GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group
Essential parts of the research focus of the GIScience research group (Geoinformatics) are reflected by the PhD graduate school (CrowdAnalyser) (Speaker: Prof. A. Zipf). This group consists of several PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, who investigate the quality and usage potential of user-generated content (UGC). The main focus is on Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). We develop new methods for spatio-temporal analysis of big data sources such as OpenStreetMap or Social Media and other Web 2.0 projects, ranging across Twitter, Flickr to all kinds of geo-social networks.
Several projects and services built on these evolving data sources demonstrate the feasability of their usage in different domains. Some realized services can be discovered online, e.g. OpenRouteService.org or uni-heidelberg.de/openmapsurfer.
The Klaus Tschira Foundation supports establishing the "Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology" (HeiGIT) at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. The aim is to improve knowledge and technology transfer from fundamental research into practice within the field of Geoinformatics. The focus areas comprise ("Big Spatial Data Analytics"), "Navigation Intelligence and Location Based Services" and "VGI for Humanitarian Aid in Disaster Management".
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In our recently published study “Direct local building inundation depth determination in 3-D point clouds from user-generated flood images” we present a new approach for deriving local building inundation depth from ordinary user-generated flood images captured during a flood event. After reconstructing a 3-D scene of the building of interest with close-range photogrammetry (CRP) algorithms, [...]
A recently published paper (Rousell & Zipf 2017) presents a prototype navigation service extending OpenRouteService (Schmitz et al. 2008) that extracts landmarks suitable for pedestrian navigation instructions from the OSM dataset based on several metrics. In general, when providing instructions on how to get somewhere, people generally include landmarks in their instructions - “Turn left [...]
Already one year ago that MapSwipe was officially launched! A big thank you to our contributors for your support - one year of tapping, swiping and putting families on the map! In just one year thousands of users contributed more than 10 million taps and thereby provided crucial information on unmapped places. In projects like shown below settlement [...]
Yesterday, our colleague Dr. Martin Hämmerle defended his PhD thesis with great success. We would like to congratulate him - with our sincere thanks for his hard work and amazing research the last years. Martin is an expert on 3D geodata (with focus on 3D point clouds from LiDAR and photogrammetry), methods for 3D processing and [...]
To take bathymetric measurements in areas with shallow water is very challenging for methods such as SONAR or bathymetric LiDAR. In our study “Assessing the Potential of a Low-Cost 3-D Sensor in Shallow-Water Bathymetry”, we examine the performance of a low-cost 3D camera when capturing bathymetry in waters up to 0.4 m depth. The tested measurement [...]
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Structure and Research Focus
In addition to investigating VGI, Big Spatial Data Analytics, LBS for Mobility and also Disaster Management in the whole group, in particular the LiDAR research group led by Bernhard Höfle has a strong focus on 3D geo-information. Corresponding research areas comprise data acquisition and retrieval using state-of-the-art
3D remote sensors such as laser scanning (i.e. topographic LiDAR) enriched by other potential sources such as crowdsourced data provided by
human sensors. The primary focus here is the development of GIS-based algorithms for 3D data processing and analysis in order to improve the understanding of geographical phenomena. Applications cover the natural environment (e.g. geomorphology, precision farming and forestry) and the man-made landscape (e.g. Archeology and digital cultural heritage or solar potential assessment for buildings).
In Memoriam Klaus Tschira
Am 31. März 2015 verstarb unerwartet und viel zu früh Herr Dr. h.c. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Klaus Tschira. Wir trauern um einen großen Förderer der Wissenschaft.