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
Further news can be found at giscienceblog.uni-hd.de (also as RSS-Feed). You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our publikations e.g. in Journals or Conferences can be found on dedicated pages.
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 [...]
It has been less than two months since the major update of OpenRouteService. Today we announce the next sound update of the service. In this release, we were mostly concentrated on fixing bugs both on the server and client sides. The full list of changes can be found on github. We summarize some improvements below [...]
We cordially invite everybody to another interesting talk in the anniversary GIScience Colloquium Series at Heidelberg University. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Wolfgang Kainz (Professor for Cartography and Geoinformation, Institut for Geographie and Regional Research, University of Vienna) will talk on Thursday, Jul 16, 2015, 4.15 pm in the Lecture Hall, Berliner Straße 48, Heidelberg about the Past, Present and Future [...]
The first summer school of its kind on Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain took place in Obergurgl, Ötztal Valley, Austria, from July 5 - 11 2015. The event was co-hosted by the ISPRS, the main organizer University of Innsbruck and several other European universities including the GIScience Group of Heidelberg University. More than 40 [...]
We cordially invite everybody to an open presentation on our colloquium series tomorrow (Tuesday, 14.07.2015) at 10am by Dr. Matthew W. Wilson to the Department of Geography, Heidelberg University Lecture Hall EG, Berliner Straße 48, 69198 Heidelberg. The title of the talk is Quantified Self-City-Nation. New devices and techniques have emerged to better quantify an individual’s movement, stasis, [...]
Last week members of the GIScience Research Group were attending the AGIT - Symposium and Exhibit for applied Geoinformatics in Salzburg. Beside the interesting welcome note given by Manfred Hauswirth from TU Berlin talking about the impact of Linked Data, the Internet of Things, and Clouds for Geospatial Information Systems, further keynotes and conference talks [...]
Recently the members of the Department of Geography, Heidelberg University visited Hambach Castle nearby across the Rhine valley in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is considered the symbol of the German Democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest from 1832. (see playmobil photo) The trip of the institute included a nice hike through the hilly forests, a guided tour through [...]
On last Saturday we braved the tropical heat and used the occasion of the 13th international wheelchair marathon in Heidelberg to inform the public about our recent developments regarding wheelchair accessible route planning with OpenRouteService. We are thankful for the interesting conversations with people from Germany, Denmark, Japan, England and France and for their valuable [...]
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.