Introducing New Secretary for ISPRS Working Group II/6

I  would like to warmly welcome Victoria Rautenback from the University of Pretoria, South Africa who has joined our working group executive in the position of secretary. Victoria has been an active member of the working group  attending meetings, workshops and publishing peer reviewed papers for which she has presented findings at ISPRS conferences.

Her research focuses on the use of 3D geovisulaization and visual analytics for spatial planning in South Africa. With her current PhD studies she aims to develop guidelines for the use of 3D geovisulaization and visual analytics to assist local government with the planning and decision making process. She represents South Africa at ISO/TC 211, Geographic information/Geomatics meetings. Victoria was the lead of a Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) small grants project in 2012 that investigated the education and training requirements for successfully implementing the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI). Victoria’s other research interest include web services, interoperability, geographic information standards, spatial databases, spatial data infrastructures, and human computer interaction.

Joint ISPRS – IGU International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modelling and Applications

This joint conference to be held in Toronto Canada 6-8th October is the 2014 ISPRS Technical Commission Mid-term Symposium held in conjunction with the 16th IGU Spatial Data Handling Conference.

Our Working Group will be organizing sessions on Geographical Visualization and Virtual Reality and we encourage you to submit papers. There are refereed and non-refereed paper streams with the best papers be selected for the following special issue journals:

  • ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (open access)
  • International Journal of Geographical Information Sciences
  • Geomatica – the Journal of Geospatial Information Science, Technology and Practice

Important Dates

Abstract submission due: Feb 15th 2014

Abstract acceptance: April 1st , 2014

Full paper submission: May 1st, 2014

Full paper acceptance: August 1st, 2014

Early bird registration: Ma 1st, 2014

Conference 6-8th October, 2014

NASA World Wind Europa Challenge

The NASA World Wind Virtual Globe Europa Challenge has commenced along the theme “Inspiring Solutions For A More Sustainable World”. The task is to build an application that serves the INSPIRE Directive and uses NASA’s open source virtual globe technology, World Wind. Team entries can be made under the university and professional project streams. Winners will be hosted at the 2014 FOSS4G-Europe in Bremen, Germany, 15-17 July and at the INSPIRE Conference in Denmark, 16-20 June. For more info visit the website: http://eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/.

Visualising the rebuild of Christchurch

Currently at the CRC-SI conference and Julian Carver, Land Information New Zealand has just presented a really good use of visualisation for communicating the vision for the rebuilding the City of Christchurch. Christchurch was devastated by earthquakes in Sept 2010 and Feb 2011, the later killing 185 people with an overall estimation of $40 billion dollars of damage.

Geovisualization post-doc position – University of Melbourne

This position is for an outstanding early career academic (post-doc) with a strong grounding in geographic information science and a specialization in geovisualization or geovisual analytics. You will work in a new research project, RISER: Resilient Information Systems for Emergency Response. RISER is developing new technologies and information systems capable of capturing, collating, and communicating timely and relevant information, even in the extreme and unexpected circumstances surrounding an emergency.
In this position, your responsibilities will be conducting independent and collaborative research; project management and engagement with other project partners; and contributions to the supervision of research higher degree students. You should complement the expertise of one of the world’s leading groups in geographic information science. You should also share our vision of advancing society by improving our understanding and use of geographic information. You will be located in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering (Geomatics) in the Melbourne School of Engineering, one of Australia’s leading engineering schools.
This position is for an outstanding early career academic (post-doc) with a strong grounding in geographic information science and a specialization in geovisualization or geovisual analytics. You will work in a new research project, RISER: Resilient Information Systems for Emergency Response. RISER is developing new technologies and information systems capable of capturing, collating, and communicating timely and relevant information, even in the extreme and unexpected circumstances surrounding an emergency.
In this position, your responsibilities will be conducting independent and collaborative research; project management and engagement with other project partners; and contributions to the supervision of research higher degree students. You should complement the expertise of one of the world’s leading groups in geographic information science. You should also share our vision of advancing society by improving our understanding and use of geographic information. You will be located in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering (Geomatics) in the Melbourne School of Engineering, one of Australia’s leading engineering schools.
For more information visit the online job advertisement.

Eye tracking in Smart Phones

The new Samsung Galaxy S IV looks to be the first smart phone to be release which will  have in-built eye tracking. This will provide additional functionality to the user in being able to “Eye Scroll” as a form of navigation. However, it is also raising privacy concerns as reported by Future Tense.  With eye tracking becoming more main stream this could possibly open up new research opportunities in running eye tracking experiments and analysing Big Data.

Pedestrian monitoring system data visualisation

Melbourne City Council have implemented a 24-hour pedestrian monitoring system (24PM)  which measures pedestrian activity in the central city and Docklands precincts each day.  The system, comprises 18 sensors and counts pedestrian movements to give the City of Melbourne a better understanding of how people use these precincts to support place based management and  the  plan for future needs. The online visualisation tool (http://www.pedestrian.melbourne.vic.gov.au/) created by OOM Creative, is an interactive map of these sensor locations, which enables users to see pedestrian counts on particular dates and times and compare data both spatially and temporally. This is an interesting application of visualisation for enabling decision-makers to explore urban space and place and has a number of possible application including, streetscape design and planning, traffic management, major event management etc…

Visualisation and the Future of Integrated Modeling Science and Technology

The International Journal on Environmental Modelling and Software has recently published a Thematic Issue on the Future of Integrated Modelling Science and Technology. In this issue there are a couple of papers from members of our ISPRS working group. Specifically, Gustavo Arcinegas et al.  has published his results on the effectiveness of collaborative map-based decision support tools where an interactive mapping device is used as the interface between spatial information and participants. Marcos Nino-Ruiz et al. introduces a spatial model steering approach for raising the awareness of uncertainty inherent in the land use allocation process where visualisation is used for enabling end users exploring a range of “what if”  futre land use scenarios. It is good to see visualisation influencing the future of integrated modelling science and technology.

Geographical Visualization and Virtual Reality for Urban Planning

The 13th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning Urban Management (CUPUM) will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands July 2-5, 2013. Our working group will be running a session on Geographical Visualization and Virtual Reality in the context of urban planning and management . We would encourage you  to submit a conference paper or poster and join us in Utrecht.  Conference papers are due 15th of Feb and poster abstracts 15th of March. Note, all papers and poster abstracts will be double blind peer reviewed. For more information visit the conference website: http://cupum2013.geo.uu.nl/.

ISPRS GeoViz Working Group Executive 2012-16

As Chair of the ISPRS WG II/6 on Geoviz and Virtual Reality I have great pleasure in introducing our working group executive for 2012-16.

  • Dr Arzu Coltekin, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Bo Wu, Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Martin Tomko, Architecture Building and Planning Faculty, The University of Melbourne (Research Secretary)

Also, I would like to thank Dr Andy Hudson-Smith who has been co-chair for 2008-2012 working group term. Dr Hudson-Smith has been a great supporter of the working group and has been involved in our ISPRS Science Initiative,  the Special Issue for Future Internet, and in establishing and maintaing our Geoviz Blog. Dr Hudson-Smith remain a member of the working group and  we would like to instill the title of honorary co-chair to acknowledge Dr Hudson-Smith’s valuable contribution to the success of our working group.