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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

LiDAR Lab / LiDAR Research Group

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Welcome to LiDAR Research Group Heidelberg!

The LRG investigates the extraction of detailed 3D geoinformation from newest Earth observation technology (e.g. 3D laser scanning). Furthermore, research emphasis is put on the exploitation and fusion of crowdsourced human (e.g. from Web 2.0) and 3D technical sensor data enabling near real-time 3D mapping and applications. A major focus 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 and forestry) and man-made landscapes (e.g. solar potential assessment and hedonic price modeling).


Bernhard Höfle becomes new Professor for Geoinformatics and 3D Geoprocessing at Heidelberg University

Since April 1st 2017, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle is new full professor for GIScience and 3D Spatial Data Processing at the Institute for Geography, Heidelberg ... [read more]


Call for Abstracts “3D-Punktwolken in der Geographie” - Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2017 (Deadline 31. März 2017)

Wir laden alle herzlich dazu ein, einen Vortragsbeitrag (Abstract) zu unserer Fachsitzung “3D-Punktwolken in der Geographie – Erfassung, Analyse und Visualisierung” (LT6-FS4) für den Deutschen ... [read more]


DGPF Annual Meeting 2017 - Three presentations from GIScience Heidelberg

At the Annual Meeting 2017 of the DGPF (German Society for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation) GIScience Heidelberg will contribute three talks on 9 March ... [read more]


3rd PhD Colloquium of the DGK Section on Geoinformatics and the DGPF Working Group on Geoinformatics

On 7 March 2017 the 3rd PhD Colloquium of the DGK Section on Geoinformatics and the DGPF Working Group on Geoinformatics took place in Würzburg, ... [read more]


Hyperspectral and LiDAR Data Fusion Using Extinction Profiles and Deep Convolutional Neural Network

Our research proposes a novel framework for the fusion of hyperspectral and light detection and ranging-derived rasterized data using extinction profiles (EPs) and deep learning. ... [read more]


Characterizing tufa barrages in relation to channel bed morphology in a small karstic river by airborne LiDAR topo-bathymetry.

Freshwater tufas in karstic environments denote an increasingly studied high-resolution terrestrial paleoclimate archive. Tufa morphology is, among other factors, climate-driven and sedimentary facies models are ... [read more]


Direct derivation of maize plant and crop height from low-cost time-of-flight camera measurements

In agriculture, information about the spatial distribution of crop height is valuable for applications such as biomass and yield estimation, or increasing field work efficiency ... [read more]


Call for Abstracts for the 3rd PhD Colloquium of the DGK Section on Geoinformatics and the DGPF Working Group on Geoinformatics

March 7, 2017, in Würzburg prior to the DGPF annual meeting The Section on Geoinformatics (Sektion Geoinformatik) of the German Geodetic Commission (Deutsche Geodätische Kommission, DGK) ... [read more]


Apply now: ISPRS Summer School of Alpine Research 2017: Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain

-> Download flyer (PDF) Objectives The main goal of the Joint Summer School 2017 is to provide participants with innovative practical and methodological skills to ... [read more]


Beyond 3-D: The New Spectrum of LiDAR Applications for Earth and Ecological Sciences

Capturing and quantifying the world in three dimensions (x,y,z) using light detection and ranging (lidar) technology drives fundamental advances in the Earth and Ecological Sciences ... [read more]


3D data acquisition in the Ötztal Alps - Exploring 3D GIScience on the “Monster of Rock”

Our students blogged about their field trip experience in the Alps: http://k1z.blog.uni-heidelberg.de/2016/09/12/3d-data-acquisition-in-the-otztal-alps-exploring-3d-giscience-on-the-%E2%80%9Cmonster-of-rock%E2%80%9D/ ... [read more]


Full-Waveform Airborne Laser Scanning in Vegetation Studies—A Review of Point Cloud and Waveform Features for Tree Species Classification

In recent years, small-footprint full-waveform airborne laser scanning has become readily available and established for vegetation studies in the fields of forestry, agriculture and urban ... [read more]


3D-TAIGER Summer School 2016 in Heidelberg

From 5-7 September 2016 the GIScience Heidelberg Group hosted a summer school within the collaboration and exchange project 3D-TAIGER (Multi-Source 3D Geoinformation Extraction for Improved ... [read more]


Workshop on Multi-Source 3D Geoinformation Extraction for Improved Management of Forest and Natural Hazards (5 Sep 2016, 9-17h)

Time: Monday, 5 September 2016, 09:00 – 17:00h Venue: Seminar Room 5.104, Im Neuenheimer Feld 205, Mathematikon No fees: Attendance of the scientific program is without costs. Objective ... [read more]


Using participatory geographic approaches for urban flood risk in Santiago de Chile: Insights from a governance analysis

Studies based on information acquired by participative geographic approaches have sought to cope with emergency situations and disasters such as floods. However, the impact of ... [read more]

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