New Master’s Program in GIScience

The Department of Geography, University of Zurich, is offering a new specialized Master’s program in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) as of this fall semester.

A bit of short notice maybe, but more information including how to apply can be found at the program’s website.

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W2GIS Paper accepted

Our paper A Mobile Application for a User-generated Collection of Landmarks, written by Marius Wolfensberger and myself, has been accepted for the upcoming conference on Web and Wireless Geographic Information Systems to be held in Grenoble, France, on May 21st and 22nd.

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‘Landmarks’ in ACM Computing Reviews

ACM Computing Reviews has published a review of our book ‘Landmarks – GIScience for Intelligent Services’.

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Job Openings for 2 PhD Candidates

We are currently looking for two new PhD candidates (doctoral researchers) associated with the newly SNF-funded EMOtive project.
Click links for more details on position 1 and position 2 [this will open PDFs].

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Google Scholar now claims that my work has been cited 1000 times.

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RoadPlex paper accepted

Alireza Kashian got a paper accepted at the Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modelling and Applications (organized among others by ISPRS) to be held in Toronto, CA, in early October.

The paper is about RoadPlex: A Mobile VGI Game to Collect and Validate Data for POIs (co-authored by Abbas Rajabifard and me).


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“Landmarks” published

Landmarks are crucial elements of human understanding of and communication about space. And they pose a major challenge for computational systems.

Stephan Winter and I have written a book — Landmarks – GIScience for Intelligent Services — summarizing research on integrating (references to) landmarks into computational systems from the last decade or so. It covers cognitive, conceptual, computational, and communication aspects and argues why producing and understanding landmarks is a necessity for truly intelligent geospatial systems.
The book is published by Springer.

I sure know what we did last summer…

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Spatial Cognition paper accepted

Our paper Up, Down, Turn Around: Assisted Wayfinding Involving Level Changes, written by Stephany Bigler, Annina Brügger, Fiona Utzinger, and myself has been accepted as full paper for this year’s Spatial Cognition conference to be held in Bremen, Germany, in September.


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GIScience paper accepted

We got a paper accepted at this year’s GIScience conference in Vienna, Austria.

Our paper Wayfinding Decision Situations: A Conceptual Model and Evaluation presents a model for decision point complexity that accounts for the structure of the intersection, the action to be performed as well as instruction complexity, user capabilities and environmental factors. The paper is written by Ioannis Giannopoulos, Peter Kiefer, Martin Raubal, myself, and Tyler Thrash.


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Interfacing Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

We, aka Falko Schmid (U Bremen), Seng Loke (La Trobe U), Christoph Stahl (DFKI) and myself, will organize a workshop at this year’s GIScience conference on

IO-Spaces: Interfacing Indoor and Outdoor Spaces.

Here is the call for participation.

Workshop day is 23 September. The conference will be in Vienna, Austria.



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