Nicolas Billen

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Nicolas Billen is research assistant at the GIScience Research Group of the Institute of Geography in Heidelberg.

Research Interests
  • Computer Graphics
  • Optimization algorithms, RANSAC, point clouds
  • Crowdsourcing
  • 4D-WebGIS
  • Kinect/Xtion PRO LIVE
  • Structure from Motion (SfM)
  • Big Data
  • Mobile Phone Development
  • Remote Sensing
  • C/C++ (Boost, Parallel Programming/Threads, OpenCV)
  • Java/JEE (Hibernate, JUnit, Maven, EJB, Tomcat, JBoss)
  • OpenGL, WebGL, OpenGL ES
Former Projects
Offered Courses
  • WS 2014-15: Webmapping - Grundlagen von WebGIS
  • WS 2013-14: Geoinformatik für Geschichte und Archäologie
Curriculum Vitae


  • 10/2004 – 11/2011: Studies of computer science (main focus computer graphics) and Geography, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn Graduation: degree in informatics/Diplom Informatiker
  • 2001 – 09/2004: Werner-von-Siemens-Berufskolleg: Training as electro technical assistant with focus on data technology and Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Professional Occupation

  • Since 01/2013: Research Assistant at the GIScience research group, Heidelberg University
  • 06/2012 – 12/2012: Software Engineer & IT Consultant, ACCELSIS Technologies GmbH, Munich
  • 11/2011 – 05/2012: Research Assistant at the GIScience research group, Heidelberg University
  • 07/2010 – 11/2011: Student Assistant at the GIScience research group, Heidelberg University
  • 06/2009 – 06/2010: Student Assistant in the working group of Alexander Zipf, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • 03/2007 – 05/2009: IT Consulting & Management, Troisdorf


  • 07/2004 – 09/2004: Intership German Aerospace Center/ Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Cologne Porz, Organizational Unit Information Service Project Funding/Organisationseinheit Informationsservice Projektförderung (profi)

Research Stays

  • February 2014 – March 2014: "CRIA" Regional center of archeological investigations, Copan Ruinas, Honduras


Auer, M., Agugiaro, G., Billen, N., Loos, L. & Zipf, A. (2014): Web-based Visualization and Query of semantically segmented multiresolution 3D Models in the Field of Cultural Heritage. In: ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, II-5, doi:10.5194/isprsannals-II-5-33-2014, pp. 33-39.

Conference and Workshop Papers

Auer, M., Richards-Rissetto, H., von Schwerin, J., Billen, N., Loos, L., Zipf, A. (accepted): MayaArch3D: Web based 3D Visibility Analyses in Ancient Cityscapes – the role of visible structures at the Maya Site of Copán, Honduras. 43rd Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference 2015 (CAA 2015). Siena, Italy.

von Schwerin, J., Auer, M., Billen, N., Loos, L., Richards-Rissetto, H., Reindel, M., Zipf, A., Remondino, F., Fernández-Palacios, B.J. (accepted): A 4DWebGIS for the Documentation and Analysis of Complex Archaeological Sites. 43rd Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference 2015 (CAA 2015). Siena, Italy.

Lauer, J., Billen, N. and Zipf A. (2013): Processing crowd sourced sensor data - from data acquisition to application, IWCTS ’13, November 05 - 08 2013, Orlando, FL, USA

Billen, N.; J. Lauer and A. Zipf (2013): A Mobile Sensor Data Acquisition and Evaluation Framework for Crowd Sourcing Data. Second ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Crowdsourced and Volunteered Geographic Information (GEOCROWD) 2013. In conjunction with ACM SIGSPATIAL 2013. Orlando, FL, USA.

Billen, N., Auer, M., Loos, L. (2013): MayaArch3D: An integrative analytical platform for 3D archaeological data, SCCH2013, Heidelberg.

N. Billen, L. Loos, M. Auer, H. Richards-Rissetto, M. Reindel, and J. von Schwerin, Development of a 4d-webgis for archaeological research, in Workshop on Integrating 4D, GIS and Cultural Heritage, 2013.

S. Lanig, A. Schilling, M. Auer, B. Höfle, N. Billen, and A. Zipf, Interoperable integration of high precision 3d laser data and large scale geoanalysis in a sdi for sutra inscriptions in sichuan (china), Geoinformatik 2011–Geochange, 2011.

Posters, Talks & Short Contributions

Nicolas Billen: Verbundprojekt MayaArch3D. 4. April 2014. Workshop mad|hd Heidelberg.

(In cooperation with HGIS Club.)

Nicolas Billen and Jennifer von Schwerin: Workshop zur aktuellen Geobrowser-Entwicklung, 23 September 2013, DAI Berlin.

Michael Auer, Lukas Loos, Nicolas Billen, Alexander Zipf, Jennifer von Schwerin, Markus Reindel, Heather Richards‐Rissetto: MayaArch3D – A web based 3D geoinformation system to analyse the archaeology of Copán, Honduras. BMBF Kickoff workshop, May 2013, Leipzig.

Diploma Thesis

Billen, Nicolas: Hierarchische Detektion von Symmetrien in Punktwolkendaten von Gebäuden/Hierarchical detection of symmetries in point cloud data of buildings. unpublished diploma thesis. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. 2011.

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