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GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group

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. 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.

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. 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

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Some realized services can be discovered online (e.g. OpenRouteService.org, OSM-WMS.de, OpenMapSurfer.uni-hd.de, HistOSM.org etc.).

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.

25.11.2015 21:49
Explore! The Power of Maps. Results of the Heidelberg Missing Maps Mapathon

Last week we organized a special Mapping event in the scope of the Geography Awareness Week in cooperation with the Missing Maps team and great support by students of the seminar “Disaster Management with GIS” and the disastermappers Heidelberg. The students created a blog post explaining the motivation as well as the outcome of the [...]

24.11.2015 10:41
A Week full of GIScience Events

This week is busy with several GIScience events in Heidelberg: - Monday started with a talk of Dr. Inga Back on the PermaSAR project in the HCE colloquium series. - On Tuesday our project “Wissen für die Stadt” (Knowledge for the City) participates in a workshop about the related IBA candidate “Zukunfts- und Wissensspeicher Energie und [...]

23.11.2015 10:10
Reallabor/Urban Office TP 4: Workshop zum Wissensspeicher

Am Dienstag, den 24. November 2015, nimmt das Teilprojekt 4 (Geoinformatik, IFEU) “Wissen schaffen für die Stadt – neue Methoden der Bürgerbeteiligung durch interaktive Stadtplanung im Web 2.0 am Beispiel der Energiewende” an einem Workshop der [...]

18.11.2015 23:29
Permafrost in Climate Change - Effects on Humans and the Environment. Presentation by Inga Beck next Monday

In the course of this semester’s “Heidelberg Bridge” Colloquium by the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) Dr. Inga Beck from GIScience Heidelberg (Lidar Research Group) will give a public presentation and discussion on the topic “Permafrost in Climate change - effects on human and environment“. The talk will be in German. Date and time: Monday, 23. [...]

16.11.2015 22:43
Public Workshop - Multidimensional Perceptibility of Cultural Heritage (MUSIEKE)

Workshop: Kulturerbe: Erfassbar – Sichtbar – Erfahrbar Ergebnisse und Erfahrungen aus Forschungsprojekten zur Sicht- und Erfahrbarmachung von Kulturerbe 1. Dezember 2015 09:30-15:00 Uhr ZAK | Zentrum für Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft und Studium Generale Rüppurrer Str. 1a, Haus B 76137 Karlsruhe Zur Anmeldung Flyer (PDF, ca. 1MB) Programm 9:30-9:45 Get Together 9:45-9:55 Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha: Begrüßung 9:55-10:10 Dr. Andreas Hensen: Archäologische Fragestellung – Jupiter-Gigantensäule in Ladenburg 10:15-10:45 Dr. Armin Volkmann: Forschungen der [...]

16.11.2015 13:17
High-end survey capacities at GIScience for research and teaching in and around Heidelberg

At the chair of GIScience, highly accurate RTK GNSS surveying is used for teaching and research. In the area in and around Heidelberg, surveys within the same coordinate reference system are now possible thanks to a fixed point recently installed by the group on the top of a university building. Teaching projects similar to the successfull [...]

16.11.2015 11:39
3D-MicroMapping of Big 3D Geo-Datasets in the Web (3D-MAPP)

Our new research project 3D-MAPP develops a web-based methodology to obtain digital geodata via the combination of data analysis by human and machine. Through a quick and easy-to-use 3D Web visualization users are able - in a few seconds - to solve 3D micro mapping tasks, which can hardly or even [...]

16.11.2015 11:26
GIScience HD participated in 1st International Land Use Symposium

Between November 11-13 our group actively participated in the 1st edition of the International Land Use Symposium (#ILUS2015) held in Dresden. The symposium was organized by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IÖR, also based in Dresden), who greatly braved the challenges of organizing this symposium for the first time and who [...]

13.11.2015 02:07
Missing Maps Mapathon @ Geography Awareness Week @ Heidelberg University

Next week is “Geography Awareness Week” and in this week we organize a voluntary OpenStreetMap Mapping Party. We invite you all cordially to join us mapping for a good purpose. Let`s celebrate the international “Geography Awareness Week” and learn more about the power of maps! How? With a Missing Maps Mapathon! When? Nov/18/2015 - 18.15 pm Where? Lecture [...]

12.11.2015 14:36
Today: Colloquium Talk about Mobile Mapping

Today, our guest Professor Nüchter (University of Würzburg) will present a novel algorithm for correcting vehicle positions along trajectories. In the face of recent developments such as autonomous driving, this is a highly interesting and inspiring topic. Looking forward to your participation! Prof. Dr. Andreas Nüchter, Mobile Mapping with SLAM, Lecture Hall BST 48, 04.15pm Mobile laser [...]

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 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.

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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