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  • Mental health challenges and digital platform opportunities in patients and families affected by pediatric neuromuscular diseases - experiences from Switzerland

    Beyond the blue dot: Try to get lost!

    Instead of blindly following Google Maps, we should have a different kind of navigation system that helps us learn from the environment as we go, argues Sara I. Fabrikant. Ahead of her Robert Blumberg Distinguished Lecture in Cognitive Science at the University of Riga, she talked about the intricate interplay between digital navigation tools and human cognition.

  • Mental health challenges and digital platform opportunities in patients and families affected by pediatric neuromuscular diseases - experiences from Switzerland

    New Publication

    Uncertainty in humanities network visualization
    Frontiers

  • Mental health challenges and digital platform opportunities in patients and families affected by pediatric neuromuscular diseases - experiences from Switzerland

    New Publication

    A study on the aptitude of color hue, value, and transparency for geographic relevance encoding in mobile maps
    Cartography and Geographic Information Science

  • Mental health challenges and digital platform opportunities in patients and families affected by pediatric neuromuscular diseases - experiences from Switzerland

    New Publication

    Mental health challenges and digital platform opportunities in patients and families affected by pediatric neuromuscular diseases - experiences from Switzerland
    DIGITAL HEALTH, Volume 9: 1–11

  • How does your viewing perspective matter for decision-making with flood risk maps?

    New Publication

    How does your viewing perspective matter for decision-making with flood risk maps?
    Cartography and Geographic Information Science

  • Adaptivity as a key feature of mobile maps in the digital era

    New Publication

    Adaptivity as a key feature of mobile maps in the digital era
    ​​​​​​​Front. Commun. 8:1258851.

  • Challenges and best practices for digital unstructured data enrichment in health research: A systematic narrative review

    New Publication

    Challenges and best practices for digital unstructured data enrichment in health research: A systematic narrative review
    PLOS Digit Health 2

  • The GIVA class of 2023

    The GIVA class of 2023 - Part 2

    On October 13, 2023 we celebrated four of GIVA's proud new Masters in Geography: Patrick Luchsinger (left), Sebastian Marti (right) in the picture together with Tumasch Reichenbacher (middle), including Inga Birkhölzer and Stéphanie Wismer who unfortunately could not be found for the picture taking at graduation day. We wish them all the best for the future! This includes congratulatory wishes from afar from Sara Fabrikant, currently on research leave in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Limiting the reliance on navigation assistance with navigation instructions containing emotionally salient narratives for confident wayfinding

    New Publication

    Limiting the reliance on navigation assistance with navigation instructions containing emotionally salient narratives for confident wayfinding
    Journal of Environmental Psychology

  • A Space-Time Model for Demand in Free-Floating Carsharing Systems

    New Publication

    A Space-Time Model for Demand in Free-Floating Carsharing Systems
    Journal of Advanced Transportation

  • Neuroadaptive mobile geographic information displays: an emerging cartographic research frontier

    New Publication

    Neuroadaptive mobile geographic information displays: an emerging cartographic research frontier
    International Journal of Cartography

  • DSI Insights: Was bedeutet die Digitalisierung für mobile Karten?

    DSI Insights

    Was bedeutet die Digitalisierung für mobile Karten?  Warum sehen sich Kartenapps so ähnlich? Unterstützen sie uns optimal bei unserer Mobilität? 

  • Neuroadaptive LBS: towards human-, context-, and task-adaptive mobile geographic information displays to support spatial learning for pedestrian navigation

    New Publication

    Neuroadaptive LBS: towards human-, context-, and task-adaptive mobile geographic information displays to support spatial learning for pedestrian navigation
    Journal of Location Based Services

  • From pandemic to endemic: Spatial-temporal patterns of influenza-like illness incidence in a Swiss canton, 1918–1924

    New Publication

    From pandemic to endemic: Spatial-temporal patterns of influenza-like illness incidence in a Swiss canton, 1918–1924
    Economics & Human Biology, vol. 50

  • DIZH Podcast

    Great fun talking to Frank Richter & Jessica Reust in their brand new DIZH  "Schampar Digital" Series on the digital transformation about map assisted navigation, spatial learning, & spatial cognition. https://t.ly/9b69x - Swiss German only.

  • Landmark Sequence Learning from Real-World Route Navigation and the Impact of Navigation Aid Visualisation Style

    New Publication

    Landmark Sequence Learning from Real-World Route Navigation and the Impact of Navigation Aid Visualisation Style
    Journal of Cognition, vol. 6(1), no. 41: 1–8

  • Waldo-Tobler GIScience Prize 2023 laureate

    Waldo-Tobler GIScience Prize to Sara I. Fabrikant

    For her outstanding and sustained contributions to the discipline worthy of inspiring young scientists in Geoinformatics or Geographic Information Science, and for having accomplished significant advances in research and education.

  • GIVA field trip  to Swisstopo

    GIVA field trip to Swisstopo

    On May 24, GIVA organised a field trip with 25 students from the Bachelor and Master curriculum to Berne. In the morning, we learned how swisstopo collects topographic data and how the maps are produced and printed. Later we had the chance to explore modern geovisualisation tools.

  • Landmark Visualization on Mobile Maps – Effects on Visual Attention, Spatial Learning, and Cognitive Load during Map-Aided Real-World Navigation of Pedestrians

    PhD Defense Armand Kapaj

    Landmark Visualization on Mobile Maps – Effects on Visual Attention, Spatial Learning, and Cognitive Load during Map-Aided Real-World Navigation of Pedestrians
    (Fabrikant / Gartner / Lanini-Maggi / Richter / Weibel)

  • Human spatial navigation in the digital era—effects of landmark depiction on mobile maps on navigators’ spatial learning and cognitive load during assisted navigation

    PhD Defense Bingjie Cheng

    Human spatial navigation in the digital era—effects of landmark depiction on mobile maps on navigators’ spatial learning and cognitive load during assisted navigation
    (Fabrikant /  Gramann / Weibel )

  • The GIVA class of 2023

    The GIVA class of 2023

    On March 3, 2023 we celebrated four of GIVA's proud Masters in Geography. We wish them all the best for their future!
    From left to right: Tumasch Reichenbacher, Nicolas Morf, Florian Sturzenegger, Jana Bracher, Anna-Lena Burren, Sara I. Fabrikant

  • Using spontaneous eye blink-related brain activity to investigate cognitive load during mobile map-assisted navigation

    New Publication

    Using spontaneous eye blink-related brain activity to investigate cognitive load during mobile map-assisted navigation
    Frontiers in Neuroscience, Sec. Neural Technology, Volume 17 - 2023 

  • The Health group gets the UZH Postdoc Team Award

    UZH Postdoc Team Award

    Checking the pulse of society
    What can tweets reveal about our mental health? Oliver Grübner explored this question with two colleagues from different disciplines and faculties. Together they have now won the UZH Postdoc Team Award

  • A global portrait of expressed mental health signals towards COVID-19 in social media space

    New Publication

    A global portrait of expressed mental health signals towards COVID-19 in social media space
    International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
    Volume 116, February 2023, 103160

  • Epidemics, space and inequality – past and present

    Mini Symposium at the IEM

    on epidemics, space & inequality – past and present. 
    The symposium was held at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM) organized by PD Dr. Kaspar Staub. 

  • The Effect of Abstract vs. Realistic 3D Visualization on Landmark and Route Knowledge Acquisition

    COSIT 2022: Best Short Paper Award

    The Effect of Abstract vs. Realistic 3D Visualization on Landmark and Route Knowledge Acquisition
    Armand Kapaj got the Award for the "Best Short Paper" at the 15th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory

  • Eye Blink-Related Brain Potentials During Landmark-Based Navigation in Virtual Reality (Short Paper)

    COSIT 2022

    Eye Blink-Related Brain Potentials During Landmark-Based Navigation in Virtual Reality
    Bingjie Cheng presented the research work on eye blink-related brain potentials during landmark-based navigation in virtual reality at the COSIT 2022 in Kobe.

  • Social media mining under the COVID-19 context: Progress, challenges, and opportunities

    New Publication

    Social media mining under the COVID-19 context: Progress, challenges, and opportunities
    International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation

  • An augmented reality study for public participation in urban planning

    New Publication

    An augmented reality study for public participation in urban planning
    Journal of Location Based Services

  • Mental Health and Treatment Considerations for Urban Populations  Author links open overlay panel

    New Publication

    Mental Health and Treatment Considerations for Urban Populations
    Comprehensive Clinical Psychology (2nd Edition), Volume 9, 2022, Pages 291-303

  • Small Area Variation of Adherence to Clinical Recommendations: An Example from Switzerland​​​​​​​

    New Publication

    Small Area Variation of Adherence to Clinical Recommendations: An Example from Switzerland
    SAGE
    https://doi.org/

  • Detecting Suicide Ideation in the Era of Social Media: The Population Neuroscience Perspective​​​​​​​

    New Publication

    Detecting Suicide Ideation in the Era of Social Media: The Population Neuroscience Perspective
    Front. Psychiatry
    https://doi.org/

  • Ethical issues of collecting, storing, and analyzing geo-referenced tweets for mental health research

    New Publication

    Ethical issues of collecting, storing, and analyzing geo-referenced tweets for mental health research
    Digital Health
    https://doi.org/

  • Adapting mobile map application designs to map use context: a review and call for action on potential future research themes​​​​​​​

    New Publication

    Adapting mobile map application designs to map use context: a review and call for action on potential future research themes
    Cartography and Geographic Information Science​​​​​​​
    https://doi.org/

  • The impact of landmark visualization style on expert wayfinder’s cognitive load during navigation.

    ICC Conference 2021

    The impact of landmark visualization style on expert wayfinder’s cognitive load during navigation.
    Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association 2021, International Cartographic Conference, Dec. 14-18, 20201, Florence, Italy,

  • Take that Flood: Does your Perspective Matter?

    ICC Conference 2021

    Take that Flood: Does your Perspective Matter?
    Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association 2021, International Cartographic Conference, Dec. 14-18, 20201, Florence, Italy,

  • CRAN - Package fca

    CRAN - Package fca

    Perform various floating catchment area methods to calculate a spatial accessibility index (SPAI) for demand point data. The distance matrix used for weighting is normalized in a preprocessing step using common functions. https://cran.r-project.org/

  • Capturing mood and affective states via Twitter

    Capturing mood and affective states via Twitter

    The coronavirus primarily affects our bodies, but it also has massive impact on our mental health. GIUZ researchers use Twitter content to detect emotional stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • How will navigation systems of the future make us smarter?

    Innovathon, Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2021

    From September 30 – October 2, 2021 the DSI Community Mobility and UZH Innovation Hub organised the Innovathon 2021: The Digitalization of Mobility 

  • Improving pedestrians' spatial learning during landmark-based navigation with auditory emotional cues and narrative

    GIScience Conference 2021

    On September 29, 2021 Dr. Sara Lanini-Maggi with Dr. Ian Ruginski and Prof. Dr. Sara Fabrikant presented their research on emotional navigation instructions and their impact on spatial learning and map use while navigating unfamiliar environments at GIScience conference:

  • The influence of landmark visualization style on expert wayfinders’ visual attention during a real-world navigation task.

    GIScience Conference 2021

    The influence of landmark visualization style on expert wayfinders’ visual attention during a real-world navigation task.
    11th International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Sep. 27–30, 2020/1, Poznan, Poland.

  • Modeling Patterns in Map Use Contexts and Mobile Map Design Usability

    New Publication

    Modeling Patterns in Map Use Contexts and Mobile Map Design Usability
    ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf.
    https://doi.org/

  • Effect of cognitive load on spatial learning during navigation: a virtual reality study

    ICC 2021

    Effect of cognitive load on spatial learning during navigation: a virtual reality study
    International Neuroergonomics Conference 2021, Sep. 11-15, 2021.
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Fakultät für Mathematik

  • How will navigation systems of the future make us smarter?

    Scientifica, September 4-5, 2021

    How will navigation systems of the future make us smarter?
    When we move through a city today, we often focus more on our smartphone screen than on the road while finding our way. Does this mean we're losing the important ability to orientate ourselves? 

  • Assessing how visual search entropy and engagement predict performance in a multiple-objects tracking air traffic control task​​​​​​​

    New Publication

    Assessing how visual search entropy and engagement predict performance in a multiple-objects tracking air traffic control task
    Elsevier
    https://doi.org/

  • Toward flexible visual analytics augmented through smooth display transitions

    New Publication

    Toward flexible visual analytics augmented through smooth display transitions
    Visual Informatics
    https://doi.org/

  • Real-time geospatial surveillance of localized emotional stress responses to COVID-19: a proof of concept analysis

    New Publication

    Real-time geospatial surveillance of localized emotional stress responses to COVID-19: a proof of concept analysis
    Health and Place
    https://doi.org
    givauzh.shinyapps.io/NYC_tweets/

  • Space-Time Dependence of Emotions on Twitter after a Natural Disaster

    New Publication

    Space-Time Dependence of Emotions on Twitter after a Natural Disaster
    Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 
    https://doi.org

     

  • Does diet map with mortality? Ecological association of dietary patterns with chronic disease mortality and its spatial dependence in Switzerland

    New Publication

    Does diet map with mortality? Ecological association of dietary patterns with chronic disease mortality and its spatial dependence in Switzerland
    British Journal of Nutrition
    https://doi.org

  •  Harm Avoidance and Mobility During Middle Childhood and Adolescence among Hadza Foragers

    New Publication

    Harm Avoidance and Mobility During Middle Childhood and Adolescence among Hadza Foragers
    Human Nature (2021) 32:150–176
    https://doi.org

  • Can Big Data Be Used to Monitor the Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19?

    New Publication

    Can Big Data Be Used to Monitor the Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19?
    Int J Public Health
    > More Information

  • Geografische Daten der Schweiz für alle verfügbar

    SRF: Swisstopo

    Geografische Daten der Schweiz für alle verfügbar
    Tagesschau vom 21.03.2021
    > More Information

  • Geospatial Analysis of COVID-19: A Scoping Review

    New Publication

    Geospatial Analysis of COVID-19: A Scoping Review
    Munazza Fatima 1, Kara J. O’Keefe, WenjiaWei, Sana Arshad and Oliver Gruebner
    Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health
    > More Information

  • Public Health Interventions, Epidemic Growth, and Regional Variation of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Outbreak in a Swiss Canton and Its Greater Regions

    New Publication

    Public Health Interventions, Epidemic Growth, and Regional Variation of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Outbreak in a Swiss Canton and Its Greater Regions
    Annals of Internal Medicine
    > More Information
    > Press Release UZH

  • Susceptibility of domain experts to color manipulation indicate a need for design principles in data visualization

    New Publication

    Susceptibility of domain experts to color manipulation indicate a need for design principles in data visualization
    Markus Christen, Peter Brugger, Sara Irina Fabrikant
    PLOS ONE
    > More Information

  • Ist das Navi in der Hand der erste Schritt zum betreuten Wohnen?

    Unser Gehirn ist wie ein Muskel. Wir müssen es benutzen, damit es leistungsfähig bleibt. Je mehr wir Navigationssysteme nutzen, desto schlechter können wir uns selbständig in der Welt zurechtfinden. 
    > More Information

  • "The Eyes Have It!" - Where we look while navigating

    How do you navigate to a place you have never been to before? Do you look for clues in the environment, or do you follow the blue dot on your navigation system? Landmarks help us to learn the layout of a traveled space. 
    > More Information

  • Numbed by navigation technologies: How can we counteract?

    «I see and I remember. I do and I understand.»

    What if you could immerse yourself and experience a future transport system in a realistic looking virtual environment through your VR goggles, instead of reading about it in a printed booklet before casting your vote?
    > More Information

  • Numbed by navigation technologies: How can we counteract?

    Numbed by navigation technologies: How can we counteract?

    Do you remember how to get to your favorite coffee shop? What is the shortest path to your best friend's apartment? For this you need to rely on your navigation and spatial learning abilities. 
    > More Information

  • How do we get there? Adaptive and effective design of mobile navigation assistance devices

    Use of Location-Based Information for Smart Governance

    Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Dariusz Gotlib, Prof. Dr. Georg Gartner, Dr. Tumasch Reichenbacher
    The Smart Cities journal is currently looking for submissions to a special issue on 'Use of Location-Based Information for Smart Governance
    > More information

  • How do we get there? Adaptive and effective design of mobile navigation assistance devices

    How do we get there? Adaptive and effective design of mobile navigation assistance devices

    Dr. Ian T. Ruginski, Bingjie Cheng, Armand Kapaj, Department of Geography, University of Zurich
    Millions of international citizens make decisions with and navigate using mobile phones, as GPS-enabled smartphone devices have become increasingly available to the general public. 
    > DSI Brown Bag Lunches

  • The impact of realistic 3D representations on memory and learning

    Defense Lokka Ismini

    The Impact of 3D Virtual Environments with Different Levels of Realism on Route Learning: A Focus on Age-Based Differences
    (Çöltekin / Fabrikant / Weibel / Wiener)

  • Walk and Learn

    Defense Brügger Annina

    Walk and Learn: Effects of Human-Centered Navigation Systems on Pedestrians’ Navigation Behavior
    (Richter / Fabrikant / Weibel)

    > EMOtive

  • Researching a pandemic - during a pandemic

    Researching a pandemic - during a pandemic

    Last autumn, many people could not quite understand the choice of my Master's thesis topic "The Spanish Flu in the Canton of Berne". Three months and a pandemic outbreak later, however, things are quite different. 
    > Link Blog

  • Uncertainty visualization methods

    New Publication

    Michelle Korporaal's MSc thesis summarized in the paper "Effects of Uncertainty Visualization on Map-Based Decision Making Under Time Pressure" informs us that uncertainty visualization influences our decision making with maps.

    Feel free to check out the paper for other interesting findings.

    Congratulations Michelle, Ian, and Sara!

  •  GIScience Resilience Panel

    GIScience Resilience Panel

    > What is resilient GIScience education? For whom and against what?
    What is a resilient GIScience educator?
    What is a resilient GIScience student?

  •  GIScience Resilience Panel

    Resilient Pedagogy for GIScience Education

    Europe-Africa Panel #1

    > Youtube

  • Digital health and the COVID-19 epidemic

    New Publication

    Prof. Dr. Sara Fabrikant and her co-authors have published an article on "Digital health and the COVID-19 epidemic: an assessment framework for apps from an epidemiological and legal perspective" in Swiss Medical Weekly. Congratulations, Sara!

    Link to the published paper: https://smw.ch/article/doi/smw.2020.20282

  • Visual analytics of mobile behaviour data in digital cities

    Open PhD position - Visual analytics of mobile behaviour data in digital cities

    Are you interested in carrying out a PhD? We are happy to invite applications for a doctoral research position at the research group "Geovisual analytics and digital transformation" led by Dr. Tumasch Reichenbacher. The PhD project is embedded in the larger context of the UZH Digital Society Initiative and aims at understanding mobility patterns and geographic information usage behaviour in varying mobile decision-making contexts from a digital transformation perspective. For more information regarding the position and how to apply please see the official advertisement.

  • Sascha during the Ph.D. Graduation Ceremony

    Congratulations to Sascha Credé!

    With great pleasure, we announce that Sascha Credé has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis “The Benefits of Global Landmarks for Spatial Learning under Stress” on November 13th, 2019. GIVA would like to thank him for writing and maintaining the GIVA website for years, and for setting up the experiment participant portal, aside from doing his Ph.D. Congratulations from the GIVA group and every success in your future career!

    The picture shows Sascha during the Ph.D. graduation ceremony (from left to right: Dean of Faculty of Science Roland Sigel, Sascha Credé, Sara Irina Fabrikant).

  • GIVA welcomes new staff

    GIVA is glad to welcome Dr. Ian Ruginski as new member of the team!  Ian is a senior scientist who studies visual perception, navigation, and spatial cognition from an interdisciplinary perspective. He joined us from the University of Utah, where Ian received his PhD in Psychology focusing in Cognition and Neural Science (CNS) and worked as a postdoctoral fellow on the Spatial Cognition and Navigation project. In his empirical work, Ian has investigated different methods of uncertainty visualizations, emotion and spatial learning, and individual differences in spatial cognition. In his recent research, Ian is particularly interested in individual differences in spatial abilities, including how these are affected by geographic information display use. 

    Ian, we’re thrilled to have you on board !

  • COSIT 2019 in Regensburg

    This year, COSIT was held September 9-13 and hosted by the Chair for Information Science in the cosy Bavarian town of Regensburg, Germany. We would like to express our gratitude to the conference organization, to all keynote speakers, presenters, and attendees of COSIT 2019! On the behalf of Tyler Thrash and the international team of researchers, Kai-Florian Richter presented an exciting Vision paper with the title "The future of geographic information displays from GIScience, cartographic, and cognitive science perspectives".  In the Doctoral Colloquium, Bingjie Cheng and Armand Kapaj successfully presented their PhD research projects.

     

    Tyler Thrash, Sara Lanini-Maggi, Sara I. Fabrikant, Annina Bruegger, Sascha Crede, Kai-Florian Richter, Cao Tri Do, Haosheng Huang, Stefan Muenzer, Georg Gartner and Sven Bertel. The future of geographic information displays from GIScience, cartographic, and cognitive science perspectives (Vision Paper)

     

    Bingjie Cheng. Enhancing Spatial Learning with an Adaptive Navigation System That Employs Neurofeedback

     

    Armand Kapaj. Landmark Visualization on Mobile Devices for Effective Pedestrian Navigation:Assessing the Effects of Realism for Spatial Learning

  • GIVA and GIScience @ ECTQG 2019

    GIVA @ ECTQG2019

    Strong showing of GIVA at the European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography (ECTQG) in Mondorf-Les-Bains, Luxembourg on 5-9 September 2019.

    Sara Fabrikant held her keynote "Smart mobile citizen sensing for wise decisions of
    tomorrow’s digital society"
    . In her talk, Sara highlighted ongoing empirical research on human and context responsive geographic information displays used in the GIVA labs and in the wild, capitalizing on ambulatory human behavior sensing methods (i.e., eye tracking, galvanic skin response, and EEG measurements, etc.).  Her talk stimulated interessting discussions on designing smart, user, task, and context responsive geographic information interfaces for tomorrow’s digital society.

    The special session Mobilities and Health was co-organized by the GIUZ. In his presentation with the title "Identifying activity spaces from geo-referenced Twitter data: Superstorm Sandy, mobility patterns, and emotions in New York City" Ivor Mardesic showcased how georeferenced social media data can be used to identify activity spaces and emotions. 

    GIVA says thank you to the organizers and all staff members for the welcoming atmosphere and the professional organization.

  • Winner of the Best Article of the Year

    The Psychonomic Society honors individuals for the best paper published in each Psychonomic Society journal in the last year. The nomination of the paper is based on a vote of the associate editors. The winner of the Best Paper of the Year for the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications in 2019 is awarded to Annina Brügger, Kai-Florian Richter and Sara I. Fabrikant for their paper " How does navigation system behavior influence human behavior?". The journal publishes new empirical and theoretical work covering all areas of Cognition, with a special emphasis on use-inspired basic research. GIVA congratulates Aninna, Kai-Florian, and Sara to this terrific success!

  • Waldo Tobler Memorial Session ICC2019

    International Cartographic Conference 2019

    Strong showing of GIVA at the International Cartographic Conference held from July 15 - 20, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. 

    In the Waldo Tobler memorial session, Sara Fabrikant, Aileen Buckley, Menno-Jan Kraak,Timothy Trainor, and Harold Moellering put the scientific work of Waldo Tobler in the spotlight. The session led to great discussions and new inspiring research questions for the community.

    In the conference presentation track, Sara Fabrikant presented the results of Michelle Korporaal's Master thesis. In her work How are map-based decisions influenced by uncertainty visualization in risky and time-critical situations?, she could show that decision-making processes were different when slope uncertainty was depicted.

    A way how cartographers might better understand how people make decisions with maps is to create new research tools for the community. Tumasch Reichenbacher presented A tool for generating testable pop-out effects in geovisual displays. We are looking forward to see the first prototype.

    Tumasch Reichenbacher also presented at the Mobile Map UX workshop. In his lightning talk  Re-visiting Fundamental Principles of Mobile Cartography, Tumasch Reichenbacher outlined the major research challenges regarding user experience design for mobile cartography. 

  • Sara Fabrikant held her keynote at GISTAM 2019 in Heraklion, Crete – Greece.

    Keynote @ GISTAM 2019

    Sara Fabrikant held her keynote at the 5th GISTAM conference in Heraklion, Crete – Greece on 3-5 May, 2019. In her talk "Smart Geographic Information Displays for Wise Decision Making" Sara highlighted how cognition and vision theories support the process of designing human, task, and context responsive geographic information interfaces for wise decisions of the future digital society. 

  • Dagstuhl-Seminar on Visual Analytics for Sets over Time and Space

    Dagstuhl Seminar on Visual Analytics for Sets over Time and Space

    Together with Silvia Miksch (TU Wien, AT) and Alexander Wolff (Universität Würzburg, DE), Sara Fabrikant organized and attended the Dagstuhl-Seminar on Visual Analytics for Sets over Time and Space. The seminar was held 5 - 10 may 2019 and brought together researchers from different fields to work on enhancing space-time visualizations. The main goal of that workshop was to identify specific theoretical and practical problems that need to be solved in order to create dynamic and interactive set visualizations that take into account time and space. Results will be published soon in the monthly Dagstuhl Reports https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/publications/dagstuhl-reports/ .

  • Updated MSc topics

    Dear MSc students,

    There are many ways to find a MSc research topic. A very helpful starting point is to have a look at our updated webpage of MSc topics. With our new arrivals Oliver and Tumasch at GIVA, we can also offer some exciting novel topics. Of course you can also always approach us with your own ideas. Feel free to contact one or more of the relevant supervisors already some time before the start of the thesis to discuss a possible startup/subject. Thanks and see you!

  • GIVA welcomes new staff

    GIVA is glad to welcome Armand, Oliver, and Tumasch, the three new members of the team! Tumasch Reichenbacher is a senior scientist and a specialist in analyzing and visualizing geographic information. Tumasch gives the lecture in cartography (GEO123) this spring. Oliver Grübner is a senior researcher in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. In his research, he uses spatial epidemiological approaches to chronic diseases including mental health and he tries to understand how social media can be leveraged in this context. At GIVA, Oliver teaches the Geovisualization (GEO878) and Statistics (GEO246) courses this spring. Armand Kapaj is the new PhD student in the context of the ERC Advanced Project GeoViSense. 

    We’re thrilled to have you on board !

  • Future navigation devices should make use of landmarks to support spatial learning

    EMOtive research featured in a televised report

    Humans inscreasingly navigate using smart mapping apps. While this geographic information technology is convenient, it is limited in supporting us in our cognitive abilities to orient ourselves in space, and to acquire knowledge about our surroundings. In the SNF supported Emotive project, Sara Irina Fabrikant, Kai-Florian Richter, Annina Brügger and Sascha Credé investigate how smart navigation assistants of the future should be designed to not only take navigators and wayfinders safely to their desired destinations, but also to support them in learning to orient and wayfind themselves. This Emotive research has been featured in a televised report, developed by the SRF Nano team. You can see the broadcasted video here. We wish take the opportunity to thank the SRF Nano team for this expressive results of a pleasant and professional collaboration.

  • Sara Irina Fabrikant, Annina Brügger and Tyler Thrash in San Francisco

    Zürich meets San Francisco

    Sara Irina Fabrikant, Tyler Thrash and Annina Brügger organized a workshop on Wayfinding and Navigation as part of the Urban Tech Summit at the event "Zürich meets San Francisco" in corporation with swissnex SF on Oct, 23, 2018 in San Francisco (US). In Santa Barbara, they hosted a workshop on geographic information displays (GIDs) at the Center for Spatial Studies at UCSB and visited the companies Biopac and WorldViz to get informed on the latest developments on physiology experiments and virtual reality. 

  • Participants of the geoViSense @ UZH

    GeoViSense Workshop

    As part of the new ERC Advanced Grant "GeoViSense", Sara Fabrikant and team organized a two-day workshop in Zurich on the topic of personalized and context-responsive geographic information displays (GIDs). We invited participants from around Europe in order to discuss the future of GIDs and devise designs for GIDs during a series of small group exercises. The participants included experts from various disciplines, including computer science, cognitive science, geography, and neuroscience. GIVA says thank you for your most valuable input!

  • Gianluca Boo at his PhD Defense

    Congratulations to Gianluca Boo!

    With great pleasure we announce that Gianluca Boo has successfully defended his PhD thesis on “Dogs as Sentinels for Environmental Cancers Addressing the Challenges of Spatial Epidemiology”. Congratulations from the GIVA group. We wish Gianluca all the best for his future plans!

  • Sara Fabrikant @ AGILE2018

    Keynote @ AGILE2018

    Sara Fabrikant held her keynote at the 21st AGILE conference in Lund, Sweden on 12-15 June, 2018. In her talk "Geotechnologies for All: Leaving All for Last" Sara highlighted ongoing empirical research on human and context responsive geographic information displays. Her talk stimulated interessting discussions on designing human, task, and context responsive geographic information interfaces for all. 

  • Informatiktage 2018 - Virtual Cities

    Day of Computer Science 2018

    Relying on digital navigation assistance is often the most comfortable way of finding one's way through unfamiliar places. However, we typically don't pay a lot of attention to the path we are following and when assistance is not available anymore, we find ourselves disoriented. What are the reasons for this negative relation and how can we improve navigation displays so that they support orientation in the long term? At the Tag der Informatik, GIVA demonstrated their virtual reality laboratories to a public audience. Sascha Credé, Marie Müller and Arzu Cöltekin illustrated how empirical user studies in virtual cities can help to answer these questions. We like to say thank you for your interest and for the good discussions!

  • GIVA research at Spatial Cognition Conference 2018 in Tübingen, Germany

    GIVA @ Spatial Cognition Conference

    Strong showing of GIVA members at the Spatial Cognition 2018 in Tübingen, Germany. All submissions (three posters and two workshops) were accepted and will be presented in Tübingen, Germany, September 5-8, 2018. We are looking forward to have interesting discussions.

  • Research stay and seminar talk at Umeå University

    Research stay and seminar talk at Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

    During her research stay at the Computing Science Department at Umeå University, Annina Brügger extended her knowledge of Computing Science, human-computer interaction (HCI) and artificial intelligence (AI). Her talk titled "Automation in navigation systems - a focus on spatial learning" gave the audience an insight into automated systems and cognition from a spatial, geographical perspective. The talk and the research stay stimulated interesting and interdisciplinary discussions.

  • GIVA spatial fabs

    Greater Zurich Area – a Center of Competence for Geographic Information Display

    When seeking directions towards a new restaurant or the quickest connection to the office, people will retrieve their smartphones and navigate towards the destination almost effortlessly. However, does the ease with which we can now find our way come with a price? Will the use of such technologies lead to a decrement in the spatial abilities of the users? Read more in Tyler Trash's contribution for the "Greater Zurich Area Blog".

  • Image_Olomouc2018

    Presentation @ ICA Joint Workshop on Atlases, Cognition, and Usability 2018

    Arzu Coltekin had a talk at the ICA Commissions Joint Workshop on Atlases, Cognition, and Usability, 2018 in Olomouc (Czechia). In the joint workshop, researchers discussed fundamental cognitive and usability issues related to carographic visualizations. In her talk, Arzu presented recent work on how age and spatial abilities influence route learning performance in virtual environments. For more details about the workshop, find the program here

  • Fabrikant_Uncertainty_Vis_AAG2018

    Presentation @ AAG 2018 Annual Meeting

    How do we map what is not there? The understanding of efficient uncertainty visualization is a challange in cartographic design. Sara I. Fabrikant presented recent empirical findings on uncertainty visualizations at the American Association of Geographers' 2018 Annual Meeting. The symposium focused on research related to climate change visualization and mapping. For details about the symposium and the presented work, which is related to Irene Johannsen's Master thesis, please check out here

  • ET4S Eye-Tracking Workshop 2018

    Presentations @ ET4S Workshop

    Annina Brügger, Ismini Lokka, Kenan Bektas and Arzu Cöltekin attended the 3rd International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research (ET4S 2018) in Zurich (Switzerland) on January 14, 2018. They presented their work on eye tracking in oral talks and demo sessions. The ET4S workshop brought together researchers from different areas who have a common interest in using eye tracking for research questions related to spatial information. 

    Check out the Workshop Proceedings

  • Sara Maggi @ Graduation Ceremony

    Sara Maggi @ Graduation Ceremony

    Dekan Roland Sigel, GIVA's newest graduate Sara Maggi and Sara Irina Fabrikant at graduation ceremony. GIVA wishes Sara Maggi all the best and every success for the future.

  • Kenan Bektas & Sara Maggi wearing their PhD hats at the internal graduation ceremony on the university campus. From left to right: Sara Irina Fabrikant, Sara Maggi, Kenan Bektas, Arzu Coltekin.

    Congratulation for defending his PhD thesis!

    We congratulate Kenan Bektas who defended his PhD thesis "Gaze Contingent Geovisualization for Level of Detail Management" successfully on december 1st, 2017. GIVA would like to thank him for his strong commitment and wish him every success in his future career. The picture shows Kenan Bektas & Sara Maggi together with their supervisors at the internal graduation ceremony on the university campus (from left to right: Sara Irina Fabrikant, Sara Maggi, Kenan Bektas, Arzu Coltekin.)

  • Open PhD position

    Open PhD Position – ERC Advanced Project GeoViSense

    Are you interested in carrying out a PhD? We are happy to invite applications for a doctoral research position in the context of the ERC Advanced Project GeoViSense, led by the GIVA group head and PI Sara Irina Fabrikant. This project, at the interface of GIScience (geovisual analytics) and neuro-cognitive science aims to study how we make space-time decisions with geographic information displays (GIDs) in varying mobile decision making contexts.

    For more details please see the official advertisement

  • Open PhD position

    Open PhD Positions – ERC Advanced Project GeoViSense

    Are you interested in carrying out a PhD? We are happy to invite applications for a doctoral research position in the context of the ERC Advanced Project GeoViSense, led by the GIVA group head and PI Sara Irina Fabrikant. This project, at the interface of GIScience (geovisual analytics) and neuro-cognitive science aims to study how we make space-time decisions with geographic information displays (GIDs) in varying mobile decision making contexts.

    For more details please see the official advertisement

  • Winners of the Michael Breheny Prize

    The Michael Breheny Prize is awarded annually for the most innovative paper in Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. The paper is chosen by the editors assisted occasionally by members of he editorial board of the journal. This year all four editors, Michael Batt, Richard Harris, Linda See and Sarah Williams with Dr. Seraphim Alvenides of Northumbria University made the choice, agreeing that the best paper published in 2016 be awarded to Marco. M. Salvini and Sara I. Fabrikant for their paper "Spatialization of user-generated content to uncover the multirelational world city network".
    Congrats for this international recognition of former GIVA member Dr. Marco Salvini. Marco already received an UZH Science Distinction in 2012 for his PhD research.
     

  • 3rd International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research

    GIVA @ ET4S

    Strong showing of GIVA members at the 3rd International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research as part of the LBS 2018 conference: two short-papers and one Demo case were accepted for oral presentation in Zürich, January 14-17, 2018.
    See the program here
     

  • Giva at Cosit 2017: Annina Brügger, Kai Florian Richter, Sara Irina Fabrikant and Sascha Credé

    Giva @ COSIT 2017

    Sascha Credé, Annina Brügger, Sara Irina Fabrikant and Kai-Florian Richter (former GIVA member) attended the 13th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT) in l'Aquila (Italy) from 4th to 8th of September 2017. Besides presenting at the doctoral colloquium (Annina Brügger) and at the workshop Rethinking Wayfinding Support Systems (Sascha Credé), they both won a Best Poster Award (first and third place). Congratulations!

  • ERC

    Join cutting edge research @ GIVA

    GIVA invites motivated researchers for applications for two doctoral and two post-doctoral research positions in the context of the ERC Advanced Project GeoViSense, lead by the GIVA group head and PI Sara Irina Fabrikant. 

     

  • Climate Change Maps

    Master Thesis Questionnaire on the Visualization of Data Quality

    Irene Johannsen, a geography student of Bonn University, Germany,
    is writing her master thesis with GIVA. She is interested in the visualisation
    of data quality in climate change maps. For that purpose she developed
    an online questionnaire which addresses geographers and laypersons.
    Feel free to participate (20 minutes). You’d make a Master’s student’s day!

  • EuroVis 2017 Conference

    Halldór Janetzko and colleagues presented their recent work on soccer movement generalization at the 19th EG/VGTC Conference on Visualization in Barcelona from 12th to 16th June. They won the Honorable Mention Award for their full paper on „Dynamic Visual Abstraction of Soccer Movement“.

  • Ismini E. Lokka and Annina Brügger

    GIVA @ Urban Wayfinding and the Brain Conference 2017

    Ismini E. Lokka and Annina Brügger presented their posters at the Urban Wayfinding and the Brain conference organized by the Royal Institute of Navigation, University College London and The Knowledge Transfer Network in London on June 14, 2017. 

  • A student of the visiting Geoinformatics group is volunteering in an navigation experiment

    Visiting students from FHNW

    Along with the other units in GIScience Center, we hosted an excursion for 19 Geomatics students from the Institute of Geomatics Engineering FHNW on 16th of May 2017. After an overview of the research activities in respective groups, we demonstrated our CAVE where students explored the lab as a visualization research environment.
     

  • Sara Maggi presenting her PhD thesis

    Congratulations!

    With great pleasure we announce that Sara Maggi has successfully defended her PhD thesis on “Depicting Movement Data with Animations for Embodied and Real-Time Decision-Making: A User Study with Air Traffic Control Displays and Real-Time Movement Data”. Congratulations from the GIVA group!

  • VISDOM project update

    GIVA received an SNF grant for an additional year for the VISDOM project, with Arzu Coltekin as the principle investigator (PI), Sara Fabrikant and Kai-Florian Richter as co-PIs, and Ismini-Eleni Lokka as the PhD candidate. You can find additional information on the project and a publication list on the following page: link

  • Maynooth University

    Academic visit at the University of Maynooth, Ireland

    Gianluca Boo was invited for an academic visit at the National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG) University of Maynooth, Ireland. Together with Prof. Chris Brunsdon, the director of the centre, Gianluca worked on a manuscript titled “A robust investigation of spatial-non stationarity and scale effects in models of canine cancer incidence”.

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  • GIVA @ ICC 2017

    GIVA @ International Cartographic Conference 2017

    Strong showing of GIVA members at the 28th International Cartographic Conference 2017: All 6 submissions (extended abstracts) were accepted for oral presentation at the main conference in Washington, July 2-7, 2017.

  • Brownbagtalk André Bruggmann UCSB

    ThinkSpatial brownbag talk at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

    André Bruggmann was invited to give a ThinkSpatial brownbag talk at the Center for Spatial Studies of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). In his talk titled „How Does GIScience Support Spatio-Temporal and Thematic Information Exploration in the Humanities“ he presented latest findings of his PhD project on how spatio-temporal and thematic information and interconnections implicitly stored in large online text archives in the humanities can be made explicit, and how this might help information seekers in the humanities learn and gain new insight into space, time, and theme. Find a detailed description of his talk here

  • Award Winning GIVA @ GIScience conference 2016 in Montreal, Canada

    GIScience Conference 2016

    Sara Irina Fabrikant, Gianluca Boo and Annina Brügger each presented their current work at the GIScience 2016 conference in Montreal, Canada, from September 27 to 30. Gianluca Boo won the award for the best poster presentation and Annina Brügger won the award for the best short paper.

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