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2019 EDC "Student of the Year" Award going to Florian Schöpflin

Congratulations to recent graduate Florian Schöpflin for winning the 2019 award!As an ESRI Development Center, Z_GIS every year has the opportunity to nominate one top student based on his or her geospatial development competence. This year this special honour is awarded to Florian Schöpflin for work leading to his University of Salzburg “Applied Geoinformatics” MSc Thesis “Analysis of the potenti …

Amity Global Academic Excellence Award for Dr. Shahnawaz

Dr. Shahnawaz has been honoured with the ‘Amity Global Academic Excellence Award’ by Amity University group, India in recognition of his dedication and contributions for enhancing geospatial education, research and practice in South&Southeast Asia and beyond over more than one and half decades. He is Director of UNIGIS S/E Asia at the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, University o …

CopHub.AC – A space hub to foster innovation through the Copernicus Academy

In a 2-days Brussels visit the Salzburg CopHub.AC team had several in-depth discussions on how to best utilize the intended space hub to foster uptake and innovation and exploiting the distributed capacities within the emerging Copernicus Academy network. In dedicated sessions with the Copernicus Support Office and DG Grow, as well as with our Brussel-based project partners EARSC and Evenflow, we …

Call Open | Q&A Webinar: Copernicus Master in Digital Earth

Copernicus Master in Digital Earth (CDE) is a two year full-time integrated Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Programme. The current application window for outstanding students will close on March 14, 2019.To support applicants we have scheduled an info & consultation webinar on Wed, Jan 23 from 3 – 5pm CET.Interested candidates are welcome to explore current call details. An application …

GeoS4S Modules launched for free and open access worldwide!

The consortium of ‘GeoServices-4-Sustainability (GeoS4S)’ project is pleased to launch 20 GeoS4S Modules on an ePlatform for free and open access worldwide!GeoS4S project has been co-funded by the European Commission within ERASMUS+ programme for 3 years from 15 October 2015 to 14 October, 2018. The Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria is project coord …

Three successfull PhD defenses at Z_GIS

Just before the end of the year 2018 three PhD dissertations have been successfully defended at the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS.Alfred Wieser investigated in his research “Semiautomatische Qualitätssicherung von hydrografischen Daten”in which ways quality assurance of hydrographic sensor data can be automated in order that hydrographic measurement data becomes available?A workflow for pla …

Stefan Lang presented at the ESA workshop on Earth Observation (ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium)

From Dec 10-14, the Earth Observation Remote Sensing Workshop 2018 of the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Programme, took place at ESEC-Galaxia in Transinne, Belgium. In this 5-days intensive course, 30 selected students from ESA member states received dedicated training on the principles of remote sensing, ESA’s EO satellite missions and issues of data fusion, delivered by experts from academ …

INQUIMUS Workshop: a new generation of multi-hazard risk, vulnerability and resilience assessments

INQUIMUS, latin for “we say”, is a workshop series initiated by Z_GIS and EURAC, which was hosted this year ‘on tour’ in Venice, Italy at Ca’Fascori University . The workshop was titled “Methods and tools to assess multi-hazard risk, vulnerability and resilience” and focused on how quantitative and qualitative assessment methods could boost a transition toward a new generation of multi-hazard risk …

Locational intelligence through Geoinformatics and AI?

People use computers in their everyday life. From navigation systems to shopping planners and smart houses our life is affected more and more by intelligence systems. But how are such systems working and what will it mean to society?Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of a computer programme or a machine to think logically, solve problems and to learn. In practice however, most application …

CopHub.AC – a Horizon 2020 project to support the Copernicus Academy

The Horizon 2020 project CopHub.AC – coordinated by Z_GIS – started in October 2018. The vision of CopHub.AC is to establish within the next two years a long-term Copernicus hub to consolidate and sustain the Copernicus Academy as a knowledge and innovation platform.  With 13 European partners involved from academia and industry, including associations from the GI / EO sector, the project pursues …

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    Robots as embedded agents: Highlight Thesis 2018

    The Master Thesis of Veronika Priesner on robots as embedded agents was selected to be the Master-Thesis Highlight 2018 of the Applied Geoinformatics MSc study program in Salzburg. Quoting the upcoming Z_GIS Annual Report 2018 that will be published soon: “Robots quickly infiltrate our daily lives. Examples are vacuum cleaners and mowing robots as well as self-driving cars. However, the motivation …

    Impressive PhD Defense: Congrats Dr. Francis Oloo!

    Integrating sensor-streams into agent-based models (ABM) is like trying to fit circles into a triangular hole. However, it is becoming ever more relevant in today’s technical realities of data streams that are embedded virtually everywhere. Some of the wicked problems that Francis had to tackle were: How to utilise the inceasing wealth of data in an inherently theory-based method? How to validate …

    Purpose-Game Equilibrium

    The purpose game EQUILIBRIUM is now ready to play and can be download from: https://bit.ly/2PLYWi4 EQUILIBRIUM introduces to a fictitious story about civilization collapse. The game objective is to explore the environment and to find out what went wrong. The game is part of an ongoing study. Your anonymous participation is very welcome! In case you have any questions, suggestions or remarks please …

    Ecological Modelling Global Conference – ISEM 2019

    Salzburg, 1. – 5. Oct. 2019. The department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg is proud to host the biennual, Global Conference on Ecological Modelling ISEM 2019! Under the motto eco:model:spaces, spatially explicit modelling will be a spotlight topic of the conference. We are currently looking for Symposia (deadline 22. February 2019) The Call for papers is open until 8. Apri …

    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 …

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    The QGIS Users and Developers Conference 2019

    Last week, from 4th to 10th March, the QGIS International User and Developers Conference was held in A Coruña, Spain. QGIS is one of the most importan …

    UNIGIS @GeoSmart India 2019, New Delhi

    The UNIGIS International Association was invited to contribute to the GeoSmart India 2019 (GSI’19)  conference held in New Delhi, India from 11th to 1 …

    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: specialisation “GIS for the Environment”

    UNIGIS Salzburg offers a new specialisation on GIS for the Environment. It is targeted at working professionals in the environmental or ecological dom …

    UNIGIS Annual Meeting in Hungary

    The annual meeting of UNIGIS International Organization has been successfully concluded from October 26 to 28. The General Assembly is organized annua …

    Winners of the UIA Academic Excellence Prize 2018

    The UNIGIS International Association (UIA) would like to announce the winners of its Academic Excellence Prize. The Prize, initiated in 2008, is prese …

    UNIGIS Salzburg: Intro Workshop for future GIS-professionals

    For the October intake of the UNIGIS professional certificate course, 11 future GIS-professionals met in Salzburg for starting together  into an inten …

    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 …

    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 …