Projects

UGESCO - Upscaling the Geo-temporal Enrichment, exploration and exploitation of Scientific Collections

The majority of digital collections at the FSIs still have data issues affecting the exploration, interpretation and exploitation of their content. The coherence between the collection items and thei…

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Flood Impact and Risk Assessment for Urban City Ghent

Previous studies have reported that Ghent and regions nearby are insufficiently protected against storm surge events from the North Sea, whether combined with high upper drainage by abundant rainfall…

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HBIM model of the church of Saint Barbara in Bois du Luc

The last few years the Building Information Modeling process improved through the development of innovative technology and approaches of working practices, especially in the field of documentation of …

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Simulation study on the response of ecosystem carbon cycle to global change in Central Asia

This project includes three main contents: field investigation, data collection and model simulation. Physiological ecological parameters and validation data are investigated by field investigation. D…

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SoleWay: Let's create a wiki for indoor navigation

Today, many navigation problems have been solved, but the question remains on how to perfectly find your way indoors. There are still several major issues with indoor navigation. How do we get an accu…

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DYNAcity: The smartest city for mobility

The DYNAcity project researches from the standpoint of the end-user which information and mobility sources a city needs to have a successful dynamic mobility management. The city of Ghent is the offic…

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CREST: Climate resilient coast

More than 634 million people, or approximately 8.7% of the world's population, live in low-elevation coastal areas below 10 m. These zones are vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise and an increa…

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Evaluation of the usability of neogeography maps

So-called 'neogeography maps' on the Internet are often not created by cartographers and were never evaluated by the actual end users. Consequently, besides accuracy, their usability is also questiona…

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Capturing archaeological sites and finds in Honduras

Researchers of the Department of Geography have been invited by Dr. Cameron McNeil of Lehman College to join the PARAC project, investigating the reasons for the collapse of the Mayan civilization. T…

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STREAM: Spatiotemporal research infrastructure for early modern Flanders and Brabant

STREAM intends to develop a spatio-temporal research infrastructure for early modern Flanders and Brabant. The infrastructure consists of a GIS and database in which original and harmonized statistica…

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NOMOB: a research map on noblemen's mobility in the Austrian Netherlands

The all-in-one research map examines both knowledge on the historical landscape based upon a retrogressive map analysis and 18th century geographical data on transport and mobility in maps and letters…

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Development of software for flood simulation

In this research, the LATIS software is further extended. LATIS is a modelling software that was developed in collaboration with Flanders Hydraulics Research to measure flood damage and flood risk. Th…

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Automated analysis of sports team movement tactics

With the use of QTC , the movements of the players are being converted to an internal data format. With QTC, interactions between players can be analysed in a qualitative way to reveal tactical patter…

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Geometric modelling for a 3D archaeological GIS

The use of 3D models in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage is focussed on in this research. These 3D models are generated through highly accurate acquisition techniques such as photo model…

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Spatial and spatio-temporal data analysis based on the CSTM

Based on the CSTM , this research try to develop a theory framework and some algorithms for multi scale spatio-temporal data analysis. Different from existing GIS analysis framework and algorithms, th…

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Tracking of moving objects

These days a lot of people own a device which is capable to connect wireless with other devices through Bluetooth or WiFi. With Bluetooth and WiFi scanners the MAC-address, unique identifier, of these…

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Modeling and inventorizing heritage in Xinjiang (China)

In the Chinese Xinjiang region, different field campaigns were set up to collect data using various land survey techniques of the Yar City ruins on the one hand and the numerous karez on the other h…

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Lafreri: Italian cartography in the Renaissance

In September 1862, Willem d'Hanens-De Wolf, alderman of the City of Sint-Niklaas, presented an 'atlas de vieilles cartes' to the Society of Antiquaries of the Land van Waas . That rather bland descrip…

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Risk analysis in small island developing states

This research investigates the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States . These developing countries are extremely vulnerable to natural hazards. An adequate risk assessment is necessary to com…

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Planning space via spatio-temporal accessibility studies

Because traditional accessibility metrics do not fully consider personal and temporal restrictions, more dynamic accessibility measures are needed. Geographic Information Systems address this issue b…

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Eye tracking for studying the natural wayfinding behaviour in buildings

Eye tracking can shed more light on the features that are distinctive and salient in an environment and how the spatial structure of a building is analysed by an observer. In this way, more informati…

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Indoor landmarks: the study and implementation of navigational aids

When formulating route instructions people refer to salient objects along the route . These objects are called landmarks and allow the observer to locate himself and to point out directions. They help…

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Methodological advancements for space-time analysis of animal habitat use patterns

This project applies spatiotemporal analysis methods that are commonly used in geographical sciences on ecological data. More specifically, studies mainly focus on exploration of spatiotemporal patter…

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Integrating data sources for route planners

In this research, the question is asked how the contemporary vast set of Geographic Information can be used to improve online route planners. As these have become part of our daily lives, more and mo…

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Predictive modeling of spatiotemporal phenomena in GIS using Machine Learning

This research focuses on modelling spatio-temporal phenomena from sensor-network data. This research originated in the quest to model pedestrian behaviour, crowdedness and crowd flows at mass-events, …

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SeArch

The SeArch – Archaeological heritage in the North Sea – Project aims to develop an efficient assessment methodology and approach towards a sustainable management policy and legal framework in Belgium.…

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Developping a 4D archaeological GIS

This research project attempts to take a first step towards the development of a 4D archaeological GIS. Archaeological data consist of thematic and spatial elements, which are currently not managed an…

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The use of GIS in health research

A recently described fundamental problem in studies examining the effects of area-based attributes on individual behavior is the Uncertain Geographic Context Problem . The UGCoP states that findings o…

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A closer look at the Ferraris maps of the Austrian Netherlands

Between 1770-1778, the Belgian territory was homogeneously mapped on a scale of 1 : 11,520 under the guidance of count de Ferraris. This Cabinet map is considered to be the oldest topographical map of…

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Spatiotemporal analysis for sport events

This research focuses on the spatio-temporal analysis and mining of data of moving objects. Specifically, various spatio-temporal data analysis and mining approaches are adopted in order to analyse, d…

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Modelling Mexican Mayan temples in 3D

Two successful field campaigns have been undertaken by our department to map Mexican Mayan temples in 3D. At the sites of Calakmul and Edzna, the archaeological structures were photographed from diff…

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Liber Floridus: the world in a book

Liber Floridus 1121. The World in a Book takes us into the world of a medieval encyclopaedist. Through the eyes of the author, Lambert of Saint-Omer, we are introduced to the intellectual world of his…

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GeoMobiel

GeoMobiel offers teaching materials about geomatics for students of the 3th grade of secondary school, so they get in touch with the possibilities and opportunities of geography and geomatics. The pro…

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Cartographic usability evaluations based on eye tracking studies

This research focuses on map users and more specifically how they can read and interpret the visual information on maps. In turn, this information can be used to improve their design: colours, layout…

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iGUESS: Integrating GIS use in education

GIS learning in Europe is lagging behind compared to the use of GIS applications in everyday life, like car navigation systems, interactive maps on the Internet, etc. Progress could be made by initiat…

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SYGIAP: integrated management system for the protected areas

The total lack of available recent cartography and reliable geographic information for all World Heritage sites at DR Congo was an enormous problem for conservation planning and implementation. It was…

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Scientific map creation

Scientifically justified maps are realised for third parties by the CartoGIS research group. One of the examples is the collaboration in the desing of ‘Atlas De Boeck’. During the realization of these…

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