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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-3D.org, OSMatrix.uni-hd.de, 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 publikations e.g. in Journals or Conferences can be found on dedicated pages.

25.08.2015 18:15
New research project: 4D Near Real-Time Environmental Monitoring (4DEMON)

The Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, Baden-Wuerttemberg has funded a new research project called 4DEMON, which will approach the research front of 4D Near Real-Time Environmental Monitoring. Our physical environment underlies permanent changes in space and time with strongly varying triggers, frequencies, magnitudes and also consequences to humans. Monitoring of Earth surface processes [...]

21.08.2015 11:10
IJGIS Review for OpenStreetMap in GIScience Book

The International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS) published a first review by Wen Lin at Taylor & Francis Online (DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2015.1077965) about our Springer book on OpenStreetMap in GIScience: experiences, research and applications, edited by Jamal Jokar Arsanjani, Alexander Zipf, Peter Mooney and Marco Helbich (2015, Springer Series: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, 324 [...]

20.08.2015 22:25
Save the date: Regional GIS Conference in Heidelberg 25. November 2015

Once again the “Fachaustausch Geoinformation” will be organized by the Geo-Network of the Metropolitain Region Rhine-Neckar GeoNet.MRN” in Heidelberg on 11/25/2015. The event serves the networking and exchange of experience between interested parties, experts, users and decision-makers from business, science, politics and government on applications and current issues of regional data and geographic information systems. Morning program: [...]

18.08.2015 20:53
GIScience Heidelberg, OSM, WheelMap et al. on “Arte TV”

The TV science program “X:enius” on the German TV channel “Arte” broadcasts a program about “Navigation - How do we find the right way?” (in German). Amongst others it features some of our work at GIScience Heidelberg on OpenStreetMap and crisis mapping, as well as Raul Krauthausen introducing the WheelMap project, which is partner in our [...]

17.08.2015 19:46
20 years of KTS - a cornerstone for Geoinformatics in Heidelberg

The Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTS) Heidelberg can look back to 20 successful years of history since its foundation in 1995 (www.20jahrekts.de). The foundation of the European Media Laboratory (EML) in 1997 also had a great impact on Geoinformatics in Heidelberg, with Alexander Zipf being the first PhD student there in the first EML research project [...]

10.08.2015 15:23
Matching GPS trajectories to street segments - an open source implementation

We would like to inform about a new open source tool that allows matching of GPS trajectories to corresponding street segments. The tool implements a simplified version of the algorithm presented by Zhang et al. (2010). It is a JAVA based implementation and has been put under LGPL license. You can access the source code [...]

04.08.2015 18:23
European Chapter of the Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) Inaugural Meeting at JRC

The Kick-Off Meeting of the European Chapter of the Socienty for Digital Earth (ISDE) was held last week at the EU Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra. Prof. Alexander Zipf attended the meeting on behalf of GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University. Digital Earth is a global initiative to construct a comprehensive virtual representation of the planet. [...]

28.07.2015 10:59
Editor’s choice - Information fusion infrastructure for remote-sensing and in-situ sensor data to model people dynamics

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 [...]

21.07.2015 22:40
Invitation to the 2nd GeoNet.MRN GeoBusiness Breakfast (28. July Heidelberg) of the Network Geoinformation of the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar

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 [...]

20.07.2015 10:33
Post-disaster damage assessment – combining remote sensing image analysis and crowdsourcing (Dr. Norman Kerle, ITC), GIScience HD Colloquium, Wednesday 22.07.15

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 [...]

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.

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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