Heads of GIScience Lab

Professor for Geoinformatics | Deputy director Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS | Head GIScience Lab | Head Research Studio iSPACE

Integrating methods and domain knowledge into spatial analysis and GIS-based spatial decision support systems. Technically, I contribute to bridging object-based image analysis and Geographic Information Science (GIScience).

Bernd Resch     

Associate Professor | Head GIScience Lab

Bernd Resch is an Associate Professor at University of Salzburg’s Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University (USA). His research interests revolve around fusing data from human and technical sensors, the “quantified self” movement and crowd-sourcing methods, environmental monitoring, People as Sensors, real-time analysis of urban dynamics, Sensor Fusion, and interoperability in geo-sensor networks.

Scientific staff

Research Scientist / PostDoc

Kalliopi Kyriakou is an Urban Planner Engineer and obtained her PhD in Geoinformatics and spatio-temporal data analysis from the Department of Civil Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her research interests include the correlation of emotion information from various sources in space and time and the development of a spatio-temporal cluster statistic measure.

Research Scientist / PostDoc

Günther earned his PhD in Applied Geoinformatics from the University of Salzburg. After stops at Heidelberg University and Carinthia University of Applied Services he is back in Salzburg @ Z_GIS. Additionally, he is running his own business by providing consulting services in the field of Geoinformatics and Data Science (www.GIDAS.at). Günther’s main research focus is geospatial data analytics to, for instance, extract contextual information from calibrated measurements from wearable and mobile sensors.

Mona Bartling      

Researcher / PhD candidate

Mona Bartling received a MSc in Applied Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg, Austria and is a PhD candidate since October 2017. Since April 2015 she is a researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia where she is part of the developer team of the participatory tool GeoCitizen. In her PhD she focuses on improving user experience of participatory tools and has a particular interest in intelligent user interfaces and gamification elements.

Researcher / PhD candidate

Alessandro graduated from Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) with a Bachelor’s degree (2015) and a Master’s degree (2017) in biomedical engineering. His research experience includes expertise in machine learning and advanced signal processing. His knowledge is mainly focused on data mining approaches and data processing tools, with a particular interest in deep neural networks. His Master thesis involved the use of deep neural networks (in particular LSTM) aimed at the detection of atrial fibrillation from physiological signals.

Clemens Havas      

Researcher / PhD candidate

Clemens Havas is a PhD student with a background in computer science at University of Salzburg’s Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS since 2017. His research interests lie in the fields of machine learning, social media and geospatial analysis. Besides doing his PhD programme, Clemens Havas has been working for various projects funded by international organisations/programmes (e.g. Horizon 2020) by using new data sources to assess the impact of disasters.

Omid Ghorbanzadeh      

Researcher / PhD Candidate

Omid Ghorbanzadeh has been a PhD candidate at the University of Salzburg, Austria since 2017. He received his BSc. degree in mathematics and MSc. degree in Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing from University of Tabriz. In his PhD he focuses on Machine Learning methods and Geoinformatics.

Researcher / PhD Candidate

Anna Kovács-Győri has been a PhD candidate at the University of Salzburg since 2015. She studied Geography with a specialization in GIS at the Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Szeged, Hungary. During her PhD studies, she investigates the quality of the person-environment relationship in the urban context. Her research focuses on livability assessment and the role of spatiality, mobility, human scale, and health in it to promote urban planning and decision-making.


Veronika is a research assistant at Z_GIS.  She received her MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Erlangen, and her MSc in Atmospheric Science at the University of Innsbruck. Her research focus is on spatiotemporal data analysis and data visualization, in particular, detection and forecasting of migration with regard to humanitarian safety.

Jakob Miksch

Jakob Miksch studied Applied Geoinformatics (M.Sc.) at Z_GIS in Salzburg. He wrote his Master thesis at the GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University where he investigated route planning algorithms for pedestrians. After his degree he worked on a spatial data infrastructure for ecologial data at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) in Trondheim. In February 2018 he started a researcher position at Z_GIS with focus on software development for scientific projects.

Researcher / PhD candidate

Emmanuel is a PhD candidate in Doctoral College GIScience at the University of Salzburg. He received his BSc. and MSc. degrees in Computer Science from University of Crete, conducting research on human-computer interaction and knowledge representation, respectively. His current research lies within the discipline of GIScience, emphasizing on the conceptualization and modelling of “Place-based GIS”. His main research interests include knowledge representation, reasoning, data visualization, Semantic Web, reality modeling, ontology engineering and machine learning.

Researcher / PhD Candidate

Andreas Petutschnig received his BEng in Cartography and Geomedia-technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany and his MSc in Applied Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg, Austria. His research interests include the analysis and visualisation of spatiotemporal data flows, spatial statistics, scaling issues of spatial data clusters, and reproducible research.  His PhD work has a focus on spatiotemporal point pattern analysis. Specifically, this includes the detection of refugee camps in crisis regions based on traces of social media data.

Alina Ristea      

Researcher / PhD candidate

Alina Ristea is a fully funded PhD student at the Doctoral College GIScience, and my research topic is “Integration and Evaluation of Social Media Data into Crime Prediction Models”, under the supervision of Professor Michael Leitner. My background studies are in Geography – Cartography-Cadastral Elements (Bachelor) and GIS (Master) from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Daniel Kienasberger

Study assistant

Daniel Kienasberger is currently a lectureship student for the subjects history and geography at University of Salzburg. At Z_GIS he is responsible for the didactic part of the projects which are prepared for students visiting the IdeasLab. “In my opinion, it is very important for students now and in the future to get in touch with Geoinformatics adapted to educational principles.”

Bernd Lackner      

Study assistant

Bernd-Michael Lackner is currently enrolled in the Masters Program “Applied Geoinformatics” at Z_GIS. He did his Bachelor studies in the field of Geography at the University of Innsbruck with a focus on physical geography. Currently, he is in charge of creating, presenting and maintaining the IdeasLab modules, dealing with social media and human sensing, to guests from outside the department.


Lixia Chu  

Researcher / PhD candidate

Lixia is a PhD student from China who has been awarded the 4-year-scholarship under the State Scholarship Fund. She got her master and bachelor degrees from China University of Geoscience.

Now she focuses on multidisciplinary data processing and assessment for mineral potential prediction based on GIS and Remote Sensing. In her research, machine learning will be also used for mineral potential prediction and assessment to target and delimit a study area for further exploration of mineral deposits in the future.

Christoph Erlacher  

Researcher / PhD Candidate

Christoph Erlacher studied „Geoinformation“ (Diploma-Degree-Program) and „Spatial Decision Support Systems“ (Master-Degree-Program) at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS). He earned his master’s degree in 2008 and since 2008, he has been a lecturer and a research assistant at CUAS and has participated in various R&D projects. Christoph Erlacher is currently a PhD student at the University of Salzburg in the fields of Spatial Decision Support, Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis and Parallel and Distributed Computing.

Cornelia Ferner

Researcher / External PhD candidate

Cornelia Ferner studied „Information Technologies and Systems Management“ at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (SUAS). She earned her master’s degree in 2012 and is now a lecturer at SUAS, where she is also participating in research projects with the focus on Data Science and Analytics. Cornelia Ferner is currently an external PhD student at the University of Salzburg in the fields of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.

Jan Kinne  

Researcher / PhD candidate

Jan Kinne studied geography with minors in computer science and economics at Heidelberg University, Germany. He is a researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany (Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics”) since June 2016 and an external student in the Applied Geoinformatics PhD programme at the University of Salzburg. His research interests focus on innovation research using big spatial data and spatial data mining.

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