Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Successful PhD defense of Günther Sagl

December, 17, 2012 Günther Sagl successfully defended his PhD Thesis, entitled "Spatio-Temporal Analyses of Environmental and Social In Situ Sensor Data".

Günther Sagl convincingly presented and defended his research work. Prof. Blaschke served as the chair of the examination panel, Prof. Siegfried Reich (director of Salzburg Research) and Prof. Martin Raubal (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) acted as discussants. After the presentation of the major achievements by the candidate a lively and challenging discussion examined the major achievements of the research work.  Nearly 50 visitors followed this interesting defence, and some participants took the chance to actively engage in this discussion.

This was the first defence in the context of the Doctoral College “GIScience”. Günther Sagl was one of currently 10 associated students of the DK. His defence offered him the opportunity to establish himself as an expert in the field of his work of research. With this degree Günther has achieved the next step in his career and we congratulate him to his performance and wish him all the best for his future career as a scientist!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Successful LiDAR Intensive Course

LiDAR @ Paris-Lodron University

The Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS hosted a LiDAR Intensive Programme  from November 30 – December 5, 2012 in Salzburg, Austria. The event was supported by the European LiDAR Mapping Forum (ELMF) which took place December 4-5, 2012 at Salzburg Congress.  

Twenty-five participants (from 15 nations) from industry, higher education (including UNIGIS students), research institutions and governmental entities attended the course at the Natural Sciences Faculty of the University of Salzburg. In a series of lectures, tutorials and hands-on sessions participants studied LiDAR (aerial, terrestrial and mobile) sensors, various spatial analysis tools and novel applications in the field.

Representatives from academia and the LiDAR industries (University of Heidelberg, Microsoft, Intergraph, Technical University of Vienna, Exelis, Riegl, LAStools, ESRI, Trimble etc) shared their knowledge and expertise with the students and discussed future developments and challenges of LiDAR technologies. Course keynotes featured “LiDAR aerial sensors” by Norbert Pfeifer (Technical University of Vienna) and “Mapping the future as an intelligent 3D map” by Lawrie Jordan (Director of Imagery, ESRI). The ELMF provided an international platform for networking and communicating with conference participants and LiDAR associated enterprises.  Thank you to all speakers, sponsors and participants of the LiDAR Short Intensive Programme for sharing in the lively exchange!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

GI_Forum 2013 – First Call for Papers


Creating the GISociety
July 2 -5, 2013 | Salzburg, Austria
The international GI_Forum attracts an interdisciplinary audience interested in discussing progress and new ideas in GIScience. The GI_Forum communicates innovative research and learning in Geographic Information Science with focus on hardware, software, orgware and brainware for the GISociety, and their inter-relationships.
Topics within the special focus include, but are not limited to:
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • GIScience & Target Group Specific Design
  • Mobility and Safety
  • Monitoring and Modelling of Global Change
  • Spatial Information & Society
  • Critical GIS / Cartography
  • Education for Spatial Citizenship
  • Spatial Thinking in Education
  • Outreach Initiatives

We invite researchers from these fields to interact closely and benefit from each other. This year our keynote speakers Sarah Elwood, Josef Strobl, Geoff Zeiss and Francis Harvey support the general topic. We will accept online submissions only, starting from December, 1st 2012 until February 1st, 2013. For further information please visit

Monday, November 12, 2012

GIS Day celebrated at digital:earth:at

digital:earth:at, the Austrian Centre for Learning and Teaching with Geoinformation based at the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, will host a GIS Day event on November 14th, 2012. Some 300 students and teachers from secondary schools in Salzburg and Upper Austria will attend presentations and workshops held by the Z_GIS experts and partners from other research institutions and the local government.
A wide range of topics and tools will be presented in the workshops and tested by the young audience, such as GPS, smartphone mapping apps for OpenStreetMap, and remote sensing tools.
For more information and the detailed programme see .