Dr. Benedikt Gräler

52°North Spatial Information Research GmbH
Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24
48155 Muenster, Germany




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Benedikt Gräler completed his Diploma in Mathematics in 2009 and earned his PhD in Geoinformatics in 2014. He conducted his research at the Institute for Geoinformatics in the field of Spatial Statistics and his developments and findings are collected in his dissertation entitled Developing Spatio-Temporal Copulas. In January 2016, he joined the Institute of Hydrology, Water Resources Management and Environmental Engineering as a research associate and contributed to the SFB 823 "Statistical modelling of nonlinear dynamic processes". Since May 2017, he works at the 52°North Spatial Information Research GmbH as a research associate and consultant leading the Spatio-Temporal Data Science Lab. As of May 2021, Benedikt became one of the managing directors of the 52°North GmbH. He is responsible for the research pursued at 52°North and keeps close contact with universities and associated research partners.


Benedikt focus has been on copulas in the spatial and spatio-temporal domain. This includes modelling spatio-temporal random fields, trajectory data of various kinds as well as identifying and modelling extreme events in space and time. Please, take a look at his publications for a detailed list of recent professional activities. With the help of shiny, he made different copula families interactively accessible in his copulatheque.


In parallel to his research, Benedikt continuously develops a R package combining the functionality that has been part of his research. See the repository of spcopula on GitHub for some more information. Besides to his own R package, he contributes to a set of further R packages related to copulas as well as spatial and spatio-temporal data representation and analysis. A detailed overview can be found on his GitHub or OpenHub profile.

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