Our research programme is focussed on the advancement of key topics in Geographical Information Science. In close cooperation with international partners we aim at achieving substantial progress in two major areas critical for current and future developments across GIS application domains:
Spatial Data Infrastructures
Building spatially enabled 'information highways' is a requirement for better management of our societies and environments. Our contributions aim at the specification of advanced multi-dimensional data models, the integration of realtime sensor input and open interfacing across system architectures.
Spatial Analysis, Modelling and Simulation
Research questions address segmentation-based information extraction from remotely sensed imagery, multidimensional geostatistics and the modelling of dynamic processes. Methods for flexible regionalisation, the analysis of mobility patterns and work with multi-scalar data receive special consideration.
emphasizes transversal research themes like:
Time & Space
Traditionally, these meta-dimensions have not been treated from integrated perspectives. Full temporal enabling of data models and analytical strategies is indispensable for spatial monitoring, analysis of mobility and the rapidly changing dynamics in natural and social spaces.
Learning to Think Spatially / Spatial Citizenship
Successful communication of spatial knowledge is required across all segments of society. Starting from cognitive aspects, facets of situated learning and interaction with visual stimuli lead to research questions important for a (Geo-) Information Society.
>>Josef Strobl, Director<<