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Monthly Archive for September, 2013

The Alexander von Humboldt foundation has granted a short European research stay at the department of computer science, National University of Ireland in Maynooth, in support of the osmAGENT project. Jamal as the manager of the osmAGENT project visited the target institute in particular Dr. Peter Mooney and his colleagues in order to collaborate further [...]

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The issue 3/2013 (Vol. 26) of the journal gis.SCIENCE by Wichmann has been published.
It contains selected full review paper (e.g. on context-aware 3D geovisualization or on the analysis of tourist activity from Flickr fotos) from the conference GEOINFORMATIK 2013, that was held at Heidelberg University this year.
The cover features a screenshot from OSM-3D.org presenting the [...]

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Bernhard Höfle has been appointed as new member of the Executive Committee of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) at the University of Heidelberg.
The Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) combines a wide range of environmental perspectives including natural sciences, social sciences and cultural studies. It focuses on humans’ physical and socio-cultural environments as [...]

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A new automated approach for the detection and classification of man-made objects in urban corridors from point clouds acquired by vehicle-borne Mobile Laser Scanning (MLS) has recently been suggested by Fan and Yao. The approach is designed based on a-priori knowledge in urban areas:
(i) man-made objects feature geometric regularity like vertical planar structures (e.g. building [...]

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Researchers of the GIScience group (Institute of Geography, University of Heidelberg) captured parts of the limestone quarry of HeidelbergCement in Nussloch near Heidelberg in cooperation with the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) developing company MAVinci.
The aim of analysing the data is to find a cost-effective, time-saving but precise method to survey a quarry, including volume [...]

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Call for Participation:
Conference “Web 2.0 und Social Media in Disaster Prevention and Flood Risk Management” Heidelberg, 17.10.2013
The summer 2013 floods which hit areas in parts of Germany and adjacent countries devastated large areas and caused a huge amount of economic losses.
Against the backdrop of this “centennial flood” this conference deals with the question how volunteers [...]

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Geotagged photos on social media like Flickr explicitly indicate the trajectories of tourists. They can be employed to reveal the tourists’ preference on landmarks and routings of tourism. Most of existing works on routing searches from social media are based on the trajectories of GPS-enabled devices’ users. We attempt to propose a novel approach in [...]

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The increasing availability of sensor devices has resulted in large volumes of sensor data, which has raised the issue of making these data fully discoverable and interpretable by applications and end-users. The idea of OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) has addressed this issue by proposing a set of standards to enable accessibility of sensor data [...]

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A new tool for clustering and analyzing geographic data with artifical self-organizing neural networks (SOM) and the innovative Neural Gas (NG) algorithms has been made availabe. The free SPAWNN suite supports different spatial context models and it also establishes interactive linkage between the neural network and geographic maps.
Notably it enables further the follow-up clustering of [...]

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The draft programme and list of presentations for the conference “Web 2.0 und Social Media in Katastrophenschutz und Hochwassermanagement” has been updated. A very promising list of experts in Disaster Response, CrowdMapping, Social Media, GIScience etc. will gather at Studio Villa Bosch, Heidelberg on 17.10.2013. Further there will be two social events (icebreaker and cool [...]

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