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Focus: Copernicus Ecoystem Brussels

At the Copernicus-related multi-event at Brussel’s prestigious Docks Dome venue (9-11 October 2018), Z_GIS presented its broad range of Copernicus-related activities.  Passing all relevant milestones during the week, the Copernicus Ecosystem workshop, the Copernicus Academy/Relays General Assembly, and the joint Kick-off meetings of two projects funded under the H2020 SPACE “Copernicus Hub” call, …

GeoS4S headed towards completion!

GeoServices-4-Sustainability (GeoS4S), an ERASMUS+ project, co-funded by the European Commission is completing its duration after 3 years covering the period from 15 October 2015 to 14 October, 2018. The last months have been quite busy for the consortium members due to a number of concluding and dissemination events being organised at different locations.(GeoS4S consortium members at the concludi …

Predicting crime locations

Philip Glasner successfully defended his PhD Thesis “Spatial and temporal analysis of crime and the impact of rhythmic cycles to predict future crime locations: Studies from the city of Vienna, Austria” within the Doctoral College “GIScience” at the University of Salzburg.Based at the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS and supervised by Prof. Michael Leitner who’s primer affiliation is with Loui …

VCÖ-Mobilitätspreis 2018 Österreich – Kategorie Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Studien

Der VCÖ Mobilitätspreis gilt in Österreich als wichtigste Auszeichnung im Bereich nachhaltiger Mobilität. Er wird jährlich in verschiedenen Kategorien verliehen. Im Rahmen einer feierlichen Preisverleihung wurde das Forschungsprojekt GISMO in der Kategorie „Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Studien“ prämiert.’The GISMO project estimated effects of environment and mobility on a health of an individua …

PhD defense within the Doctoral College "GIScience"

Bartosz Hawelka successfully defended his PhD Thesis “Collective Sensing and Human Mobility Analysis” within the Doctoral College “GIScience”.The thesis focused on human mobility, a broad field dedicated to extracting and understanding patterns that govern human movements. It considered three Collective Sensing Probes that relate to human mobility, specifically to the time-space dimension of mobil …

MORPH project: second field trip to Iceland

During a second field trip to Iceland in June 2019, the MORPH project team visited the northern parts of the country, which are characterized by mass displacements, surface deformation and volcanic activity. Also, a great variety of geomorphological features is present in this area. The field trip focused especially on the validation of remote sensing based mapping results in the field, the acquis …

ÖAW Kommission GIScience: Keynote Announcement: Michael F. Goodchild @ GISci…

ÖAW Kommission GIScience: Keynote Announcement: Michael F. Goodchild @ GISci…: Keynote: ‘GISCIENCE AND GEOGRAPHY: AN EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP’ Michael F. Goodchild, Member National Academy of Sciences US Please

Successful PhD defense of Ovidiu Csillik

Ovidiu Csillik successfully defended his PhD Thesis “Spatio-temporal object-based image analysis for land-use/land-cover mapping”. He started his PhD research in October 2015 within the framework of the Doctoral College “GIScience” and finished his PhD research incredibly fast within 2 years and 10 months.Ovidiu’s research aimed to develop efficient, fast and accurate OBIA workflows for single and …

GeoS4S International Summer School-3 in Germany!

The consortium of the GeoServices-4-Sustainability (GeoS4S) project consisting of 10 universities from Europe, China and Thailand conducted its 3rd International Summer School (ISS-3) for 2 weeks at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE), Germany from 9th to 20th July, 2018.Student and Teacher participating in GeoS4S-ISS-3The GeoS4S-ISS-3 has been designed to enhance geospatial c …

Sen2Cube.at: Sentinel-2 Semantic Data Cube Austria

On 3 July 2018, the FFG-ASAP project Sen2Cube.at held its kick-off meeting in conjunction with the AGIT/GI_Forum conference in Salzburg. Aside from the academic partner (University of Salzburg, Z_GIS), the project involves AMA (Agrarmarkt Austria), ZAMG (Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik) and the university spin-off SpatialServices.The Sen2Cube.at project will be taking very relevant …

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    Winter School 2019 “Spatial Simulation Modelling”

    13. – 22. February 2019, Salzburg You have complex problems to solve, but have not yet worked with spatial simulation modelling? In this winter school, you will get hands-on experience with the concepts and methods of spatially-explicit agent-based modelling to explore complex systems. Models will target and integrate a range of domains and application areas in ecological and social sciences. Supp …

    Simulations predict the break-down of Central European lynx populations

    We congratulate co-author Jonas Schultze-Naumburg, member of the Spatial Simulation research group, on his brand-new paper in the journal Biological Conservation! By the means of a spatially explicit simulation model the paper helps to understand the drivers behind the observed, stagnating lynx population dynamics in Central Europe. Sadly, the share of poached animals is shown to be higher than na …

    Research retreat: Spatial Simulation goes GitHub

    Last Friday, the Z_GIS Spatial Simulation group had its first research retreat. The iDEAS:lab was a perfect location to achieve the goal of the day: to set aside our daily tasks and fully concentrate on the long-term group objectives. We started off with exploring GitHub as our new central collaboration and outreach platform: https://github.com/ZGIS/spatial-simulation. Over the next weeks and mont …

    Outstanding reviewer award 2017

    Outstanding Reviewer Award 2017 – Ecological Modelling Just learned about my “outstanding reviewer” recognition by Elsevier for my reviews in the journal Ecological Modelling last year. A nice reward for one’s anonymous contribution to the scientific community. Especially, thanks to the authors for interesting and well prepared manuscripts: this makes the reviewing job a pleasant task. …

    Winter School 2018

    model speed dating How much can you learn and achieve in only 10 days that you dedicate to one new thing? The answer is: a tremendous lot! In the beginning, each of the twenty participants came with his or her own research ideas. At the end, each participant presented a fully working simulation model that implemented this idea. In between there was a lot of nurdy work and a lot of fun. “Everything …

    Documenting agent-based models with BPMN

    Agent-based models (ABM) are often documented with the ODD-protocol, which gives a suitable framework. This framework lacks a formal documentation of the model itself, which is normally written in a simulation environment like e.g. NetLogo, GAMA, REPAST or another modelling language. These days, the de facto standard for documenting business processes is the Business Process Modelling Notation (BP …

    Spatial Simulation @gi_forum2018

    The call for papers for the Special Session on “Spatial Simulation” at next year’s GI_Forum Conference 3-6 July 2018 in Salzburg has just opened. The Special Session focuses on the advances in process-oriented geocomputational methods as well as their applications.We welcome your contribution on agent-based modelling, cellular automata or any other geocomputational simulation approach in all domai …

    Welcome Christian Neuwirth!

    Christian Neuwirth has joined the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS as lecturer of the UNIGIS program. His research interests lie in the field of spatial simulation modelling. With his experience in different modelling approaches, including spatial system dynamics, agent-based modelling and gaming applications, Christian will significantly contribute to the advancement of the research group. We …

    Agent-based model for the monitoring of visitor streams

    A study (Masterthesis, Stefan Mohr) using the example of the transboundary Harz National Park as the study area. Due to the large extent of the National Park (24,732 ha), an accurate measurement of visitor numbers (some 1.7 Mio estimated) and their spatiotemporal distribution (ca. 813 km of path network) is not feasible. With the ABM methodology, the streams of visitors in the area around the Broc …

    Winter School 2018 “Spatial Simulation Modelling”

    15. – 24. February 2018, Salzburg You have complex problems to solve, but have not yet worked with spatial simulation modelling? In this winter school, you will get hands-on experience with the concepts and methods of spatially-explicit agent-based modelling to explore complex systems. Models will target and integrate a range of domains and application areas in ecological and social sciences. Supp …

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    Winter School “Spatial Simulation Modelling”, 13.-22. February 2019

    Time is the most important characteristic of geospatial information: simulation extends our spatial view into the future! Simulation models help to ga …

    u_Lecture webinars fall/winter semester 2018/19

    Starting from September, we are looking forward to an exciting roster of outstanding speakers on a range of topics covering themes of current interest …

    UNIGIS Salzburg news

    2018 is a special year for Z_GIS, Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg and UNIGIS Salzburg: one highlight follows u …

    Marijke Bekkema receives UNIGIS Academic Excellence Prize @AGIT conference

    “For my MSc thesis I chose a subject that matters a lot to me because it is happening in my backyard: agricultural intensification of grassland use wh …

    Geospatial Events Grant: Jafar Niyazov presenting at GISCA 2018

    UNIGIS Bishkek graduate Jafar Niyazov has been awarded a Geospatial Events Grant within the second Call 2017 towards attending the GISCA. This Confere …

    The Geosphere of UNIGIS Girona

    Every year the GIS & Remote Sensing Service (SIGTE) of the University of Girona organizes the Jornadas de SIG libre, an event of reference in the fiel …

    u_Lecture webinars summer semester 2018

    Starting from May, we are looking forward to an exciting roster of outstanding speakers on a range of topics covering themes of current interest for U …

    Where to meet UNIGIS

    Meet UNIGIS at GIS events worldwide What is distance learning? What are the prerequisites for the different programmes? Where to study with UNIGIS? Wh …

    UNIGIS Kathmandu – Celebrations & Events

    UNIGIS@Kathmandu (Nepal) celebrated the 5th year of its inception at Kathmandu Forestry College (KAFCOL) on 28th April, 2018. Dr. Him Lal Shrestha (Co …

    UNIGIS Girona celebrating its 20th anniversary!

    Right from its beginnings, the GIS and Teledetection service (SIGTE http://www.sigte.udg.edu/) of the University of Girona embraced the UNIGIS Girona …