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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 …

Successful PhD defence

Gyula Kothencz, PhD student within the Doctoral College „GIScience“ successfully defended his PhD „Data and information development methodologies for green urban area planning and management“.In his dissertation, Gyula developed methodologies to map objective and perceived green space characteristics as well as to produce cost-effective urban vegetation height maps from satellite imagery. The rese …

‘Perfection’ vs. ‘good enough’ in Information Management – GeOnG 2018

Z_GIS was invited to the GeOnG Forum in Chambéry, France on the 29 October – 31 October 2018 to present a workshop on the humanitarian service Z_GIS is providing to NGOs since 2011. 200 GIS experts and managers from Europe and Africa attended the  biannual event. The GeOnG forum address issues related to data in the humanitarian & development sectors, including topics related to mapping, GIS, data …

'Copernicus Master in Digital Earth' – New E+ EMJMD Programme

The ‘Copernicus Master in Digital Earth – CDE’ initiative, a joint Erasmus+ Key Action 1 project, has been kicked off at the coordinator’s site ‘Z_GIS’ in Salzburg. This joint study programme responds to the current need of highly qualified specialists in the fields Geoinformatics / Geo and Earth Observation / Space. The two year full-time integrated Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Prog …

ASEA Uninet Workshop 'smartFARMING' in Selangor, Malaysia

The Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS implemented a week-long Interdisciplinary Faculty Development Workshop on ‘Geoinformatics for Smart Farming in Southeast Asia (smartFARMING)’ at University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Selangor, Malaysia. The workshop was organised jointly by Z_GIS and UPM from 29th October to 2nd November, 2018. The smartFARMING project was co-funded by ASEA Uninet A …

Z_GIS celebrating 30th anniversary

The Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS based at the University of Salzburg celebrated its 30th anniversary with two dedicated events, a GIScience Symposium and a Ceremonial Act on October 25, 2018. More than 200 participants enjoyed these special occasions supported by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the University of Salzburg and Land Salzburg.The GIScience Symposium started with …

Successful Workshop delivered for DSinGIS project

The DSinGIS project, coordinated by Obuda University supports Uzbekistan in sustainable development of GIScience education and is aiming to develop a new doctoral programme in Geoinformation Sciences.From 2018 Oct 15 – 19, Z_GIS as project partner, conducted a five day workshop on learning support methodologies at the National Uzbek University in Tashkent. The 25 participants not only learned abou …

Focus: Copernicus Ecosystem 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 …

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    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 …

    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 …

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    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 …

    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 …