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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.

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 [...]

17.07.2015 14:27
OpenRouteService Update to Version 2.2

It has been less than two months since the major update of OpenRouteService. Today we announce the next sound update of the service. In this release, we were mostly concentrated on fixing bugs both on the server and client sides. The full list of changes can be found on github. We summarize some improvements below [...]

15.07.2015 10:31
The Past, Present and Future of Cartography - Talk by Prof. Kainz

We cordially invite everybody to another interesting talk in the anniversary GIScience Colloquium Series at Heidelberg University. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Wolfgang Kainz (Professor for Cartography and Geoinformation, Institut for Geographie and Regional Research, University of Vienna) will talk on Thursday, Jul 16, 2015, 4.15 pm in the Lecture Hall, Berliner Straße 48, Heidelberg about the Past, Present and Future [...]

13.07.2015 23:43
ISPRS Innsbruck PhD Summer School of Alpine Research 2015

The first summer school of its kind on Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain took place in Obergurgl, Ötztal Valley, Austria, from July 5 - 11 2015. The event was co-hosted by the ISPRS, the main organizer University of Innsbruck and several other European universities including the GIScience Group of Heidelberg University. More than 40 [...]

13.07.2015 18:05
Talk on Smart Urbanism by Prof. Matthew W. Wilson (Kentucky/Harvard): Quantified Self-City-Nation

We cordially invite everybody to an open presentation on our colloquium series tomorrow (Tuesday, 14.07.2015) at 10am by Dr. Matthew W. Wilson to the Department of Geography, Heidelberg University Lecture Hall EG, Berliner Straße 48, 69198 Heidelberg. The title of the talk is Quantified Self-City-Nation. New devices and techniques have emerged to better quantify an individual’s movement, stasis, [...]

13.07.2015 17:59
GIScience @AGIT/GI Forum conference 2015

Last week members of the GIScience Research Group were attending the AGIT - Symposium and Exhibit for applied Geoinformatics in Salzburg. Beside the interesting welcome note given by Manfred Hauswirth from TU Berlin talking about the impact of Linked Data, the Internet of Things, and Clouds for Geospatial Information Systems, further keynotes and conference talks [...]

09.07.2015 14:35
Visit to Hambach Castle

Recently the members of the Department of Geography, Heidelberg University visited Hambach Castle nearby across the Rhine valley in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is considered the symbol of the German Democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest from 1832. (see playmobil photo) The trip of the institute included a nice hike through the hilly forests, a guided tour through [...]

07.07.2015 09:17
OpenRouteService at the Heidelberg wheelchair marathon

On last Saturday we braved the tropical heat and used the occasion of the 13th international wheelchair marathon in Heidelberg to inform the public about our recent developments regarding wheelchair accessible route planning with OpenRouteService. We are thankful for the interesting conversations with people from Germany, Denmark, Japan, England and France and for their valuable [...]

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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