmental management GIS for urban studies and design

Teaching & PhD


Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Design Together ENAC

PhD Programs

Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering


Spatial statistics and analysis

The main objective is to make the students understand the importance of the spatial issues in environmental sciences and engineering, for example for mapping and interpolation. Presentation of different concepts and techniques devoted to spatial data.

Geografic information system (GIS)

Acquisition of basic concepts and skills of (geographic) data structures and of their storage in (geographic) database systems. Learning of relevant geographic data analysis processes for environmental and civil engineers (spatial autocorrelation, spatial interpolation, digital elevation modeling).

Spatial decision support systems

The course deals with the methods and instruments supporting decision processes in the geographical space. The focus is on multi-criteria decision analysis, with the special requirements carried by space-related scenarios and solutions, and by the participatory processes among numerous stakeholders.