Thanks to our prominent guest lecturers of summer term 2020!

This summer term we had the pleasure to e-host six international guest lecturers who shared their research with our students from the International Master in Cartography:

  • Prof. Dariusz Gotlib (TU Warszawa): Selected qualities of mobile maps on the indoor navigation examples
  • Prof. Michael Peterson (University of Nebraska Omaha): Paradigms guiding Cartographic Research since the 1950s
  • Dr. Amy Griffin (RMIT Melbourne): The User is the Centre of the Universe: Designing Interactive Maps for End Users
  • Prof. Philippe de Maeyer (Ghent University): Semiology and Syntaxis in Cartography
  • Prof. Philippe de Maeyer (Ghent University): A Brief History of Cartography
  • Prof. Menno-Jan Kraak (University of Twente): Maps and Time
  • Prof. Rob Roth (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Cartographic Design and Visual Storytelling

Affective Communication of Map Symbols ‒ Paper by Silvia Klettner published in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Silvia Klettner’s work on the subtle communication effects of map symbols was recently published in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information in the Special Issue on Geovisualization and Map Design: Klettner, S. (2020). Affective Communication of Map Symbols: A Semantic Differential Analysis. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information9(5), 289.

Maps enable us to relate to spatial phenomena and events from viewpoints far beyond direct experience. By employing signs and symbols, maps communicate about near as well as distant geospatial phenomena, events, objects, or ideas. Besides acting as identifiers, map signs and symbols may, however, not only denote but also connote. While most cartographic research has focused on the denoting character of visual variables, research from related disciplines stresses the importance of connotative qualities on affect, cognition, and behavior. Hence, this research focused on the connotative character of map symbols by empirically assessing the affective qualities of shape stimuli.

Preview results: 

Master thesis defense on solar shadow map

We congratulate  Georg Molzer for finishing his Master’s studies with his thesis on “Interactive Web-based 3D Solar Shadow Map“.

Nowadays, the majority of people live in cities, consisting of ever taller building structures, occluding more and more sunlight. Thus, humans are getting increasingly restricted from direct access to the Sun. This thesis claims that a tool, enabling humans to gain a better understanding of solar shadows in cities and around the world, would be beneficial. […] Such a tool should be able to consider relevant three-dimensional occluding structures such as buildings, terrain, and vegetation, as well as the actual Sun position, and visualize respective shadows for arbitrary points in time, providing predictability of solar shadows. […] Therefore, a methodology towards a capable prototype implementation is framed […].

For more details visit the project website shadowmap.org.

Well done and best wishes for your future career!

COVID19 – information for students

Dear students,

due to the recommendations of our government, we would like to inform you that:

  • classroom teaching is suspended and distance learning will be available form 16 March 2020 via TUWEL (for further information visit colab.tuwien.ac.at/display/CORONA/CORONA+Information_EN)
  • public rooms and libraries are closed until further notice
  • your lecturers from TUWien Research Division Cartography are available for you by email
  • ! update: distant learning measures are in place until 16 April 2020 extended until the end of the summer semester 2020

Please, take care and keep yourselves updated about latest developments at:

Open position in the cartography group

The Research Division Cartography is looking for a pre-doc University Assistant for 2.5 years, starting on 1 Feb 2020. All details [in German]:

Am Department für Geodäsie und Geoinformation , Forschungsbereich Kartographie E120-06 ist voraussichtlich ab 1. Februar 2020 für die Dauer von 2,5 Jahren eine Stelle für eine_n Assistenten_in, Gehaltsgruppe B1, mit einem Beschäftigungsausmaß von 30 Wochenstunden zu besetzen.
Das monatliche Mindestentgelt für diese Gehaltsgruppe beträgt derzeit EUR 2.148,40 (14x jährlich). Aufgrund tätigkeitsbezogener Vorerfahrungen kann sich das Entgelt erhöhen.

Aufnahmebedingungen:
abgeschlossenes Magister-, Diplom-, oder Masterstudium der Fachrichtung Kartographie, Geoinformatik, Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Visualization, Geodäsie bzw. gleichwertiges Universitätsstudium im In- oder Ausland

Sonstige Kenntnisse:
Die Bewerberinnen/Bewerber müssen zum Zeitpunkt des Stellenantritts ein einschlägiges Diplom- oder Masterstudium im Bereich der Kartographie, Geoinformatik, Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Visualization, Geodäsie oder Geographie abgeschlossen haben.
Der/Die Stelleninhaber/in soll im Bereich von Kartographischen Informationssystemen, insbesondere im Kontext von Location-based Services, arbeiten. Daher soll sie/er über sehr gute Kenntnisse in diesem Bereich sowie von Kartographischem Design, Methoden des WebMapping und von Visualization-Techniken verfügen. Außerdem sind sehr gute GIS und Programmierkenntnisse (bevorzugt JavaScript und Python) erwünscht. Für weitere Auskünfte zu dieser Ausschreibung stehen Ihnen Prof. Dr. Georg Gartner ( georg.gartner@tuwien.ac.at ) zur Verfügung.

Bewerbungsfrist: bis 16.01.2020
Bewerbungen richten Sie an die Personaladministration, Fachbereich wiss. Personal der Technischen Universität Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Onlinebewerbungen an barbara.triebl-kraus@tuwien.ac.at
Die Bewerber und Bewerberinnen haben keinen Anspruch auf Abgeltung angefallener Reise- und Aufenthaltskosten, die aus Anlass des Aufnahmeverfahrens entstanden sind.

LBS 2019 on-air

The Austrian national radio station Ö1 joined LBS2019 to capture the latest developments and ongoing research on Location Based Services: “Die Tücken der elektronischen Karten – Wie GPS die Welt(sicht) verändert” (starting at 19:18) is available in German until 29.11.2019, with interviews with Gartner Gartner, Georg Molzer, and Anita Graser.

For centuries, humans used maps to orientate themselves by land, by sea or to find their way. Nowadays, Location-Based Services are capable to provide such – and much more – information tailored to the users’ contexts. Last week, the international conference LBS2019 took place in Vienna to discuss ongoing research, projects, and challenges.

15th International Conference on Location-Based Services

Thank you for participating in LBS 2019, the 15th Conference on Location-Based Services!

From 11 to 13 November 2019, the conference was once again organized by the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services and the Research Division Cartography, taking place at TU Wien. After its initiation at TU Vienna in 2002, the conference travelled around the world – with venues in Austria, Switzerland, China, Germany, and United Kingdom.

This year we were again priviledged to host more than 90 participants from 24 countries, contributing to the conference with high quality presentations and inspiring discussions. All proceedings are open access and can be found here.

More photos of the event can be found here.

Thanks to all participants and you for making the conference such a memorable event again!