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CartoTalk Maxwell Roberts: Step by Step in London and Berlin: Understanding transit maps by systematically exploring design rules

We are happy to announce a CartoTalk by Maxwell Roberts from University of Essex, UK, on Monday 10 April 2017.

In this presentation, Maxwell Roberts will discuss the criteria necessary for effective visual information design, and suggest that the optimum rules for a schematic map depend on the structure of the network, and that octolinearity may sometimes be inappropriate. To illustrate this, he will describe usability studies in which people’s planning performance is measured objectively using different map versions. Maxwell Roberts will also show how an exploration of design, in which rules are manipulated systematically, can highlight issues when applied to the London and Berlin networks.

Maxwell Roberts completed a BSc and PhD in psychology at the University of Nottingham, UK, and has lectured at the University of Essex since 1993. His research interests have included reasoning and intelligence, but now focus on schematic maps. He creates challenging designs and tests their usability and aesthetics. He has authored two books on maps, and his work has been exhibited in Germany, the USA, and the UK, and is currently on display in Vienna.

Monday, 10 April 2017, 11:00
Geodäsie HS (EI 11)
Gußhausstraße 27-29, 3rd floor

Call for papers for the 14th International Conference on Location-Based Services

We are pleased to announce the 14th International Conference on Location-Based Services (LBS 2018), taking place in Zurich from 15-17 January 2018.lbs2018

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2018 will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can 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.

The Call for Papers is currently open:
12 Jul 2017 Submission of full & work-in-progress papers
29 Sep 2017 Notification of acceptance for full & work-in-progress papers
13 Oct 2017 Camera-ready full & work-in-progress papers
15 Nov 2017 Submission for showcases
22 Nov 2017 Notification of acceptance for showcases

The best accepted full and work-in-progress papers will be invited to submit an extended version to the Journal of Location Based Services.

More information can be found at

CartoTalk Pepijn Viaene: Landmark-based path-finding indoors

We are happy to announce a CartoTalk by Pepijn Viaene from Ghent University, on Thursday 16 March 2017.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in indoor navigation tools and applications. As such, various approaches to indoor navigation have been developed by research institutions (e.g. SoleWay, Nadine-navigation) and commercial companies (e.g. Eyedog, Insoft, IndoorAtlas, SPREO Indoor Navigation, Meridian). Although, these approaches often highlight the importance of landmarks, they rarely incorporate landmark-based path-finding algorithms. A major difficulty remains the identification of landmarks in indoor environments. Moreover, commonly used spatial models are not fully capable of handling basic characteristics of landmark-based wayfinding. During this talk, a theoretical approach to identify landmarks through eye tracking measures and a way to implement these landmarks in a path-finding algorithm are presented.

CartoTalk_Pepijn Viaene
Since 2013, Pepijn Viaene is a researcher at the Department of Geography, Ghent University. His PhD research is entitled “Indoor landmarks: the study and implementation of navigational aids” and deals with wayfinding and navigation in buildings. This research specifically focuses on the identification of landmarks and the use of landmarks in path algorithms and smartphone applications. Before starting his PhD, he studied Geomatics and Land Surveying.

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:00
Research Group Cartography
Seminar room 126

Welcome to the 6th intake of the International Master in Cartography

We are happy to welcome 20 students of the International Master in Cartography at TU Vienna for the summer semester 2017. Students come from all over the world, including Albania, Austria, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Romania, Russia, and the USA.


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

To find out more about the International Master in Cartography, please visit

Invitation to a master thesis presentation on February 1, 2017

We invite you to the master thesis presentation of Shuoyan Huang on the topic of Comparing mouse- and touch-based interaction for map search tasks on large screens.

  • Date: February 1, 2017, 10am (10:00 Uhr)
  • Place: Seminar room 126, Gußhausstraße, 1st floor

Be welcome!

CartoTalk Trias Aditya: Geocrowd and geogaming apps for fighting fire and trans-boundary haze problems towards sustainable peatland management

We are happy to announce a CartoTalk by Trias Aditya, from the Department of Geodetic Engineering at UGM, Indonesia.

Abstract: Haze problems over Sumatera and Kalimantan have been a prolonged issue to mainly firing of drained peatland. In addition to accelerating greenhouse emission threats, the peatfire has caused health problems and major economic losses. Peat forest conversion to agriculture land by utilizing drainage canals is one of main drivers to be restored.  Water and peatland management are among the key targets for eliminating the trans-boundary haze problems. Surveying and mapping technologies such as Aerial Photos and LiDAR are required to support hydrological restoration plans in order to keep peatland in Sumatera and Kalimantan are still wet even in dry periods. Surveying and mapping activities are also required to support environmental monitoring to fight fires and canals’ development. Satellites and aerial imageries, such as satellite data and UAV, equipped with multi sensors suited to monitor haze problems, could be deployed to support haze monitoring. In addition to that, human sensors need to be activated to enable participatory monitoring. This apps will be offered to help community and decision makers fight peatfires while at the same time to support sustainable peatland management at community level.  The research study presented in this talk combines LiDAR, satellite, field and crowd data to support community-based haze mitigation. Yet, in order to raise community awareness on haze issues from fires from the peatland, geospatial-based game application was initiated through gamification and design workshop. Data from two apps, geo-crowd and geo-game are gathered and analyzed into a decision-support dashboard.

Trias Aditya completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Geodetic Engineering from UGM (1998). He received his MSc in Geoinformatics from ITC (2003) and PhD in Geoinformatics from ITC/Utrecht University (2007). His research interests include Cartography, Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Interoperable Geospatial Information System for Land Administration, Disaster Management, and Peatland Management.

Monday, 23 January 2017, 11:00
Research Group Cartography
Seminar room 126


Season’s Greetings from the Research Group Cartography

Dear colleagues and friends, we would like to thank you for the pleasant collaborations in 2016. We are looking forward to working with you in the upcoming year! Our best wishes for a pleasant holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

weihnachtskarte_webHappy holiday wishes from Wangshu, Edith, Violet, Georg, Manuela, Silvia, Florian, and Francisco!

13th International Conference on Location-Based Services

Thank you for participating in LBS 2016, the 13th Conference on Location-Based Services!


From 14 to 16 November 2016, the conference was once again organized by the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services and the Research Group Cartography, taking place at TU Vienna. After its initiation at TU Vienna in 2002, the conference travelled around the world – with venues in Austria, China, Germany, and United Kingdom.

This year we were again priviledged to host more than 120 participants from 23 countries, contributing to the conference with high quality presentations and inspiring discussions. Thank you for making the conference such a memorable event again!

Photos of the event can be found at Google Photos.

A review of the event by the Viennese company can be found here: