Forschungsprojekt

Psychogeography

During the last decades, the epidemiological research has given indications that mental diseases including depressions and anxiety disorder can be related to socio-economic, as well as to environmental risk factors. In this project, geodata will be collected and maps showing the potential risk of mental stress in urban environments (urban stress) will be created. The aim is to address the relationship between mental stress and urban characteristics.

In order to address the relationship between mental stress and the urban environment, heterogeneous spatial data has to be collected from a various amount of sources. These include both public and private sources. In addition to that also crowd sourced data will be used. The approach is to first create a homogenous spatial data base that includes relevant socio-economic data (population density, crime statistics, migration- and unemployment ratio etc.) and data regarding the urban environment (noise, air quality, access to public green space, among others). In order to create a homogenous data base, the data from different sources have to be georeferenced, geocoded, transformed, tested for quality and projected in the same coordinate system. Eventually, this will offer a solid database for the study area which incorporates the Rhine-Neckar region, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen in southern Germany.

The relationship between mental stress and the urban environment will thereafter be addressed by correlating questionnaire data with the spatial urban environment data.

Selected Publications:
News
19.06.2018 08:42
Successful PhD Defence by René Westerholt on The Analysis of Spatially Superimposed and Heterogeneous Random Variables Using the Example of Geosocial Media Data

This week our GIScience Heidelberg team member Rene Westerholt most successfully defended his PhD! Congratulations! Very well deserved! The thesis is located at the interface between spatial analysis methodology and the characteristics of spatially superimposed random variables. Three types of contributions are presented: (i) the interactions of spatial analysis techniques with spatially superimposed random variables are investigated; (ii) novel [...]

17.06.2018 20:30
GIScience Group Successful at the AGILE

The GIScience group attended the AGILE 2018 conference to present about a diversity of topics.  More participants than ever have attended the conference in Lund, Sweden (12–15 June 2018).  They discussed scientific topics related to the general theme of the conference, Geospatial Technologies for All. The following short papers have been presented and been published in [...]

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 [...]

14.06.2018 16:19
Wikimedia and MSF talks @Disaster 2.0 seminar- Latest theory and practice in disaster management

How are Wikipedia/Wikimedia volunteers supporting disaster management? What role does their engagement all around open source and open data play? What are the latest developments and innovations in humanitarian contexts and how are they defined and addressed? These questions were discussed in the first block of the Disaster 2.0 seminar last week. Daniel Mietchen, Biophysicist at [...]

13.06.2018 11:40
HeiGIT/ disastermappers visit at MSF Czech Republic

HeiGIT/GIScience and disastermappers heidelberg have been in contact and collaborating with MSF CZ  over the last years already and have been supporting their work through joined Mapathons as well as MapSwipe Mapathon support. Last week members of HeiGIT/GIScience and disastermappers heidelberg visited Prague to exchange ideas and experiences and discuss potential ways to take this [...]

12.06.2018 07:43
Today VGI-ALIVE Workshop at AGILE 2018 Lund, Sweden

If you are in Lund, Sweden today you might consider joining our VGI-ALIVE Workshop at AGILE Conference 2018. The latest programme can be found here. It includes keynotes by Andrea Ballatore and Stefano Dea Sabata and a range of interesting contributions, including Enhancing Crowdsourced Classification on Human Settlements Utilizing Logistic Regression Aggregation and Intrinsic Context Factors AUTHORS: [...]

11.06.2018 11:12
Use of multi-objective optimization to assess trade-offs of urban expansion in Switzerland

One of the many unwanted side effects of urban growth is the loss of fertile soils since most citizens and villages have been founded in close proximity to fertile soils. Preserving high-quality soils however can conflict with the objective of developing compact urban patterns. A team from researches at the GIScience group, the ETH [...]

08.06.2018 08:14
Colloquium on a low-cost mini-UAV laser scanning system (Kylin Cloud)

We cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk The speaker is Prof. Bisheng Yang State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China When: Monday 11.06.2018, 2:15 pm Where: INF 348, room 015 (Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University) A low-cost mini-UAV laser scanning system - Kylin Cloud: design and performance Mini-UAV [...]

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, [...]

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