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Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle
Institute of Geography
GIScience Research Group
Heidelberg University
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Phone: +49 6221 54-5594
Fax: +49 6221 54-4996

3D Spatial Data Processing Group


Welcome to the 3D Spatial Data Processing Group (3DGeo) Heidelberg!

The 3DGeo research investigates the extraction of detailed geoinformation from 3D geodata (predominantly point clouds) which were acquired with cutting-edge Earth observation technology (e.g., 3D laser scanning). A further research emphasis is put on the exploitation of multitemporal 3D technical sensor data, which enables near real-time 3D mapping and applications.

A major focus of our 3DGeo research lies on the development of GIS-based algorithms for 3D spatial data processing and analysis, making use of the full sensor data stream (e.g., LiDAR backscatter). It is aimed at increasing the understanding of geographical phenomena: The developed geoinformation technologies and methods are applied to (interdisciplinary) research questions in natural landscapes (e.g. geomorphology, geoarchaeology, agriculture and forestry) as well as in man-made landscapes (e.g. solar potential assessment and hedonic price modeling).

Latest News
10.08.2017 08:56
HeiGIT/GIScience Heidelberg partnership with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

We are happy to hereby announce the official partnership of the HeiGIT/GIScience Research Group Heidelberg and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)! The GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University has been supporting the use of OpenStreetMap for humanitarian and disaster management purposes already since 2008 when the first instance of the Disaster and Emergency OpenRouteService was developed [...]

07.08.2017 12:23
ArchEyeAutomatic summer school 2017

From 26 to 28 July, the 3D spatial data processing group contributed to the “ArchEyeAutomatic summer school 2017: Cameras, Drones, and Laser scanning. Modern ways to document ancient objects”. With a focus on documenting and analyzing archaeological sites and objects, the summer school introduced around 40 participants to various methods of close-range remote sensing at [...]

05.08.2017 16:30
Heidelberg Center for the Environment: Call for Project Ideas (Deadline: 17 Sept 2017)

The funding program HCE-START of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) for the developement of major interdisciplinary projects dealing with environmental research questions has been extended. The new application deadline is 17.09.2017. HCE-START will be run and hosted at Heidelberg University only. HCE-START aims to support two interdisciplinary research lines: 1) the initiation of externally funded [...]

01.08.2017 11:13
Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2017: Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain

From 16 to 22 July, the second ISPRS Summer School of Alpine Research took place in Obergurgl, Austria. Around 40 participants from four continents enjoyed a mix of lectures, field work and hands-on data processing related to various research topics in high mountain research. Hosted at the beautifully located and perfectly equipped Alpine Research [...]

31.07.2017 16:30
Heidelberg Center for the Environment: Bernhard Höfle joins the Board of Directors

The Executive Committee of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) - the interdisciplinary research center for Environmental Sciences at Heidelberg University - has appointed Prof. Bernhard Höfle as new Vice-Director for Natural Sciences. Prof. Thomas Meier was appointed new Executive Director and Prof. Jale Tosun new Vice-Director for Social Sciences. The directors are responsible [...]

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