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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 …

Walk&Feel Project Started

The Walk&Feel project has recently been started, aiming to evaluate and improve urban walkability. In a novel approach, the walking conditions for pedestrians are examined by combining human sensor data from wearable sensing devices with eDiary app entries and qualitative surveys (https://giscience.zgis.at/walkfeel). The two-year project is funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in …

Der 19. Österreichische Klimatag fand an der Universität Salzburg statt

Von 23. bis 25. April versammelten sich mehr als 250 WissenschaftlerInnen sowie MultiplikatorInnen, und Personen aus der Verwaltung erstmalig in Salzburg, um beim 19. Österreichischen Klimatag über die Herausforderungen des Klimawandels zu diskutieren und wissenschaftliche Fortschritte zu besprechen. Die Klimatage widmeten sich mit rund 90 Vorträgen und Postern der Präsentation der neuesten Forsch …

All's well that ends well: finalizing two Z_GIS-led humanitarian projects

Two Z_GIS-led projects in the humanitarian action domain were successfully completed with final project meetings held May 8-9 at the Earth Observation Center of DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen. Representatives from major humanitarian organisations, including Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF), Austrian Red Cross, ICRC, and SOS Children’s Villages were discussing the outcome of the FFG-ASAP funded projects and …

PhD Students and Alumni festival

The common field of Geoinformatics and GIScience – one term more technical, one more social sciences oriented –  is interdisciplinary, bridges various research topics and human dimensions. To account for the human dimensions of the research the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS organized the first PhD Students and Alumni festival on Friday, April 27, 2018. More than 70 attendees were fascinated …

'Klimatag 2018' @ University of Salzburg

The conference ‘Aktuelle Klimaforschung in Österreich’ has been kicked-off today at the University of Salzburg. The 19. Austrian Climate Day takes place at the University of Salzburg, Faculty of Natural Sciences, from 23 to 25 April 2018.Link to the programme.Stefan Kienberger and Bernhard Zagel are representing ‘Z_GIS’ at this event co-organized by the CCCA – Climate Research Network Austria, Uni …

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    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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    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 …

    UNIGIS MSc 2018 successfully launched in Salzburg

    “No open questions” was the motto of the 2-day introductory workshop held in Salzburg. Study-related topics provided a detailed insight into the UNIGI …

    UNIGIS Geospatial Events Grants 2018

    UNIGIS International Association “Geospatial events grants” (GEG) – Now open for applications! Established in 2017, the UNIGIS International Associati …