Geoinformation plays a central role for various activities and decision processes, and has therefore become an indispensable part of our daily lives. We utilize geoinformation and location-based data in many areas, such as public transportation, environment protection, energy supply, planning, disaster management, agriculture and forestry, information and communication technologies, and also in education. Geoinformation Engineering deals with the analysis, representation, and visualization of spatio-temporal decision processes, and integrates such models into geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial information technologies. Our students learn how to acquire, model, manage, and visualize geoinformation in general, and how to develop and utilize specific spatial applications in particular.
The Chair of Geoinformation Engineering at ETH Zurich was founded in 2011 and has its research foci in the areas of mobility and energy. In the area of mobility our research lies at the intersection of mobile geographic information systems, geospatial information technologies, and mobile decision-making. Mobile eye-tracking allows us to perform novel and innovative studies with respect to mobile location-based decision-making and human-computer interaction with mobile devices. In the area of energy we focus on the development of spatio-temporal algorithms to determine the technical and economic potential of renewable energy sources, and optimal locations for energy facilities and power lines. In addition, we head a GIS competence center, which is dedicated to GIS research and teaching.