Institute of Geography
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
D-69120 Heidelberg
Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
Room 108, first floor
D-69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
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Mon–Thu, 9 am–12 noon
HCE – Heidelberg Center for the Environment
IWR – Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing
HCCH – Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage
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GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group

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GIScience Heidelberg

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.

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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.

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Latest News

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.

27.05.2016 15:00
Twitter Analysis in Space and Time

The topic of the “Akademische Mittagspause” (”academic lunch break” - a kind of open brown bag series for the public) at Heidelberg University is this semester is “Do you speak Math?“. In total more then 60 different presentations are given in the “Peterskirche”, Plöck 70, 69117 Heidelberg on a daily basis Monday to Friday, [...]

26.05.2016 22:59
Upcoming talk: Deriving urban land use from image data

On next Monday, Dr. Tessio Novack from the Technical University of Munich (photogrammetry and remote sensing research group) will give the second presentation in our currently running GIScience colloquium lecture series. He will introduce some of the main approaches for deriving land use information from remote sensing imagery. Further, potentials and limitations of corresponding techniques are [...]

26.05.2016 08:16
Human Dynamics in the Mobile and Big Data Era

The Special Issue: Human Dynamics in the Mobile and Big Data Era of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS), Volume 30, Issue 9 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online. This issue includes our article: Exploration of spatiotemporal and semantic clusters of Twitter data using unsupervised neural networks Enrico Steiger, Bernd Resch [...]

25.05.2016 15:16
Report on Trail Valley Creek Research Station

The Tusaayaksat Magazine reports on the research activities at the Trail Valley Creek Research Station, Canada, where members of the LiDAR research group (Inga Beck, Sabrina Marx & Bernhard Höfle) captured in-situ data within the PermaSAR research project last summer: “Climate change research in our own backyard“, p. 58-63.

24.05.2016 09:49
OSM Mapathon for Regional Planning in Togo at GIScience HD on June 8th

Save the date: On Wednesday June 08 it’s time again to start a OSM mapping event at the Department of Geography Heidelberg University. We want to continue this semester adding to previously successful mapping events organized by students, the disastermappers HD and GIScience HD in Heidelberg. For many places in the world there are no [...]

23.05.2016 16:05
Citizen Science: First International ECSA Conference 2016

On 19th to 21st May, the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) held its first international conference in Berlin. The event attracted scientists, practitioners, and of course citizens engaged in scientific projects from all over the world. Several tracks of presentations and discussions highlighted the current hot topics in citizen science, like learning and education through [...]

23.05.2016 09:35
HCE/IWR presentation: Feature Extraction of Discrete Manifolds from Archaeological Findings to Cultural Landscapes (Dr. H. Mara, IWR)

As a member of both HCE (Heidelberg Center for the Environment) and IWR (Interdiciplinary Center for Scientific Computing) we are happy to make you aware of todays public presentation in the HCE colloquium series “Heidelberger Brücke”: Title: Feature Extraction of Discrete Manifolds from Archaeological Findings to Cultural Landscapes Lecture and discussion with Dr. Hubert Mara, Universität Heidelberg, [...]

19.05.2016 18:10
Urban Landuse, Flood Risks, VGI quality and GIS in humanitarian NGOs - save the date for GIScience presentations

Earlier this semester Dr. Chiao-Ling started the GIScience colloqium series already with a presentation about An Ontology-based Semantic Interoperability Framework for Geospatial Information. Now stay tuned and save the date for the further presentations in this semester: Deriving urban land use from image data – potentials, limitations and main approaches (Dr. Tessio Novack) Mo, 30.05.2016, 14:00 (Uni HD, [...]

18.05.2016 22:57
Assessing Data Quality of OSM Buildings and Landuse Revisited :: GIScience Heidelberg contributes to 8th Dresden Land Use Symposium

On the May 11 and 12, the 8. Dresdener Flächennutzungssymposium (the 8th Symposium of development, monitoring and usages of landuse Dresden) took place in Dresden, Germany. The symposium aims to bring together industry, academy and local government, in order to demonstrate and exchange latest developments in methods, tools and software for the management of landuse [...]

12.05.2016 11:35
GIScience HD contributes to Int. Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

GIScience Heidelberg regularily contributes to the ISCRAM conferences. This year we again have four papers dealing with different aspects on crowdsoured geographic information (e.g. OpenStreetMap) in disaster response and management (e.g. OpenFloodRiskMap). Eckle, M., Herfort, B., Alberquerque, J., Leiner, R., Wolff, R., Jacobs, C., Zipf, A. (2016): Leveraging OpenStreetMap to support flood risk management: A [...]

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
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.

Pictures of the Group
GIScience Team

GIScience-Team (Jour-Fix-Meeting 2014)

GIScience Team

GIScience Team at GIScience Retreat (Trifels-Annweiler) in February 2013

GIScience Team

GIScience Team at Jour-Fix-Meeting in June 2012

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