GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group
In Memoriam Klaus Tschira
Am 31. März 2015 verstarb unerwartet und viel zu früh Herr Dr. h.c. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Klaus Tschira. Wir trauern um einen großen Förderer der Wissenschaft. Er war uns ein Vorbild, der immer an der Sache selbst interessiert, Humor mit kritischem und eigenständigem Denken verband und trotz seiner außerordentlichen Erfolge immer auf dem Boden blieb. Über die Klaus Tschira Stiftung förderte er seit Ende der 90er Jahre Forschung in Geoinformatik und beeinflusste diese damit auch international. In großer Trauer über seinen plötzlichen Tod und im Mitgefühl für seine Familie und Mitarbeiter danken wir Klaus Tschira und seiner Stiftung für die besondere Unterstützung. Über den so geförderten akademischen Nachwuchs wird diese noch jahrzehntelang Früchte tragen.
Essential parts of the research focus of the GIScience research group (Geoinformatics) http://giscience.uni-hd.de are reflected by the PhD graduate school (Research Training Group, RTG) (CrowdAnalyser) (Speaker: Prof. A. Zipf). This group consists of several PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, who investigate the quality and usage potential of user-generated content (UGC). The main focus is on Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). We develop new methods for spatio-temporal analysis of data sources such as OpenStreetMap or Social Media and other Web 2.0 projects, ranging across Twitter, Flickr to all kinds of geo-social networks. Several projects and services built on these evolving data sources demonstrate the feasability of their usage in different domains. Additionally, new methods for crowdsourced 3D geoinformation are being developed. Further research topics and domains of interest see below
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The Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, Baden-Wuerttemberg has funded a new research project called 4DEMON, which will approach the research front of 4D Near Real-Time Environmental Monitoring. Our physical environment underlies permanent changes in space and time with strongly varying triggers, frequencies, magnitudes and also consequences to humans. Monitoring of Earth surface processes [...]
The International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS) published a first review by Wen Lin at Taylor & Francis Online (DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2015.1077965) about our Springer book on OpenStreetMap in GIScience: experiences, research and applications, edited by Jamal Jokar Arsanjani, Alexander Zipf, Peter Mooney and Marco Helbich (2015, Springer Series: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, 324 [...]
Once again the “Fachaustausch Geoinformation” will be organized by the Geo-Network of the Metropolitain Region Rhine-Neckar GeoNet.MRN” in Heidelberg on 11/25/2015. The event serves the networking and exchange of experience between interested parties, experts, users and decision-makers from business, science, politics and government on applications and current issues of regional data and geographic information systems. Morning program: [...]
The TV science program “X:enius” on the German TV channel “Arte” broadcasts a program about “Navigation - How do we find the right way?” (in German). Amongst others it features some of our work at GIScience Heidelberg on OpenStreetMap and crisis mapping, as well as Raul Krauthausen introducing the WheelMap project, which is partner in our [...]
The Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTS) Heidelberg can look back to 20 successful years of history since its foundation in 1995 (www.20jahrekts.de). The foundation of the European Media Laboratory (EML) in 1997 also had a great impact on Geoinformatics in Heidelberg, with Alexander Zipf being the first PhD student there in the first EML research project [...]
We would like to inform about a new open source tool that allows matching of GPS trajectories to corresponding street segments. The tool implements a simplified version of the algorithm presented by Zhang et al. (2010). It is a JAVA based implementation and has been put under LGPL license. You can access the source code [...]
The Kick-Off Meeting of the European Chapter of the Socienty for Digital Earth (ISDE) was held last week at the EU Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra. Prof. Alexander Zipf attended the meeting on behalf of GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University. Digital Earth is a global initiative to construct a comprehensive virtual representation of the planet. [...]
Our paper “Information fusion infrastructure for remote-sensing and in-situ sensor data to model people dynamics” by Hillen et al. (2014) has been selected by the editor of the International Journal of Image and Data Fusion to be freely accessible for downloading (editor’s choice). The paper presents a novel concept for an information [...]
Die Leiner & Wolff GmbH läd am Dienstag, den 28.7.2015 herzlich zum zweiten GeoNet.MRN Business-Frühstück des Netzwerks Geoinformation der Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar (GeoNet.MRN) ein! 8.30 - 9.00 Uhr Ankommen mit Frühstückssnack und informeller Austausch 9.00 - 9.30 Uhr Vorstellung der Leiner & Wolff GmbH 9.30 - 10.00 Uhr Ausklang Ort: Leiner & Wolff GmbH, Hauptstraße 90 , 69117 Heidelberg Melden [...]
We cordially invite anybody to our final GIScience colloquium in this summer term. Dr. Norman Kerle from ITC will talk about Post-disaster damage assessment – combining remote sensing image analysis and crowdsourcing on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015, 4:00 pm, at Hörsaal, Berliner Straße 48, Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University Following a disaster event a rapid assessment of its consequences is [...]
Structure and Research Focus
Beside of investigating VGI, the research group has a strong focus on 3D geo-information. Corresponding research areas comprise data acquisition and retrieval using state-of-the-art
3D remote sensors such as laser scanning (i.e. topographic LiDAR) enriched by other potential sources such as crowdsourced data provided by
human sensors. The primary focus here is the development of GIS-based algorithms for 3D data processing and analysis in order to improve the understanding of geographical phenomena. Applications cover the natural environment (e.g. geomorphology, precision farming and forestry) and the man-made landscape (e.g. Archeology and digital cultural heritage, solar potential assessment for buildings and hedonic price modeling using 3D laser data).
Bernhard Höfle leads the work on 3D processing and LiDAR research.
In addition to the 2 professors, two Klaus-Tschira Incubator Research Groups
Advancing GIScience have been established: Dr. Mohamed Bakillah leads the Klaus-Tschira Incubator Group on
Smart Simulation and
Dr. Hongchao Fan leads the Klaus-Tschira Incubator Group on
3D SDI and Urban Modelling.
The research of the group also deals with the investigation and development of new web-based geographic Information Services (GIS) in different application domains such as disaster management, eHumanities, agriculture, traffic, energy and environment. The research extends conventional spatial data infrastructures (SDI) by adding the third dimension (3D city models and 3D landscape models, GDI-3D.de), location based services (LBS, in particular specialized applications in routing- , navigation and traffic management), dynamic sensor data and of course web-based geoprocessing and geographic analysis functionalities.