Lab Team (Early 2021)
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Current Members:

Prof. Dr. Christian Kray

Head of the lab

Chris’ research covers a broad range of topics in geoinformatics that relate to interaction with and through spatial concepts (e.g. using proximity regions around devices to trigger certain actions). He is particularly interested in smart cities, location-based services and supporting participation and collaboration on topics that have a strong spatial component (such as urban planning). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Saarland University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Lancaster University. Prior to coming to ifgi, he was a senior lecturer at the Computing Department at Newcastle University, UK.

Holger Fritze

External PhD student

Holger is a software engineer at con terra GmbH and holds a MSc. degree from the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Münster. His work focuses on making photos and videos recorded by laypersons available for further processing. Such pictorial information often lacks a proper georeference. His research aims to enable the inclusion of further spatial references between image content and representations of the world that go beyond a simple point location.

Sven Heitmann

PhD student

Sven is part of the SIMPORT project. His research focuses on developing tools for educating users on location privacy as well as the risks and benefits associated with sharing location information. With his work, he tries to bridge the gap between perceived and actual location privacy. He holds a MSc in Geoinformatics and has worked in industry as a mobile application developer and makeshift robotics engineer for four years.

Dr. Samuel Navas Medrano

Postdoctoral researcher

Samuel studied Computer Science and Engineering, University of Murcia. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Geoinformatics from the University of Münster. His dissertation topic focused on investigating how to improve remote communication with the use of gestures. Now, as a PostDoc, he continues exploring new ways to use technology to enhance and augment remote collaboration.

Dr. Simge Özdal Oktay

Postdoctoral researcher

Simge graduated from City and Regional Planning and pursued her Master and Ph.D. studies on urban design and sustainability assessment at the Mimar SInan Fine Arts University. After her Ph.D., she worked as a PostDoc at TU Vienna and ran the Co-Solution project which aimed to combine technological advancements with collective and sustainable design. Currently, she is part of the SIMPORT project and continues to explore innovative solutions in GIS and urban planning domains.

Norwin Roosen

Student assistant

Norwin assists in the SIMPORT project with software development. In this project he aims to facilitate learning about location privacy and enabling privacy by default on the web. Currently, Norwin is also working on his MSc in Geoinformatics and is freelancing as a developer in the domain of sustainable transport futures.

Paula Scharf

Student assistant

Paula is currently doing her MSc geoinformatics at ifgi after completing the BSc Geoinformatik in 2020. At SITCOM she is working on the GECCO project. Her interests are broadly scattered around anything geoinformatics, but she especially likes experimenting with innovative forms visualizations, such as AR.

René Unrau

Dual-track PhD student

René is a dual-track Ph.D. student since October 2017. He received his Masters in Geoinformatics from the University of Münster in 2016 and works as a software engineer at esri in Vienna, Austria. His research interests are usability evaluation methods for WebGIS and Visual Analytics. He is especially interested in remote evaluation approaches as well as tools for visually investigating map interaction data.

Alumni: ordered temporally

Former Employees

  • Dr. Markus Konkol (Postdoctoral researcher)
  • Dr. Auriol Degbelo (Postdoctoral researcher)
  • Dr. Max Pfeiffer (Postdoctoral researcher)
  • Dr. Florian Hillen (Postdoctoral researcher)
  • Dr. Ioannis Delikostidis (Postdoctoral researcher)
  • Matthias Seuter (former PhD student)
  • Dr. Champika Manel (former PhD student)
  • Dr. Guiying Du (former PhD student)
  • Dr. Mehrnaz Ataei (former Phd student)
  • Dr. Ana María Bustamante Duarte (former Phd student)
  • Dr. Morin Ostkamp (former PhD student)
  • Dr. Thore Fechner (former dual track PhD student)

Former student assistants

  • Nemanja Kostic (Student assistant)
  • Torben Kraft (Student assistant)
  • Timm Kühnel (Student assistant)
  • Niklas Philippi (Student assistant)
  • Nicholas Schiestel (Student assistant)
  • Georg Tschorn (Research associate)
  • Dennis Wilhelm (Student assistant)
  • Jonas Wissing (Student assistant)
  • Tobias Brüggentisch (Student assistant)
  • Sabrina Breda (Erasmus internship)
  • Roberta Martella (Erasmus internship)