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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 …

Nanjing Normal University <> PLUS dual degree extended

Today we were honoured to welcome Prof HU Minquiang, Chancellor of Nanjing Normal University, for a signing ceremony with PLUS Vice Rector for International Relations, Prof Sylvia Hahn. Based on the renewed cooperation agreement, students from NJNU continue to attend the PLUS Geoinformatics MSc programme with an opportunity to simultaneously earn degrees from both universities.School of Geographic …

EO4Alps Summer school

On June 24th the UNIGIS EO4Alps summer school – jointly organized by Z_GIS and GEO – has started. The event is dedicated to the topic “Earth observation and geospatial information: supporting a sustainable use of alpine ecosystems and water resources”. It brings together international students and practitioners from 9 countries and is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Copernicus …

EO4HumEn+: Humanitarian GIS fair at the Austrian Red Cross in Vienna

On June 5th a Humanitarian GIS fair was organized by the Austrian Red Cross. It was the last big dissemination event of the FFG-funded research project EO4HumEn+ Extended EO-based Services for Dynamic Information needs in Humanitarian Action, where Z_GIS and other research partners developed innovative Earth observation (EO) and GIS-based solutions to meet the diverse information needs of the huma …

EO4GEO: Workshop on future demands in the GI/EO sector in Castellon, Spain

On May 30, a workshop on (future) demands in GI/EO profiles and skills needs in this sector was carried out at the University of Jaume, in Castellon, Spain. In a breakout session, organised by Barbara Hofer and Stefan Lang, three expert groups were discussing the current gaps in the workforce, specific needs in vocational and lifelong learning, and future trends in both society and technology and …

EO-Compass Launch @ Z_GIS.at

‘Have you ever spent a lot of time developing an Earth observation (EO) project without exactly knowing whether the intended data source is suitable or not?’, is a central issue investigated by Martin Sudmanns and Hannah Augustin from the Z_GIS’ OBIA research group (http://obia.zgis.at/). Today, they are very pleased to announce their first version of EO-Compass. Please visit http://eo-compass.zgi …

E2mC Review Meeting with the European Commission

The interim review meeting of the project “E2mC – Evolution of Emergency Copernicus services” took place at the premises of the company e-GEOS, Rome, Italy. At the review meeting, the European Commission welcomed the extensive developments in the project, integrating social media and crowdsourcing in the Copernicus EMS. PLUS researchers showed the improvements generated by the Witness component by …

HUMAN+ Project Kick-off

The HUMAN+ project, led by Ass.-Prof. Dr. Bernd Resch at Z_GIS, aims to improve the humanitarian situation of refugees through analysing and predicting the movement of larger groups of people, with a strong focus on ethical, legal and sociological aspects (https://giscience.zgis.at/human). The Austrian and German project partners (scientific, rescue organisations, and industry) met in Salzburg to …

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    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 …

    Spatial Simulation – special session @GI_Forum

    First things first: The first session after the Wednesday lunch break of the traditional AGIT / GI_Forum conference in Salzburg will be dedicated to Spatial Simulation. Don’t miss three interesting talks plus an ABM-update, in which early career researchers share their project results. Spatial Simulation July 5th, 1 pm-2.30 pm, Blauer Hörsaal ·         Determinants of Social Networking Mechanisms …

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    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 …

    Making GI/EO professionals ready for the future!

    The Earth observation (EO) and Geoinformatics (GI) sector is rapidly evolving due to technological advances, growing collections of open data (e.g. Co …

    UNIGIS Connect @VU Amsterdam

    UNIGIS Connect 2018: Ethics and (geo)data This annual event at VU Amsterdam  is connecting UNIGIS students (current and eternal), alumni, staff and an …

    EO4Alps Summer School, June 24 – July 6, 2018l

    “Earth observation and geospatial information: supporting a sustainable use of alpine ecosystems and water resources” The EO4Alps Summer School 2018 i …