Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr graduated in Geodesy from Karlsruhe University (KIT), Germany, in 1983. After working as software developer and a post-graduate study in Computer Science he joined Karlsruhe University, Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, as research assistant where he received his doctorate (Ph.D.) in 1989. The topic of the doctorate dissertation was in the field of analytical photogrammetry.
From 1999 to 2002 he worked as a senior consultant in a GIS company. The main tasks where supporting the introduction of Geographical Information Systems, and the design and implementation of spatial databases and GIS applications for municipalities and power supply companies.
He joined Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences as a full time professor of spatial information processing in 2002. He is teaching software development, Internet Technology and Internet GIS as well as Database design, XML technologies and scientific writing. He has supervised about 35 Master’s Thesis.
He published two GIS text books, more than 50 scientific papers and gave several presentations at international conferences.
In addition, he conducted workshops in India (IIITM-K, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Anna University, Tirunelveli) and Egypt (National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Cairo) and organised scientific conferences in Arequipa, Peru (AGSE 2010), Nairobi, Kenya (AGSE 2011), Johor Bahru, Malaysia (AGSE 2012), Ahmedaba, India (2013), Stuttgart, Germany (2014) and Kish, Iran (2017).
He is supporter of Open Source and Open Data and member of the German Organisation for Standardization (DIN-Board NA 005-03-03 AA „Kartographie und Geoinformation“, comparable to CEN/TC 287 and ISO/TC 211). In the field of cartography he serves as Co-chair of ICA Commission on SDI and Standards.
In 2013 and 2016 (so far) he was co-chairing the Academic Track of the international FOSS4G conferences.
Since 2016 he is Member of the SDI Advisory Board, State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In spring 2018 he was Erudite-Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India. In 2021 he was appointed as Member Board of Studies, School of Informatics Digital University Kerala (DUK), Kerala, India