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

3D Geospatial Data Processing Group


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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10.07.2018 13:00
Follow-up to study with mobile low-cost 3D camera crop height measurements

The study “Mobile low-cost 3D camera maize crop height measurements under field conditions” (see the respective blog entry) is now available also as print version: The updated citation is: Hämmerle, M. & Höfle, B. (2018): Mobile low-cost 3D camera maize crop height measurements under field conditions. Precision Agriculture 19(4), pp. 630-647. doi: 10.1007/s11119-017-9544-3.

09.07.2018 22:23
Continued capturing of an active rock glacier in 3D

For the fourth consecutive year, the 3DGeo team acquired the rock glacier Äußeres Hochebenkar in the Austrian Ötztal by terrestrial laser scanning. This adds another point cloud to the multitemporal dataset to observe how the active rock glacier changes over the years. In an elevation over 2600 m a.s.l., the complex terrain on and around the [...]

04.07.2018 16:31
Validation of fracture data recognition in rock masses by automated plane detection in 3D point clouds

Digital outcrop models provide a powerful data basis to obtain orientation information on rock masses. Robust and transferrable automatic methods are required to process and analyze these data, as outcrops and hence acquired 3D point clouds are influenced by varying conditions depending e.g., on the site, atmospheric conditions and other factors. A crucial aspect in [...]

29.06.2018 10:22
Talk on methods and applications for large geospatial point clouds

On Wednesday, Roderik Lindenbergh from TU Delft (NL) gave an exciting talk on robust geometry extraction in large spatial point clouds in the frame of the IWR colloquium at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing. With focus on robust and novel methods of geoinformation extraction from these special datasets, the audience was taken on a [...]

25.06.2018 11:41
IWR Colloquium on Robust Geometry Extraction in Large Spatial Point Clouds (Prof. Roderik Lindenbergh)

Everyone interested is cordially invited to the talk of Prof. Roderik Lindenbergh (TU Delft, NL) on Robust geometry extraction in large spatial point clouds in the frame of the IWR Colloquium at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing. When: Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 14:15 Where: Conference Room (5th [...]

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 [...]

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