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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.

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

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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

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!

Fully Funded Research Training Position (PhD Fellowships)

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The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Muenster has an opening for a Fully Funded Research Training Position (PhD Fellowships) in Geoinformatics.

The deadline for applications is the 31st of March 2016.

Registration period in HISLSF

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Between January 25 and 31, 2016, students can register for all courses offered by our institute in HISLSF. Please make use of this procedure in order to secure a place in your desired courses.

ifgi participates in technology innovation for land tenure security in East Africa

Sub Saharan African countries like Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia have an immense challenge to rapidly and cheaply map millions of unrecognized land rights in the region. Over the next four years the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at WWU will collaborate with partners from East Africa and Europe to develop an innovative suite of land tenure recording tools that responds to that challenge.

Graduate School for Geoinformatics - Call for Applications

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The call for application for summer semester 2016 is open by now. The application deadline is November 23, 12 a.m. The call is for "open topics". No scholarships are available.

Location privacy seminar - final presentations and demos

On Tuesday, the three groups of students participating in the course on location privacy will present the results of their work.Students from the university of Minnesota at Minneapolis and from ifgi jointly developed three app concepts to improve the management of location privacy.
There will be short presentations by each group followed by discussions, demonstrations of the apps and hands-on experiences with the app. The event is open to anyone and starts at 14:00 st in room 309.

Job offering - Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Muenster, Germany is offering a full-time position at post-graduate level as Postdoctoral Research Associate (fixed term), (TV-L E13) to be filled from 1st March 2015 or at the earliest possible time until 31st December 2018.

Seminar: Web-based Spatio-temporal Analysis of Floating Car Data

The first session of the MSc project seminar „Web-based Spatio-temporal Analysis of Floating Car Data” will take place on Thursday, October 23rd, in room 147, ifgi, Heisenbergstr. 2, at 4pm ct.

MSc Geoinformatics Meeting, October 13th

There will be a MSc Geoinformatics students meeting on Monday, October 13, at 12:00 in room 255, where students can ask questions and discuss issues with Edzer Pebesma and Christoph Stasch.

MSc Geoinformatics Meeting, July 17th

There will be a MSc Geoinformatics students meeting on Thursday, July 17th, at 11 am in room 255, where students can ask questions and discuss issues with Edzer Pebesma and Christoph Stasch.

Seminar Location Privacy (with optional excursion to Minneapolis)

This seminar/project will focus on location privacy and related issues that arise from using mobile or situated technology as well as location-based services in general. Technological, societal and legal aspects will be discussed to design and/or implement an application that enables its users to take control of location privacy. The seminar "Location Privacy" is aimed at Master and PhD students in Geoinformatics, there is a possibility for an exkursion to Minneapolis (US).

Registration for courses of the winter term 2014/2015

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The registration period in HISLSF for courses of the winter term 2014/2015 will end on July 6. In courses with limited capacity, we can only guarantee a place to those students who have registered in time.

Call for applications: One DAAD scholarship and "open topic" (Deadline extended)

[2014-04-28] The deadline for applications has been extended to May 2nd, 2014.

You can find more information on this here.

20th anniversary of the Institute for Geoinformatics


From June 10th - 17th, 2014 the Institute for Geoinformatics will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Apart from the celebration there will be a scientific symposium and a SummerSchool on on "Gamifying Spatial Collaboration"

Registration period for courses of summer term 2014

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Please register for all courses you would like to attend in the summer term 2014 in HIS-LSF. For all geoinformatics courses, the registration period starts on January 20, 2014 and ends on January 26, 2014.

Please keep in mind that this course registration does not replace the registration for examinations, which will follow after the beginning of the semester. The course registration only serves for organizing the courses, and for the reservation of places within the courses.

Open SH-Vacancy in LIFE Project


The Institute for Geoinformatic's Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) offers a part time vacancy as a student collaborator (SH 10) in the LIFE project. Work load is 10 hour per week.

No office hours of Prof. Kray on December 11

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Please note that there will be no office hours of Prof. Kray on December 11, 2013.

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No GI Forum on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

[2013-12-03] Unfortunately, there will be no GI Forum on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

New Homepage for the Institute for Geoinformatics

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After moving to the new building GEO1 at the Heisenbergstraße, also the institute's homepage has a new address.

Graduate School: Call for applications

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The Graduate School for Geoinformatics has published its new call for applications for summer semester 2014. PhD candidates are invited to apply for "open topics" (without scholarship) and for two DAAD scholarships (for non-Germans only). Application deadline will be on November 11, 2013.

We are moving

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The Institute for Geoinformatics is moving from Weseler Str. 253 to the new GEO1 building. From september you will find us at our new address: Heisenbergstraße 2 | 48149 Münster

Semantic Engineering Seminar – Registration Still Possible!

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Registrations to the course are *still possible* using QISPOS. An information meeting will be held on *10.10.2013*, 12:00 noon in the new institute building (Heisenbergstrasse 2, StudLab 125). Questions can be addressed to Simon Scheider or Auriol Degbelo.

Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Gilberto Câmara joined our institute

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On June 1, 2013, Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Gilberto Câmara has joined our institute as a visiting professor, on leave from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) with support from CAPES-Brazil and the WWU Brazil Centre. Gilberto is a researcher in geoinformatics and environmental modelling.

Success for geoinformatic school project

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A Münster geoinformatic school project succeeds on an international level: Thomas Bartoschek, research associate at the Institute for Geoinformatics of Münster University, is to receive the "Eugene L. Lawler Award", endowed with $5,000, for his social and humanitarian contribution to informatics.