Available MSc topics for the course period 2019-2021

Contributions to Feature Reconstruction from Scanned Historic Map Sheets in Topographic Scales

Approaches for historic map feature extraction from scans based on sample rendering in adapted styles and feature recognition using Deep Learning shall be impro

Mapping boundaries

Neutral visualization of border conflicts

Machine Learning for predicting wastewater pollutants in space and time

In this MSc research project, you will use machine learning (ML) models to reproduce time series that depend on spatial features.

Can machine learning-based regression models capture spatial patterns?

To find out if nonlinear regression models such as support vector machines, random forest, artificial neural networks, gaussian processes can properly capture c

Pattern-driven analysis of pedestrian movement

This thesis aims at discovering pedestrian movement patterns within specific indoor and outdoor environments, using machine learning methods.

Developing an Interactive Visual Tutorial for Citizen Science

The aim of this thesis is to propose techniques on how to most effectively visualize and design interactive tutorials for citizen scientists.

Simulating Multi-level Risk Perception and Coping Appraisal for Covid-19

This research topic aims to extend an existing agent-based Covid-19 model with risk perception at the municipality level to compare national coping and local co

Can We See the Uncertainties in Calculation?

The objective of this thesis is to propose interactively visualization techniques on showing the uncertainties in the water quality measurement (such as how the

DEMs in Terms of Surface Finish

This project will combine techniques from engineering and manufacturing with geospatial analysis of digital elevation models (DEMs); the goal is to explore whet

The geographic trace of evolution in visuals

Development of a visualization technique that supports biogeographic analysis in phylogenetic studies

Understanding Concept Maps: A Closer Look at the effects of Concept Mapping Designs on Users’ Conceptual Learning

Examine the effect of different concept mapping hand-crafted designs on users’ reading and comprehension of conceptual information.

Collaboration in Virtual or Mixed Environments

The objective of this research is to investigate and evaluate how the use of mixed and virtual reality devices will influence human’s collaboration and what are

Developing a system for suggesting alternative ways of visualizing data

Exploring chart types and refining a system for suggesting possible designs, for any given data types/combinations.

Landscape preferences and gazes when experienced through VR

To determine where people gaze when viewing natural landscapes and whether or not immersive video of landscapes affects people's landscape preferences.

Spatial models of observer intensity in citizen science

Test a model of observer intensity developed for The Netherlands in one or two Fenno-Scandinavian settings, evaluate the findings, and possibly develop a next-g

Communicating Disaster Risk Information –Dashboards and Mixed Reality

The aim of the Thesis is to investigate the communication of disaster risk information using mixed reality devices like Microsoft HoloLens in comparison to stat

Subspace clustering for the analysis of geo-referenced time series

Exploring and implementing subspace clustering algorithms for the analysis of geo-referenced time series

Location uncertainty in user-generated geographic content

Quantify and reduce uncertainty of locations derived from place-names in user-generated geographic content

Dimension of Geographical Networks

Developing and implementing algorithms for detecting subnetworks the local network dimension of which is homogeneous.

Cartographic communication of a pandemic

To evaluate information needs and effective cartographic risk communication for a pandemic.

Gaze-directed Flow Map Explosions in AR/VR

To build an AR or VR application that allows users to explore a generalized 3D origin-destination flow map by having grouped routes “exploded” (i.e., disaggrega

Maps Telling Stories

Implementing and testing modifications to existing cartographic means with respect to their ability to tell stories.

Visualizations of Time Varying Data in Mixed Reality

The aim of the thesis is to investigate the additional degrees of freedom that a mixed reality visualization offers compared to a computer display and how these

Visualizing Places

Developing and comparing different cartographic means to display places on a map.

Visualizing the International Relations of TU Vienna

The goal of the research is develop a visualisation portal for dynamic visualisation of the international relations of TU Vienna.

Spatial SQL functions for map production

The research objectives distinguish into two main categories: technical and theoretical part, for the academic work should be researched solutions for web map p

Optimizing data collection by volunteers

To investigate the use of active learning methods to optimize volunteered data collection

How Many Arrows Are Too Many?

This project will seek to measure levels of map clutter in origin-destination (OD) maps and relate them to user-reported levels of usability, so as to try to de

Mapping Dutch agriculture using multi-source images and deep learning

Developing and implementing deep learning algorithms for the fusion of the Sentinels images to improve the croplands maps in the Netherlands

Deep Neural Networks for (Multi-Scale) Geographical Modeling

Deep Neural Networks (DNN) is considered as a panacea for different problems in several application areas. But what about spatial modeling?

Integration of remote sensing and social media data for generating training samples and mapping the impervious surfaces

Developing a classification system based on the integration of remote sensing and social media data for estimating the impervious surfaces

Microsymbolization for Maps on High-Resolution Displays

The goal of the proposed research project is to develop and evaluate new and improved map symbolization techniques for high-resolution digital cartography.

Visualizing Correlation in Spatiotemporal Data

The objective of this thesis is to propose visualization technologies to present correlation patterns in spatial time series.

Preserving multiple semantic perspectives in user-generated geographic content

To develop a method to represent multiple semantic perspectives in user-generated geographic content and visualize them.

Conceptual design of REST-based Geospatial Web APIs

To develop a design approach for creating modern standards-based geospatial APIs

Modelling pedestrian behavior within specific indoor and outdoor environments

This thesis aims at developing a human navigation behaviour semantic model within specific indoor and outdoor environments.

Designing operational data-driven forecasts models

to design operational data-driven forecasts models: a case study using machine learning based phenological models and weather forecasts

Automated Node-Link Representations in concept maps: Optimizing spatial visualisation and usage.

Examine the effect of features of automated concept mapping (node-link) visualization algorithms on users’ conceptual learning: reading and comprehension of con

Landscape Preference and Morphometry

This research will examine whether there is a relationship between people's landscape preferences and the local morphometry of those places.

Declarative grammars for visualisation pipelines

Explore the potential of formal declarative grammars such as VegaLite for the construction of automated cartographic visualisation pipelines

Geography of COVID-19 Tweets in Western Europe

To monitor and analyze the dialog about COVID-19 on Twitter over time and space in Western Europe using Geotagged tweets and investigate the relationship betwee

Usability of the vario-scale approach in interactive and dynamic mapping

Examining the usability of the vario-scale approach in interactive and dynamic mapping.

Tracing the evolution of “Digital Cartography” in cartography textbooks

To give a comprehensive historical overview of how conceptualizations of “digital cartography” (and its related and more specialized subfields) have evolved ove

A re-engineered web interface to a global citizen science portal

Develop a re-engineering method for an existing web mapping stack that has been in production for 15 years, and which needs both a visual and an exploration fac

Exploring visualization possibilities for data on Sustainable Development Goals

Developing a systematic way to explore useful map types and chart types for SDG data.

Improving Users´ Depth Perception in Mixed Reality

This thesis aims to incorporate visual effects to facilitate depth perception in Mixed Reality (MR).

Explore the temporal aspect of the dynamics of urban spatial structure

In this MSc research, you will need to use network science to detect urban spatial structure dynamics with multiple timeframes using public transport data.

Dare to validate models by their spatio-temporal patterns

To demonstrate the usefulness of validating models by their spatio-temporal patterns (and not only by using classical statistical metrics such as the root mean

Volunteer community characteristics in Citizen science

Study patterns in space, time, behaviour of communities of contributors to citizen science. Specifically in context of a Dutch citizen science community.

Sketch Map Tools for Geography Education

Gather requirements and design a tool for creating sketch maps for use in geography education.

Representing urban vitality with High-low frequency data

In this MSc research, students will 1) explore the diverse data and methods available in existing studies to represent urban vitality; 2) study the relationship

Optimal realization of web mapping projects: vector versus image tiles, and design choices that matter

Improve the understanding of how design choices made in the realization of a web map interface impact the eventual system performance

Mapping timeseries of changing adminstrative units

Make users aware of of changes in administrative units in time series

Investigate human walking behavior on Man-made sandy beaches

In this topic you will investigate walking behavior of beach visitors and the impact on vegetation and dune formation.

Finding Spatial Temporal Patterns in Corona Disease Data

The main objective of this research is to develop methods to identify spatial-temporal patterns in Corona data and to compare these patterns to patterns of othe

Effects of display size on Route Planning

This topic seeks to gain insight into possible effects of small displays on overview knowledge for planning and performing hiking tasks.