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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.

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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
Our paper on canopy transmittance was selected as a featured article

Congratulations to Milutin Milenkovic et al. for writing a paper that got selected as a featured article of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. As a result, the paper is freely available for download until June 2018:

Total canopy transmittance estimated from small-footprint, full-waveform airborne LiDAR
by Milutin Milenković, Wolfgang Wagner, Raphael Quast, Markus Hollaus, Camillo Ressl, Norbert Pfeifer

To find out more about this image, check out the linked paper!

Photogrammetry Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:19:00 +0100
Extragalactic radio sources on TU Wien Owl

If you pass by the library of TU Wien in the evening from 5 pm to 11 pm, please take a look at the owl. You will see various projections with topics from TU Wien. If you look carefully, you will see extragalactic radio sources (provided by David Mayer) and the M2 tide in the oceans (provided by Michael Schindelegger). The projections are up until 9 December 2017, celebrating the 30th anniversary of that building. More information about the figures are provided here.

M2 tide (provided by M. Schindelegger)

Advanced Geodesy Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:54:00 +0100
Appreciation Certificate für Dmitri-Alexander Jilin from Erasmus-Initiative

On November 16, 2017 Dmitri-Alexander Jilin, a student of Geodesy and Geoinformation was awarded with an Appreciation Certificate as a representative for all participants of Austrian Universities. He used his time in L'Aquila, Italy, to work on his Master thesis under supervision of Eliseo Clementini and Gerhard Navratil.

Link to the OeAD-press release (in German language):



Geoinformation Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:59:00 +0100
Phd Defense Anastasiia Girdiuk

On November 15, 2017 Anastasiia Girdiuk successfully defended her PhD thesis on atmospheric tides in Earth rotation observed with VLBI. Study Dean Robert Weber chaired the defense; David Salstein, Michael Schindelegger, and Johannes Böhm were also part of the examination committee.

Robert Weber, Johannes Böhm, Anastasiia Girdiuk, Michael Schindelegger, David Salstein

Advanced Geodesy Women4Geo Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:59:00 +0100
Symposium on Cadastre organized by the Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation 200 years Austrian Cadastre

On 22. November 2017, the Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation organizes a cadastral symposium (in german language) at the BEV. Keynote speaker will be Reinhold Wessely, a former banking executive and land developer, who was also involved in the implementation of the Russian land administration system as a consultant. Other presentors reflect the positions of BEV, the Chamber of Engineers, the Chamber of Notaries, and the universities. The detailed program can be downloaded below.

Announcements Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:14:00 +0100
Student Job: Software Developer and Data Manager

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

Software Developer and Data Manager (m/f)

You enjoy working in a scientific environment at the leading edge of research in remote sensing and modelling of geophysical variables? You want to work with researchers towards excellent solutions to the technical problems that scientific work poses? If the answers 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 software developer with a background or interest in geospatial sciences.

Skills and Requirements

  • In depth knowledge of Python
  • Experience working with Python libraries like numpy, scipy and pandas
  • Strong foundation in both object oriented and functional programming
  • Experience in using Continuous Integration and Version Control (Git) is a plus
  • Experience working with big volumes (100 TB+) of data is a plus
  • Proven track record of writing modular, tested software is a plus
  • You love working in Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS) but can get by in Windows
  • Eagerness to learn new technologies
  • An academic background in geodesy, geoinformation sciences, geomathematics, physical geography, mathematics, information sciences, or similar is not required but would be an additional asset
  • Strong analytical and technical skills and problem solving capability
  • Good written and spoken communication skills in English

We offer

  • The opportunity to work in an innovative, motivated and successful team
  • Ability to choose your own tools and influence department IT policies
  • Possibility to enroll in the BSc/MSc/PhD program of TU Wien
  • Flexible working hours
  • A stimulating and friendly working environment at the department
  • The salary for this part time (20 hours/week) position is based on the Austrian regulations for university staff. The minimum monthly gross salary is € 978,00 (for 20 hours/week). Individual overpayment is possible based on experience. The monthly salary is paid 14 times per year. The position is limited to 1 year, with the option of an extension.

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

Candidate selection will start on 1 December 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. TU Wien will not refund any cost occurring in the course of an application.


Remote Sensing Open Positions Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:48:00 +0100
Der neue Studien-Infofolder Geodäsie und Geoinformation ist da!

Geodäsie und Geoinformation wird an der TU Wien als Bachelor- und Masterstudium angeboten. Geo-Was? Unser neuer Folder erklärt, was Geodäsie ist und gibt einen Überblick über das Studium und die möglichen Berufsfelder. Außerdem ist er gleichzeitig ein Bastelbogen für einen Oktaeder-Pseudoglobus!

Jetzt gratis bestellen über unser Bestellformular oder ein Mail mit Adresse an contact (at) schicken!

Oder Folder als PDF herunterladen.


PS: Vielen Dank an Manuela, Tobias, Felix und Felix für ihre Ideen und die Umsetzung!

News Remote Sensing Photogrammetry Advanced Geodesy Engineering Geodesy Geoinformation Cartography Geophysics Women4Geo CLIMERS Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:36:00 +0100
Best Paper Awards for Harmening and Wang

We congratulate the following colleagues in our department for receiving the Best Paper Award 2017 (for papers published in 2016) of the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation for their papers:

Corinna Harmening for
Choosing the Optimal Number of B-spline Control Points (Part 1: Methodology and Approximation of Curves)
by Corinna Harmening, Hans Neuner

Di Wang for
Automatic and Self-Adaptive Stem Reconstruction in Landslide-Affected Forests
by Di Wang, Markus Hollaus, Eetu Puttonen, Norbert Pfeifer

The awards were handed over on 8 November 2017 by the dean Prof. Drmota and the chair of the faculty board Prof. Böhm.

Prof. Böhm and Prof. Drmota handing over the prize to Corinna Harming. © Sabine Horvath, TU Wien

Photogrammetry Engineering Geodesy Women4Geo Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:51:00 +0100
Master defense Reifelshammer + Wulz

Montag, 27.11.2017
EI 11 Geodäsie HS (CD0304), Neues EI, Stiege 1, 3. Stock, Gußhausstraße 25‐29, 1040 Wien

15:00 Uhr
Registrierung von TLS Scans in Waldgebieten mittels ICP

16:15 Uhr
Andrea WULZ
Realisierung eines GIS für den Degirmendere Aquädukt von

Announcements Photogrammetry Geoinformation Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:06:00 +0100
Master defense Freund

Montag, 27.11.2017, 10:00
Seminarraum 126 (FB0113), 1. Stock, Gußhausstraße 28‐30, 1040 Wien

Katharina FREUND
Time series analyses of Ku‐band scatterometer data over
Greenland for retrieval of spatial and temporal patterns of winter thaw events

Announcements Remote Sensing Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:04:00 +0100
Master defense Kohlhaupt

Montag, 27.11.2017, 13:45
Seminarraum 124 (CB0308), Neues EI, Stiege 2, 3. Stock, Gußhausstraße 25‐29, 1040 Wien

Automatische Software‐Tests

Announcements Geoinformation Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:01:00 +0100
PhD defense Girdiuk

Mittwoch, 15. November 2017, 10:30
Seminarraum 124, Gußhausstraße 27-29, Stiege 2, 3. Stock, 1040 Wien

Atmospheric tides in Earth rotation observed with VLBI
Fr. Girdiuk

Abstract der Kurz-Präsentation siehe:

Announcements Advanced Geodesy Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:49:00 +0100
Nearly four decades of soil moisture data now available

ESA reports on the availability of a harmonized soil moisture data set dating back to 1978, giving a long-term view of global soil moisture, as well as variations and trends in the water cycle. The data set was developed under the soil moisture project of ESA’s Climate Change Initiative, in which our department is a partner.

Read more on ESA's news article or the project website.

August 2017 soil moisture anomalies in Italy. © C3S/ECMWF/TU Wien/VanderSat/EODC/AWST/Soil Moisture CCI

Remote Sensing CLIMERS Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:29:00 +0100
Michael Schindelegger receives Karl Rinner Award

Dr. Michael Schindelegger from the research area Advanced Geodesy is this years' recipient of the Karl Rinner Award of the Austrian Geodetic Commission. This award, acknowledging outstanding international scientific contributions by young researchers, honors Michael Schindelegger's work on Earth rotation and ocean tides. The awarded paper "The Global S1 Tide in Earth's Nutation" can be read here.

He received the award on 17 October 2017 at the BEV (Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen, Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying) and presented an overview of his achievements in a ceremonial talk.

Michael Schindelegger giving his talk © H. Sattlberger, BEV

Award ceremony: Johannes Böhm, Michael Schindelegger, Michaela Ragoßnig-Angst, Norbert Pfeifer (v.l.n.r) © H. Sattlberger, BEV

Advanced Geodesy Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:30:00 +0200