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SBB Green Class

SBB Green Class

Projectstart: 27.10.2016
Project Lead: Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB)
Scientific Lead: Prof. Dr. Martin Raubal
Internal Researchers: Dr. David Jonietz, Dominik Bucher
Commissioner: Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB)

SBB Green Class (in German only)

In the context of integrated mobility offers currently gaining in importance, SBB will collaborate with BMW Switzerland to develop a combined mobility solution by Fall 2016, and test it with 100 test customers in a one-year pilot project.
In the course of a parallel scientific study, the effects of such cooperative, multi-modal mobility offers on the customers' mobility behavior will be evaluated by means of GPS-based movement tracking as well as qualitative and quantitative surveys.


OMLETH II: Development of the platform for location-based mobile learning at ETH and multidisciplinary evaluation

Project Start: 01.01.2016
Project Leader: Prof. Dr. M. Raubal / Dr. P. Kiefer
Internal Researcher: Christian Sailer
Funding: Innovedum ETH Zürich Innovedum


OMLETH II in the Innovedum project database

Based on the findings of OMLETH I (Link) the platform will technically be improved and their use again evaluated in cooperation with the Chair of the History of Urban Design (gta)with larger numbers of students in the follow-up project. The results and findings will be incorporated into a knowledge platform for location-based mobile learning. The experience gained will also be implemented as an interactive assistance function in OMLETH editor for lecturers. These experiences are complemented by new collaborations with courses from the D-USYS and the Material Archive of Baubibliothek. Prospects of further areas (within the ETH) are kindly invited to sign up.



Intention-Aware Gaze-Based Assistance on Maps (IGAMaps)
Project Start: 01.02.2016
Project Leader: Dr. P. Kiefer / Prof. Dr. M. Raubal
Internal Researcher: Fabian Göbel
Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation
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Adaptive human computer interfaces can significantly facilitate the interaction with digital maps. In this project we investigate on how to provide meaningful map adaptation based on the user's visual attention. We build on the assumption that, since maps are primarily perceived with the visual sense, the user's gaze on a map can be used to recognize her cognitive states, which allows for personalized map adaptations. Questions addressed include:

  1. Can we infer intentions from the visual attention on a map?
  2. How should a map adaptation be designed to be helpful?
  3. What is the general user acceptance of gaze-based map adaptions?

Awareness in Aviation

Enhanced flight training programs for monitoring aircraft automation
Project Start: 01.07.2015
Project Leader: SWISS International Airlines
Co-Leader: Prof. Dr. M. Raubal
Internal Researcher: David Rudi
Funding: Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (BAZL)

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation will fund the project on “Enhanced flight training programs for monitoring aircraft automation” (January 2015 – June 2017).

We will conduct eye tracking studies with professional pilots in flight simulators to analyze the effectiveness of visual scan strategies during aircraft operation. The ultimate goal is to include the obtained insights into pilot training programs. Read more about our research on aviation.

The project is a cooperation with an internationally operating airline (SWISS International Airlines). Further collaborators are the NASA Ames Research Center and Prof. Dr. Robert Mauro (University of Oregon, USA).

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Location-Aware Mobile Eye Tracking for Tourist Assistance (LAMETTA)
Project Start: 01.09.2015
Project Leader: Dr. P. Kiefer
Internal Researcher: Vasilios-Athanasios Anagnostopoulos
Funding: ETH Zurich Research Grant
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LAMETTA is a research project on gaze-based interaction techniques in outdoor environments. The goals of this project are to design and develop an outdoor gaze-based interaction platform and to investigate explicit and implicit gaze-based interaction methods for tourists visually exploring a city panorama. The project envisions a mobile assistance system that triggers information services based on the user's gaze in an intuitive, efficient, and privacy-preserving way for touristic areas. The insights from this project will also be helpful for other outdoor gaze-based interactions scenarios.



GoEco! A community based eco-feedback approach to promote sustainable personal mobility styles
Project Start: 01.01.2015
Project Leader: Dr. R. Rudel
Co-Leader: Prof. Dr. M. Raubal
Internal Researcher: Dominik Bucher
Funding: SNF - Abteilung Nationale Forschungsprogramme


Current mobility patterns are still dominated by car use, which accounts for high energy consumption, adverse effects on health, and also contributes significantly to global climate change. In the last years a number of alternative and energy-efficient mobility options have emerged; yet, these still tend to be neglected due to a deep-rooted car dependency.

How can we encourage people to go by bike or walk, use the public transportation system, rely on emerging alternatives such as car-sharing and car-pooling systems or even organize virtual meetings to avoid traveling alltogether? GoEco! seeks to overcome traditional awareness-raising approaches and, by taking advantage of the wide acceptance of smartphones and tablets, proposes an innovative, community-based approach, directly addressing citizens and their everyday mobility choices. The project is a cooperation with SUPSI, originated from SCCER Mobility, and is funded via the NRP 71.


Infrastructure for Future Elecricity Markets (AFEM-INFRA)
Project Start: 01.10.2014
Project Leader: Dr. T.  Demiray
Co-Leader: Prof. Dr. M. Raubal
Internal Researcher: Stefano Grassi
Funding: SNF - Abteilung Nationale Forschungsprogramme

The key issues addressed in the umbrella project "Assessing Future Electricity Markets" (AFEM) require a preliminary quantification of the exploitable potential of stochastic renewable energy (RE) sources and a feasibility analysis of their grid integration. Within the AFEM project, IKG’s task in the frame of the AFEM-INFRA work package is the identification of the spatial distribution of the wind and solar photovoltaic resource and its corresponding electricity generation. The long-term and 10minutes resolution energy production will be quantified and fed into the nodes of the high-voltage power grid in order to assess the response and thus to estimate the necessary reserves as a function of the economic scenarios.

3D GIS for planning electric power systems

Application of 3D Geographic Information Systems for transparent and sustainable planning of electric power systems
Project Start: 01.10.2014
Project Leader: Prof. Dr. M. Raubal
Internal Researcher: Joram Schito
Funding: Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Swissgrid, BKW Energie AG, Verbund AG


Defining the optimal path of transmission lines is a time consuming planning task that is often impacted by strong social opposition. The scope of this project is the development of an integrated 3D GIS web-platform to define the optimal path of a new transmission line, to enhance the communication among all stakeholders involved in a project and to reduce the social opposition. An improved 3D visualization to be utilized for community-based decision-making will demonstrate to the stakeholders the impact of the new project on the surroundings.

Visualization of a power line on

Future Swiss Electrical Infrastructure

Future Swiss Electrical Infrastructure – Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research
Project Start: 01.08.2014
Project Leader: Prof. Dr. M. Raubal
Internal Researchers: Martin Raubal, Fabio Veronesi
Funding: CTI (Commission for Technology and Innovation)


The SCCER Future Swiss Electrical Infrastructure (FURIES) join the competences of the top Swiss academic and industrial actors in the area of power/energy systems. FURIES is expected to shape the next generation of the electrical Swiss infrastructure in all its layers, from transmission to distribution, enabling a vast penetration of renewable energy resources in order to facilitate the Swiss nuclear-power phase-out.

IKG is part of Work Package 2, Bulk Multi-Energy Grids. Here we created a detailed database of potential new sites for additional pumped hydro storage in the Swiss Alps. Moreover, we are working on the topic of transmission line siting, to make sure that new smart grids will be built in a sustainable way, reducing both their environmental and social impacts.

Efficient Technologies and Systems for Mobility

Efficient Technologies and Systems for Mobility – Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research
Project Start: 01.08.2014
Project Leader: Prof. Dr. M. Raubal
Internal Researchers: Martin Raubal, David Jonietz
Funding: CTI (Commission for Technology and Innovation)


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