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.
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 traveled around the world – with venues in Austria, Switzerland, China, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
This year we were again privileged 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.
From October 10-12, 2019, the first Cartography M.Sc. Alumni Meeting took place, hosted by TU Munich. The alumni of all former intakes, fresh graduates, current students, and consortium members of the four cooperating universities met for the first time to learn, reconnect, and network.
During the three-day event, the alumni from different intakes shared their career stories, gave professional advice, motivational mantras, and presented lessons learned after they left the Alma Mater.
This year’s29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC)took place in Tokyo, Japan, with over 950 participants. The members of the Research Division Cartography and its affiliates also contributed their latest works by Scientific Presentations, Scientific Posters, Maps, and Atlases. With a Position Paper, the research group also participated in the pre-conference workshop in Beijing, China on “User Experience Design for Mobile Cartography: Setting the Agenda”. Read more to access all contributions.
Together with our students of the International Master of Cartography, we visited the Otto Neurath exhibition “Sprechende Zeichen“ at the Wirtschaftsmuseum in Vienna. The exhibition is dedicated to Otto Neurath, founder of the Society and Economic Museum. Otto Neurath developed new graphics techniques during the First World War. He was a member of the philosophical Wiener Kreis and developed the Viennese method of image statisticsto present statistics in an easily understandable, visual form.
Thanks to Alenka Poplin and her students from Iowa State University for visiting our Research Division during spring break! Together with our students from the International Cartography Master program, they were introduced to the research field of emotion mapping and jointly conducted interviews in which they explored how Vienna is perceived by its inhabitants and where people find restorative places in the city.
On March 29, students of the International Master of Cartography went on a hike to Hermannskogel. The hill is the highest peak of Vienna and a geodetic fundamental point. The small exhibition at Habsburgwarte gave some insights into its history as the kilometre zero of cartographic measurements in Austria-Hungary.
We are thankful for the guest lectures and practical sessions 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.
In his research, Benjamin Hennig focuses on social inequalities, humanity’s impact on Earth, global sustainability and the development of concepts for analysing, visualising and mapping these issues.