GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group
As part of the Institute of Geography, 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), which is supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, 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.
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The 3DGeo group is currently testing their new UAV-borne LiDAR (ULS) system. The integrated system consists of a DJI Matrice 600 copter, a RIEGL miniVUX-1 UAV laser scanner and is complemented by an inertial measurement unit and a realtime kinematics GNSS. Combining the different components in one system allows for high-accuracy (cm) acquisition of 3D [...]
This year, Sabrina Marx and Martin Hilljegerdes were teaching the block course “GIS 2” at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America (HCLA) in Santiago de Chile. The course is part of the international Master program “Governance of Risks and Resources”, offered by Heidelberg University in cooperation with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de [...]
19th-22nd of May, the 16th Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) conference is taking place in Valencia. Likewise to previous years, the GIScience Research Group/HeiGIT are taking part and supporting with several contributions. Martin Hilljegerdes will present a paper, based on his Master Thesis, focusing on “Evaluating the effects of consecutive hurricane hits on evacuation [...]
On 14th and 15th May, our 3DGeo group members Bernhard Höfle and Lukas Winiwarter were co-organizing and participating in the 4th colloquium for PhD students working on the topic of Deep Learning and its applications in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Processing of the Deutsche Geodätische Kommission (DGK) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photogrammetrie und [...]
Letzte Woche fand das zweite große Konsortiumstreffen im Projekt „meinGrün“ in Heidelberg statt. Zusammen mit unseren Projektpartnern vom IÖR , DLR , ISB AG , dem Institut für Kartographie der TU Dresden , Terra Concordia (mundraub.org) und Urbanista haben wir zwei Tage lang an der Weiterentwicklung unserer App gearbeitet, welche es Bürgerinnen in [...]
We cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk The speaker is Dr. Massimiliano Pittore GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences - Helmholz Centre Potsdam When: Monday 20.05.2019, 2:15 pm Where: INF 348, room 015 (Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University) GIScience for GEOscience: challenges and opportunities in a risky world The assessment of risk arising from the increasingly complex and [...]
Introduction Exploring how OpenStreetMap data developed over time across different administrative untis might reveal interesting insights into the self organizing approach of the OSM communities and can potentially be used to derive intrinsic data quality indicators. It might even be possible to estimate the completeness of OSM for a specific key-value combination as done by Barrington-Leigh [...]
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 of artificial scan data [...]
Mitmach-Exponate direkt aus der Forschung geben in der Ausstellung auf der MS Wissenschaft 2019 Einblicke in die Entwicklung und Anwendung Künstlicher Intelligenzen (KI). Die MS Wissenschaft startet ihre Tour am 16. Mai 2019 in Berlin und besucht Ende August auch Heidelberg. Das Exponat „Mensch Maschine - Forschung im Team“ zeigt wie Trainingsdaten für KI-Algorithmen erstellt werden [...]
Besides dealing with a snake, making quality assessments, or generating comparable statistics, one needs to know how to handle the whole functionality provided by the ohsome API to really become ohsome. And to achieve exactly that, this blog presents the last missing entry point to the API from the current toolkit, namely the /users resource. With its help you can receive aggregated [...]
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In Memoriam 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)