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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle
Institute of Geography
Chair of GIScience
University of Heidelberg
Berliner Str. 48
D-69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 54-5594
Fax: +49 6221 54-4996
Associated Researchers

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).

Field experiment: deriving pedestrian sidewalk information using LIDAR technology
On 11 September we organized a field campaign to build a super-site for sidewalk information in Heidelberg's Old Town. Further reading on the experiment can be [...]    read more

3D Visualization - UNESCO World Heritage Site Lorsch Abbey
The portal 3D Visualization World features a new article by Christian Seitz including our contribution to the 3D Visualization - UNESCO World Heritage Site Lorsch [...]    read more

Canoe Tour: GIScience Team “conquering” the Neckar between Hirschhorn and Neckargemünd
Canoe Tour: GIScience Team “conquering” the Neckar between Hirschhorn and Neckargemünd Check it out in our GIScience Heidelberg Blog: http://k1z.blog.uni-heidelberg.de/2014/07/24/canoe-tour-giscience-team-%E2%80%9Cconquering%E2%80%9D-the-neckar-between-hirschhorn-and-neckargemund/ [...]    read more

The Chilean newspaper El Mercurio reports about our VGI research
The Chilean newspaper El Mercurio has released an article about Heidelberg’s research on VGI and Neogeography in their Science and Technology section in the issue [...]    read more

GIScience runs against cancer
The GIScience together with colleagues from Health & Society participated as team Geo4Health in the charity Run Against Cancer (NCT-LAUFend gegen Krebs) on 11 July [...]    read more

Methods to measure potential spatial access to delivery care in low- and middle-income countries: a case study in rural Ghana
Access to skilled attendance at childbirth is crucial to reduce maternal and newborn mortality. Several different measures of geographic access are used concurrently in public [...]    read more

Artic Permafrost @ Colloquium GIScience on 23 July 2014
Talk within the Colloquium GIScience on An Attempt to Use InSAR Methods to Detect Vertical Movements in Arctic Permafrost Regions by Inga May, Alfred-Wegener Institute (AWI) Potsdam Wednesday, [...]    read more

Mon-Shieh Yang from Taiwan joins GIScience Team
Mr. Mon-Shieh Yang, a senior PhD candidate from the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Department of Earth Sciences, has been awarded a grant of the [...]    read more

Successful field trips of the laser scanning course
This summer semester’s laser scanning course comprises a series of field trips done by small student groups of maximum two persons. Campaign planning and hands-on [...]    read more

GIScience Heidelberg @ Santiago de Chile
The Heidelberg Center for Latin America (HCLA) in Santiago de Chile offers a Master of Science in Governance of Risk and Resources. This cooperative venture [...]    read more

AGILE Workshop - Digital Earth: what the hack?
On June 3, 2014, we organised a pre-conference one-day workshop titled Digital Earth: What the hack? in Castellon de La Plana, under the auspices of [...]    read more

BBQ Season started
Our GIScience Research Group Heidelberg has started into the BBQ season 2014! http://k1z.blog.uni-heidelberg.de/2014/05/22/giscience-hd-bbq/ [...]    read more

Comparison of Kinect and Terrestrial LiDAR Capturing Natural Karst Cave 3-D Objects
A new paper has been published: Hämmerle, M., Höfle, B., Fuchs, J., Schröder-Ritzrau, A., Vollweiler, N. & Frank, N. (2014): Comparison of Kinect and Terrestrial LiDAR [...]    read more

New Position: Research Associate in Social Science / Humanities
Within the research project "NEOHAZ - NEOgeography of a Digital Earth: Geoinformation Science as Methodological Bridge in Interdisciplinary Natural HAZard Analysis" we offer new position [...]    read more

New Project: NEOHAZ - NEOgeography of a Digital Earth: Geoinformation Science as Methodological Bridge in Interdisciplinary Natural HAZard Analysis
Project Website: http://www.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/gis/neohaz_en.html The understanding of complex human-environment interactions via measuring and observing can only be gained by interdisciplinary scientific approaches. The growing sector of [...]    read more

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