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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HCCH – Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage
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GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group

GIScience Heidelberg

Essential parts of the research focus of the GIScience research group (Geoinformatics) are reflected by the PhD graduate school (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 big 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. Some realized services can be discovered online, e.g. OpenRouteService.org or uni-heidelberg.de/openmapsurfer.

The Klaus Tschira Foundation supports establishing the "Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology" (HeiGIT) at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. The aim is to improve knowledge and technology transfer from fundamental research into practice within the field of Geoinformatics. The focus areas comprise ("Big Spatial Data Analytics"), "Navigation Intelligence and Location Based Services" and "VGI for Humanitarian Aid in Disaster Management".

We offerJobs (esp. for PostDocs)!

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.

23.09.2016 14:04
Talk on Mapping the Crowd at Spatial Cognition Colloquium by A. Zipf and PhD of Ahmed Loai Ali

today Dr. Ahmed Loai Ali successfully defended his Phd on “Enhancing Data Classification Quality of Volunteered Geographic Information” at Bremen Spatial Cognition Center with Prof. Freksa (Bremen) as first and Prof. Zipf (Heidelberg) as second reviewer. We congratulate Ahmed to his good results! The groups collaborated also earlier (see ref. below) and Ahmed Loai Ali visited [...]

22.09.2016 10:59
ISPRS Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2017 - Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain

Do you want to learn a lot about geodata acquisition and sensing, in a beautiful and challenging high mountain environment, enjoy the evenings with colleagues and professors above 2000m altitude? If yes, here you can find the answer: Join our summer school in 2017 (16-22 July)! https://www.uibk.ac.at/geographie/summerschool (Flyer) This summer school is designed for any well-motivated PhD student, [...]

22.09.2016 10:50
Call-for-Papers: 37. Wissenschaftlich-Technische Jahrestagung der DGPF

The Call-for-Papers is available for the Annual Meeting 2017 of the German Society for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation (DGPF) in Würzburg-Schweinfurt, 8-10 March 2017. Featured topic of the conference is Cultural Heritage. Deadline of submission is 31 October 2016!

21.09.2016 14:08
Beyond 3-D: The New Spectrum of LiDAR Applications for Earth and Ecological Sciences

Capturing and quantifying the world in three dimensions (x,y,z) using light detection and ranging (lidar) technology drives fundamental advances in the Earth and Ecological Sciences (EES). However, additional lidar dimensions offer the possibility to transcend basic 3-D mapping capabilities, including i) the physical time (t) dimension from repeat lidar [...]

21.09.2016 09:40
CAP4ACCESS team active on the Freiwilligentag 2016 in Heidelberg

On the occasion of the Freiwilligentag 2016 (September 17th), organised by the MRN GmbH to realize charitable projects based on volunteer engagement, the CAP4Access team from GIScience group of Heidelberg university contributed by leading a Wheelmap mapping event at Heidelberg. Wheelmap.org is a map for finding wheelchair accessible places and it is run by one [...]

15.09.2016 16:13
Report on the 7th PCC meeting and 2nd Expert Workshop for CAP4Access project

The 7th PCC meeting for CAP4Access project took place on September 8th in Bonn. The meeting was focused on presentations and discussions regarding the works that have been progressed since the last meeting and more importantly, clarifying and planning on what remains to be done for the final deliverables by end of the year. From GIScience [...]

14.09.2016 18:46
GeoNet.MRN participates in conference „Deutschland intelligent vernetzt“, Oct. 12th, Ludwigshafen

GeoNet.MRN beteiligt sich an der Konferenz „Deutschland intelligent vernetzt“ am 12. Oktober im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen. Das regionale Geoinformations-Netzwerk ist in die Vorbereitung und Durchführung der Session „Digitalisierung in der Wirtschaft“ und „Daten als gemeinsame Ressource“ eingebunden. In der Session „Digitalisierung in der Wirtschaft“ stellen wir das Konzept des „Atlas der digitalen Region [...]

13.09.2016 14:19
Third Arctic Expedition to Trail Valley

The third arctic expedition to Trail Valley, located about 50 km north of Inuvik, NWT, Canada, concludes the field work within the PermaSAR project. Sabrina Marx, Katharina Anders (both: LiDAR Research Group, Heidelberg University) and Julia Boike (Alfred Wegener Institute, Potsdam) stayed a week in the research camp. We were not only able to acquire [...]

12.09.2016 12:59
3D data acquisition in the Ötztal Alps - Exploring 3D GIScience on the “Monster of Rock”

As part of the practical field training “3D Geodatenerfassung im Hochgebirge (Ötztal), 31 July - 06 August”, the rock glacier “Äußeres Hochebenenkar” (42 ha), located in the Ötztal Alps in an elevation of 2,630-2,800 m a.s.l., was explored  by 16 students under the direction of Bernhard Höfle, Stefan Hecht and Martin Hämmerle. With [...]

12.09.2016 10:31
3D-TAIGER Summer School 2016 in Heidelberg

From 5-7 September 2016 the GIScience Heidelberg Group hosted a summer school within the collaboration and exchange project 3D-TAIGER (’Multi-Source 3D Geoinformation Extraction for Improved Management of Forest and Natural Hazards – Collaboration between TAIwan and GERmany’). The summer school is a follow-up of the kickoff meeting in Tainan in April this year. The [...]

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Structure and Research Focus

In addition to investigating VGI, Big Spatial Data Analytics, LBS for Mobility and also Disaster Management in the whole group, in particular the LiDAR research group led by Bernhard Höfle 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).

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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