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LBS Conference 2018 in Zurich: Call for Papers

March 2017

We are organizing the 14th International Conference on Location Based Services, 15-17 January 2018 in Zurich. The LBS conference is targeted at researchers and practitioners whose work is either focused on or relevant to location based services (LBS). The conference will enable exchange and interaction between colleagues from different disciplines, stimulating discussions on current developments and visions regarding LBS and their influence on science and society.

Our group is involved with Martin Raubal as General Chair, Peter Kiefer as Co-Program Committee Chair, and Ruth Klay, Dominik Bucher, and Fabian Göbel as part of the local organizing committee.

The first Call for Papers is now available. The deadline for the submission of full and work-in-progress papers is 12 July 2017.

ENSIPLAN wins Elia's first Startup Challenge

February 2017

Stefano Grassi won the first prize of an international competition for startups promoted by Elia Group aimed at finding a solution to improve the public acceptance of electricity infrastructures. The Elia Group is organized around two electricity transmission system operators (TSOs): Elia Transmission in Belgium and 50Hertz Transmission, one of the four German TSOs, active in the north and east of Germany. The startup ENSIPLAN won the competition against other 30 startups and received a €20,000 prize to realize its proposal with ELIA Group in the next months. ENSIPLAN provides a 3D visualization tool combined with a planning process for power lines enabling engineers and stakeholders involved in the planning process to have a realistic experience and perspective of the visual impact of a power line in the landscape and to interactively participate in the planning process. The developed tool is conceived and designed to support the planning and visualization of any type of linear infrastructures such as roads, power lines, railways and lifts. Aim of the startup is to target also the wind and solar energy market where the development of new project is often opposed by local population concerned by the visual impact of such large infrastructure. With this solution, ENSIPLAN provides project developers with an instrument for increasing the public participation and to enhance the communication during the planning process. The project is the follow up of research project funded by Ministry of Energy of Switzerland, Swissgrid, APG (national power grid operator in Austria) and BKW.

Elia Press Release (PDF, 92 KB)

Special Issue in Spatial Cognition & Computation

January 2017

A Special Issue on „Eye Tracking for Spatial Research“ has appeared (Spatial Cognition & Computation, 17(1-2)). Peter Kiefer, Ioannis Giannopoulos, and Martin Raubal were the leading guest editors on this special issue.

The special issue contains an overview article written by the guest editors, as well as seven research articles resulting from a peer review process with 19 initial submissions.

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