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Haosheng Huang elected as vice-president ICA

(23-08-2023) At the 19th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association (ICA), Haosheng Huang was elected as one of the vice-presidents of the ICA for the period 2023-2027. The mission of the ICA is to promote the disciplines and professions of cartography and GIScience in an international context. Learn more about the ICA and its activities at

Songyao Huai successfully defended her PhD

(03-08-2023) On Wednesday 5 July 2023, Songyao Huai, successfully defended her PhD “The application and validation of social media data in landscape planning and urban planning”

SUPERVISORS: Prof. dr. Tim Van de Voorde, Prof. dr. Haosheng Huang EXAMINATION COMMITTEE: Prof. dr. Alain De Wulf (UGent), Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe (UGent) , Prof. dr. Veerle Van Eetvelde (UGent) , Prof. dr. Frank Canters (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) Prof. dr. Ross Purves (University of Zurich).

Congratulations Songyao Huai!

Department Researchers win Journal of LBS Best Paper Award 2022

(03-08-2023) We are delighted to announce that Sien Benoit from the CartoGIS research group and Frank Witlox and Tom Storme from the Social and Economic Geography research group in collaboration with Delfien Van Dyck, Greet Cardon, Jasper Schipperijn, Steven Verstockt, and Dirk Lauwers, have been awarded the Best Paper Award 2022 by the Journal of Location Based Services.

The award recognizes their paper titled "Environmental factors associated with perceived cycling safety along adolescents’ home-to-school routes" published in Volume 16, Issue 3. This recognition underscores the significant contributions our department's researchers continue to make in their respective fields.

Fengqi Cui successfully defended her PhD

(01-08-2023) On Wednesday June 28 2023 Fengqi Cui successfully defended her PhD "Modeling land-atmosphere interactions and urban climate in Eastern China."

Supervisors: Prof. Piet Termonia, Prof. Philippe De Maeyer, Dr. Rafiq Hamdi.

Members of the examination committee: Prof. Nico Van de Weghe (UGent), Prof. Van Doan Quang (University of Tsukuba, Japan), Prof.Wenhui Kuang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Prof. Natalie Theeuwes (KNMI, Dutch), Prof. Steven Caluwaerts (UGent), Prof. Bert Van Schaeybroeck (UGent)

Congratulations Fengqi Cui!

Long Zhang successfully defended his PhD

(25-05-2023) On Monday, 22 May 2023, Long Zhang successfully defended his PhD "Attribute trajectory analysis: analyzing the dynamics of non-spatial data as trajectories".

Supervisors: Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe (UGent), Prof. dr. Philippe De Maeyer (UGent).

Members of the examination committee: Prof. dr. Veerle Van Eetvelde (Chair) (UGent), Prof. dr. Robert Weibel (University of Zurich), Prof. dr. Frieke Van Coillie (UGent), Prof. dr. Steven Caluwaerts (UGent), Prof. dr. Haosheng Huang (UGent), Prof. dr. Tim Van de Voorde (UGent), Dr. Laure De Cock (UGent).

Congratulations Long Zhang!

moVe moRe

(29-03-2023) We have some exciting news! Soon you can walk, cycle and drive in VR at our group because the faculty approved the moVe moRe project. This new research infrastructure will boost research in mobility, navigation, sport sciences, safety and much more! Stay tuned...

LBS conference comes to Ghent!

(07-03-2023) The 18th conference on Location Based Services takes place in Ghent this year. We are looking forward to welcome you under the tower of St. Bavo's cathedral. Full papers can be submitted until June 1st, work in progress until July 15th.

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Fangli Guan succesfully defended his PhD

(28-02-2023) Friday, February 24, 2023, Fangli Guan successfully defended his PhD: “Modelling of the Scene Complexity of Navigation Environments and Visual Areas of Interest for Egocentric Pedestrian Navigation Systems Using Street-View Panoramas”. Supervisors are Prof. dr. Haosheng Huang (UGent) and Prof. dr. Zhixiang Fang (LIESMARS, WHU). Committee members: Chair: Prof. dr. Veerle Van Eetvelde (UGent), Co-chair: Prof. dr. Bisheng Yang (LIESMARS, WHU), Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe (UGent), Dr. Laure De Cock (UGent), Prof. dr. Biyu Chen (LIESMARS, WHU), Prof. dr. Shen Ying (LIESMARS, WHU)

Congratulations Fangli.

Dilawar Ali succesfully defended his PhD

(01-02-2023) Wednesday, January 25, 2022, Dilawar Ali successfully defended his PhD “Al-Based Methods to Enrich, Geolocalize and Rephotograph Historical Newspaper Photos.” Supervisors are Prof. dr. Steven Verstockt and Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe. Committee members: Prof. dr Hennie De Schepper (chair), Prof. dr. Dieter De Witte, Prof. dr. Tan Lu, Prof. dr. Hiep Luong, dr. Thomas Smits, Prof. dr. Christophe Verbruggen. Congratulations Dilawar.

Nohemi Ramirez Aranda succesfully defended her PhD

(20-12-2022) Monday 12 December 2022, Nohemi Ramirez Aranda successfully defended her PhD “Barriers towards the widespread adoption of PPGIS in spatial planning practice”. Supervisors are Dr. Jeroen De Waegemaeker and prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe. Committee members: Prof. dr. Haosheng Huang (chair), dr. Lieze Mertens, Prof. dr. Nora Fagerholm, Prof. dr. Tim Van de Voorde, Prof. dr. Veerle Van Eetvelde. Congratulations Nohemi.