Author Archives: Manuela Schmidt

Meet & greet with representatives of all 4 partner universities of the International Master of Cartography

On April 14, the Research Group Cartography hosted a meeting of representatives of all partner universities of the Master of Cartography programme. We were happy to welcome programme coordinator Juliane Cron from Technische Universität München, Dirk Burghardt from TU Dresden and Corné van Elzakker from ITC, University of Twente.


The students from the 5th intake, who spend the summer semester 2016 at TU Wien, had the chance to get to know the colleagues from Dresden and Twente and get information about upcoming classes and excursions.

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CartoTalk Irene Fellner: Indoor Navigation

We are very happy to host a CartoTalk by Irene Fellner of the Vienna University of Economy and Business (WU) on Thursday, 17 March 2016.


Abstract: Indoor navigation systems have become a prominent area of interest in recent years. However, there are still some unresolved challenges in this context. In particular, the question in which way landmark-based indoor routing instructions can be generated automatically has not been addressed yet.

This talk introduces an Indoor Landmark Navigation Model (ILNM) which proposes an approach to generate indoor routing instructions including landmarks automatically, based on the information available in spatial indoor databases. The model consists of three phases: landmark identification, landmark selection and landmark integration.

In order to evaluate the ILNM, it was applied to the data of the Campus GIS of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The application demonstrates that the ILNM basically produces correct route instructions including landmarks. A comparison to solely metric-based instructions shows that landmarks are important to increase the quality of indoor route instructions. However, the generated route instructions also disclose some gaps in the model and unresolved challenges of automatic indoor routing generation.

Irene Fellner is employed as a project manager at IT-Services of Vienna University of Economy and Business (WU) and was responsible for the development of an indoor navigation system („Campus GIS“) for the new campus of WU. She studied Commerce majoring in Computer Science at WU and completed the postgraduate UNIGIS MSc studies.

Thursday, 17 March 2016, 10:00
Forschungsgruppe Kartographie
Seminarraum 126

Save the date: CartoTalks in summer semester 2016

cartotalks_tuw_200pxWe are happy to announce the following CartoTalks for summer semester: 


Aufnahmen vom #CartoSummit online verfügbar


Auf Initiative der International Cartographic Association und der Firma ESRI fand vom 8.–10.Februar 2016 in Redlands, USA, ein Cartographic Summit statt mit der Idee, mögliche Entwicklungen der Zukunft der Kartographie auszuleuchten.

Zahlreiche KollegInnen aus verschiedensten Disziplinen trugen durch ihre Beiträge zum angedachten out-of-the-box thinking bei. Die Vorträge wurden mitgeschnitten und können unter nachgehört werden.

Welcome to the 5th intake of the International Master in Cartography

We are happy to welcome 21 students from all over the world at TU Vienna for the summer semester 2016. Countries of origin include China, Bosnia and Herzigowina, UK, Iran, Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt, Kuwait, USA, Brazil, Ukraine, Poland and Namibia!


After finishing their first semester at TU München, the students are now here with us for their second semester, before proceeding to TU Dresden. We wish them a fun and successful semester!

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Invitation to the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services

lbs2016_logoWe are very pleased to invite you to the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services (LBS 2016), which is organized by our Research Group on November 14–16, 2016.

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2016 aims to offer a platform for scholars, researchers, and industry/market operators from various disciplines and practice to meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.

lbs2016_backgroundThe Call for Papers is currently open. Deadlines for submission are June 1 for full papers, July 1 for work in progress, and September 18 for showcases. High-quality submissions are intended to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services and in a book of the Springer series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography.

More information can be found at

200 cartographers will meet in Vienna

eurocarto_logoNext week will be a very busy week for our Research Group: We will host the 1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography (EuroCarto). From Tuesday to Thursday participants can expect a dense program of cartographic input. Feel free to scroll through the program on

Just before the conference, a meeting of representatives of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) will take place at TU Wien. All ICA commission chairs are invited to join and plan their activities for the next years. This will also include a meeting of the Working Group on the International Map Year (IMY).

On Wednesday, the consortium of the Cartography M.Sc. programme will meet to discuss the future of the Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree.