One of our active members, Prof. Alex Klippel of PennState, is leading (and we are helping) a few special sessions at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meeting on topics that are core interest to our working group. Please see the call for contributions below, and feel free to distribute this to your networks.
If you are interested, please send your PIN to klippel (at) psu.edu by November 17th, 2016. If this language confuses you as it once did to me (i.e., “what PIN”?), you probably have never been to AAG ;). It’s something AAG participants get and is used for coordinating, explore the conference information here: http://www.aag.org/annualmeeti
-Arzu & the WG team
Call for contributions
AAG Meeting 2017, Boston, MA, USA
April 5-9, 2017
Session sponsored by:
Cartography Specialty Group
GIScience Specialty Group
Session title: 3D Virtual and Augmented Realities for Geoinformation Science
Recent developments in 3D virtual and augmented reality technologies have spurred industry, research, and education developments that will effect (geo) spatial information science intimately. The ease of accessing 3D information through environmental sensors (Photogrammetry, LiDAR, or 360 degree cameras) and modeling efforts using, for example, ESRI CityEngine or Google SketchUp, allow for creating efficient workflows from environments to digital, interactive 3D models. In parallel, the virtual and augmented technology industry has made substantial progress to provide products that allow VR and AR to enter both mainstream and research in unprecedented ways. The quality and affordability of products such as Oculus Rift, Samsung GearVR, Zeiss VR One, to name just a few, allow for immersive and augmented experiences that have been unparalleled so far.
The proposed sessions continues the inaugural meeting in San Francisco. The opportunities for (geo) spatial information science research and applications are vast, and it is time to provide a forum for discussing industry, research, and education developments that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
– Efficient workflows for 3D environmental modeling for built and natural environments,
– 3D modeling software for 3D geoinformation modeling,
– Game engines in geospatial research and education,
– Virtual and mixed realities,
– Augmented reality games (e.g., Pokemon Go),
– Spatial temporal data visualization in VR,
– Immersive Visual Analytics,
– Big data visualization and VR,
– User experiences in Geovirtual Environments,
– Accessories for 3D modeling and VR (e.g., 360 degree cameras),
– Digital Cultural Heritage
Organisers: Alexander Klippel (Geography, The Pennsylvania State University), Danielle Oprean (Architecture/Landscape Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University), Craig McCabe (ESRI), Sven Fuhrmann (Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University), Arzu Çöltekin (Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland), Robert Stewart (Geographic Information Science and Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Christopher Petit (Urban Science / City Futures, University of New South Wales, Australia).
During the last ISPRS meeting in Prague, there was a restructuring of the Commissions and Working Groups. Below you will find a summary of the changes:
Name change: Our commission (Spatial Information Science) is now Commission IV, and our working groups is WG IV/9. We also modified the name of the WG slightly, and now we are called “Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality“.
Team change: We also have some changes in our team. Our past co-chair Dr. Bo Wu decided to step down from the executive committee but remains an active member. We are thankful for Bo’s executive contributions for the last two terms. For the new term, we warmly welcome Dr. Sidonie Christophe of IGN, who is also a co-chair at the ICA commission on Cognitive Visualization. We are looking forward to collaborating more on cognitive and human centered issues. Furthermore, myself and Dr. Chris Pettit have swapped hats (chair <–> co-chair) and I will chair the group for the next four years, while Chris remains actively involved as a co-chair in our executive team. Victoria also continues for another term in her role in our executive team. We are excited to build a community around the topics of (human-centered) geovisualization, augmented and virtual reality. If you wish to collaborate with us, please become a member, and if you wish to organize activities (workshops, special issues and such) under our WG’s umbrella, please drop as an email and we’ll have a conversation. You will find our ‘terms of reference’ below the image.
Terms of reference
- Enhanced communication of geographic information and knowledge
- Geovisual analytics for (small and) big data exploration
- Usability testing and empirical experiments related to spatial cognition and visualization
- Geographic visualization of multi-dimensional data
- Novel methods and tools for exploring and visualizing geographic decision spaces
- Platforms supporting geographical visualization including the web and mobile devices
- Geographic visualization of crowd sourced, social media, and government databases
- Development, application and evaluations of immersive and semi-immersive virtual reality visualization environments
- Virtual and augmented reality representations of space, place and time
More will follow soon!
Today is the last day at the ISPRS, we are now in the closing ceremony. Because our working group organized four sessions (two theme sessions, two regular sessions, and related interactive sessions) & a tutorial, we want to thank all our contributors, all who reviewed (the list below), and all who came and listened, asked questions, joined conversation. Last but not least, the local organizers, who has done a great job!
(in alphabetical order)
Raffaella Balzarini, Inria Research Center in Grenoble-France
Sidonie Christophe, COGIT, IGN, France
Arzu Coltekin, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Suzana Dragicevic, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Lena Halounová, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Vladimír Kovařík, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic
Christopher James Pettit, UNSW, Australia
Victoria Rautenbach, Uni Pretoria, South Africa
Monika Sester, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Emmanuel Stefanakis, UNB, Canada
Uwe Stilla, TU Munich, Germany
Xiaohua Tong, Tongji University, China
Bo Wu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
We will also soon announce some changes in commission & working groups that took place during the congress.
This is the Part II of a blog post (Part I features the tutorial and oral sessions), in which we feature the interactive presentations at the ISPRS 2016 Congress (12-19 July, Prague).
Our WG activities have been well-received and we had many submissions. Based on reviewer recommendations we selected some of them for oral presentations, and some of them for interactive presentations. Below you can see the interactive presentations:
WED 13th July, 15.00-16.30
ThS16 Perceptual and Cognitive experiments with imagery and 3D models
Interactive sessions (also see oral sessions)
Evaluation of the user strategy on 2D and 3D city maps based on novel scanpath comparison method and graph visualization. Doležalová; Jitka, Popelka; Stanislav
The effectiveness of panaromic map design: A Preliminary Study based on mobile eye-tracking. Balzarini; Raffaella, Murat; Maxime
ThS17 THU 14th July 15:00-16:30
Interactive sessions (also see oral sessions)
Investigating the influence of vegetation density and road network on crime – a case study in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Chen, Yifei; Li, Yuenan; Li, Jun
Road network extraction from DSM by mathematical morphology and reasoning . Li, Yan; Wu, Jianliang; Zhu, Lin; Tachibana, Kikuo
Visualisation of dependencies between city structure and thermal behaviour in Brno . Novotny, Jan; Pivovarnik, Marek; Khalsa, Siri Jodha; Zemek, Frantisek
Mobile gis: A tool for informal settlement occupancy audit to improve integrated human settlement implementation in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. Mokoena, Baleseng; Musakwa, Walter
Estimation of housing vacancy distributions: basic Bayesian approach using utility data. Kumagai, Kiichiro; Matsuda, Yuka; Ono, Yuki
Geomatics for smart cities: obtaining the urban planning BAF index from existing digital maps. Casella, Vittorio; Franzini, Marica; De Lotto, Roberto
Estimating PM2.5 in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region using MODIS AOD product and meteorological data. Li, Yuenan; Wang, Jianjun; Chen, Chen; Chen, Yifei; Li, Jonathan
FRI 15th July 15:00-16:30
Geographical Visualization and Virtual Reality
Interactive sessions (also see oral sessions)
Exploratory user study to evaluate the effect of street name changes on route planning using 2D maps. Rautenbach, Victoria; Coetzee, Serena; Hankel, Melissa
Mosaicking Mexico – The Big Picture of Big Data. Hruby, Florian; Melamed, Shawn; Ressl, Rainer; Stanley, David
Underwater 3D modeling: image enhancement and point cloud filtering . Sarakinou, Ioanna; Papadimitriou, Kimon; Georgoula, Olga; Patias, Petros
A virtual globe-based multi-resolution TIN surface modeling and visualization method. Zheng, Xianwei; Xiong, Hanjiang; Gong, Jianya; Yue, Linwei
Integration of images and LIDAR point clouds for building façade texturing. Chen, Liang-Chien; Chan, Li-Ling; Chang, Wen-Chi
Precise visualization method for cultural heritage-the case of high-resolution Read Relief Image Map used for study of Royal City of Angkor. Thom, Cambodia. Chiba, Tatsuro; Shimoda, Ichita; Haraguchi, Tsuyoshi; Shimoda, Mariko
Ground surface visualization using Red Relief Image Map for a variety of map scales. Hasi, Bateer; Chiba, Tatsuro
The effectiveness of panoramic maps design : a preliminary study based on mobile eye-tracking . Balzarini, Raffaella; Murat, Maxime
Quality aspects of aerial digital orthophotos, the producers point of view. Wiedemann, Albert; Beckmann, Sandra
VISA: An Automatic Aware and Visual Aids Mechanism for Improving the Correct Use of Geospatial Data. Hong, Jung-Hong; Su, Yu-Ting
Our working group is (slightly hyper) active in the upcoming ISPRS congress starting next week!
We start with a tutorial on eye movement analysis for imagery and 3D models, continue with two theme sessions perceptual and cognitive experiments and smart cities, and finish with two more sessions we organized on geographical visualization and virtual reality.
Tutorial & Oral sessions:
(also see our interactive sessions)
On Tuesday (12 July) 08:30-12:00 Raechel Bianchetti and I (Arzu Çöltekin) are offering a tutorial titled, Usability methods and eye movement analysis for understanding the use of remotely sensed imagery, 3D geovisualizations and virtual reality. Tutorial will consist of lectures and a hands-on session.
On Wednesday (13 July) 16:30 – 18:00, our theme session on Perceptual and Cognitive experiments with imagery and 3D models will take place. Session features the following oral presentations (also see our interactive sessions)
Simulating navigation with virtual 3D geovisualizations – a focus on memory related factors. I. Lokka and A. Çöltekin
Tangible landscape: Cognitively grasping the flow of water B. Alexander Harmon, A. Petrasova, V. Petras, H. Mitasova, R.K. Meentemeyer
Analysis of visual interpretation of satellite data H. Svatonova
Understanding human perception of building categories in virtual 3d cities – a user study P. Tutzauer, S. Becker, T. Niese, O. Deussen, and D. Fritsch
Cognitive aspects of collaboration in 3d virtual environments V. Juřík, L. Herman, P. Kubíček, Z. Stachoň, and Č. Šašinka
On Thursday (14 July) 16:30 – 18:00, our theme session on Smart Cities will take place. Session features the following oral presentations (also see our interactive sessions) .
Real-time environmental sensors to improve health in the sensing city L. Marek, M. Campbell, M. Epton, M. Storer, and S. Kingham
Assessing urban droughts in a smart city framework R. Obringer, X. Zhang, K. Mallick, S. H. Alemohammad, and D. Niyogi
Big bicycle data processing: from personal data to urban applications C. J. Pettit, S. N. Lieske, and S. Z. Leao
Urban growth scenarios of a future mega city: case study Ahmedabad A.Lehner, V. Kraus, and K. Steinnocher
Walkability for different urban granularities D. Hollenstein and S. Bleisch
On Friday (15 July) 13:30 – 15:00 and 16:30 – 18:00, we have two sessions on Geographical Visualization and Virtual Reality. Sessions feature the following oral presentations (also see our interactive sessions) .
Friday (15 July) 13:30 – 15:00
Direct image-to-geometry registration using mobile sensor dataC. Kehl, S. J. Buckley, R. L. Gawthorpe, I. Viola, and J. A. Howell
Gaze and feet as additional input modalities for interacting with geospatial interfaces A. Çöltekin, J. Hempel, A. Brychtova, I. Giannopoulos, S. Stellmach, and R. Dachselt
Impact of schematic designs on the cognition of underground tube maps Zheng Liu and Zhilin Li
Do the visual complexity algorithms match the generalization process in geographical displays? A. Brychtová, A. Çöltekin, and V. Pászto
Animation strategies for smooth transformations between discrete LoDs of 3D building models Martin Kada, Andreas Wichmann, Yevgeniya Filippovska, and Tobias Hermes
On Friday (15 July) 16:30 – 18:00
Investigating the use of 3D geovisualizations for urban design in informal settlement upgrading in South Africa V. Rautenbach, S. Coetzee, and A. Çöltekin
Towards the development of a taxonomy for visualisation of streamed geospatial data B. H. Sibolla, T. Van Zyl, and S. Coetzee
On the usability and usefulness of 3D (geo)visualizations – a focus on virtual reality environments A. Çöltekin, I. Lokka, and M. Zahner
Challenges of a modern atlas of the ageing society S. Bleisch, D. Hil, S. Korkut, and P. Meyer
Integration of GIS and BIM for indoor geovisual analytics B. Wu and S. Zhang
After our meeting in Canada in October 2014, we have been working on a special issue theme section with the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The issue is now finalized & the contents look like this:
In the late summer 2015, we have completed two special issues for the International Journal of Digital Earth – you can see the editorials here (with brief summaries of the papers included in each special issue):
1) Geovisual Analytics: Design and Implementation: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17538947.2015.1047172
2) Geovisual Analytics: Human Factors: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17538947.2015.1047173
We believe these issues features some interesting research and you will enjoy reading them. Let us know if we’re right! 🙂
Our workshop in France held during the Geospatial week, titled Geovis’15 was very well received! The workshop was organized Sidonie Christophe (co-chair of the ICA Cognitive Visualization Commission) and myself (Arzu Coltekin, co-chair of this ISPRS WG II/6 Geovisualization and Virtual Reality). Furthermore, it was also supported by the ICA’s Commission on Geovisualization.
The program of the workshop:
Annals papers (all Geospatial week):
Our introduction to the Geovis section in Annals: http://www.isprs-ann-photogramm-remote-sens-spatial-inf-sci.net/II-3-W5/497/2015/isprsannals-II-3-W5-497-2015.pdf
Archives papers (all Geospatial week)
Workshop covers a broad range of topics about visualizing cities. All you need to know is here: http://3dgeoinfo.bk.tudelft.nl/events/udmv2015/