GEO Department News Latest news from the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation en GEO Department News Latest news from the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation TYPO3 - get.content.right Tue, 15 May 2018 18:38:00 +0200 Volta Summer School 2018: Automation in the Context of National Mapping Agency (NMA) Production

Save the date: 25–28 September 2018

The summer school is held and organized within the EU funded project VOLTA. The strategic aim of this summer school is to strengthen the ties between service providers, research institutions and national agencies in the domain of geodata. This will increase the efficiency of production and provide more and higher quality services to citizens. The school will feature lectures, practical works, demos and a study visit to a super Cloud computing centre. The main topics of the school are:

  • NMA activities and requirements in age of digital transformation and the changing demands
  • State of the art in geo data collection, classification and modelling
  • Point cloud processing and feature extraction, including Cloud computing

For more details and to register, please visit

Announcements Photogrammetry Tue, 15 May 2018 18:38:00 +0200
5th Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop

The 5th Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop will take place at George Mason University, Fairfax Campus (Washington DC area), USA 24–25 October 2018.

The abstract deadline is 30 June 2018 – for more information visit the workshop website!

The 4th workshop in this workshop series took place in 2017 at TU Wien.

Announcements Remote Sensing Mon, 07 May 2018 11:51:00 +0200
Master defense Niel

Montag, 30.04.2018, 10:00 Uhr

Elias NIEL
Kombination auf Normalgleichungsebene von VLBI und SLR für CONT14

Ort: Seminarraum 124 (CB0308), Neues EI, Stiege 2, 3. Stock, Gußhausstraße 25‐29, 1040 Wien

Announcements Advanced Geodesy Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:21:00 +0200
Master defense Maierhofer

Donnerstag, 26.04.2018, 13:00 Uhr

Electrical modeling for an improved understanding of GPR signatures in alpine permafrost

Ort: Seminarraum 124 (CB0308), Neues EI, Stiege 2, 3. Stock, Gußhausstraße 25‐29, 1040 Wien

Announcements Geophysics Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:20:00 +0200
Master defense Heinrich

Montag, 23.04.2018, 14:00 Uhr

Einfluss eines Dichtemodells auf die regionale Schwerefeldmodellierung

Seminarraum 124 (CB0308), Neues EI, Stiege 2, 3. Stock, Gußhausstraße 25‐29, 1040 Wien

Announcements Advanced Geodesy Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:18:00 +0200
Wolfgang Wagner speaks at TEDx

Wolfgang Wagner will be one of the speakers at the next TEDx TUWien, an independently organized TED event. The second installment of the event at TU Wien will take place on 5. 5. 2018 and is entitled “Shrink Big, Grow Small”. Wolfgang will talk about “Sharing is caring!”.

For more information and tickets visit

Announcements Remote Sensing Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:55:00 +0200
GEO contribute to European State of the Climate 2017 with C3S Long-term soil moisture

The European State of the Climate 2017 was recently published by Copernicus, the European Union's Earth Observation Programme. The TU Wien GEO CLIMERS group contributes to the report with soil moisture data produced as part of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S;

The European State of the Climate 2017 covers two main themes, the Climate in 2017 and Headline Climate Indicators.

The Climate in 2017 section discusses the annual and seasonal climate of last year in comparison with the 1981-2010 climate reference period. The Headline Climate Indicators focuses on long-term key indicators for global and regional climate change.

The C3S soil moisture data produced by TU Wien GEO in collaboration wih EODC and VanderSat have been used as one of the European wet and dry indicators and to illustrate the severe drought conditions observed in 2017 in Southwest Europe

The dataset is updated every 10 days with the latest satellite acquisitions and will distributed shortly through the C3S Climate Data Store.


Remote Sensing CLIMERS Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:22:00 +0200
Copernicus nutzbar machen II: Workshop-Präsentationen sind online

Unter dem Titel „Copernicus nutzbar machen“ veranstaltete das Bundesministerium für Nachhaltigkeit und Tourismus (BMNT) in Kooperation mit dem BMVIT, der TU-Wien und dem EODC am 4. April 2018 einen Workshop. Ziel war es, anhand von konkreten Anwendungen aus verschiedenen Themenbereichen den möglichen Nutzen von Copernicus Daten für öffentliche Dienstleistungen und den hoheitlichen Bereich darzustellen.

Die Vorträge wurden nun auf er Seite des Bundesministeriums veröffentlicht.

Remote Sensing Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:13:00 +0200
Geo4Women summer job 2018

In order to increase the proportion of women in our remote sensing group, the research groups Microwave Remote Sensing (MRS) and Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing (CLIMERS) of the research area Remote Sensing, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation (GEO) are offering a Geo4Women summer job to a female student who is interested in remote sensing.

The student shall work on a self-proposed project idea that should fit into one of our current research fields and be related to the datasets developed in our groups – please see our projects and our recent publications for reference.

We offer

  • a  full-time summer job for two months (40 hours per week)
  • a work space in our department
  • access to our data and infrastructure
  • flexible working times, a stimulating and friendly working environment and a motivated team.

Please apply if you are

  • female
  • a bachelor or master student in the fields of geodesy, geoinformation, geosciences or similar disciplines
  • familiar with the data we're working with and projects we're involved in
  • confident that your technical and programming expertise (python) fits our needs.

The application should include

  • a description of your proposed project work in a maximum of 2 to 3 pages
  • a motivation letter
  • your CV, including information on your technical, programming and remote sensing experience
  • the keyword geo4women in the subject of the email.

The salary for this position is based on the Austrian regulations for university staff. The monthly minimum salary will be € 2001,60 (based on full-time employment).

If you are interested, please send your application to rs-sek (at) until May 1st, 2018.

International applications are welcome. However, we cannot offer any support in travel, accommodation and visa matters.

Open Positions CLIMERS Remote Sensing Women4Geo Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:35:00 +0200
DriDanube - Let's talk about drought!

The DriDanube project addresses the risks and impacts of drought in the Danube region, aiming at an efficient and operative drought management.

Have a look at this new presentation video which introduces the tools that are developed by the DriDanube team – 15 partners from 10 Danube countries with support from 8 Associated Strategic Partners.

For more information please visit the DriDanube project's website at:

Remote Sensing Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:24:00 +0200
Seminar der Geowissenschaften Sommersemester 2018 Vortragstermine

List of students, advisors, and topics:

  • BACHMANN Sabine (Johannes BÖHM) GAIA
  • BEKENOVA Aizhan (Günther RETSCHER) WLAN Indoor Positionierung mit intelligenten Wegpunkten
  • DALLINGER Kristina (Gerhard NAVRATIL) Digitaler Plan
  • DYMARSKA Natalia (Robert WEBER) Assimilation of GNSS Data into Numerical Weather Prediction models
  • FLEISCHER Markus (Janina BOISITS) Satellite Laser Ranging
  • KOFLER Georg (David MAYER) ICRF
  • KRALOVA Veronika (Bernhard BAUER-MARSCHALLINGER) Monitoring Penguins using Remote Sensing Data
  • KREN Armin (Johannes BÖHM) Die Geschichte der SI-Sekunde
  • MAYR Martin (Adrian FLORES-OROZCO) Prospecting of slag heap volumes and masses through the use of induced polarisation
  • ÖHLKNECHT Yannic (Andreas HELLERSCHMIED) VLBZ zu Satelliten
  • PANIC Dragana (Ioannis GIANNOPOULOS) Local Social Media Feeds for Disaster Management)
  • PUTRI Nabila (Johannes BÖHM) Indonesian Cors Network
  • TEODORI Gilles (Hans NEUNER / Andreas ETTLINGER) Einfluss von Nicht-Linearitäten auf den Innovationstest in einem Kalman-Filter für die Fußgängernavigation
  • WICKER Herbert (Adrian FLORES-OROZCO) Waterborne electrical resistivity tomography - the imaging of riverbeds

PICO-presentations will be at June 4 and June 25. The list of presentations for each of the dates will be provided soon.

Announcements Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0200
African VLBI Network School 2018

Matthias Schartner and David Mayer taught at the African VLBI Network (AVN) School in March 2018 in Hartebeesthoek, South Africa. Similar to 2017, they gave lectures about geodetic VLBI and presented practical exercises with the Vienna VLBI and Satellite Software (VieVS).

Students and teachers at the AVN School 2018

Matthias demonstrating the intricacies of VLBI scheduling

Advanced Geodesy Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:30:00 +0200
SAR Data Processing Specialist

The Remote Sensing research group of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, TU Wien is currently looking to recruit a motivated

SAR Data Processing Specialist (m/f)

You enjoy working in a scientific environment at the leading edge of research in remote sensing? You want to work with researchers towards excellent solutions to the technical problems that scientific work poses? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this job is for you!

Our group comprises about 30 staff members currently working on approximately 20 projects supported by various national, European and international programs, grants and funding sources.

To support the research work of our team, we are looking for a skilled SAR data processing specialist with a background or interest in geospatial sciences.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Processing and analysis of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data
  • Developing scientific algorithms in the fields of radar remote sensing, image processing, Big Data analysis
  • Contribution in software development using object-oriented programing language
  • Prototyping, implementing, and testing of processing chains and generation of value-added products
  • Writing technical documents, project reports and scientific journal papers


Your Profile:

  • Master (or equivalent) degree OR PhD degree in geodesy, geoinformation sciences, informatics, physical geography, mathematics, or similar
  • Excellent programming skills (Python and/or IDL, Matlab, Fortran, C++, …)
  • Experience in SAR signal processing and derivation of geophysical parameters from SAR (e.g. soil moisture, water bodies, vegetation, snow and ice, …)
  • Strong analytical and technical skills and problem solving capability
  • Solid knowledge of statistical methods for temporal and spatial analysis of scientific data
  • Good written and spoken communication skills in English


We Offer:

  • The opportunity to work in an innovative, dynamic and successful team
  • The salary for this full time (40 hrs/week) position is based on the Austrian regulations for university staff. The monthly minimum is € 2.794,60 for a Pre-Doc respectively € 3.711,70 for a Post-Doc position. The monthly salary is paid 14 times per year. The position will be time-limited; the duration is subject of negotiation.
  • Possibility to enroll in the PhD program of TU Wien
  • Flexible working hours
  • Workplace close to city center, metro and main train station
  • A stimulating and friendly working environment at the department


If this job opportunity fits your career development plans, we are looking forward to receiving your application in English (cover letter, CV, relevant publications and references) and in one single PDF file via e-mail to rs-sek (at)

Candidate selection will start on May 1st, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. TU Wien will not refund any cost occurred in the course of an application.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner
TU Wien
Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
Research Group Remote Sensing
Gußhausstraße 27-29, E 120.1
1040 Vienna, Austria

Remote Sensing Open Positions Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:32:00 +0200
Univ.-Ass.-Stelle Ingenieurgeodäsie

An der Fakultät für Mathematik und Geoinformation, Department für Geodäsie und Geoinformation, Forschungsgruppe Ingenieurgeodäsie (E120.5), ist eine Stelle für eine_n Assistent_in voraussichtlich ab 2.5.2018 auf die Dauer von 4 Jahren, Gehaltsgruppe B1, mit einem Beschäftigungsausmaß von 25 Wochenstunden zu besetzen.

Das monatliche Mindestentgelt für diese Gehaltsgruppe beträgt derzeit EUR 1.746,60 brutto (14x jährlich). Aufgrund tätigkeitsbezogener Vorerfahrungen kann sich das Entgelt erhöhen.

Abgeschlossenes Magister-, Diplom-, Masterstudium der Fachrichtung Geodäsie und Geoinformation bzw. gleichwertiges Universitätsstudium im In- oder Ausland

Sonstige Kenntnisse:
Erfahrungen im Umgang mit Punktwolken insbesondere bei der Quantifizierung und der Modellierung von systematischen Einflüssen auf die Qualität von Punktwolken sind von Vorteil. Die Bereitschaft zur Weiterentwicklung und zur robotergestützten Automatisierung bestehender Prüf- und Kalbriervorgänge unter Einsatz von Industriemesstechnik wird erwartet. Messtechnische Erfahrung aus technischen Projekten mit hohem Genauigkeitsanspruch wird sehr begrüßt.

Bewerbungsfrist: bis 26.4.2018 (Datum des Poststempels)
Bewerbungen richten Sie an die Personaladministration, Fachbereich wiss. Personal der TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien. Onlinebewerbungen an barbara.triebl-kraus (at)
Die Bewerber und Bewerberinnen haben keinen Anspruch auf Abgeltung angefallener Reise- und Aufenthaltskosten,  die aus Anlass des Aufnahmeverfahrens entstanden  sind.

Open Positions Engineering Geodesy Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:32:00 +0200
Einladung zum #GEOTAG am 8. Juni 2018

Geodäsie und Geoinformation wird an der TU Wien als Bachelor- und Masterstudium angeboten. Geo-Was?

Um diese und viele weitere Frage rund um die Themenfelder Geodäsie und Geoinformation zu beantworten, findet heuer zum ersten Mal der GEO-Tag statt.

Alle Details hier!


Announcements Remote Sensing Photogrammetry Advanced Geodesy Engineering Geodesy Geoinformation Cartography Geophysics CLIMERS Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:18:00 +0100
PostDoc position in Geoinformation

The Geoinformation Group at TU Vienna in Austria is looking for a Post-Doctoral researcher, starting the earliest possible.
We would like you to contribute to our research in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and Geographic Information Science. The position is not tied to a specific predetermined project. Some of the areas we are interested in are: spatial human-computer interaction, human navigation, location based services, smart cities, augmented and virtual reality, gaze-based interaction, spatio-temporal decision making as well as ubiquitous computing.
We welcome applicants with a doctoral degree in the area of Computer Science and Geoinformation Science or any related field.
We are offering an interesting full position in our group for up to 6 years. We are currently implementing our spatial interaction lab and plan to equip it with mobile and remote eye trackers, body trackers, augmented reality as well as virtual reality glasses, among others.

Contract information
- 6 years position not tied to a project
- 40h/week employment
- Minimum 3711,10 Euro gross (14 x per year)

Application Documents
- Motivation letter
- A Curriculum Vitae
- A copy of education degrees
- Contact details of 2 referees

Application Deadline: 22. April 2018
Please send your application documents (one file) to barbara.triebl-kraus (at)
If you have any questions, you can write to geoinfo (at)
Candidates are not eligible for a refund of expenses for travelling and lodging related to the application process.

Geoinformation Open Positions Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:36:00 +0100
PhD position in Geoinformation

The Geoinformation Group at TU Vienna in Austria is looking for a PhD Student, starting the earliest possible.
We welcome applications from students that are enthusiastic about working in the area of human-computer interaction with a focus on spatial interaction.
The main aim of this 4 year position is to develop an understanding and assist humans during interaction with elements of their surrounding as well as with digital information during spatial decision making. The research is expected to lead to publications and a PhD dissertation for the student.

Qualifications and Skills
The ideal candidate must have an academic degree (Master Degree or equivalent) in a relevant field (e.g., Computer Science, Mathematics, Information Science, Geoinformation Science), as well as strong research interests in Human-Computer Interaction and Geographic Information Science.
Good programming skills (e.g., Java, C++, Python) as well as experience in machine learning applications are required. Previous experience with eye tracking, empirical research, mixed environments, computer vision and geographic information science is a plus. Furthermore, the candidate must have good communication skills in English (oral and written) and be a team player.

Contract information
- 4 years position not tied to a project
- 25h/week employment
- Minimum 1746,60 Euro gross (14 x per year)

Application Documents
- Motivation letter
- A Curriculum Vitae
- A copy of education degrees: e.g. bachelor degree, master degree, etc.
- Course transcripts, GPA (grade point average)
- Reference letters are welcome

Application Deadline: 22. April 2018
Please send your application documents (one file) to barbara.triebl-kraus (at)
If you have any questions, you can write to geoinfo (at)
Candidates are not eligible for a refund of expenses for travelling and lodging related to the application process.

Open Positions Geoinformation Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:16:00 +0100
Master defense Brunner

Freitag, 16.03.2018, 13:00 Uhr
Seminarraum 122 (CC0321A), Neues EI, Stiege 3, 3. Stock, Gußhausstraße 25‐29, 1040 Wien

TLS‐Punktwolken in zwei Wellenlängen für die Analyse von Baumstrukturen

Announcements Photogrammetry Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:51:00 +0100
Congratulations, Dr. Milenkovic!

We are happy to inform that Milutin Milenkovic successfully defended his PhD thesis on 26 February 2018. His thesis is titled "Description of Natural Surfaces by Laser Scanning", you can find the abstract at

Hans-Gerd Maas, Norbert Pfeifer, Milutin Milenkovic, Wolfgang Wagner, Bernhard Höfle

Photogrammetry Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:44:00 +0100
"What's the time?" Inaugural Lecture by Johannes Böhm as Professor of Higher Geodesy

In his Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Higher Geodesy on Feb 26 in TUtheSky, Johannes Böhm compared Mean Solar Time with Atomic Time and explained the advantages of VLBI for the determination of Earth rotation. Additional questions were then discussed at the reception.

Lecture by Johannes Böhm


Advanced Geodesy Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:15:00 +0100
PhD defense Milenkovic

Montag, dem 26. Februar 2018, 10:00 Uhr
Seminarraum 122, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 3. Stock, 1040 Wien

Description of Natural Surfaces by Laser Scanning

Abstract der Kurz-Präsentation siehe:

Announcements Photogrammetry Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:59:00 +0100
Best Poster Award for Silvana Podaras

We are happy to inform that the diploma thesis poster of Silvana Podaras won the Best Poster Award at the EPILOG WS2017. The thesis was co-supervised by the Faculty of Informatics and our department:

Silvana Podaras,
Automated Classification of Road-Surface Types Based on Crowd-Sourced Data
Supervisors: Michael Wimmer, Nobert Pfeifer et al.

You can find the poster here and the thesis here.

Michael Wimmer, Silvana Podaras, Hannes Werthner (Dean of the Faculty of Informatics)

Women4Geo Photogrammetry Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:15:00 +0100
Gregor Möller receives Dissertation Award 2017

Dr. Gregor Möller from the research area Advanced Geodesy receives the Dissertation Award 2017 from the City of Vienna for his outstanding doctoral thesis at TU Wien.

The award was handed over by Mag. Daniel Löcker (Wissenschaftsreferent der Stadt Wien) on 20 January 2018 during the doctoral awards ceremony at Kuppelsaal.

Dr. Gregor Möller at the award ceremony

Gregor presenting his Dissertation Award 2017

Advanced Geodesy Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:58:00 +0100
Presentation James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University Multimodal Modeling of Linguistic Expressions with VoxML

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 the research group Geoinforation is visited by James Pustejovsky from the Brandeis University. He will give a presentation on his current research. Visitors are welcome!

I describe a modeling language for constructing 3D visualizations of concepts denoted by natural language expressions. This language, VoxML (Visual Object Concept Modeling Language), is being used as the platform for creating multimodal semantic simulations in the context of human-computer communication.  I demonstrate the implementation of VoxML in the context of human-machine interaction. In our prototype system, people and avatars cooperate to build blocks world structures through the interaction of language, gesture, vision, and action. This provides a platform to study computational issues involved in multimodal communication. In order to establish elements of the common ground in discourse between speakers, VoxML is used to create an embodied 3D simulation, enabling both the generation and interpretation of multiple modalities, including: language, gesture, and the visualization of objects moving and agents acting in their environment. The simulation is built on the modeling language VoxML, that encodes objects with rich semantic typing and action affordances, and actions themselves as multimodal programs, enabling contextually salient inferences and decisions in the environment. We illustrate this with a walk-through of multimodal communication in a shared task.

Time: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 17:30

Place: Seminar room 127 (3rd floor), Gußhausstraße 27-29

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Announcements Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:23:00 +0100
Farewell coffee with Michael Schindelegger

We said goodbye to Michael Schindelegger, great colleague at HG for nearly a decade, who will move to Bonn University for a professorship in geodetic Earth system modelling. Michael, we wish you and your family all the best for the future!

HG group on the occasion of Michael Schindelegger's farewell coffee

Advanced Geodesy Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0100
Master defense Kmen + Kauer

Montag, 22.01.2018

13:45 Uhr
Christopher KMEN
Use of Pictures from Social Media to Assess the Local Attractivity as an Indicator for Real Estate Value Assessment
Seminarraum 124 (CB0308), Neues EI, Stiege 2, 3. Stock, Gußhausstraße 25‐29, 1040 Wien

15:15 Uhr
Quantifying the impact of climate oscillation on Mediterranean hydrology using multivariate statistics
EI 11 Geodäsie HS, Neues EI, Stiege 1, 3. Stock, Gußhausstraße 25‐29, 1040 Wien

Announcements Remote Sensing CLIMERS Geophysics Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:58:00 +0100
GEO contributes to GCOS Austria with in situ and satellite soil moisture data

The Austrian Inventory Report 2017 in the framework of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) was published recently by ZAMG. It also contains a contribution from our department about the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN).

Read the full report at

Remote Sensing CLIMERS Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:01:00 +0100
HG end-of-the-year party 2017

This year's end-of-the-year party of the research area Advanced Geodesy started with a guided tour at the Globe Museum where Mercator's globes attracted our attention (see photo). After this "cultural" part, we finished the event with Pizza@Riva.

Mercator's globes for the Earth and the celestial sphere

Advanced Geodesy Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:44:00 +0100
Our earth observation validation paper got featured in Editors’ Vox @AGU_eos

Editors’ Vox – the blog of AGU journal editors – featured our paper on Earth observation validation practices across communities in their blog:

Examining our Eyes in the Sky


The full paper reference is:
Loew, A., Bell, W., Brocca, L., Bulgin, C.E., Burdanowitz, J., Calbet, X., Donner, R.V., Ghent, D., Gruber, A., Kaminski, T., Kinzel, J., Klepp, C., Lambert, J.-C., Schaepman-Strub, G., Schröder, M., Verhoelst, T. (2017). Validation practices for satellite-based Earth observation data across communities: EO VALIDATION. Reviews of Geophysics 55, 779–817. doi: 10.1002/2017RG000562

Remote Sensing CLIMERS Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:56:00 +0100
Johannes Böhm is the new EGU Division President for Geodesy

We are pleased to inform that Prof. Johannes Böhm, head of our research group of advanced geodesy, was elected president of the Geodesy Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for the 2018–2022 term!

Johannes Böhm

Johannes Böhm, EGU Division President for Geodesy

Advanced Geodesy Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:24:00 +0100