Prof. Dr. Christian Kray

External Partners

The University of East Anglia, UK (co-ordinating beneficiary)

University of Plymouth, UK

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Aarhus University, Denmark

Universitat de les Illes Ballears, Spain

CNR Rome, Italy

ETH, Switzerland

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

Qualisys, Sweden

Telerobotlabs, Italy

Headway, Cambridge, UK

Italian Institute of Technology, Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IIT), Italy

Kees Christianse Architecture Partners (KCAP), Zurich

Ordnance Survey, UK

52°North , Germany

Funding Period January 2016 - December 2019
Funding Organization European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions grant agreement No 676063

Deictic communication is fundamental to understanding communication in both typical and atypical populations, and forms the key connection between language and objects/locations in the world. It is therefore critical to understanding human-human interaction, and human-system interaction in a range of technology applications – from mobile phones to intelligent robotics – and to the enhancement of clinical and educational interventions with typical and atypical populations. This ETN will train the next generation of scientists in the full range of multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial methods necessary to make significant progress in understanding deictic communication, with direct synergies between basic research and application. Training is structured around two interdisciplinary research themes – Understanding Deictic Communication and Deictic Communication in Application – both involving extensive and systematic co-supervision and collaboration across sites with key interplay between academic and non-academic beneficiaries and partners. In turn we expect that a range of applications will be enhanced with increased usability, with associated societal and economic benefit. The training of the cohort of ESR fellows is based on innovative PhD training approaches, providing not only training in interdisciplinary methods, but also employing peer-assisted methods and the latest in educational innovation. This will produce a cohort of highly skilled researchers who will be highly employable given the potential contribution they will make to future research and innovation in the public and private sectors.



Jim Jones (ULB)
Dr. Stephanie Klötgen (ULB)
Markus Konkol (ifgi)
Jan Koppe (ifgi, student assistant)
Prof. Dr. Christian Kray (ifgi)
Dr. Dirk Kussmann (ULB)
Jörg Lorenz (ULB)
Daniel Nüst (ifgi)
Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma (ifgi)
Holger Przibytzin (ULB)
Dr. Marc Schutzeichel (ULB)
Jan Suleiman (ifgi, student assistant)
Dr. Beate Tröger (ULB)


Universitäts und Landesbibliothek Münster

Funding Period November 2015 - October 2017

Open access is not only a form of publishing such that research papers become available to the large public free of charge, it also refers to a trend in science that the act of doing research becomes more open and transparent. Collected or generated research data as well as procedures are published alongside a research paper.

Increasingly, scientific results are generated by numerical manipulation of data that were already collected, and may involve simulation experiments that are entirely carried out computationally. Reproducibility of research findings, the ability to repeat experimental procedures and confirm previously found results, is at the heart of the scientific method. As opposed to the collection of experimental data in labs or nature, computational experiments lend themselves very well for reproduction. Some of the reasons why scientists do not publish data and computational procedures that allow reproduction will be hard to change, e.g. privacy concerns in the data, fear for embarrassment or of losing a competitive advantage. Others reasons however involve technical aspects, and include the lack of standard procedures to publish such information and the lack of benefits after publishing them. We aim to resolve these two technical aspects.

We propose a system that supports the evolution of scientific publications from static papers into dynamic, executable research documents and aim for the main aspects of open access: improving the exchange of, facilitating productive access to, and simplifying reuse of research results that are published over the internet.

Building on existing open standards and software, this project develops standards and tools for executable resarch documents, and will demonstrate and evaluate these, initially focusing on the geosciences domains. Building on recent advances in mainstream IT, o2r envisions a new architecture for storing, executing and interacting with the original analysis environment alongside the corresponding research data and manuscript. o2r bridges the gaps between long-term archiving, practical geoscientific research, and publication media.


Logo GEO-C

Prof. Dr. Christian Kray
Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering
Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma
Dr. Christoph Brox
Dr. Auriol Degbelo
Mehrnaz Ataei
Ana Maria Bustamante
Guiying Du
Shivam Gupta
Paola Perez
Samuel Navas Medran
Nicholas Schiestel
Jonas Wissing

External Partners

Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), NOVA – Information Management School (NOVA – IMS)
Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Institute for New Imaging Technologies (iNIT)
Stadt Münster (Münster City Council)
52 North GmbH
Hansa Luftbild
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon City Council)
Esri Portugal
Ayuntamiento de Castellón (Castellón City Council)
Urbiotica S.L.
Prodevelop S.L.

Funding Period January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2018
Funding Organization European Commission within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, International Training Networks (ITN), European Joint Doctorates (EJD).

Urbanisation has been a key trend for centuries and is expected to continue throughout the 21st century as well. Cities have to continuously strive to provide a sustainable, safe and liveable environment for their ever-increasing populations. In recent years, the term ‘smart cities’ has been coined for initiatives that monitor and analyse different aspects of urban life, and manage service provision intelligently. A key gap in this area relates to how people can understand the processes driving smart cities and their services, and how they can gain a sense of control rather than being controlled by the services provided by a smart city. GEO-C aims to contribute methods and tools to realise smart and open cities, in which all groups of society can participate on all levels and benefit in many ways. The complementary strands of research in GEO-C will lead to an improved understanding of how to build open cities and will produce a prototypical open city toolkit. The toolkit will contain software, libraries, apps and frameworks that enable cities to easily set up or adapt key services, processes and analyses. This research area provides challenging and rewarding topics for early-stage researchers to carry out a PhD. These topics include, for example, participation across all ages and groups of society, the assessment of the quality of life, and fundamental urban services. As the 15 PhD researchers will become experts in the toolkit, their career perspectives will benefit greatly from the toolkits’ public and open release. To further increase the impact of GEO-C and to also optimise career perspectives of the PhD researchers, the city councils of Münster, Castellón, and Lisbon and several companies across Europe will be closely involved as associated partners. They provide input to the toolkit, host early-stage researchers, and drive the use of the toolkit and the realisation of open cities as envisioned by GEO-C.


People Prof. Dr. Christian Kray
Morin Ostkamp
Tobias Brüggentisch
Nicholas Schiestel
External Partners none
Funding Period none
Funding Organization none
Link (Demo)
Nowadays, Mark Weiser's vision of ubiquitous computing systems uttered in 1991 has become reality. One prominent example are public displays. Such displays can efficiently deliver information to many people and increasingly also provide means for interaction. Designing, developing, and testing such ubiquitous systems can be challenging, particularly if a system consists of many components, e.g., displays, in multiple locations. Deployment is costly and contextual factors such as placement within and interaction with the environment can have a major impact on the success of such systems.

At the sitcom lab, we develop a new prototyping and evaluation method for ubiquitous computing systems, in particular public displays. That method integrates augmented panoramic imagery and a light-weight, graph-based model to simulate ubiquitous systems. Our approach facilitates low-effort, rapid design of interactive systems and their evaluation. We realized a prototypical implementation and also gathered first insights on the system's usability. Key benefits of our approach include high re-usability of simulated environments, reduced effort to "construct" deployment sites and scenarios, as well as support for a broad range of prototypes (e.g., of varying fidelity) and design and evaluation methods. Our work can thus contribute towards simplifying and accelerating the development of (interactive) ubiquitous systems.


People Prof. Dr. Christian Kray
Morin Ostkamp
External Partners University of Minnesota (Prof. Francis Harvey)
Funding Period September 2014 - December 2014
Funding Organization ​DAAD-funded​
Link Seminar on Location Privacy
The seminar/project was a collaboration with the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Prof. Francis Harvey). Students and teachers from Minneapolis and from Muenster participated and worked together throughout the second half of 2014. In addition to interesting discussions on issues related to location privacy, the participants also developed three prototypes/concepts for applications that explore new ways to deal with location privacy.