GIScience Research Group
Institute of Geography
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg
Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
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Room 108,
Office hours:
Mon–Thu, 9 am–12 noon
HCE – Heidelberg Center for the Environment

IWR – Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing
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GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group


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.

23.08.2019 17:42
Place in GIScience Paper at Platial 2019

The International Symposium on Platial Information Science PLATIAL’19 will be held this year at the University of Warwick in September 5-6. The programme has just been published and includes a paper from our research group about a systematic literature review about Place in the GIScience Community. As the first PLATIAL’2018 symposium held in Heidelberg 2018 the [...]

20.08.2019 13:56
Interested in time-dependent routing?

We are delighted to invite you to join a workshop on open-source routing with time-dependent restrictions, see http://giscienceblog.uni-hd.de/2019/04/17/project-tardur-starts-open-source-routing-with-time-dependent-restrictions/. The workshop is taking place on Friday before the State of the Map conference, 20th September 2019 in Heidelberg. It is free of charge and will last from 9:00 to 16:00 with a lunch [...]

18.08.2019 18:30
High-frequency and high-resolution monitoring of rock glacier dynamics

How do the dynamics of surface change on a rock glacier look like over an entire summer season? And how is rockfall activity and storage and talus supply from the headwall of a rock glacier related to patterns of its movement? These and other questions are currently investigated within the AHK-4D and Geomorph4D projects of the 3DGeo [...]

18.08.2019 08:52
HeiGIT beim Tag der offenen Tür im Auswärtigem Amt, 17.-18. August

Wer steckt eigentlich hinter Missing Maps? Und wie können auch Sie in dem humanitären Mappingprojekt aktiv werden? Besuchen Sie uns heute beim Tag der offenen Tür im Auswärtigem Amt an unserem gemeinsamen Stand mit dem Deutschen Roten Kreuz. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier. Wir freuen uns auf Sie.

15.08.2019 03:07
Green spaces in cities promote well-being and mental health — ‘Nature’ Neuroscience study published with participation of GIScience researchers at Heidelberg University

INTERDISCIPLINARY NATURE STUDY SHOWS THAT INNER TOWN GREEN DIRECTLY INFLUENCES ON CITY RESIDENTS Inner city green areas such as lawns, flowerbeds, trees or parks can directly improve the well-being of city dwellers. These are the findings of a recent study conducted by scientists from GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation [...]

12.08.2019 10:38
KI-Exponat des HeiGIT zu MissingMaps und Permafrostdetektion auf dem Portal zum Wissenschaftsjahr 2019 “Künstliche Intelligenz”

Seit einiger Zeit findet sich das gemeinsame Exponat des HeiGIT und des Alfred-Wegener-Instituts Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung für die Ausstellung “Künstliche Intelligenz” auf der “MS Wissenschaft” auch auf dem Webportal zum Wissenschaftsjahr 2019. Das Thema “Künstliche Intelligenz” des Wissenschaftjahres 2019 wird dabei an zwei Beispielen aufgegriffen. Diese zeigen wie jedermann durch das Erzeugen von Trainingsdaten [...]

10.08.2019 17:17
Feasibility of Using Grammars to Infer Indoor Room Semantics

Current indoor mapping approaches can detect accurate geometric information but are incapable of detecting the room type or dismiss this issue. A recently published paper investigates the feasibility of inferring the room type by using grammars based on geometric maps. Specifically, we take the research buildings at universities as examples and create a constrained attribute [...]

09.08.2019 11:18
TdLab Geography at IPCC SRCCL launch event

On 8 August 2019, Dr. Nicole Aeschbach (TdLab Geography) attended the launch event for the IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems (SRCCL) at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland. After an introduction by Hoesung Lee, Chair of the [...]

07.08.2019 21:46
GRÜNFLÄCHEN IN STÄDTEN FÖRDERN WOHLBEFINDEN; ‘Nature’ Neuroscience Studie mit Beteiligung der Geoinformatik der Universität Heidelberg veröffentlicht:

INTERDISZIPLINÄRE STUDIE ZEIGT, DASS INNERSTÄDTISCHES GRÜN UNMITTELBAR EINFLUSS AUF STADTBEWOHNER HAT Innerstädtische Grünflächen wie Rasen, Blumenbeete, Bäume oder Parks können unmittelbar das Wohlbefinden im Alltag von Stadtbewohnern verbessern. Das zeigt eine aktuelle Studie, die Wissenschaftler des Zentralinstituts für Seelische Gesundheit (ZI) in Mannheim gemeinsam mit Geoinformatikern der Universität Heidelberg und Forschern des Mental mHealth Lab am [...]

06.08.2019 15:21
HeiGIT beim Tag der offenen Tür beim Auswärtigen Amt

Am 16. und 17. August öffnet das Auswärtige Amt in Berlin die Tore für die Öffentlichkeit. An diesen Tagen kann nicht nur das Auswärtige Amt selbst besichtigt werden, verschiedene Diplomaten, Vertreter verschiedener Ministerien, Einrichtungen und Organisationen werden vor Ort sein, um aktuelle Projekte und Ideen vorzustellen. In diesem Rahmen wird es auch einen „Humanitären Raum“ geben, [...]

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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