Projects

Visitor Behaviour in Museums

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People

Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering
Dr. Jakub Krukar
Dr. Carl Schultz
Sergey Mukhametov

Funding Period
04/2015 - 09/2016
Funding Organization Eigenmittel
Link http://schwering.staff.ifgi.de/Besucherverhalten/

 Description

In diesem Projekt wird ein System entwickelt, dass über ein Netzwerk aus mehreren Tiefenbildkameras Besucher eines Museums durch eine Ausstellung hinweg observieren, emotionale Reaktionen auf Ausstellungsexponate messen und soziale Interaktion zwischen Besucher(gruppen) analysieren kann. Die empirischen Daten geben Aufschluss auf Nutzung des Raums, aktive Partizipation an Exponaten und den Einfluss räumlicher Aspekte auf die Perzeption und Teilhabe an einer Ausstellung.

its4Land

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People

Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering
Dr. Malumbo Chipofya
Dr. Carl Schultz
Sahib Jan

Funding Period
07/2014 - 06/2017
Funding Organization EU H2020 - Research and innovation actions
Link https://its4land.com

 Description

Länder in Subsahara-Afrika wie Ruanda, Kenia und Äthiopien stehen vor der großen Herausforderung, innerhalb kurzer Zeit Millionen bislang nicht anerkannter Bodenrechte zu kartieren, ohne hohe Kosten zu verursachen. Um dieser Herausforderung zu begegnen, wird das Institut für Geoinformatik (ifgi) der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster in den kommenden vier Jahren in Zusammenarbeit mit Partnern aus Ostafrika und Europa eine Reihe innovativer Werkzeuge zur Erfassung von Grundbesitz entwickeln. An dem Projekt its4land, in dem Forscher diese Werkzeuge entwickeln, werden Partner sowohl aus der Industrie als auch aus dem akademischen Bereich beteiligt sein.

WayTo

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People
Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering
Dr. Rui Li
Vanessa Joy Anacta
External Partners
Prof. Dr. Stefan Münzer, Lehrstuhl für Bildungspsychologie, Universität Mannheim
Funding Period
07/2014 - 06/2017
Funding Organization DFG  (Project number SCHW1371/15-1)
Link http://www.uni-muenster.de/Geoinformatics/WayTO/

 Description

Wayfinding involves memory for routes, general orientation in an environment and the acquisition of survey knowledge. Moreover, wayfinding includes problem-solving activities such as navigational planning. Competent wayfinding is based on a mental representation of large-scale space, the cognitive map. To date, mobile car and pedestrian navigation assistance systems offer guidance by instructing the navigator turn-by-turn based on a metric map. Those systems do not provide comprehensive spatial overview and orientation information. Therefore, they do not support the formation of a cognitive map. As a consequence, the navigator´s spatial cognitive processes are impeded. The present proposal develops a new paradigm for assisted navigation termed Wayfinding Through Orientation. This paradigm supports the navigators´ wayfinding activities through providing orientation information that is cognitively appropriate by resembling attributes of a cognitive map. The spatial information provided is schematized and includes different levels of abstraction as well as global and local landmarks in one visualization.It is proposed that wayfinding and orientation information can easily be encoded and learned. Furthermore, it is proposed that wayfinding through orientation visualizations can effectively be used in a naturalistic navigation and orientation scenario in a real environment. Empirical studies will examine these hypotheses by comparing wayfinding through orientation visualizations with guidance-based assistance systems and metric maps.

SketchMapia

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People
Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering
Dr. Klaus Broelemann
Dr. Jia Wang
Malumbo Chipofya
Sahib Jan
Funding Period
2011 - 2014
Funding Organization DFG
Link http://www.uni-muenster.de/Geoinformatics/en/sketchmapia/

 Description

SketchMapia is a framework that contains the complete workflow of collection, recognition, interpretation, integration and visualization of sketch maps. In the context of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), SketchMapia employs sketch maps to contribute geographic information. It opens more capabilities of Geographic Information Systems (GISs) to the general public. In spite people who have difficulties to draw a map, all others can use the sketching interface that SketchMapia provides to produce user-generated spatial contents. However, due to human cognition, sketch maps are incomplete, distorted, schematized, and therefore not as accurate as metric maps. This project develops a qualitative computational model to represent sketch maps in a computer-understandable way. SketchMapia integrates information from various sketch maps and metric maps into one data repository which can be queried by users via a query-by-sketch interface. Finally, spatial information from sketch maps is integrated with quantitative data to be represented on metric maps.

Sensebox für Bürger

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Projektteilnehmer

Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering
Thomas Bartoschek
Björn Guntermann
Jenny Johne
Mario Pesch

Projektlaufzeit
11/2014 - 06/2015
Mittelgeber VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH
Webadresse http://sensebox.uni-muenster.de/

 Description

Die SenseBox ist ein Do-it-yourself-Bausatz für stationäre und mobile Sensoren. Mit der SenseBox können Bürger und Schulen Umweltdaten über Klima, Luftqualität, Verkehrsaufkommen, Lärmbelästigung und vieles mehr positionsbezogen messen und so zu genaueren Aussagen über lokale Umweltphänomene beitragen.

Educational Advancement of ICT Based Spatial Literacy in Europe (ENAbLE)

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People

Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering
Thomas Bartoschek
Marike Meijer
Sven Heitmann

External Partners

Universidade De Aveiro, Portugal

Universitat Jaume I De Castellon, Spain

Funding Period
09/2014 - 08/2017
Funding Organization EC - Lifelong Learning Programme: Erasmus+
Link http://enable-project.eu

 Description

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and spatial literacy are essential in many professional and everyday activities. Spatial literacy, learning about and improving interaction with one's surroundings, is an inherently trans-disciplinary competency transcending from STEM to social sciences and arts. Despite the omnipresence of geospatial and ICT technologies, they are still insufficiently integrated into current teaching practices in secondary schools. The key reason for this discrepancy is the lack of "out-of-the-box" solutions for teachers, which provide an engaging experience to pupils. Furthermore, ICT practices are not sufficiently integrated into standard curricula for secondary schools and into teachers' education.

This project establishes a sustainable strategic partnership that aims at integrating ICT and spatial literacy to secondary school education by

(i) developing an out-of-the-box toolbox to educate children with better ICT and spatial skills to prepare them for the labour market,

(ii) enabling secondary school teachers to teach ICT-based spatial literacy,

(iii) integrating ICT-based spatial literacy in school curricula and developing a homogeneous vision of ICT education across all stakeholders

(iv) disseminating these results across Europe.