As part of their qualification criteria, doctoral candidates in the IRTG-SIGI are required to organize colloquia to showcase the latest research among their academic peers in geoinformatics and related fields. The 1st IRTG-SIGI cohort organized a doctoral colloquium in conjunction with GIScience 2010, Zurich. The 2nd cohort successfully followed up with the GI Zeitgeist conference for young researchers.
Spread across two days in Muenster on 16th and 17th of March 2012, the conference attracted young researchers across Europe to present their work. Keynote introductions were delivered by Dr. Gerard Heuvelink, Wageningen University, Netherlands and Dr. Sven Bertel, Bauhaus-Universitaet Weimar, Germany. A total of 18 papers were presented, with a mix of topics related to Location based services, geosemantics, qualitative spatial reasoning, volunteered geographic information (VGI), geostatistics and human computer Interaction (HCI). One of our sponsors, PROGIS, also added to the mix with a presentation. The entire list of papers accepted for publication can be found here. The conference proceedings have been made available as part of the IfGI prints series (No. 44, ISBN:978-3-89838-663-0) by the Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft AKA GmbH, Heidelberg.
The dates coincided with Muenster’s very own “Send” carnival. Situated right next to the conference venue, the Schloss Muenster, it provided a retreat for the participants to get away and interact. Selected pictures from the conference can be viewed here.
A special thanks to the participants and our sponsors the University of Muenster, PROGIS Software GmbH, gis.SCIENCE and the IRTG-SIGI for their contribution.