“Will speech soon do away with typing” – This question has recently been raised by a large German Newspaper. Lately, more and more speech assistants like Google Assistant, Amazone’s Alexa, Microsoft Cortana or Apple’s Siri are reaching the market and all owing users to control many parts of their life by voice input. This Technology is called natural language and understanding (NLU) and may also be used to control web mapping technology. Imagine that you could say “show me all schools in Berlin” instead of using a selection tool to select those features.
Matthias Stein is a software engineer at con terra GmbH. Previously he studies Geoinformatics at the Bochum University of Applied Science.
Martin Wilden studies Geoinformatics at the University of Münster and worked as student assistant for 52° North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH. After studying he joined con terra GmbH as software developer.
With the increasing amount of aerial imagery – regardless if captured from aircrafts or UAV – available, automatic analysis of this data becomes more and more important to make use of this data. TerraLoupe uses deep neural networks to automatically detect objects of interest for various industries such as automotive, insurance or energy to help their clients getting deeper insights for their business critical applications. This includes high-definition maps for autonomous driving, risk assessment for insurances and solar potential analysis.
Sebastian Gerke studied Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe, after which he worked as a research associate at the Fraunhofer HHI and pursued research in computer vision and machine learning. In 2015 he co-founded TerraLoupe, a startup that brings deep learning expertise to the field of aerial imagery.
High-tech has already arrived in agriculture. Modern agricultural machinery and geographic information systems make precision farming possible. An important aspect in crop production is the basic fertilization with nutrients and additives. The pH value can already be determined in a small scale and during the crossing of a tractor with specific sensors. For essential macronutrients like phosphorus, on-site soil sampling as well as complex and cost-intensive determination of the content in the laboratory are still necessary. Phosphorus content depends on chemical and physical soil conditions. If these conditions are known, the content of phosphorus can be estimated. This paper provides extracts from a research project on how neural networks help to estimate local phosphorous content for fertilization by learning those nonlinear multilateral relationships in the soil.
Michael Marz is a sales engineer at Esri Deutschland GmbH. Previously, he was a scientific staff member at the University of Halle and conducted research in the thematic field of efficient crop production with focus on fertilization and self-learning algorithms.
Nowadays „Artificial Intelligence“ celebrates its comeback to the top-IT-buzzword-lists. Neverthless, the topic is around for decades. But in the recent years, significant progresses has been made. We see a wide range of new business models and applications also in the geo area, which are made possible by ever-improving pattern recognition algorithms and machine learning technologies. Transforming geodata into loaction meaning also powers next generatio decision-making systems that are now being available for all kind of users. More and more systems are becoming at least semi-autonomous and proposing smart suggestions, which will change the way we interact with and perceive geo-spatial applications.
Date: 18th of September 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Office Club Berlin, Pappelallee 77/78, 10437 Berlin
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Actionbound is an app for playing digitally interactive scavenger hunts to lead the learner on a path of discovery. The program quite literally augments our reality by enhancing peoples’ real-life interaction whilst using their smartphones and tablets. Take full advantage of the huge potential of gamification with the Bound-Creator’s extensive game elements and tools like GPS locations, directions, maps, compass, pictures, quizzes, QR codes and much more to create fun and exciting mobile app-based adventures.
Benedikt Heiß studied Geography at the university of Augsburg. While studying he worked as a Specialist at the Apple Store in Augsburg. With an internship for Actionbound in 2013 he got to know the company and has been close ever since. Nowadays he is responsible for sales and training at Actionbound.
“Roads fragment landscapes and trigger human colonization and degradation of ecosystems, to the detriment of biodiversity and ecosystem functions. The planet’s remaining large and ecologically important tracts of roadless areas sustain key refugia for biodiversity and provide globally relevant ecosystem services. Applying a 1-kilometer buffer to all roads, we present a global map of roadless areas and an assessment of their status, quality, and extent of coverage by protected areas. About 80% of Earth’s terrestrial surface remains roadless, but this area is fragmented into ~600,000 patches, more than half of which are <1 km² and only 7% of which are larger than 100 km². Global protection of ecologically valuable roadless areas is inadequate. International recognition and protection of roadless areas is urgently needed to halt their continued loss”. Science (December 2016).
Monika Hoffmann studied at the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and works at the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management as GIS expert on different projects related to nature conservation.
It’s summer time and we leave the roads for our topic of the 2nd GeoMonday in 2017, Offstreet. Topics like Routing, Navigation or Traffic Managment are always present and are based on streets, respectively road networks. On the 26th June we address businesses which need to solve spatial problems off-road. Roadless areas occupy a major part of the world and are versatilely used by private people and companies. Typical examples are outdoor activities such as mountain biking, skiing or hiking. To support them, services have to provide detailed information like terrain and weather as well as results of spatial analyses, e.g. avalanche risk. But also businesses like forestry or agriculture have to deal with spatial issues in roadless areas. Inventories have to be mapped and actions have to be defined based on spatial analyses. These are only a few examples of fascinating geospatial issues off-road. Join us on 26th June in Potsdam to enter the world of road-free areas and to get an idea of what happens outside the highway.
Datum: 26. Juni 2017
Zeit: 19 – 22 Uhr
Ort: Arcona HOTEL AM HAVELUFER, Zeppelinstraße 136, 14471 Potsdam
One of the main reasons why governments collect geodata is because they love zoning! The division and classification of public space is very old governmental business. It can also benefit hugely from new digital tools. The development of „smarter“ zoning software is actually a nice way to show people in administration how they can make better use of their own datasets.
About a year ago, we were approached by a Berlin district with an interesting challenge: Could we build a tool that helps them to put all the kids in their district into the right elementary school, while at the same time maxing out school capacity and guarantee the shortest possible pedestrian path for each kid? Well, this sure sounds like an interesting math problem? Of course things tend to get a bit more complicated once politics is thrown in the mix…
Dr. Benjamin Seibel is a project lead at Technology Foundation Berlin, where he mostly deals with civic tech & open data projects.
Daniel Kirsch is a data scientist at Idalab and an open data activist at Data Science for Social Good.
The European project ENERGIC-OD (European Network for Redistributing Geospatial Information to user Communities – Open Data) address the heterogeneity of GI world and the lack of the single system which could satisfy the different user-requirements in world of geoinformation. The adopted approach is by utilising a brokering architecture and deploying a set of virtual hubs and a single point of access to geospatial datasets. This approach facilitates the development of multidisciplinary applications, based on full exploitation of open GI.
Studied Architecture and urban development, Frank Iden started as an Urban planner and Architect. Later he founded his own firm in 1992, SRP GmbH, where the Geographical Information Systems were developed for “Senate department for urban development and environment Berlin”. The interdisciplinary information system (Fachübergreifendes Informationssystem, FIS), the Geoportal of Berlin (FIS-Broker), and specialised procedures for city, landscape, environmental planning are among their products.
Toponymy has long been a qualitative discipline in between geography, history and philology. With the development of massive digital gazetteers, such as the Geonames database or the OSM database, it is now possible to conduct a quantitative approach of toponymy. In this talk I will give examples of spatial analysis methods applied to place names at different scales.
Hadrien Commenges is an associate professor at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research focuses on quantitative methods applied to urban geography, mainly in the field of urban mobility and transportation.