What is GeoMundus?

GeoMundus is a free international symposium organised by the students from the Erasmus Mundus Master's of Science in Geospatial Technologies. The symposium features broad aspects of geospatial technologies disciplines, including but not limited to, geographic information systems and science, environmental studies and management, urban planning and many more. The focus of this year’s GeoMundus is the emerging technologies within these fields and our programme highlights the cutting edge research that pushes the boundaries of geospatial analysis.

Why GeoMundus?

It is an opportunity to learn and share scientific research, knowledge and skills with other peers in all things ‘Geo’. The emerging technologies featured in GeoMundus 2017 also presents an opportunity to learn about them and their applications in our everyday lives. GeoMundus is unique as it features workshops where participants can experience first-hand the future of geospatial technologies as well as a career session specially designed for students interested in a geospatial career.

Who should participate in GeoMundus 2017?

Everyone who is curious about geospatial technologies and its applications. We especially welcome students, researchers, industry players, and even members of the public. It is not only a great opportunity to learn, but also to network amongst the brightest minds in this exciting field.

Registration is free so sign up now!


We are excited to have with us four keynotes speakers sharing their expertise at our conference. Please visit their personal websites to find out more about them.

Dr. Pau Aragó

Dr. Pau Aragó is a forest engineer and holds a Master of Science and PhD in Geospatial Technologies. He has worked as a Geospatial technologies researcher and associate professor at University of Jaume I. He also worked as a GIS expert in Stadia, a surveying company, and as a freelancer in a significant number of projects focusing on environmental and GIS issues. His primary research interests lie in: Volunteered Geographic information; Big Data Analysis; environmental issues; modelling crime data in European Mediterranean towns: a vine copula approach. Castellón. Spain

Dr. Cidália Maria Parreira da Costa Fonte

Dr. Cidália Maria Parreira da Costa Fonte Speaker information available soon.

Dr. Rui Li

Dr. Rui Li is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Planning, State University of New York at Albany. His research interests center on geographic information science (GIScience) with a special focus on spatial cognition. In particular, his research addresses human wayfinding behaviors and the ways to improve people’s spatial experiences in navigation through mobile phones and in-vehicle navigation systems. As an inevitable step to inform the ergonomic design of navigation systems, he investigates factors from both environment and individual differences to investigate the reasons why people get lost in complex architecture or environment.

Dr. Torsten Prinz

Dr. Torsten Prinz is adjunct professor and researcher at the institute for geoinformatics of the University of Munster. He has coordinated the project IFGIcopter, construction and customizing of a geo-scientific UAV drone, funded by the European Commission Joint Research Center. His primary research interests lie in the fields of Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), collecting, editing, and analyzing geoinformation related to environmental and other geospatial scientific purposes. He has published numerous papers in journals and conferences focusing on UAV’s versatility.

University of Münster

Institute for Geoinformatics (IFGI)

GeoMundus 2017 will be held in Munster, a multi-faceted city. It is a city of science and learning, the City of Westphalian Peace, the capital city of bicycles and Germany’s Climate Protection Capital. The venue is Institute for Geoinformatics (IFGI). The Institute offers bachelor, master and PhD degrees in geoinformatics with research focus in areas of modelling spatio-temporal processes, semantic interoperability, spatial assistance systems, cognitive engineering and sensor networks.

Conference Venue

Institute for Geoinformatics
Heisenbergstraße 2
D-48149 Münster

Conference Dinner

Aposto Münster
Alter Steinweg 21,
48143 Münster
Friday, 10th November at 19:30

Informal Meeting

Domplatz Munster
Thursday, 9th November at 19:00


Our programme is subject to change as we get closer to GeoMundus 2017. Please check our website frequently for the latest updates and follow us on our social networks to receive the latest news and announcements.

We would like to invite all the attendees of GeoMundus 2017 to an introductory tour around the historical center of Münster. Come prepared to get to know each other before the conference and share a drink together.

The details are as follows:
When: 9th November 2017,19:00
Where: Domplatz

  • Time Description
    8:30 Registration (Coffee provided)
    9:00 Poster and sponsor/exhibitor move-in
    9:30 Opening Ceremony
    9:45 +Keynote Presentation 1:Dr. Pau Aragó

    Dr. Pau Aragó
    "Geospatial data from maps to Volunteered Geographical information"

    Maps were made to travel, to know the bounds of kingdoms, to build and plan roads, and for environmental management, amongst many other things. Originally, maps were difficult to make, and kept in secret as valuable treasures. Nowadays everything has changed, OpenStreetMap has made it possible to build a collaborative map by an army of volunteers from different backgrounds. Geospatial data has grown from some lines and points on a paper map, to gigabytes of information. However, this amount of information contains noise that must be filtered. Even more this filter is specific to the data source. Spatial statistics is a tool able to manage this amount of data to extract the relevant information.

    10:30 2 x Paper Presentation
    11:10 Coffee break
    11:30 4 x Paper Presentation
    13:00 Lunch
    14:30 +Keynote Presentation 2:Dr. Cidália Fonte

    Dr. Cidália Maria Parreira da Costa Fonte
    Title and abstract will be made available soon.

    15:15 +Company Presentation

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to describe the interconnectivity of smart devices that are able collect and exchange data. We are all connected to the IoT in our daily lives whether we know it or not. In this presentation, HERE introduces how they leverage on the IoT in delivering mapping data and services to individuals and companies. They explain how location content is collected, processed and finally published on HERE applications like HERE Maps, and also for GIS analyses.

    15:45 Poster Session 1 + Coffee break
    16:30 +Career Development Session

    An interactive session providing a great opportunity for students interested in working professionally in geoinformatics practice.
    The session will provide insight on various queries of students such as:
    1. What are the possibilities and options for building your career in geoinfomatics?
    2. Should one pursue further studies (PhD), or go into the workforce?
    3. Critical ideas for entrepreneurs.
    4. Tips for moving forward.

    Panellists include our keynote speakers and invited guests.

    17:30 Closing First Day
    19:30 The conference Gala Dinner will take place at Aposto Münster. We hope that you will join us to celebrate and connect! Note: There is a participant limit, so if you would like to participate, please register well in advance.
  • Time Description
    9:00 Registration (Coffee provided)
    9:30 Opening Second Day
    9:35 +Keynote Presentation 3:Dr. Rui Li

    Dr. Rui Li
    "Mapping beyond the Screens: Visualizing Direction and Distance to Distant Landmarks"

    Navigation systems on our mobile phones have greatly changed our traveling and exploring patterns. Despite the convenience of using those systems in navigational tasks, the way instructions are given and the small size of screen have hinder user’s capability of being spatially aware. While changing the way instructions is a research topic, this presentation focus on the efforts on compensating the small size of representation by introducing methods to visualize landmarks in distance which could not be displayed on screen at a large cartographic scale. A series of studies was carried out investigate the use of visual variables, the fundamental cartographic principle on symbol design, in symbol design for distant landmarks. Results include the designed prototypes using specific visual variables, and user studies carried out to evaluate the influence of each visual variable on perceiving the distance.

    10:20 2 x Paper Presentation
    11:00 Poster Session 1 + Coffee break
    11:30 4 x Paper Presentation
    13:00 Lunch
    14:30 +Keynote Presentation 4:Dr. Torsten Prinz

    Dr. Torsten Prinz
    "Unmanned Aireal Systems in Geosciences: More than an Eye in the Sky"

    Civil remote sensing by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is one of the most dynamic evolving technology of our decade. UAS are particularly useful in geosciences, as they provide different data products at high temporal, spectral and spatial resolution. Moreover, data acquisition costs are lower than those of conventional methods such as extensive ground sampling and survey, manned airplanes, or even satellite technologies. Depending on the type of UAS various use case scenarios and potential benefits in geosciences are conceivable as they vary in sensor sensitivity, data formats, operational coverage and accelerated data deployment times. Taking these facts into account, UAS represent modern and effective tools to support the detection, the monitoring and also the management of geoobjects and their related spatial aspects. In many cases UAS also utilize low-cost sensors, free-of-charge mission planning software, open source data analysis and GIS products to reduce operating costs and personnel expenditure, additionally increasing its overall efficiency. The analysis of rapidly calculated, accurate 2- and 3D UAS geodata enables the user to model the real world in various scales and perspectives. To highlight this new development in geosciences some selected use cases from traditional mapping-sciences, like geography, cartography and geoecology, but also from archaeology or geoinformatics are presented which underline the potential and important role of UAS technology in modern, global orientated sciences.

    15:15 Concurrent Workshops
    Workshop 1:+Immersive Mobile Haptic Feedback in Interaction with Spatial Information through Electrical Muscle Stimulation


    Max Pfeiffer     Samuel Navas

    In the time of virtual and augmented realities (VR and AR), people are interacting with spatial information such as public maps in mid air and in mobile scenarios. It is still hard to generate haptic feedback in such scenarios with a reasonable variability. In human-computer interaction, electrical muscle stimulation evolved as a topic to face that challenge. In this case, the human's body is actuated to generate haptic feedback to simulate surface textures or virtual objects. Moreover, it is also used in pedestrian navigation scenarios to change the walking direction of the pedestrian for an automated navigation. In this workshop, the participants will get an overview about EMS-research, and it's application areas in HCI followed by a hands-on experience and brainstorming session about application areas in geoscience.

    The workshop organisers would like to thank Axion GmbH for supporting them with EMS devices and electrodes that they will use during the workshop. Axion GmbH is a medical device manufacturer from Leonberg. Their main focus are high quality EMS and TENS devices. Visit them at tens-ems.com.

    Workshop 2: +Demonstration Flight by the IFGIcopter Group including a Practical Data Image Analysis Follow-Up


    Torsten Prinz    Jan Lehmann       Simon Schulte

    The IFGIcopter group will give a brief insight into their UAS equipment and practical applications. The workshop will include a short demonstration flight followed by data analysis for geoinformatic purposes. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will concentrate on data analysis using Matlab, Pix4D, Agisoft and ESRI products.

    Workshop 3: +Visibility Analysis as a Method for Involving Spatial Cognition in Architectural Planning

    Jakub Krukar

    Humans explore space primarily through the visual sense. We decide where to go, how to appreciate the surrounding, or what deserves our attention based on what we see in the given space. Buildings constitute a very special problem for that phenomenon because they are designed - meaning, that a small team of architects had a large control over how to shape them. By doing so, architects indirectly control what and how we can see in this space.

    Visibility analysis is a way of studying buildings with regard to what can be seen inside them. What can users see when exiting an elevator? Where does the amount of visible space dramatically increase (‘opens up’), and where does it decrease? Are evacuation signs visible from all parts of the building?

    In this workshop, participants will be equipped with two separate methods: a visibility analysis of buildings inspired by the theory of ‘space syntax’, and eye-movement recordings of real people exploring the same space with a mobile eye-tracker. Working in teams, workshop participants will use the two methods in order to predict the ‘most optimal’ location to hang a research poster on the walls of the conference building.

    Workshop 4: +Managing Geospatial data with R

    Pau Aragó
    R has become an important and useful programing language for statistical computing. As an open source language, the community has contributed with a large amount of packages available in the CRAN repository, within which there are several that deals with geospatial data. In this workshop, we are going to learn how to open spatial files directly in R, access their internal structure, and plot maps with R. The goal is to prepare geospatial data for statistical computing in R.

    Workshop 5: +Workshop by Here Maps. (Title to be confirmed).

    Eric Oeder

    Following the presentation of the Internet of Things, HERE introduce their Map Creator, a web-based map editing tool used to update the content of HERE Maps. The purpose of this web application is to tap on the local knowledge users have about a location. Participants will be taught how to use the Map Creator to generate content on HERE Maps. In the second part of this workshop, participants will be introduced to MAPILARY, a platform to upload photos they have of a point of interest to contribute to a global database of street views of cities.

    17:45 Closing Ceremony for the Conference

Call for Abstracts and Posters

Important dates to remember:
Abstract and Poster submission has been extended till to 25 August.

Thank you for your interest in participating in GeoMundus 2017 and we are excited to have you. All individuals interested in any aspect of geospatial technologies are invited to submit either an abstract of a paper OR a poster for consideration as a presentation at GeoMundus.

The three best abstract submissions from students will be awarded travel grants to GeoMundus 2017 worth up to 500 EUR. The grant covers hotel accommodation of up to 200 EUR (booked by IFGI) and travel costs of up to 300 EUR. Note that only travel costs supported by documentation will be reimbursed.

During the submission process, you will be asked to identify the most applicable topic for your abstract or poster. Potential topics include, but not limited to:

  • Applications of Geospatial Technologies
  • Cadastre
  • Cartography
  • Environmental Management
  • Geodetics
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Geoinformatics
  • Geospatial Databases
  • Geospatial Data Mining
  • Geostatistics
  • Interaction with GeoInformation
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Location Based Services
  • Navigation
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Cognition
  • Spatial Data Science
  • Surveying
  • Others

We would also like to invite abstracts or posters about emerging technologies, the sub-theme of our conference. These include:

  • 3D Modelling
  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Visualisation
  • Drone Technologies
  • Open Source Solutions
  • Smart Cities
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Others

Abstract preparation and formatting instructions:

Click the Sample Abstract to view a perfectly formatted abstract. Feel free to use it as a template to format your own.

Poster preparation and formatting instructions:

For poster submissions, click this Template to view the guidelines for posters.

For formatting questions, email info@geomundus.org

After you have successfully completed the submission form and uploaded your abstract or poster, a confirmation email of receipt will be sent to you. Please keep a copy of this confirmation on file for your records.

NOTE: If you don’t receive the email, please check your JUNK FOLDER for an email from info@geomundus.org, as sometimes servers will re-direct confirmation emails to this folder.

Acceptance notification will be on 9 September 2017. After acceptance, the abstracts will be published on GeoMundus website.

Registration and Submission

Important dates to remember:
Registration is from 1 June to 3 November.
Abstract and poster submission is from 1 June to 25 August

Participant Registration

Simply click on the registration link below to register yourself for the GeoMundus Conference. Registration is free.

Please Note: Seats at the dinner are limited

Submissions of Abstracts and Posters

Click the submission link below if you are interested in presenting an abstract or a poster at the 9th GeoMundus Conference

2017 Team

GeoMundus is a symposium held by the students from the consortium of Erasmus Mundus Master's of Science in Geospatial Technologies.


Caitlin Thorn Caitlin Thorn

Mahesh Thapa Mahesh Thapa

Nikolina Nisic Nikolina Nisic

Bekish TwanabasuBikesh Twanabasu

Ditsuhi Iskandaryan Ditsuhi Iskandaryan


Leon Gaw Leon Gaw

Raquel Martin Pozouelo OjalboRaquel Martin-Pozuelo Ojalbo

Stravros Sakellariou Stravros Sakellariou

Pravesh Yogol Pravesh Yogol

Sanjeevan Shrestha Sanjeevan Shrestha


Marc Frederic Schröder Marc Frederic Schröder

Pedro PenedosPedro Penedos

Chaplin WilliamsChaplin Williams


Gebru WelayGebru Welay

Anthony Twesigye Anthony Twesigye

Mulu WelegebrialMulu Weldegebreal


Daria Lüdtke Daria Lüdtke

Sarah Abdelkader Sarah Abdelkader

Caio MascarenhasCaio Mascarenhas


Lisa FischellLisa Fischell

Yevgeniya Litvinova Yevgeniya Litvinova

Muhammad Pramujati Muhammad Pramujati


If you have any questions, please contact us via email. Alternatively, please write to us at our mailing address listed below.

Post address

Institute for Geoinformatics
Heisenbergstraβe 2, D-48149
Münster Germany

Sponsors & Partners

We would like to thank for the help and generosity of our sponsors and partners for making this event a success.

Should you wish to sponsor the 2017 GeoMundus conference, please contact the budget team at budget@geomundus.org