Wednesday, February 26, 2020

PhD defense on "Big Earth data" within the Doctoral College "GIScience"

Martin Sudmanns impressively defended his PhD Thesis “Big Earth data disruption in Earth observation: A geospatial perspective of a transition process”.

Over the last four years, Martin aimed to explore big Earth data as a recent trend from a geospatial perspective and investigated whether this perspective could add unique value to tackle some technological challenges, such as EO data management and processing, but also with the production and the value of geospatial information.

In eight peer-reviewed publications, Martin focused on three sub-topics:

-       New ways of visualising the EO data distribution, detecting systematic errors, but also the potential for geographic stratification of methods.
-       Approaches that support analysis units on the object level at different scales were addressed as a novel logical data model for managing and quering objects and their spatio-temporal attributes.
-       A “semantic sphere” was investigated and prototypically developed as facilitator for connecting EO data to real-world concepts and integrating different data sources to overcome the semantic gap between data and categorical information, a.

This research contributed to a better understanding of big Earth data distribution and potentials for their visualisation, an approach for a logical layer as data model for managing spatio-temporal objects in big Earth data technology, and the development of a semantic sphere on EO data cubes.

Martin will start his Postdoc career at Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg further deepening his research in EO data cubes. We wish Martin all the best on his future road of life!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

iDEAS:lab Präsenz bei der IV-Mitgliederversammlung

Als Teil der MINT:labs SCI war das iDEAS:lab mit einer multimedial ausgestatteten Station bei der diesjährigen IV-Mitgliederversammlung im Kongresshaus Salzburg vertreten.
Dabei bot sich den Anwesenden die Gelegenheit zum Austausch, sich zu Forschungstätigkeiten und über die Angebote des iDEAS:labs zu informieren. Mit dabei: die VR-Brille, die sich großer Beliebtheit erfreute und von zahlreichen Gästen ausprobiert wurde. Auch Rektor Prof. Dr. Dr. Lehnert nutzte die Gelenheit, um Salzburg in einer virtuellen Umgebung zu erkunden. 

Fotocredit: ©  IV-Salzburg/Kolarik

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Annual review IDEAS:lab 2019

For this years last event in the iDEAS:lab, the Bundesrealgymnasium Linz took the opportunity for a visit in our science lab. The programme for the participants was designed to provide two different modules. The students became acquainted with the positioning via GPS technology and its different applications referring to navigation. Practical training was offered outside by receiving different points with GPS-Apps by the students themselves.
Furthermore the participants got to know Remote Sensing technique and its benefit in Humanitarian Aid. On this occasion the pupils could analyse a refugee camp along with its spatial expansion, the differing composition of houses and tents and the challenges which occur via an algorithm in the software. Moreover a manual analysis with respect to a tented village was given by counting and highlighting the different houses and tents in a certain area of the camp on hard copy. After that, the students were invited to try some GI-Tech including augmented sandbox and virtual reality applications. 

In summary the year 2019 can be evaluated as a substantially development for the iDEAS:lab regarding the modular teaching and training programme. Alongside numerous other visitors in the lab this year, we had pleasure to welcome 20 different school classes and more than 30 workshops from diverse fields of Geoinformatics.



Mention should also be made of the MINT:labs Outreach Event in cooperation with the Science City Itzling which took place the first time in the iDEAS:lab in May 2019, the GIS Day in November and also the visit of different steakholders and cooperating partners. 
For the upcoming year 2020, the iDEAS:lab team is looking forward to appreciate numerous guests from the university, different educational institutions, business- and public representatives for further cooperation in GI-science.

Friday, December 6, 2019

PhD on 'remaining white spots' on our maps

Laura Knoth from RSA iSPACE had focussed her doctoral studies on the interfacing of BIM (Building Information Models) and GIS, aiming at extending geospatial analysis capabilities towards the built and specifically indoor environment. Core elements of her research were developed during a semester at the University of Melbourne, contributing to one of her key doctoral publications.

As data documenting structures come in all kinds of formats, she developed a generic data model supporting the mapping of domain ontologies onto a common framework connected to standard multidimensional visualisation and analysis engines. Her results serve as an important contribution to the development of full lifecycle digital workflows for buildings and cities.

Today, on Dec 6 Laura defended her doctoral thesis with perfect grades - congratulations!

Laura Knoth with discussants Barbara Hofer (left) and Gerhard Navratil (right)
and Josef Strobl (supervisor)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

CopHub.AC and EO4Geo at the European Space Week 2019

The General Assembly of the networks Copernicus Academy and Relay was  held this year at the European Space Week 2019, 1-5 Dec 2019, in Helsinki, Finland. The Horizon 2020 project CopHub.AC - with the aim to boost and sustain the Copernicus Academy and supporting the Copernicus Support Office and DG GROW in this respect -  and the Erasmus+ Skills Alliance project EO4GEO - trying to bridge the skills gap between supply and demand of education and training in the EO*GI sector - were prominent parts of the General Assembly. CopHub.AC and the main innovation elements the project suggests to the network, was presented by Z_GIS, Stefan Lang and Barbara Riedler. 

As project coordinators they also served as representatives for the Meet the Expert sessions. A workshop was held together with University of Malaga and Evenflow discussing about strategies to sustain the Copernicus Academy. Its current activities were well represented at this unique European event by CopHub.AC partners being present, including GISIG, University of Basilicata, KU Leuven, Climate-KiC, EARSC and Spatial Services

Contact: Stefan Lang, Barbara Riedler