Institute for Geoinformatics
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Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster

Geoinformatics is the science of modelling spatio-temporal processes computationally. The Institute of Geoinformatics in Münster provides bachelor, master and phd degrees in geoinformatics. Our research areas are modelling spatio-temporal processes, semantic interoperability, spatial assistance systems, cognitive engineering and sensor networks.

Hackathon for all ifgi students #ifgiHACK22

After 2 years of digital or hybrid teaching, little exchange between students, teachers and staff, we would like to invite ALL students of ALL courses at the Institute of Geoinformatics to the first ifgiHACK! At the ifgiHACK you develop ideas and prototypes in teams on current local, global challenges and challenges regarding current research projects or your studies. We reserved the whole GEO I building so there is plenty of room for your ideas!

The best ideas and prototypes will be awarded! 

Further information: here

The European Union supports the Erasmus Mundus program with EUR 3.9 million

The EU commission has just confirmed the continuation of our MSc program in Geospatial Technologies as part of the Erasmus Mundus program. The European Union will therefore support 84 scholars within the next 5 ½ years with a total of EUR 3.9 million. This great achievement is not only the result of countless hours spent for preparing the extensive application, which finally succeeded over around 80 other highly competitive proposals, but also values the 15 years of experience we meanwhile have in offering this unique study program.
The MSc program in Geospatial Technologies is offered as a Joint Degree together with NOVA IMS (Portugal) and Universitat Jaume I - UJI in Castellón (Spain). The international character, however, does not only come from these three locations, but mainly from the broad range of countries the students come from. The more than 250 students who have attended the program so far came from over 50 different countries, such as Ethiopia, Brazil, USA, China, Colombia, East Timor or Jamaica.
If that sounds like an interesting experience to you, please feel free to have a closer look at the program's website:

Information on the summer term 2020 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic

Given the current situation, the institute for geoinformatics has decided to deliver all courses of the summer term 2020 - as much as possible - in a digital form. All lecturers are hard at work to find suitable solutions and adapt the course materials. Please keep checking your WWU e-mail inbox frequently in order to remain informed, also on specific consequences on individual courses. Please also note that the delay of the beginning of the semester, which has been decided by WWU, only applies to courses which require physical presence. Any online courses can start on April 6. Participation will be independent from your location, it is thus not necessary to come to Münster.

Student of the year

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We are very proud to announce that one of our doctoral students, René Unrau, has been elected as 2019 Esri Development Center International Student of the Year!

René has clearly earned this honor with his PhD project in which he proposes and evaluates a holistic and scalable approach to assess the usability of Web GIS, mainly using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. In his toolkit, four types of interactive visualizations are shown to facilitate deep insights into the usability of Web GIS. Please see the Esri website for further information.

Congratulations, René!

Five new PhDs in three days: congratulations to Ana, Champika, Guiying, Mehrnaz and Shivam!

On Thursday, Friday and Monday, five candidates from ifgi successfully defended their theses and became the most recent PhD graduates at ifgi. Ana Maria Bustamante defended her work on “Participation & (Re)Settlement: Envisioning Mobile Services with Young Forced Migrants”. Champika Ranasinghe did the same for her topic “Adapting Navigation Support to Positional Information of Varying Quality”. Guiying Du’s defence centred on her topic of “Supporting Public Participation through Interactive Immersive Public Displays”. Mehrnaz Ataei publicly defended her thesis on “Location Data Privacy: Principles to Practice” and Shivam Gupta did the same for his thesis on “Spatial Modelling of Air Pollution for Open Smart Cities”. Ana, Guiying, Mehrnaz and Shivam were the first four out of thirteen early stage researchers on the ITN GEO-C to defend their thesis - the remaining nine candidates will defend their work in the coming two weeks.

Congratulations to the five new PhDs!

EDC Forum 2017 - “Big Data Analytics & GIS“ in Münster, September 21-22

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The EDC Forum 2017 will be held at the Institute for Geoinformatics (Ifgi) in Münster on September 21-22! 
Ifgi is participating in Esri’s EDC (Esri Development Center) program, which fosters the collaboration between research and industry. The EDC Developer Forum is a joint workshop format with presentations, open discussions and practical workshops. The forum is designed to discuss concepts and technologies, to evaluate market-driven solutions, and to gain hands-on experience in applying those concepts and technologies.

The EDC Forum 2017 "Big Data Analytics in Geographic Information Systems" addresses topics with a scientific and technological focus in the field of modeling, analyzing and visualizing spatio-temporal phenomena in large datasets. Registration is open until August 21. For a detailed program and other useful information, check the workshop homepage.

openSea Hackday 2017

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You're interested in the sea and oceans? You want to build sensors, extend your programming skills, send data over the internet or create interactive maps from open data? Then you've found your destination: The openSea Hackdays 2017!

Call for Applications: PhD scholarship 'Improving movement simulation of large masses of people'

Studies Phd

The Institute for Geoinformatics offers a PhD scholarship for the topic "Improving movement simulation of large masses of people" (Supervisor Judith Verstegen).

The scholarship includes a monthly lump sum of 1.468 €. The initial scholarship contract is for 14 months. The contract will be extended to the full 36 months in case of a positive evaluation of achieved milestones so far. The start date within the Graduate School for Geoinformatics will be Oct 1, 2017.

Application deadline is May 19, 2017.

Further information: here