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Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle
Institute of Geography
3DGeo Research Group
Heidelberg University
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
hoefle@uni-heidelberg.de
Phone: +49 6221 54-5594
Fax: +49 6221 54-4996
 

3D Geospatial Data Processing Group

LIDAR

3D Geospatial Data Processing (3DGeo) Research Group

IWR – Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing       HCE – Heidelberg Center for the Environment

We investigate the extraction of geoinformation from 3D/4D geodata (predominantly point clouds), which were acquired with cutting-edge Earth observation technology (e.g. 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry and SAR). Emphasis is put on the exploitation of multitemporal geographic 3D data, which enables near real-time 3D/4D mapping and observation. A major focus lies on the development of computational methods for 3D/4D geospatial data processing and analysis by making use of the full sensor data streams (e.g. LiDAR backscatter). It is aimed at increasing the understanding of geographical phenomena. Our methods and tools are applied to multi- and interdisciplinary research questions in the broad field of Digital and Computational Environmental Sciences. This covers landscapes dominated by physical processes (e.g. geomorphology), man-made landscapes (e.g. renewable energies) and strong human-environmental interactions (e.g. agriculture, natural hazards, health and geoarchaeology). Our research sites are spread all over the world: we perform in-situ measurements, program in the lab and simulate Earth observation in virtual environments.

Please check our recent publications and running research projects for further details. If you are interested in joining the 3DGeo Group as a student assistant, intern, PhD student or senior researcher, please check our latest job postings.

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16.06.2018 09:12
Cutting-edge 4D LiDAR research in local newspaper

This morning, the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung (RNZ) published an article (in German) about our research on 4D LiDAR for snow cover monitoring. The angle for the article by Doris Burger is the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus near the summit of the Zugspitze, where members of the 3DGeo recently acquired a highly temporal 3D time series dataset of [...]

15.06.2018 08:29
Colloquium on Classification of 3D Point Clouds using Deep Neural Networks

We cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk The speaker is Lukas Winiwarter TU Wien, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Research Group Photogrammetry When: Monday 18.06.2018, 2:15 pm Where: INF 348, room 015 (Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University) Classification of 3D Point Clouds using Deep Neural Networks Per-point classification (semantic labeling) is an important step in processing topographic 3D [...]

05.06.2018 10:52
Full publication of multitemporal multisensor dataset from an Arctic permafrost research site

The multisensor datasets acquired in the three field campaigns of the PermaSAR project have recently been published on the Open Access data library PANGAEA: Anders, K., Antonova, S., Beck, I., Boike, J., Höfle, B., Langer, M., Marsh, P., Marx, S., (2018): Multisensor ground-based measurements of the permafrost thaw subsidence in the Trail Valley Creek, NWT, Canada, [...]

02.05.2018 13:51
Information Extraction from LiDAR Intensity Data and Multispectral LiDAR Technology

LiDAR is a consolidated technology for topographic mapping and 3D reconstruction, which is implemented in several platforms On the other hand, the exploitation of the geometric information has been coupled by the use of laser intensity, which may provide additional data for multiple purposes. This option has been emphasized by the availability of sensors working [...]

27.04.2018 08:01
Colloquium on Change Analysis of Hypertemporal Terrestrial Laser Scanning Point Clouds

We cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk The speaker is Evelyn Schmitz Master student, FARO Europe GmbH & Co. KG, Korntal-Münchingen When: Monday 30.04.2018, 2:15 pm Where: INF 348, room 015 (Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University) Voxel-based change analysis of hypertemporal terrestrial laser scanning point clouds of the research campus ARENA2036 including factory interior for the development [...]

25.04.2018 17:50
4D-LiDAR Snow Cover Monitoring at the Highest Summit of Germany

The all-new terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) of the 3DGeo group (Prof. Bernhard Höfle) has been set up at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus over one week (mid of April 2018) to capture a unique highly temporal time series of the melting and degrading snow cover during the April’s week with the warmest daily maximum temperatures [...]

17.04.2018 17:28
International PhD Defenses in 3DGeo Research

We would like to congratulate Dr. Milutin Milenkovic (Vienna Univ. of Technology, AT) and Dr. Xi Zhu (ITC, NL) for achieving their PhD degree in the domain of 3DGeo research utilizing point clouds from LiDAR and photogrammetry. Bernhard Höfle joined the defenses of the two very good PhD studies: Xi Zhu (2018): Forest Leaf Water Content [...]

19.03.2018 09:37
Third Workshop on “3D Field Methods in Geosciences”

The third workshop on 3D methods in geological applications was jointly organized by the University of Göttingen, the Geological Service of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW, German federal state), and the 3D Geo Research Group at Heidelberg University. The workshop is an event of the initiative “3D Field Methods in Geosciences”, which provides a platform to connect [...]

08.03.2018 22:12
ISPRS Education and Capacity Building Initiatives 2018

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is funding scientific and other initiatives, which will further improve its international status in the field of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, and will therefore benefit all ISPRS members. For 2018, seven Education and Capacity [...]

06.03.2018 14:03
Open Positions: Geographic 3D Point Cloud Analysis (Full-time PhD / Postdoc Position)

Heidelberg University invites applications for one full-time PhD student and one Senior Researcher (Postdoc) for “Geographic 3D Point Cloud Analysis” in the 3D Geospatial Data Processing Group (Prof. B. Höfle) at the Department of Geography. The 3DGeo group is also affiliated with two research centers – the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) and the [...]

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