Wednesday, December 14, 2016

E2mC project: Integration of Social Media Analysis and Crowdsourced Information within Mapping and Early Warning Components of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service

Current methods in disaster management, which are greatly based on remote sensing technology, suffer from severe shortcomings including a temporal lag of typically 48-72 hours, or limited spatial resolution. The E2mC project aims at demonstrating the technical and operational feasibility of the integration of social media analysis and crowdsourced information within both the Mapping and Early Warning Components of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS). The project started with a kick-off meeting in Rome last week.

The project team will develop a prototype of a new EMS Service Component (Copernicus Witness), designed to exploit social media analysis and crowdsourcing capabilities to generate a new product of the EMS portfolio.
Heterogeneous social media data streams (Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) will be analysed and sparse crowdsourcing communities will be federated (crisis specific as Tomnod, HOT, SBTF and generic as Crowdcrafting, EpiCollect, etc.).

E2mC will perform demonstrations within realistic and operational scenarios designed by the users involved within the project (Civil Protection Authorities and Humanitarian Aid operators, including their volunteer teams) and by the current Copernicus EMS Operational Service Providers that are part of the E2mC Consortium. The involvement of social media and crowdsourcing communities will foster the engagement of a large number of people in supporting crisis management and increase awareness of Copernicus.

Contact: Bernd Resch 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Filip Biljecki awarded the "Young Researcher Award in GIScience"

The Austrian Academy of Sciences' (ÖAW) Commission for GIScience has awarded the “Young Researcher Award in GIScience” to Filip Biljecki, a PhD student at Delft University of Technology, for his outstanding publication achievements in the field of Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics.

Filip specializes in his research on 3D GIS and city models. In his colloquium talk, Filip introduced current projects of his research group and gave a brief overview of his PhD thesis. He focuses on the level of detail and error propagation in 3D GIS. The research investigates how errors in the reconstruction of 3D building models affect the output of spatial analyses. An approach involving intentionally degraded procedural models was developed, and this technique was applied to estimating the solar irradiation on rooftops.

Although Filip has a deep technical background in 3D data models and representation, some scientists from different research domains of the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS identified common research interests, which may lead to future research collaborations. It was an honor for the Department of Geoinformatics to hand over the award on behalf of the ÖAW to Filip. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Re-Viewing GIS Day 2016

Global GIS Day every year is a wonderful opportunity to invite schools to get in touch with Geoinformatics, experiencing how to bridge the real and virtual worlds. More than 200 pupils from several schools in and around Salzburg visited Z_GIS on Nov 16, working their way through 7 different modules ranging from operating robots to learning about drone aerial photography and managing a safe trip to school by bike.

University of Salzburg Rector Prof Heinrich Schmidinger
speaking at the iDEAS:lab opening during GIS Day 2016

This year's GIS Day was an even more special event due to the opening of our new iDEAS:lab, where schools in the future will have year-round opportunities to learn about spatial technologies and related applications. In addition to functioning as a 'learning lab', this facility simultaneously will serve as a 'research lab', an 'open science lab' a 'transfer lab' in collaboration with our industry partners.

Check out photographic impressions from Nov 16 @Z_GIS >

Monday, November 21, 2016

MORPH project: analysing surface morphology changes

The FWF project MORPH (Mapping, monitoring and modelling the spatio-temporal dynamics of land surface morphology) started at the beginning of November 2016. The project team seeks to develop novel methods for mapping, monitoring and modelling spatial-temporal dynamics of surface morphology including the analysis of various optical and radar remote sensing data.

MORPH focuses on the investigation of landslides and volcanic deposits in two study areas in Iceland, which are highly dynamic in their geomorphic evolution and characterized by progressive mass displacements and surface deformation. One major objective is the development of an efficient object-based image analysis (OBIA) method for the multi-scale mapping of slope instabilities and volcanic deposits. The method aims to be transferable across various sensing data and at the same time automated in order to be able to analyse time series for monitoring spatio-temporal changes of land surface morphology.

The MORPH project benefits from a close collaboration with researchers from the University of Iceland. Daniel Hölbling (Z_GIS) was invited to attend the mid-term workshop of the EMMIRS (Environmental Mapping and Monitoring of Iceland by Remote Sensing) project beginning of November in Iceland. The workshop was an ideal opportunity to share experiences and become familiar with the characteristics and the evolution of the Hekla study site.

Contact: Dirk Tiede, Daniel Hölbling

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Opening of iDEAS:lab - bridging education, research and the public

About 200 visitors: pupils, representatives from the local and regional governments, from industry and University of Salzburg leadership attended today´s opening of the iDEAS:lab - the main highlight of this year´s global GIS Day in Salzburg. The iDEAS:lab ("Integrated Digital Earth Applications and Science Lab"), located at the Techno-Z in Salzburg-Itzling, is a platform for education, research and cooperation with industry and the public.

It serves as a multi-purpose open geospatial technologies and media lab, where visitors can experience, explore and understand Digital Earth technologies. The lab is open to schools, students, researchers and the public. Additionally, it is designed as an industry hub for networking and hosting business events. The aim of the new iDEAS:lab is to provide an engaging, dynamic and innovation-friendly learning environment for geoinformation science.

In the iDEAS:lab, visitors use geo-technologies to explore solutions for their own lives, such as the safest route to school. In addition, the iDEAS:lab will evolve into an interface between geoinformation science and the public, while at the same time serving as a transfer lab for industry.

Recently the iDEAS:lab concept was nominated as a finalist for the Education Award of the B&C Private Foundation.

Contact: Bernd Resch (iDEAS:lab), Robert Vogler (PLUS School of Education)