Institute of Geography
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D-69120 Heidelberg
Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
Room 108, first floor
D-69120 Heidelberg
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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.

30.06.2016 11:28
Carlo Ratti from MIT Senseable City Lab talks in Heidelberg today

Professor Carlo Ratti, Director of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US is giving a public presentation this evening in the context of the Internationale Bauausstellung IBA Heidelberg - Wissen schafft Stadt. He will present some of his works and ideas with respect to the senseable city and how this [...]

27.06.2016 17:43
OpenRouteService 3.3 is going Mobile - Routing in the Americas, Gradients and more!

In our latest release we have primarily focused on optimising and stabilising the backend and on adding new elements to provide an improved user experience throughout the OpenRouteService 3.3 based on OpenStreetMap data. After many requests from our community, we for starters can happily announce that we have made the service responsive for your mobile smartphones. You [...]

26.06.2016 12:53
Volunteered geographic (mis)information? Measuring quality in crowdsourced maps - Colloquium Presentation by Andrea Ballatore this Monday

We invite anybody interested to the following open talk in our GIScience colloquium series this Monday: Volunteered geographic (mis)information? Measuring quality in crowdsourced maps Dr. Andrea Ballatore Dept of Geography, Environment and Development Studies Birkbeck, University of London Lecturer in GIS and Big Data Analytics Mon, June 27, 2016, 2.15 pm, Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University, INF 348, Lecture [...]

25.06.2016 16:58
PhD Defence Lucy Mburu on Geographic Criminal Profiling

This Friday - the hottest day of the year so far - Lucy Waruguru Mburu from the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University successfully defended her PhD thesis on Criminal Geographic Profiling methods. Her thesis is entitled: “ A Framework for Prediciting Criminal Behavior and Area-Specific Crime Risk through Retrospective Analysis of Geographic Data“. Complemented [...]

22.06.2016 11:29
Utilising social media data for transport planning and traffic management

Dr. Enrico Steiger (GIScience Heidelberg) will give a invited presentation about “Utilising social media data for transport planning and traffic management” on 4pm - 5:30pm, Thu, 23 Jun ‘16 at Room CS101, Department of Computer Science, Warwick University UK Sustainable Cities Global Research Priority JOINT GRP / WISC SEMINAR The overall aim of the talk is to demonstrate how information from [...]

21.06.2016 18:29
WeGovNow WebPage is live - Towards #WeGovernment

The WeGovNow Towards #WeGovernment: Collective and participative approaches for addressing local policy challenges Establishing citizens as partners in the delivery of public services. A new type of citizen engagement platform, expanding the viability of and capacity for citizen coproduction in the public sector. WeGovNow and its 12 partner organisations are building upon earlier research and development by [...]

20.06.2016 16:43
GIScience participates in ESNC-Kick-off Meeting in Heidelberg (Heidelberg Mobil International, Mathematikon this Tuesday)

ESNC-Kick-off Meeting Satellitennavigation in Baden-Württemberg und Polen am 21. Juni 2016 von 10 bis 12 Uhr in Heidelberg bei Heidelberg Mobil International GmbH, Mathematikon – mittlerer Bauteil, Berliner Str. 41, 69120 Heidelberg More Info and Registration: http://www.esnc-bw.de/de/anmeldung-2 Die wirtschaftliche Bedeutung der Satellitennavigation ist enorm.* Unsere Infrastruktur ist auf die Helfer aus dem All angewiesen und vor allem der Boom [...]

17.06.2016 11:09
GIScience @geoinfo.potsdam.2016

From 14.6.-16.6. our research group was represented by Stefan Hahmann at geoinfo.potsdam.2016 (aka 64. Deutscher Kartographentag, aka Geoinformatik 2016). The conference has seen ~150 participants from the sectors universities, administration, industry and research institutes. The programme had a strong focus on recent developments in various geo applications with sessions on visualisation methods, geoinformatics and ongoing [...]

17.06.2016 09:00
Forest change monitoring - GIScience colloquium, Monday 20.06.

We cordially invite anybody interested to join our open GIScience colloquium talk on Monday about Forest change monitoring Michael Schultz Remote Sensing group of Wageningen University Mon, June 20, 2016, 2.00 pm, Heidelberg University, Institute of Geography, INF 348, Lecture Hall (Room 015) Forest are the lungs of the earth, many species including our own rely on their services. [...]

16.06.2016 09:44
A Two-Tiered Approach to OSM Data collection for Novice Users & Personalizing Walkability

In addition to the two earlier presentations (No 1, No 2), today there are two additional presentations (No 3 & 4) by GIScience Heidelberg at AGILE 2016 conference in Helsinki: Rousell, A., Hahmann, S., Mobasheri, A. (2016): A Two-Tiered Approach to OSM Data collection for Novice Users. 19th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. Helsinki, [...]

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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