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Methods and Applications of Informatics and Information Technology

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Volume 57, Issue 1


Interaction with geospatial data

Johannes Schöning
Published Online: 2015-01-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2014-1058


My research interest lies at the interaction between human-computer interaction (HCI) and geoinformatics. I am interested in developing new methods and novel user interfaces to navigate through spatial information. This article will give a brief overview on my past and current research topics and streams. Generally speaking, geography is playing an increasingly important role in computer science and also in the field of HCI ranging from social computing to natural user interfaces (NUIs). At the same time, research in geography has focused more and more on technology-mediated interaction with spatiotemporal phenomena. By bridging the two fields, my aim is to exploit this fruitful intersection between those two and develop, design and evaluate user interfaces that help people to solve their daily tasks more enjoyable and effectively.

Keywords: Geoinformatics; HCI; GeoHCI; Mobile Devices

ACM CCS: Human-centered computing→Human computer interaction (HCI); Human-centered-computing→Visualization→Visualization application domains→Geographic visualization

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Johannes Schöning

Johannes Schöning is a professor of computer science with a focus on HCI at Hasselt University, working within the Expertise centre for Digital Media (EDM) – the ICT research Institute of Hasselt University. In addition, he is a visiting lecturer at UCL London within the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Cities. In this series, we portray the seven computer scientists who are first to receive a GI Junior Fellowship. In this part of the series, Johannes Schöning summarises his work in the field of interaction with geospatial information. His research interests are new methods and novel mobile interfaces to navigate through spatial information. In general, he develops, designs and tests user interfaces that help people to solve daily tasks more enjoyable and/ or effectively. This includes the development of mobile augmented reality applications, interactive surfaces and tabletops and other “post desktop” interfaces. His research and work was awarded with several prices and awards, such as the ACM Eugene Lawler Award or the Vodafone Research Award for his PhD. In addition, Johannes serve as a junior fellow of Gesellschaft für Informatik.

Hasselt University – tUL – iMinds, Expertise Centre for Digital Media, Wetenschapspark 2, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium

Accepted: 2014-10-14

Received: 2014-05-31

Published Online: 2015-01-30

Published in Print: 2015-02-28

Citation Information: it - Information Technology, Volume 57, Issue 1, Pages 57–59, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2014-1058.

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