CartoTalk Alisa Pettitt: Visualizing Cultural Narratives – Developing XR Applications for Archaeological Sites

We are happy to announce our next CartoTalk by Alisa Pettitt, a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science at George Mason University and an SOI qualified archaeologist with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Her current research focuses on the use of XR technologies for the interpretation, preservation, and analysis of heritage sites.

Friday, 16 Nov 2018, 11:00
Seminar room 126
Gußhausstraße 30, 1st floor

Abstract: Narrating and visualizing complex and multi-faceted histories tied to archaeological sites can be challenging; especially at sites where tangible histories have vanished from the landscape. Interpreting and narrating on the varied cultural layers bound to these sites when physical remnants are gone require supplemental information and sometimes advanced visualization techniques. Local museums and/or archaeological site centres often have supplemental information and data available but interpreting and building new narratives for these sites is resource intensive. For many lesser known historical sites a resource intensive interpretation and documentation is not feasible.

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Welcome 8th intake of the International Master in Cartography!

This year we are proud and happy to welcome 30 students from 19 different countries to the International Cartography Master program! The program’s first semester started with a welcoming week in Munich. A week full of activities and opportunities to meet & greet new students, alumni from previous intakes, and members from all four partner universities: TU München, TU Wien, TU Dresden, and UTwente.

We wish all students a great and successful time in Munich and we look forward to welcoming the students this summer term in Vienna!

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

Eyetracking Studie – TeilnehmerInnen gesucht

Was? Die Eyetracking Studie findet am Hauptbahnhof Wien statt.  Für Ihre Teilnahme erhalten Sie 50 Euro Aufwandsentschädigung.

Wann? Die Studie findet im Oktober 2018 statt. Termine werden individuell mit Ihnen vereinbart.

Wer kann teilnehmen? Voraussetzung ist normale oder über Kontaktlinsen korrigierte Sicht. Die Durchführung des Eyetrackings mit Brille ist leider nicht möglich.

Anmeldung, Fragen und Details bei Tabea Fian: oder Martin Söllner:

Bachelor thesis presentation on cartographic storytelling

Congratulations to Jakob Listabarth who successfully finished his Bachelor thesis today! His topic focused on a cartographic storytelling approach for the Sustainable Development Goal 6 “Ensure availability and sustainability of water and sanitation for all”.

He created a folder with some background information as well as 6 storymaps addressing school children. Some screenshots of his impressive work can be found here:

Artwork by Jakob Listabarth

Artwork by Jakob Listabarth
The wall and Sara’s thirst: A storymap to highlight the inequalities in the access to water – in this case even between neighbourhoods
Artwork by Jakob Listabarth
Sepp’s swampy, little paradise: A storymap to portray one of the water-related ecoysystems addressed by subtarget 6.6 Water-Related Ecosystems
Artwork by Jakob Listabarth
Excerpt from a storymap on pollution of the Ganga river basin
Artwork by Jakob Listabarth
Excerpt from a storymap on water fluxes of pasta-production in Italy

We wish Jakob all the best for his future career!

Farewell Hao Lyu

Hao Lyu, PhD student at TU Munich, has joined our research group for the past three months. Thank you for the exchange and all the best for your future career!

Bachelor thesis presentations on Emotion Mapping

Congratulations to our students who successfully finished their Bachelor theses in the field of Emotion Mapping today:

  • Cristian Andronic: Überprüfung der Reliabilität einer Emotionskarte anhand von Verkehrsknotenpunkten in Wien
  • Gabriela Goranova:  Emotionale Raumgestaltung – Auf dem Weg zum Einsatz von Emotionen als Beteiligungsinstrument in der Stadtplanung am Beispiel des Wien Museum
  • Viktor Jauk: Überprüfung der Reliabilität einer Emotionskarte anhand von Wiener Stadtteilentwicklungsgebieten

Well done and best wishes for your future studies and careers!

A special thanks to our partners from Wien Museum, Sandor Békési, Isabel Termini, and Elke Doppler,  for their kind support and the excellent collaboration !

Florian Ledermann wins best paper award at GI_Forum 2018

We are proud to announce that PhD candidate and lecturer Florian Ledermann has won the award for “Best Student Paper” at this year’s GI_Forum conference in Salzburg, Austria. The jury unanimously voted for his paper “Analysing Digital Maps Online: A Reverse Engineering Approach” and praised the author’s accomplishment of making the complex workings of online maps transparent to a wide audience. A preprint of the paper, which will appear in print later this year in the GI_Forum journal, is available here.


Florian Ledermann with Adrijana Car (Editor of GI_Forum Journal). (Photo by Julia Stepan)

Farewell Benjamin Hennig

We are thankful for the guest lectures on Cartograms from Benjamin Hennig, Associate Professor of Geography at the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences of the University of Iceland and a honorary research associate at the University of Oxford. He researches social inequalities, humanity’s impact on Earth, global sustainability and the development of concepts for analysing, visualising and mapping these issues.

CartoTalk Sara Fabrikant: Responsive Geographic Information Displays to Support Mobility in the Digital Society

We are happy to announce our next CartoTalk by Sara Fabrikant
Department of Geography, University of Zurich, on 6 June 2018.

Abstract: We use increasingly dynamic and mobile graphic displays for every-day decision making tasks (i.e., daily commutes in congested cities), and to find solutions to and communicate about complex mobility behaviors. However, we still have a poor understanding on how autonomic nervous activity might influence the already limited perceptual and cognitive resources of display users, for example, in time critical situations or in dilemmatic decision-making contexts (e.g., navigation, disaster mitigation and response, search and rescue, etc.). In this talk, I will highlight ongoing empirical research on animated and mobile graphic display use in the lab and in the wild, capitalizing on ambulatory human behavior sensing methods (i.e., eye tracking, galvanic skin response, and EEG measurements). With this collected empirical data and supported by cognitive/vision theories we are guiding the process of designing user, task, and context responsive graphic interfaces for visual salience and positive engagement. In doing so, we aim to create usable and useful responsive displays to support space-time needs of the increasingly mobile digital citizen.

Dr. Sara Irina Fabrikant is a Professor of Geography and heads the Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA) group at the GIScience Center of the University of Zurich (UZH). She is a co-director of the UZH Digital Society initiative and associated Fellow of the UZH|ETH|ZHdK Collegium Helveticum. Her research and teaching interests lie in visual analytics (geovis), GIScience and cognition, graphical user interface design and evaluation, including dynamic cartography. She is a current elected Vice President of the International Cartographic Association. Her service includes memberships and functions with Swiss Science Council, the Association of American Geographers, the North American Cartographic Information Society, and the Swiss Society of Cartography.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 11:00
Seminar Room 127
Gußhausstraße 27-29, 3rd floor