GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group
We have moved. Our address has changed.
The phone numbers of some of our colleagues have also changed.
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. Some realized services can be discovered online, e.g. OpenRouteService.org or uni-heidelberg.de/openmapsurfer.We offerJobs (esp. for PostDocs)!
Further news can be found at giscienceblog.uni-hd.de (also as RSS-Feed). You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our publications e.g. in Journals or Conferences can be found on dedicated pages.
We are happy to invite you to the first colloquium talk of the current summer semester. Next Monday, our new group member (visiting scientist) Dr. Chiao-Ling Kuo from the Academia Sinica (Taiwanese academy of sciences). She will talk about ontology integration and geospatial information semantic interoperability. Don’t miss this interesting and stimulating talk! Dr. Chiao-Ling Kuo [...]
May 5th is the European protest day for equal rights of people with disabilities. In this scope the Heidelberg advisory board of people with disabilities organised an event at the Theaterplatz Heidelberg to raise awareness regarding the needs of disabled people. As in the previous year the CAP4access team from GIScience group of Heidelberg [...]
The topic of the open colloquium series by the Heidelberg Geographic Society (HGG) for this summer semester is “Global Understanding“. The first presentation is given by Prof. Alexander Zipf (GIScience Heidelberg) this evening, Monday May 2nd at 19.00 pm (Location: Heidelberg University, INF 227, HS2) He will talk about Crisis Mapping , i.e. user generated geoinformation [...]
The 6th PCC meeting of CAP4Access EU project was held during 21st and 22nd of April in Vienna. Adam Rousell, Stefan Hahmann and Amin Mobasheri attended this meeting from GIScience research group of Heidelberg University. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the progress of deliverables as well as to perform the first experiment [...]
Psychiatric research is increasingly interested in the influence of social and environmental contexts on human health. According to recent findings, specific impacts of urban upbringing on neural social stress processing relate to the heightened prevalence of mental disorders in cities. Although this is a major societal problem, it remains unknown which environmental components (e.g., psychosocial stressors, air [...]
The accurate determination of user interest in terms of geographic information is essential to numerous mobile applications, such as recommender systems and mobile advertising. User interest is greatly influenced by the usage context and varies across individuals; therefore, a user interest model should incorporate these individual needs and propensities. In a recently published [...]
The session “3D Point Clouds in Geosciences: Capturing, Analysis and Visualization” at the EGU 2016 General Assembly achieved high interest and active participation: the lecture room was fully crowded with peopling standing; intensive and lively discussions took place at the posters. Furthermore, the quality of the contributions (oral as well as posters) was high and [...]
The GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University is offering a position as senior researcher or Postdoc (100%, TVL) in Geoinformatics with a specializion in quality analysis, mining, improvement and integration of data from VGI data sources such as OSM or Social Media. The candidate shall contribute to at least one of the following projects: http://www.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/gis/dfg_en.html [...]
Last Thursday students and researchers of the GIScience group and the Geographical Institute, members of the OSM community and Open Data supporters gathered to support the Ecuador activation of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). In response to the severe earthquake last Saturday, the HOT team had launched several mapping projects to enable the creation of a [...]
The topic of the open colloquium series by the Heidelberg Geographic Society (HGG) for this summer semester is “Global Understanding“. The programme has been published here. The first presentation is given by Prof. Alexander Zipf (GIScience Heidelberg). On Monday May 2nd, 19.00 pm he will talk about user generated geoinformation for disaster management. (Location: INF227, HS2)
Structure and Research Focus
Beside of investigating VGI, SDI, LBS and Spatial Analysis, 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 or solar potential assessment for buildings).
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.
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, Digital Humanities, agriculture, traffic, energy and environment etc.
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.