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Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle
Institute of Geography
GIScience Research Group
Heidelberg University
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Phone: +49 6221 54-5594
Fax: +49 6221 54-4996

3D Spatial Data Processing Group


Welcome to the 3D Spatial Data Processing Group (3DGeo) Heidelberg!

The 3DGeo research investigates the extraction of detailed geoinformation from 3D geodata (predominantly point clouds) which were acquired with cutting-edge Earth observation technology (e.g., 3D laser scanning). A further research emphasis is put on the exploitation of multitemporal 3D technical sensor data, which enables near real-time 3D mapping and applications.

A major focus of our 3DGeo research lies on the development of GIS-based algorithms for 3D spatial data processing and analysis, making use of the full sensor data stream (e.g., LiDAR backscatter). It is aimed at increasing the understanding of geographical phenomena: The developed geoinformation technologies and methods are applied to (interdisciplinary) research questions in natural landscapes (e.g. geomorphology, geoarchaeology, agriculture and forestry) as well as in man-made landscapes (e.g. solar potential assessment and hedonic price modeling).

Latest News
30.09.2017 01:00
3D geodata acquisition in the Siberian Arctic

In September 2017, the 3D Spatial Data Processing Group (3DGeo) joined the German-Russian expedition of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Polar and Marine Research to the Arctic research station Samoylov (N 72°22’, E 126°29’) in the central Lena Delta. Under the lead of Julia Boike, the research team maintained and expanded long-term monitoring stations and [...]

29.09.2017 01:00
LiDAR meets Art

An interesting 3D art project using point clouds of the 3D Spatial Data Processing research group of Prof. Bernhard Höfle (3DGeo) was recently realized by artist Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann. The data were acquired from natural karst cave features in the Dechen Cave near Iserlohn, Germany both with a low-cost Kinect sensor and terrestrial LiDAR. For the art [...]

27.09.2017 01:00
Call for papers - PFGK18 : Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformatik - Kartographie - 2018

Feel free to submit papers to our DGPF Working Group on Geoinformatics (Prof. Haunert, Prof. Höfle). Important dates for submission can be found here: http://www.pf.bgu.tum.de/pfgk18/pfgk18_dat.html Deadline for regular papers is 31 October 2017!

26.09.2017 01:00
GIScience group members at the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017 in Wuhan, China

Last week (Sept. 18-22, 2017), our six colleagues, Prof. Alexander Zipf, Doctoral Candidate Xuke Hu, Dr. Hongchao Fan, Dr. Martin Hämmerle, Dr. Zhiyong Wang, and Dr. Wei Huang, participated in the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017 held in Wuhan, China.

01.09.2017 01:00
Study “Multiscale analysis and reduction measures of urban carbon dioxide budget based on building energy consumption” published

The 3D spatial data processing group had the opportunity to collaborate with the team of Prof. Tzu-Ping Lin from National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, within the frame of a study dealing with carbon emission reduction measures in urban environments. One option of reducing carbon emission by buildings is to install photovoltaic (PV) panels in [...]

07.08.2017 01:00
ArchEyeAutomatic summer school 2017

From 26 to 28 July, the 3D spatial data processing group contributed to the “ArchEyeAutomatic summer school 2017: Cameras, Drones, and Laser scanning. Modern ways to document ancient objects”. With a focus on documenting and analyzing archaeological sites and objects, the summer school introduced around 40 participants to various methods of close-range remote sensing at [...]

05.08.2017 01:00
Heidelberg Center for the Environment: Call for Project Ideas (Deadline: 17 Sept 2017)

The funding program HCE-START of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) for the developement of major interdisciplinary projects dealing with environmental research questions has been extended. The new application deadline is 17.09.2017. HCE-START will be run and hosted at Heidelberg University only.

01.08.2017 01:00
Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2017: Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain

From 16 to 22 July, the second ISPRS Summer School of Alpine Research took place in Obergurgl, Austria. Around 40 participants from four continents enjoyed a mix of lectures, field work and hands-on data processing related to various research topics in high mountain research. Hosted at the beautifully located and perfectly equipped Alpine Research [...]

31.07.2017 01:00
Heidelberg Center for the Environment: Bernhard Höfle joins the Board of Directors

The Executive Committee of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) - the interdisciplinary research center for Environmental Sciences at Heidelberg University - has appointed Prof. Bernhard Höfle as new Vice-Director for Natural Sciences. Prof. Thomas Meier was appointed new Executive Director and Prof. Jale Tosun new Vice-Director for Social Sciences. The directors are responsible [...]

13.07.2017 01:00
Martin Hämmerle receives PhD

Yesterday, our colleague Dr. Martin Hämmerle defended his PhD thesis with great success. We would like to congratulate him - with our sincere thanks for his hard work and amazing research the last years. Martin is an expert on 3D geodata (with focus on 3D point clouds from LiDAR and photogrammetry), methods for 3D processing and [...]

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