Alexander Zipf

Office + Postaddress:
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
Room 109
69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 54-5533
Fax: +49 6221 54-4529

"Second office":
Mathematikon (HeiGIT)
Berliner Str. 45
4. OG, Room 001
69120 Heidelberg


Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf

Main Research Areas
  • Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science
  • Analysis and Processing of Geographic Data
  • Integrating new methods from Geoinformatics & GIScience in Geography
Short CV

Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf is chair of GIScience (Geoinformatics) at Heidelberg University (Department of Geography) since late 2009. He is member of the Centre for Scientific Computing (IWR) and founding member of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE).
From 2012-2014 he was Managing Director of the Department of Geography, Heidelberg University. In 2011-2012 he acted as Vice Dean of the Faculty for Chemistry and Geosciences, Heidelberg University. Currently he is busy establishing the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT).

2012 -2018 he was speaker of the graduate school “CrowdAnalyser - Spatio-temporal Analysis of User-generated Content“. He is also member of the editorial board of several journals and organized a set of conferences and workshops. 2012-2015 he was regional editor of the ISI Journal Transactions in GIS (Wiley). Currently he is associated editor of the international journal Geo-spatial Information Science (GSIS) by Taylor & Francis (open access).

Before coming to Heidelberg he led the Chair of Cartography at Bonn University and earlier was Professor for Applied Computer Science and Geoinformatics at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. He has a background in Mathematics and Geography from Heidelberg University and finished his PHD at the European Media Laboratory EML in Heidelberg where he was the first PhD student. There he also conducted further research as a PostDoc for 3 years.

Journal Publications:
(see here for Conference publications and book chapters)

  • Bild nicht verfügbarZipf, A. & Malaka, R. (1999): Durch Raum und Zeit - Deep Map - das historische Touristeninformationssystem für Heidelberg. GeoBit. Vol.5, S.30-34.
  • HGG Meusburger, P. & Zipf, A. (1998): Auf dem Weg zu einem 4D-Geoinformationssystem - das Projekt Deep Map. HGG-Journal, Heidelberg. Vol.13, S. 212-214.
  • HGG Zipf, A. (1999): Tourenplanung im Web und Navigation durch Raum und Zeit mit Deep Map. Arc-Aktuell. ESRI, Kranzberg.
until 1998
  • HGG Zipf, A. (1997): Geographie im Cyberspace. Geographische Forschung und Lehre im "virtuellen Raum". HGG Journal, Heidelberg. Vol.11, S. 221-235.
  • HGG Zipf, A. (1996): Geographie und Internet. HGG Journal, Heidelberg. Vol.10, S. 172-186.


  • Chair of the GIScience Research Group, University of Heidelberg
  • Member of the Extended Board of Directors of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)
  • Funding Member of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)
  • Speaker of the Graduate School CrowdAnalyser
  • PI of the Heidelberg Graduate School on mathematical and computational methods for the Sciences: HGS MathComp (DFG). http://www.mathcomp.uni-heidelberg.de/
  • etc.

Grants and Awards

  • Best paper award: Resch, B.; Zipf, A.; Breuss-Schneeweis, P.; E. Beniat and Boher, M. (2012): Live Cities and Urban Services - A Multi-dimensional Stress Field between Technology, Innovation and Society. The Fourth International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications and Services. GEOProcessing 2012. Valencia, Spain.
  • Best paper award: Walenciak, G., Stollberg, B., Neubauer, S. and Zipf, A. (2009): Best Paper Award Extending Spatial Data Infrastructures 3D by Geoprocessing Functionality - 3D Simulations in Disaster Management and environmental Research. The International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems & Web Services (GEOWS 2009). Cancun. Mexico.
  • First price of the VDV (Verband Deutscher Vermessungsingenieure, Association of German Surveyors) 2007 for the Diploma Thesis of Pascal Neis (Emergency Route Service based on the OpenLS Specifications)
  • 3D Geoprocessing Best Poster award at AGILE 2003. Zipf, A. and Merdes, M. (2003): Is Aspect-Oriented Programming a new paradigm for GIS development? - on the relationship of geoobjects, aspects and ontologies. Lyon. France. Association of Geograpic Information Laboratories in Europe.
  • 3rd Price for Diploma Student Albrecht Weiser: Förderpreis Geoinformatik 2006 of Runder Tisch GIS e.V. in Munich (March 2006).
  • Grant by the European Science Foundation (ESF) for participating in the EURESCO conference on Geographical Domain and Geographical Information Systems - Modelling Wayfinding. Bad Herrenalb, Germany, 26 April - 1 May 2003.
  • Grant by the European Science Foundation (ESF) for participating in the EURESCO Geovisualisation Conference 2002: EuroConference on Methods to Define Geovisualisation Contents for Users Needs. 09 - 14 March 2002 Albufeira, Portugal
  • Grant by the European Science Foundation (ESF) for participating in the EURESCO conference on The Digital City - Socio-Economic Research and Geographic Information Systems - A Euroconference. Granada, Spain, 9 - 14 June 2001.
  • Grant by ESRI for participating in the First International Conference on Geographic Information Science - GIScience 2000, Savannah, Georgia, USA, October 28-31, 2000.
  • Grant by the European Science Foundation (ESF) for participating in the EURESCO Conference on Ontology and Epistemology for Spatial Data Standards - Geographical Domain and Geographical Information Systems. La Londe-les-Maures, France, 22-27.09.2000
  • ESRI-Grant for IEUC98, The International ESRI User Conference, San Diego, USA. 1998. (additional participation at SDH 98 - Spatial Data Handling 1998, Vancouver, Canada).
  • Erasmus grant for studying at the University of Manchester, UK. WS 1993/1994.


Workshop Organization / Program Committee

  • this is not complete / not up2date
  • Scientific Commitee: 6th Digital Earth Summit 2016. Bejing.
  • Program Committee: 3D GeoInfo 2009 - 4th International Workshop on 3D Geo-Information. Ghent, Belgium.
  • Scientific Comittee. ISPRS-workshop on Quality, scale and analysis aspects of urban city models. (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing). Lund, Sweden, 3-4.12.2009.
  • ISCRAM 2009, 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, Track Geo-information support, Göteborg, Sweden.
  • Deegree Day 2009. Bonn. Forchungszentrum Cesar. inkl. Workshop OpenStreetMap im Rheinland
  • Programm Committee: 2009 International Workshop on Theory and Applications Frontier of Location Based Services in cooperation with the The 3rd International Conference on Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering (MUE09) Qingdao, China.
  • Programm Committee: 9th International Symposium on Web and Wireless GIS, W2GIS. Maynooth, Ireland.
  • Lokale Organisation: 6. Fachgespräch Ortsbezogene Dienste. Universität Bonn. September 2009.
  • Program Committee: Geoinformatik 2009, Osnabrück.
  • Program Committee: LocWeb 2009 - Second International Workshop on Location and the Web in Conjunction with CHI 2009, Boston. USA.
  • Programm Committee: 8th International Workshop on Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems (W2GIS 2008). 11.-12.12.2008. Shanghai. China.
  • Scientific Committee: joint Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Management 2008: 3rd International China Workshop on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM-CHINA) and the 4th International Symposium on Geo-Information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM). Harbin. China.
  • Scientific Committee: 5th Symposium on Location Based Services & TeleCartography 2008. Salzburg, Austria 26-28. November 2008.
  • Scientific Committee: First International Workshop on Trends in Pervasive and Ubiquitous Geotechnology and Geoinformation Workshop at the GIScience conference, September 2008, Park City, Utah, USA
  • Programm Committee: IADIS Wireless Applications and Computing 2008 (WAC 2008) Conference. July 2008. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Scientific Committee: 3D Geoinfo 2007. The Second International Workshop on 3D Modelling. Delft, The Netherlands. 12-14 December, 2007
  • Programm Committee: Kyoto W2GIS'07 - 7th International Workshop on Web and Wireless GIS. November 28-29, 2007 in Cardiff, UK (hosted by the University of Glamorgan).
  • Programm Committee: GI-Forum. 2007. 2008. 2009. Salzburg. Austria 2009.
  • Programm Committee: ISCRAM 2008 Session TECH-03 Process- and Geo-aware Systems for Crisis Management
  • Programm Committee: UMICS '07,the 5th International Workshop on Ubiquitous Mobile Information and Collaboration Systems. co-located with CAiSE '07 in Trondheim, Norway, June 11-12, 2007.
  • Programm Committee: WAC 2007. IADIS International Conference Wireless Applications and Computing 2007. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Programm Committee:MDSGEO'06 - 1st International Workshop on Modern Decision Support in Geographical Domains: Models, Methods, and Tools September, 2-3, 2006 - Thessaloniki, Greece. to be held in conjunction with the 10th East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems ADBIS'2006
  • Programm Committee: UMICS '06, the 4th International Workshop on Ubiquitous Mobile Information and Communication Systems, co-located with CAiSE in Luxembourg, June 5-6, 2006.
  • Programm Committee: 6th International Workshop on Web and Wireless GIS (W2GIS'06). December 4-5, 2006. Hong Kong. China.
  • Workshop Organizer: UbiGIS 2006 - Second International Workshop on Ubiquitous GI Services. In conjunction with GISCience - International Conference on Geographic Information Science - Münster, Germany. September 2006.
  • Workshop Organizer: Mobile Maps 2005. 19. September 2005.
  • Programm Committee: deegree day. 2006, 2007. 2008. Bonn. Germany. June 2006, 2007. 2008.
  • Programm Committee: 1st International Workshop on Web Portal-based Solutions for Tourism - IWWPST05 Focus: Decision Support Systems. November 8 and 9, 2005 Tampere, Finland.
  • International Review Committee: Spatial Cognition 2004 Frauenchiemsee Island, Bavaria, Germany from 11-13 October 2004. Organizer: The Transregional Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition.
  • Scientific Review Committe: IADIS Cognitive Performance Support (CPS) Conference within the IADIS Virtual Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS) conference.
  • Program Chair and Organizer: UbiGIS 2004. First International Workshop on Ubiquitous Geographic Information Services. (Topic: The relationship of GIS and Ubiquitous Computing). In conjunction with: Geoinformatics 2004 . 12th International Conference on Geoinformatics ; Geospatial Information Research: Bridging the Pacific and Atlantic. 7 -9 June 2004, Gvle, Sweden.
  • Program Committe: AGIT, Salzburg, Austria; since 2003.
  • Workshop Organizer: Alexander Zipf (FH Mainz) and Liqiu Meng (TU Munich): Design kartenbasierter mobiler Dienste. (Call for papers) Workshop auf der Konferenz. Mensch und Computer - Interaktion in Bewegung. Stuttgart. Germany. 2003.
  • Program Committe: Geoinformatics 2004. 12th International Conference on Geoinformatics ; Geospatial Information Research: Bridging the Pacific and Atlantic. 7 -9 June 2004, Gvle, Sweden.
  • Program Committe: Münsteraner GI-Tage 2004 Schwerpunkt: GI & Mobilitt Von der Forschung zur praktischen Anwendung
  • Scientific Committee: IT Conference. 2007. Malaka. Malaysia.
  • Program and Organizing Committee: GIS Day 2003. Heidelberg. 18. Nov. 2003.
  • Program and Organizing Committe: AGIT 2002, Schwerpunktthema: Geoinformation Mobil, Salzburg, Austria, 3. - 5. 07.2002.
  • Program Committe: AIMS 2002 - Artificial Intelligence in Mobile Systems, Lyon, France, July, 22 2002, in conjunction with: ECAI 2002 (European Conference on Artificial Intelligence).
  • Program and Organizing Committee: GIS Day 2002. Heidelberg. 20. Nov. 2002.
  • Virtual Worlds in Realistic Visualization. Deep Map Workshop, EML, Heidelberg. 09. December 1999. (Together with V. Coors, FhG IGD

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