Tuesday, March 10, 2020

iDEAS:lab welcomes the new Applied Geoinformatics Master Students!

Today, the new master students in Applied Geoinformatics attended their Orientation and Introduction to Geoinformatics in the iDEAS:lab.
We warmly welcome the new students and wish an informative, interesting and successful time completing their study programme! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

iDEAS:lab onTour: "Geoinformatik als Brücke zwischen realer und virtueller Welt" beim 1. Bildungssymposium Pinzgau MINT

 
PädagogInnen - vom Kindergarten bis zur Matura - hatten beim 1. Bildungssymposium Pinzgau MINT die Gelegenheit, sich mit VertreterInnen aus Bildung, Wirtschaft, Vereinen und Gemeinden auszutauschen. Der vom iDEAS:lab geleitete Workshop "Geoinformatik als Brücke zwischen realer und virtueller Welt" bot den TeilnehmerInnen die Möglichkeit, AR-Applikationen am Handy und mit der VR-Brille auszuprobieren und Erfahrungen zu sammeln. Darüber hinaus wurde auch besprochen, wie Positionierung als Grundlage für räumlich aufbereitete AR-Apps funktioniert. Um das Erlebte zu Hause, mit Freunden oder SchülerInnen zu reflektieren, gab es eine Kurzzusammenfassung und Liste der vorgestellten Open-Source Apps zum Mitnehmen.

Friday, February 28, 2020

PhD Defense on "Urban Livability" at the Doctoral College "GIScience"


Anna Kovacs-Györi successfully defended her PhD Thesis “Defining and Assessing Urban Livability”.

Cities are complex systems and the task of accounting for this complexity in improving city quality is immense. International initiatives often focus on the improvement of the urban quality to address urban challenges. The concept of livability can support these endeavours by depicting the complex urban system and its components through the lens of this person-environment relationship.

In her PhD research, Anna investigated how urban livability assessment combined with geospatial analysis methodologies offer a way to reduce this complexity of the urban systems and livability itself by handling the characteristics and phenomena of cities systematically.
Questionnaires, assessment platforms, spatiotemporal and sentiment analysis of social media data, or biosensors quantifying human perception have been used to assess the elements  of the person-environment relationship and thereby livability.

By considering the spatial and temporal characteristics of the data using GIS, researchers, decision-makers, urban planners and other stake-holders can gain valuable insights on urban liveability, also by identifying less well-performing areas and elements of a city.

More information about Anna’s research can be found at https://twitter.com/arrabonusannie

We wish Anna all the best on her future road of life!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Geoinformatik als Thema für LehrerInnenfortbildung im Geographie- und Wirtschaftskundeunterricht


"Forschen - und Experimentiren im Geographie- und Wirtschaftskundeunterricht", unter diesem  Thema fanden sich 25 TeilnehmerInnen aus dem Bereich GW der Sekundarstufe der Pädagogischen Hochschule Salzburg zu einer Lehrerfortbildung in den Räumen des ideas:lab am IFFB Geoinformatik- Z_GIS ein. Mit dem Ziel, diverse GIS- gestützte Themen, Technologien und Anwendungen des interaktiven Forschungslabors auch in den täglichen Schulunterricht einzubauen, konnten die TeilnehmerInnen im Rahmen der Fortbildung aus insgesamt drei verschiedenen Workshopangeboten  wählen.

Hierbei bestand die Möglichkeit, sich mit dem Thema Satellitennavigation und GPS befassen, Geo-Onlineportale als ein potentiell geeignetes Kommunikatiosmittel für räumliche Informationen zu verwenden sowie die Technik der Fernerkundung und ihre Einsatzmöglichkeiten in humanitären Projekten zu analysieren.

Darüber hinaus war es den TeilnehmerInnen der Fortbildung freigestellt, in Eigenregie  verschiedene Anwendungen und Techniken wie die Augmented Reality Sandbox oder die VR-Brille im ideas:lab  auszuprobieren. Neben der hinzugewonnenen Expertise über die Anwendbarkeit von GIS-Technologien im Schulunterricht konnte das ideas:lab auch als zukünftiges Exkurisonsziel für den GW-Unterricht gewonnen werden.

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.