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GIScience Research Group
Institute of Geography
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg
Germany
 
 
Secretary
Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg
Germany
 
Contact
knorr@uni-heidelberg.de
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
 
Visitor information
Room 108,
Office hours:
Mon–Thu, 9 am–12 noon
 
Affiliations
HCE – Heidelberg Center for the Environment

IWR – Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing
 
Memberships
Humanitarian
OpenStreetMap
missing maps
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GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group

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The GIScience Research Group is engaged in innovative basic and applied research at the interface between geography and the computational sciences. We thereby focus on the investigation of user-generated geographical content (VGI, Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science), for which we develop innovative methods and analytical approaches. More specifically, our thematic focuses are on volunteered geographic information (VGI), big spatial data analytics, smart mobility and humanitarian aid, such as disaster management. Through the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT gGmbH) at Heidelberg University, we have the opportunity to translate our research work into practical solutions. In addition, we support our institute's study programmes in geography with numerous courses on relevant GI methods that allow our students to formally specialize in geoinformatics.

Please note our vacancies.

Latest News

News from our daily work can be found at giscienceblog.uni-hd.de (also available as RSS-Feed). You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.

18.02.2020 18:39
HELIOS used in a study on hetero-integration which enables fast switching time-of-flight sensors for light detection and ranging

The Heidelberg LiDAR Operations Simulator (HELIOS) is an open source laser scanning simulation framework for interactive simulation and visualization of terrestrial, mobile and airborne laser scanning surveys. It can be flexibly used for teaching and training of laser scanning, development of new scanner hardware and scanning methods, or generation [...]

14.02.2020 15:59
Multitemporal Terrestrial Laser Scanning Point Clouds for Thaw Subsidence Observation

New paper on “Multitemporal Terrestrial Laser Scanning Point Clouds for Thaw Subsidence Observation at Arctic Permafrost Monitoring Sites” The paper investigates different methods for quantifying thaw subsidence using terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) point clouds. Thaw subsidence is a slow (mm‐cm per year) vertical displacement of the ground surface common in ice‐rich permafrost‐underlain landscapes. It is difficult [...]

12.02.2020 09:44
3DGeo licensed drone pilots

During the last weeks, members of the 3DGeo group were found studying for the “Kenntnisnachweisprüfung”, the official examination for drone pilots in Germany. Today, we are proud to announce that all six applicants from our group have passed both the theoretical test as well as a practical exam where they had to show their capability [...]

07.02.2020 08:15
Colloquium Talk about healthsites.io: Building a baseline of health facility data in OpenStreetMap by M. Herringer

We are happy to invited to the presentation in the GIScience HD colloquium. Everybody interested is invited to join the presentations and the discussion afterwards. Building a baseline of health facility data in OpenStreetMap Markus Herringer, healthsites.io, Amsterdam, NL - Monday, February 10, 2020. 2.15 pm -Lecture Hall (room 015), Im Neuenheimer Feld 348, Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University The [...]

05.02.2020 07:10
Detecting OSM Building Facades with Graffiti Artwork Based on Street View Images and Social Media using Deep Learning

As a recognized type of art, graffiti is a cultural asset and an important aspect of a city’s aesthetics. As such, graffiti is associated with social and commercial vibrancy and is known to attract tourists. However, positional uncertainty and incompleteness are current issues of open geo-datasets containing graffiti data. In a newly published paper, we [...]

03.02.2020 18:13
GIScience Contributions to the 2019 State of the Map Academic Track proceedings

Recently the SOTM 2019 Heidelberg Academic Track Proceedings have been published. GIScience Research Group Heidelberg and HeiGIT contributed several talks and posters. Below you can find an overview. Contact us if you are interested in further details on ongoing research. Klonner, Hartmann, Djami, Zipf, A. (2019). “Ohsome” OpenStreetMap Data Evaluation: Fitness of Field Papers for Participatory Mapping [...]

02.02.2020 21:58
‘Place’ in the GIScience Community – an indicative and preliminary Systematic Literature Review

The concept of place has recently gained importance in geographical information science (GIScience). One reason for this is the emergence of user-generated geographic information, which partially represents subjective everyday geographical encounters. No consensus, however, on how to deal with place in GIScience has yet been reached. A recently published paper presents a systematic literature review [...]

01.02.2020 17:11
Learning salience models of indoor landmarks

In landmark-based way-finding, determining the most salient landmark from several candidates at decision points is challenging. To overcome this problem, current approaches usually rely on a linear model to measure the salience of landmarks. However, linear models are not always able to establish an accurate quantitative relationship between the attributes of a landmark and its [...]

29.01.2020 10:04
ohsome presentation in Malta at the 3rd International Workshop on Spatial Data Quality

Around 55 participants gathered in Malta for the 3rd International Workshop on Spatial Data Quality 2020 from 28th to 29th of January. Among national mapping agencies, software providers and standardization organizations, HeiGIT had the opportunity to present its ohsome - OSM history analytics platform for analyzing spatial data quality by looking at the temporal development [...]

27.01.2020 15:53
Mapping Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh – An Analysis Using the OSHDB API

Humanitarian mapping activations show increasing numbers of contribution. This blog post illustrates the specific potential of the Open Source OSHDB API [1] for detailed analyses of such activations by means of a case study. The examined area is Cox’s Bazar in Southeast Bangladesh, where almost 1 million Rohingya refugees fled to from Myanmar in [...]

Pictures of the Group
GIScience Team

GIScience team at a jour fixe meeting in 2017

GIScience Team

GIScience team at a jour fixe meeting in 2014

GIScience Team

GIScience team at a retreat at Trifels-Annweiler in February 2013

GIScience Team

GIScience team at a jour fixe meeting in June 2012

In Memoriam Peter Meusburger
Peter Meusburger

On 18 December 2017, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Meusburger died far too soon. We mourn for a great scientist, teacher and colleague. In the mid 90s he implemented the first GIS pool at Heidelberg University and started GIS related research. He will not be forgotten. ((Message of the University)

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