PhD Projects

The following list of ongoing and completed Ph.D. projects gives an impression of some of the research that is carried out by our graduate students. Responsible advisors are shown in brackets.

Ph.D. theses in progress

Travelling with Speakers Through Time and Space: Spatio-Temporal Modelling of Language Change

Neureiter, Nico
Travelling with Speakers Through Time and Space: Spatio-Temporal Modelling of Language Change
(Ranacher/Weibel)

Computational Hierarchy Modeling of Indoor Spaces for Navigation Guidance in Buildings.

Zhou, Zhiyong
Computational Hierarchy Modeling of Indoor Spaces for Navigation Guidance in Buildings
(Huang, Ghent University / Weibel)

Capturing exposure to environmental factors in older adults' daily lives

Balmer, Michael
Capturing exposure to environmental factors in older adults' daily lives
(Weibel, Röcke)

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

Which Route to Choose? Generating Context-Aware and Empirically Informed Random Trajectories to Investigate Movement

Technitis, Georgios
Which Route to Choose? Generating Context-Aware and Empirically Informed Random Trajectories to Investigate Movement
(Weibel)

An Integrated Methodology for Automated Generalization of Geological Maps

Sayidov, Azimjon
An Integrated Methodology for Automated Generalization of Geological Maps
(Weibel)

Using Multi-Sensor Tracking Data to Analyze Human Mobility and Activity Behavior

Allahbakhshi, Hoda
Using Multi-Sensor Tracking Data to Analyze Human Mobility and Activity Behavior
(Weibel / Martin, Psychology) PDF (PDF, 7 MB)

Abstraction and Cartographic Generalization of Geographic User-Generated Content

Aliakbarian, Meysam 
Abstraction and Cartographic Generalization of Geographic User-Generated Content
Use-Case Motivated Investigations for Mobile Users
(Weibel, Purves) PDF  (PDF, 11 MB)

2019

Contextual Cross-Scale Movement Analysis

Burkhard, Oliver
Towards Passive Tracking and Analyses of Human Mobility at Population Scale
(Weibel) PDF  (PDF, 13 MB)

Mobility, activity and social interactions in older adults' daily lives: links to psychological functioning

Fillekes, Michelle
GPS - Based Assessment of Daily Mobility for Healthy Aging
(Weibel / Martin, Psychology) PDF  (PDF, 9 MB)

2018

Quantitative modeling of geographic influences on morphosyntactic area formation in Swiss German

Jeszenszky, Peter

Quantitative modeling of geographic influences on morphosyntactic area formation in Swiss German
(Weibel/ Glaser, German Dept.) PDF (PDF, 71 MB)

Spatially explicit mapping and assessment of ecosystem services on landscape scale provided by agroforestry systems

Kay, Sonja
Assessment of Ecosystem Services provided by Agroforestry Systems at the Landscape Scale
(Herzog, Agroscope / Weibel) PDF  (PDF, 4 MB)

2016

Assessing Participatory Mapping and Multi Criteria Evaluation for Land Use Change Analysis

Rohrbach, Benjamin
Assessing Participatory Mapping and Multi Criteria Evaluation for Land Use Change Analysis 
(Laube / Weibel) PDF (PDF, 17 MB)

Assessing Participatory Mapping and Multi Criteria Evaluation for Land Use Change Analysis

Soleymani, Ali
Cross-Scale Analysis In Classification And Segmentation Of Movement
(Weibel) PDF (PDF, 8 MB)

2015

Quadtree-based Real-time Point Generalisation for Web and Mobile Mapping

Bereuter, Pia
Quadtree-based Real-time Point Generalisation for Web and Mobile Mapping
(Weibel / Burghardt, TU Dresden) PDF (PDF, 19 MB)

Extracting and Linking Locations and Activities from the Geospatial Web

Venkateswaran, Ramya 
Extracting and Linking Locations and Activities from the Geospatial Web 
(Weibel / Purves / Burghardt, TU Dresden) PDF (PDF, 6 MB)

Relating Movement to Geographic Context – Effects of Preprocessing, Relation Methods and Scale

Gschwend, Christian

Relating Movement to Geographic Context – Effects of Preprocessing, Relation Methods and Scale
(Laube / Weibel / Purves) PDF (PDF, 18 MB)

2011

Spatio-Temporal Pattern Analysis of Moving Point Objects

Dodge, Somayeh

Spatio-Temporal Pattern Analysis of Moving Point Objects 
(Weibel / Fabrikant) PDF (PDF, 14 MB)

Providing Enriched Spatial Data - Ontology driven Recognition of Urban Structures from Spatial Databases

Lüscher, Patrick

Providing Enriched Spatial Data - Ontology driven Recognition of Urban Structures from Spatial Databases 
(Weibel / Burghardt) PDF (PDF, 8 MB)

2010

Integratives Geoinformationsmanagement in der Schutzgebietsforschung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der räumlichen Genauigkei

Haller, Ruedi
Integratives Geoinformationsmanagement in der Schutzgebietsforschung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der räumlichen Genauigkeit 
(Allgöwer / Imfeld / Weibel) PDF (PDF, 11 MB)

Extraction and characterisation of landforms from digital elevation models: Fiat parsing the elevation field

Straumann, Ralph
Extraction and characterisation of landforms from digital elevation models: Fiat parsing the elevation field
(Purves / Weibel / Korup, SLF) PDF (PDF, 9965 KB)

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)
   

 

2007

Alistair Edwardes 

Re-placing Location: Geographic Perspectives in Location Based Services 
(Prof. R. Weibel / Dr. D. Burghardt)  PDF (PDF, 9 MB)

Moritz Neun

Data Enrichment for Adaptive Map Generalization Using Web Services 
(Prof. R. Weibel / Dr. D. Burghardt) PDF (PDF, 4 MB)

Stefan Steiniger

Enabling Pattern-Aware Automated Map Generalization 
(Prof. R. Weibel / Dr. D. Burghardt) PDF (PDF, 20 MB)

 

2006

Daniel Isenegger  IPODLAS - A framework for coupling Temporal Simulation Systems, Virtual Reality, and Geographic Information Systems 
(Dr. B. Allgöwer / Prof. R. Weibel) PDF (PDF, 8 MB)

 

2005

Patrick Laube 

Analysing Point Motion - Spatio-Temporal Data Mining of Geospatial Lifelines 
(Prof. R. Weibel / Dr. B. Allgöwer / Dr. St. Imfeld) PDF (PDF, 9 MB)

Stefan Leyk

Computing the Past - Utilizing Historical Data Sources for Map-Based Retrospective Landscape Research
(Prof. R. Weibel / Dr. R. Boesch, WSL / Dr. N. Zimmermann, WSL) PDF (PDF, 11 MB)

Margherita Maggioni 

Avalance Release Areas and Their Influence on Uncertainty in Avalanche Hazard Mapping 
(Dr. U. Gruber, SLF / Dr. R. Purves / Prof. R. Weibel) PDF (PDF, 17 MB)

Ariane Walz

Land use modelling for an integrated approach to regional development in the Swiss Alps 
(Prof. R. Weibel / Dr. R. Purves / Dr. P. Bebi, SLF / Dr. S. Kytzia) PDF  (PDF, 4 MB)

 

2004

Marco Hugentobler 

Terrain Modelling with Triangle Based Free-Form Surfaces 
(Prof. R. Weibel / Dr. R. Purves / Dr. B. Schneider, University of Basel) PDF (PDF, 4 MB)

 

2003

Alessandro Cecconi 

Integration of Cartographic Generalization and Multi-Scale Databases for Enhanced Web Mapping
(Prof. Dr. R. Weibel / Dr. D. Burghardt) PDF (PDF, 2 MB)

Martin Galanda

Automated Polygon Generalization in a Multi Agent System 
(Prof. Dr. R. Weibel / Dr. D. Burghardt) PDF (PDF, 2 MB)

 

2002

Daria Martinoni 

Quality Management in Digital Terrain Modelling 
(Prof. R. Weibel,  Dr. Bernhard Schneider) PDF (PDF, 22 MB)

 

2001

Andreas Bachmann 

GIS-based Wildland Fire Risk Analysis 
(Prof. Dr. R. Weibel / Dr. B. Allgöwer) PDF (PDF, 1 MB)

Mattias Bader

Energy Minimizing Methods for Feature Displacement in Map Generalization 
(Prof. Dr. R. Weibel / Prof. K. Brassel) PDF (PDF, 5 MB)

 

2000

Frank Brazile 

Semantic Infrastructure and Methods to Support Quality Evaluation in Cartographic Generalization
(Prof. R. Weibel) PDF (PDF, 2 MB)

Stephan Imfeld 

Time, Points and Space - towards a better Analysis of Wildlife Data in GIS
(Prof. K. Brassel / Dr. B. Allgöwer / Prof. B. Nievergelt, Institute of Zoology) PDF (PDF, 40 MB)

 

1998

Felix Bucher 

Regionenbasierte Wahl und Parametrisierung von Interpolationsmodellen 
(Prof. Dr. K. Brassel / Prof. R. Weibel)

Geoffrey Dutton 

Working Through the Scales -- A Hierarchical Coordinate System for Digital Map Data 
(Prof. R. Weibel / Prof. K. Brassel)

Bernhard Schneider 

Geomorphologisch plausible Rekonstruktion der digitalen Repräsentation von Geländeoberflächen aus Höhenliniendaten 
(Prof. R. Weibel / Prof. Dr. K. Brassel)

Caroline Westort

Methods for Sculpting Digital Topographic Surfaces (Prof. R. Weibel / Prof. K. Brassel / Prof. S. Ervin, Harvard University) PDF (PDF, 11 MB)

 

1997

Walter Bosshard 

Homogenisierung klimatologischer Zeitreihen, dargelegt am Beispiel der relativen Sonnenscheindauer1997
(Prof. K. Brassel / Dr.  G. Gensler and Dr. W. Kirchhofer, SMA)

Martin Brändli

Modelle und Methoden für die Extraktion geomorphologischer und hydrologischer Objekte aus digitalen Geländemodellen 
(Prof. Dr. K. Brassel / Prof. R. Weibel)
Andrej, Vckovski Interoperable and Distributed Geoprocessing
(Prof. Dr. K. Brassel / Prof. R. Weibel)

 

1994

 Hans Rudolf, Bär

Interaktive Bearbeitung von Geländeoberflächen — Konzepte, Methoden, Versuche
(Prof. Dr. K. Brassel / Prof. R. Weibel)