GIScience/Geodesign – University of Copenhagen

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The research group GIScience/Geodesign is focussing on GIS, geodesign and geodata – both as a computer based technique and in relation to the scientific and epistemological foundation of the field. Activities and topics involve collection, storage, analysis and presentation of spatial data. Further also the context e.g. in terms of communication, planning processes and public participation is involved.

GIScience and Geodesign

A major part of our activities are related to teaching and research in collaboration with other academic fields of the institute: Geography, landscape architecture, forest inventory, landscape planning, urban design, and recreational planning. Focal areas of activity include:

  • GIS/CAD: A platform for geo-communication and spatial planning support systems.
  • Geodesign: A new field of knowledge integrating the descriptive focus of GIS on registration/mapping and analysis with the prescriptive, design oriented modus of CAD/Design systems.
  • Spatial movement patterns: Registration, analysis and simulation of individual human beings in urban or natural spaces.
  • Simulation of human behaviour: Cellular Automata Models (CA) and Agent-Based Models (ABM).
  • Historical maps and land use change detection.
  • Open GIS and open geo-data.
  • Remote Sensing and LIDAR.
  • Big data - the vast amount of data presently coming out of public space. Big data that can include tracking data (from GPS/smartphones), social medias (e.g. Facebook or Twitter), Internet transactions (e.g. Internet retail activities) etc.

Major research projects

  • Urban structure and bicycling. Project for the Danish Nature agency (in collaboration with the technical university of Denmark).
  • Human movement patterns in urban spaces. PhD project.
  • Mafreina - Management toolkit freizeit und natur. Agent based modelling.  

Completed projects

Members of the research group