PhD Projects

Ongoing

Using VGI Data for Event Detection and Analysis
Using VGI Data for Event Detection and Analysis

Maximilian Hartmann
Using VGI Data for Event Detection and Analysis

Shopping with Maximilian 
The ShopSensor app determines which shop to go to at specific times to lower the risk of infection with COVID-19. The tool was developed by a PhD candidate at GIUZ in his spare time.

Expeditions from the window: How do you perceive your surroundings?

Manuel Bär
Landscape and language – Exploring approaches to extracting landscape perception

Expeditions from the window: How do you perceive your surroundings?
Playfully generating data for research: Gamification is an attractive approach, especially in times of COVID-19. PhD student Manuel Bär wants to know how people perceive the landscape in their immediate surroundings.

Maria Elena Vargas Amado
(WSL)
 

Completed Ph.D. theses​​​​​​​

If not available below, PDFs of Ph.D. theses can be found in the library catalog of the University of Zurich.

2021  
Exploring Landscape through Place Names: an Interdisciplinary Approach

Julia Villette
Exploring Landscape through Place Names: an Interdisciplinary Approach
(Purves, Glaser, Vieli) 
PDF (PDF, 6 MB)

Information Extraction from Microblogs during Disasters

Kiran Zahra
Information Extraction from Microblogs During Disasters 
(Purves, Weibel, Ostermann) 
PDF (PDF, 6 MB)

2020  
Optimizing data integration in avalanche forecasting

Frank Techel

On Consistency and Quality in Public Avalanche Forecasting - a Data-Driven Approach to Forecast Verification and to Refining Definitions of Avalanche Danger 
(Purves, Schweizer, Furrer, van Herwijnen) 
PDF (PDF, 8 MB)​​​​​​​

Extraction of Place Descriptions from User-Generated Content

Azam Raha Bahrehdar

Extraction of Place Descriptions from User-Generated Content
(Purves, Weibel) 
PDF (PDF, 28951 KB)

2019  
Extracting Perceived Landscape Properties from Text Sources

Olga Koblet

Extracting Perceived Landscape Properties from Text Sources
(Purves) 
PDF (PDF, 59681 KB)

xtracting and Modeling the Geography of Text Documents - Resources and Applications

Elise Acheson

Extracting and Modeling the Geography of Text Documents - Resources and Applications
(Purves)

PDF (PDF, 9 MB)


2018  
Ekaterina Egorova

From Text to Space: Spatial Discourse in Alpine Route Directions and Narratives (Purves, Tenbrink)

2017  
Anita Locher

Defining the designated community of legacy geospatial data: user needs of historic electronic geographic information (Térmens Graels, Purves)

2016  
Flurina Wartmann

From Space to Place in the Bolivian Amazon - Representing Landscape Perceptions with Ethnographic and GIS Approaches  (Purves, Backhaus, Haller) PDF (PDF, 17 MB)

2015  
Jochen Veitinger Release Areas of Snow Avalanches: New Methods and Parameters (Sovilla, Purves) PDF (PDF, 8 MB)
2013  
Curdin Derungs

From Text to Landscape: Extraction of Landscape Concepts through the Resolution of Ambiguity and Vagueness present in Descriptions of Natural Landscapes  (Purves, Weibel, Waldvogel, Hägeli)

PDF (PDF, 6 MB) 
2010  
Ralph Straumann

Extraction and characterisation of landforms from digital elevation models: Fiat parsing the elevation field  (Purves, Weibel, Korup (SLF))

PDF (PDF, 9 MB) 
2008  
Felix Hebeler

Modelling Topographic Uncertainty: Impacts on Large Scale Environmental Modelling  (Purves, Weibel)

PDF (PDF, 11 MB) 
Awase Khirni Syed

Exploratory Representations for Geographic Information Retrieved from the Internet  (Weibel, Purves)

2005  
Margherita Maggioni

Avalance Release Areas and Their Influence on Uncertainty in Avalanche Hazard Mapping  (Gruber, Purves, Weibel)

PDF (PDF, 17 MB) 
Ariane Walz

Land use modelling for an integrated approach to regional development in the Swiss Alps  (Weibel, Purves, Bebi, Kytzia)

PDF (PDF, 6 MB) 
2004  
Marco Hugentobler

Terrain Modelling with Triangle Based Free-Form Surfaces  (Weibel, Purves, Schneider)

PDF (PDF, 4 MB)