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New PhD Position at MIE-Lab

May 2017

We are offering a new PhD Position at the MIE-Lab (Mobility Information Engineering Lab) at the Chair of Geoinformation Engineering and are looking forward to your application!  


New tool from ETH Zurich assists in transmission line planning

April 2017

The new tool provides a bird's-eye view of high-voltage transmission lines, as well as from the pedestrian's perspective.

Planning high voltage transmission lines is a great challenge. Where will the new line run? Not an easy question. Especially if it runs close to residential areas or through nature and landscape protection zones. Decision support systems not only simplify the planning of new high voltage transmission lines, but also help to illustrate possible solutions faster.

ETH Zurich is developing such a system in collaboration with Swissgrid and other partners. Apart from statutory planning conditions, the system also employs geographic data for its calculations. Users of the tool first define how suitable certain landscape types are for the construction of a transmissoin line, in terms of planning, technical and environmental issues. The software then selects the optimum corridor between the start and end points in each case.

The new tool provides a bird's-eye view of high-voltage transmission lines, as well as from the pedestrian's perspective. The tool enables the illustration of various solutions which reflect the interests of the parties involved. Swissgrid will use the tool on completion (expected in the autumn of 2017) to assist in the planning of transmission lines. The new instrument has great potential to make the planning of transmissoin lines more transparent and efficient.

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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.


New Research Project: SBB Green Class

October 2016

Collaborating with SBB and BMW Switzerland, our group provides the lead scientific support for the new research project "SBB Green Class".

In a one-year experiment, we will use surveys, interviews and spatio-temporal movement data analyses to examine how a comprehensive multi-modal mobility offer influences people's mobility behavior. Read more about the project on and find some press articles here (in German only).


MAS / CAS ETH in Future Transport Systems

Prof. Dr. Martin Raubal is Deputy Director of Studies of the new MAS / CAS ETH in Future Transport Systems.

From January 2017 ETH Zurich offers you four new postgraduate courses in «Mobilität der Zukunft» (Future Transport Systems): A Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) and three integrated Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS). These continuing educations are designed to build up a profound and broad basis in order to shape the future of mobility in a rapid changing environment. The integrated approach makes this MAS and these CAS to unique offers, particularly in the German speaking market.

Further information can be found under (website in German only) or a brief description in English. Dr. Renate Grau will be happy to answer your questions.


OMLETH: Focus topic in GeoAgenda  

November 2016

GeoAgenda No 2016/5 is featuring OMLETH, a web-based platform for location-based mobile learning at ETH. This platform is developed by Christian Sailer at our chair. Report (PDF, 339 KB)


Article in Horizonte

November 2016

The latest issue of the Horizonte magazine, published by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is reporting on our research in Eye Tracking (PDF, 192 KB).



October 2016

Prof. Dr. Martin Raubal was invited for the INNOLEC Lecture at the Department of Geography of the Masaryk University Brünn, Czech Republic. Title of his talk is: Gaze-based assistance for wayfinders in the real world. INNOLEC Lecture


«HB Deals» wins SBB Challenge at HackZurich 2016

September 2016

A team of PhD students from the geoinformation engineering group was awarded with the SBB prize at this year’s HackZurich. Their app “HB Deals” allows shops at Zurich main station to publish special deals in no time. Thanks to the app, little visited shops can reposition themselves commercially. Using the custom-built indoor routing, these shops are easily found by users. And on plus, the app makes the wait for a next train more interesting, as one goes off and explores the lesser known corners of Zurich main station. We’d like to thank SBB for the great collaboration during HackZurich, the beacons as prize, and are looking forward to building new things using them and seeing the official launch of the “HB Deals” app!


OMLETH nominated for "Prix Alice"

August 2016

Our project OMLETH is on the shortlist in category digital learning tools for the Prix Alice, a price offered by Lernfestival ’16 for continuing education. The price will be awarded at the opening ceremony on 14 September 2016 in Berne. Keep fingers crossed for the developer of the app Christian Sailer! (Information on Prix Alice and OMLETH in German only).


OMLETH at the Pro Juventute Ferienplausch in Zurich

August 2016

Under the title “treasure hunt – experience an adventure tour in Zurich and build your own treasure hunt app”, the OMLETH platform was used for the first time by kids aged between 12 – 16 years. As a first step, they familiarized themselves with the app during a “hunters and gatherers play” performed in Zurich downtown, where they collected individual letters to find a solution word and gather some sweets. The second part took place in ETH Hönggerberg at the OMLETH lab where the developer Christian Sailer analysed and presented the GPS tracks of the different groups. Based on these experiences and discussions the teenagers built their own app using the OMLETH platform and were encouraged to use it on their smartphone or tablet in the real world.


Eye Tracking at GeoSummit 2016 in Berne

June 2016

This year at GeoSummit, our group displayed a gaze-based Geo-Game. During the GEOSchool Day, pupils and adults could expieriece how it feels to control geoinformation systems just by using their gaze. (articles in German only)

It was great fun changing the world in the blink of an eye.


Article about GoEco! in the ETH Energy Science Center News

April 2016

The ETH Energy Science Center (ESC) reports some intermediate results of the GoEco! project, in which currently 450 participants contribute to the development of a software that makes individual mobility more sustainable. Follow other news about GoEco! on our media webpage.


Article in VISIONEN

March 2016

VISIONEN is a quarterly issued journal edited by VIS (Verein der Informatikstudierenden - Association of Informatics Students at ETH Zurich) and features in its issue 4/2015 the new possibility for informatics students to attend our GIS courses. Link to Article and entire journal (in German only).


New SNSF Project: IGAMaps


Our project proposal on „Intention-Aware Gaze-Based Assistance on Maps“ (IGAMaps) has been approved by the Swiss National Science Foundation. For a duration of three years we will investigate approaches for gaze-based intention recognition and assistance for the interaction with maps. GeoGazeLab


MobileHCI 2015


Leading Mobile HCI researchers from all over the world meet in Copenhagen to present innovative research and gadgets. Our research group is present with 4 contributions.

Touchless devices, smart watches, bendable tablets and interconnected smart phones are just some of the gadgets presented at this year's Mobile HCI conference in Copenhagen. Read more

OMLETH Best Paper


The paper An evaluation method for location-based mobile learning based on spatio-temporal analysis of learner trajectories by Christian Sailer, Peter Kiefer, Joram Schito and Martin Raubal has been selected as the best paper at the Mobiscool-Workshop at the MobileHCI 2015 Conference in Copenhagen. Based on this success we may now submit a full pager for a special issue of the International Journal of Mobile HCI.


Best Paper Nomination and Gamification Newsletter Coverage


Our paper A Taxonomy of Motivational Affordances for Meaningful Gamified and Persuasive Technologies authored by Paul Weiser, Dominik Bucher, Francesca Cellina and Vanessa De Luca was nominated for the Best Paper Award at the 3rd conference ICT for Sustainability in Copenhagen. In addition, the paper received coverage in the newsletter Gamification weekly issued by the Gamification Research Network.


ETH Winter School


We are organizing a Winter School on Eye Tracking – Experimental Design, Implementation, and Analysis. The Winter School is going to take place 17-22 January 2016 in the conference center in Monte Verità.



GoEco! nominated for "Umweltpreis 2015"


The project GoEco! has been nominated for the "Umweltpreis 2015" by the "Schweizerische Umweltstiftung Luzern".



Workshop at the UbiComp Conference


Our GeoGazeLab is co-organizing a workshop at the UbiComp conference: the workshop on “Pervasive Eye Tracking and Mobile Eye-Based Interaction“ (PETMEI 2015). The workshop is concerned with eye tracking and gaze-based interaction in mobile and everyday (“ubiquitous”) situations, such as in pedestrian navigation.



Project with SWISS  


The Federal Office of Civil Aviation is funding our project titled “Enhanced flight training programs for monitoring aircraft automation”. Goal of the project is the improvement of pilot training by using eye tracking. The project is a cooperation with SWISS. As further project partners, the NASA Ames Research Center and Prof. Dr. Robert Mauro (University of Oregon, USA) are involved.


Special Issue in "Spatial Cognition and Computation" planned


We are soliciting contributions for a planned Special Issue on "Eye Tracking for Spatial Research" in the Journal „Spatial Cognition and Computation“. Submission deadline is 27 May 2015.Wir bitten um Beiträge zu einer geplanten Sonderausgabe zum Thema "Eye Tracking for Spatial Research" im Journal Spatial Cognition and Computation. Frist für die Einreichung ist der 27. Mai 2015.

Call for Submissions



LAMETTA - Location-Aware Mobile Eye Tracking for Tourist Assistance


ETH Zurich is funding our project LAMETTA with an ETH Zurich Research Grant for three years, starting in 2015. Goal of the project is the investigation of gaze-based interaction methods for digital travel guides in urban environments. 


Das App-Projekt «GoEco!» gewinnt den von EnergieSchweiz ausgeschriebenen Wettbewerb AppWelt 2014


Das App-Projekt «GoEco!» der Institute ISAAC (SUPSI) und ETH Zürich - IKG denkt mit und berät den Anwender zu seinen Mobilitäts-Optionen. GoEco! überzeugte die Jury mit einer wertvollen Idee, einem stimmigen Antrag und einem schönen Design. Die tolle Arbeit wird mit dem ersten Platz und 5000 Franken belohnt. Die Sicht von Stefano Vannotti: «GoEco! ist eine smarte Idee, um uns das Mobilitätsverhalten bewusster zu machen».



LAMETTA - Location-Aware Mobile Eye Tracking for Tourist Assistance

ETH Zurich is funding our project LAMETTA with an ETH Zurich Research Grant for three years, starting in 2015. Goal of the project is the investigation of gaze-based interaction methods for digital travel guides in urban environments. 


EDC Entwicklerforum

Die Professur Geoinformations-Engineering organisiert am 13. - 14. November 2014 das Esri Development Center (EDC) Entwicklerforum zum dem Thema „GIS-Technologien im Energiebereich”.
Die Integration erneuerbarer Energien zur Deckung des zukünftigen Energiebedarfs ist eine grosse Herausforderung. Planungsaufgaben im Bereich Energie sind eng verbunden mit räumlichen und zeitlichen Fragestellungen.

Als Esri Development Center (EDC) verfügt das Institut für Kartografie und Geoinformation an der ETH Zürich über herausragende Kompetenz bezüglich des Einsatzes von GIS-Technologien im Energiebereich.

Information (PDF, 67 KB)
Programm (PDF, 314 KB)


2nd Workshop on ET4S

Die Professur für Geoinformations-Engineering hat den 2nd International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research welcher im Rahmen der GIScience 2014 im September in Wien stattgefunden hat organisiert.

ET4S 2014


Artikel in "20 Minuten"

«Wo lohnt sich Windenergie» mit Stefano Grassi [Juni 2014]

Artikel (PDF, 235 KB)


Verleihung EDC-Preis

Der zum ersten Mal vergebene EDC-Preis für eine herausragende Master-Arbeit wurde 2014 an Simon Haesler vergeben.


1st Workshop on ET4S

The 1st International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research (ET4S) was a success where eight papers were presented.

ET4S 2013

Wissenschaft kurz und knapp

Polybahn-Pitch Interview mit Prof. Martin Raubal


Mobiles Grünflächenmanagement an der ETH Zürich

Beitrag über in ArcAKTUELL 2/2013

Artikel (PDF, 639 KB)


«Mit der App digitale Herzen in Bäume schnitzen»

In der Ausgabe November 2012 der Zeitschrift ETH Life Print erschien ein Artikel über unser GIS-Praktikum.

Artikel (PDF, 115 KB)

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