Available MSc topics for the course period 2017-2019

Ontology development for Ecosystem Services

To develop and evaluate the use of a dedicated ontology for the interdisciplinary field of Ecosystem Services

Sketch Map Tools for Geography Education

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

Development of a strategy for designing a map style across several scales and its implementation.

Your task is to review the map styles of OpenStreetMap and GoogleMaps.

GI Science meets GI Methods: A concept browser for GI practitioners

Use a concept browser to visually connect representations of methods in GI Science and GI software tools to support practitioners to better understand the GI so

Architectural Pattern for Designing Geospatial Web & Mobile Applications

To create a template that can be used by system developers to design and implement apps for the Web and/or for mobile platforms.

Information graphic design & cartography on mobile devices –

The objective of this research is to improve and implement solutions for a mobile visualization of indoor routes adapting an information-graphic like style/desi

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

Bridging BI and SDI: case from the Dutch Cadaster

To design and develop a method for publishing governmental open data in a BI-friendly way without altering the existing data infrastructure

Where is "downtown"? Places and Location in Geosocial Media

To analyze representations of places in various geosocial media and develop a model to integrate them.

Linked Geospatial Data: Interactive Visualization for Exploration

To analyse up to what extent semantic generalization, summarization and clustering can improve interactive exploration of the data content.

User-Centred Campus Routing

The aim of this thesis is to design and develop a campus routing system that facilitates orientation and routing on and between several campuses for different u

Cross-reference between Global Gazetteers, Point of Interests from OSM and Authoritative Data

To obtain crowd-sourced gazetteer by cross-referencing multiple sources of place names database.


To design, develop and evaluate timeline integration in maps

Temporal data analysis

To design a method to execute a temporal data analysis to be able to selecte appropriate symbology to visualize change

Generation of iconographic symbols for prominent buildings or city views using image processing techniques

This research will investigate image processing techniques and develop semi-automated workflows for the derivation of iconographic symbols from photographs of b

Flow map attributes

To design and implement dynamic graphics that allow the perception of movement characterisistics

Maps on smartwatches

To evaluate the use and usability of maps displayed on smartwatches.

Continuous Crop Monitoring of an Agricultural Scheme on a Plot Basis using MODIS Data

The primary objective of a joint research project between TUD and Gadarif University (Sudan) is to develop a stable, close to real-time recording and visualisat

Using crowdsourced information to detect coffee consumption patterns

To use crowdsourced information from social media to detect consumption patterns for coffee in two large European urban centers.

Mapping global threats to biodiversity across the land and the sea

To develop a method for mapping and modelling pressures to biodiversity across the land and the sea with the use of available data and indicators.

Visualising Uncertainty of Point Phenomena

This thesis investigates on the visualisation of multiple distributions of point phenomena data.

When did it happen? A study on the timing of phenological events as reported by volunteers

This MSc topic deals with methods and techniques to quantify temporal uncertainties in volunteered (phenological) observations.

SDGs and uncertainty visualization

To offer map design solution that deal with data uncertainty in trend maps

Spatial Enterprise Planning - Business Geographic Processing

This research focuses on a systematic description of the relation between business objects and geographic objects.

Finding Clusters in Simulated Disease Data using a new Data Mining Technique

Here we propose to use the novel Tri-clustering algorithm to analyze the output of an already developed agent-based simulation model for the diffusion of Pertus

Visualization & indoor information system

The objective of this research is to suggest and implement solutions for a web based visualization of indoor space in combination with semantic information in a

Usability analysis of ecosystem service maps

Development of a blueprint for the use and user-centered design of Ecosystem Services maps.

GIS software tools for large-scale maptables

To formulate recommendations for the design of GIS software tools for large-scale maptables on the basis of testing the usability of already existing tools.

OD Matrix visualizations

To visualize OD Matrices without loosing the sense of geography

Uncertainty Visualization of Remotely Sensed data

The objective of this research is to establish an approach for the visualisation of uncertain information.

Rock depiction from LIDAR data and IR imagery

Development of an approach for rock depiction in web maps combining LIDAR data with IR orthoimagery and suitable for the improvement of the relief shading used

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.

Design space for SDG indicator maps

Develop a decision tree to transform the SDG indicator data into more meaningful map rerpresentatons

Browser-Based Tools for a Line Feature Reconstruction from Scanned Maps

Initial theoretical considerations may start with a systematic overview on graphic properties of line elements in maps, such as, for instance, line colour, line

Semantic information and 3d City Models – Augmented Reality redefined

The objective of this research is to suggest ideas and implement solutions for augmented reality applications for a smart city from a cartographic perspective.

How to enable passive navigation systems users ?

In this work the question shall be analyzed, in which way digital technologies used for depicting space on mobile devices enable/disable users to act in space i

Abstract thinking

Displays of Laptops, SmartPhones and Tablets encourage users to focus on concrete details primarily.

The trust in maps

This thesis will study the authoritativeness of maps by testing user trust and reliance on route instructions on wayfinding activities in unfamiliar environment

Mapping smombie phenomenon and its impact on traffic security

The objective of this research is to collect, analyse and visualize events related to accidents caused by smartphone zombie (smombie).

The Impact of Familiarity on Indoor Wayfinding

To explore how familiarity influence human wayfinding behaviour indoors, in terms of wayfinding decision making, usage of signs and route communicating.

Space-time visualization in a mixed reality environment – new visualization approaches to support understanding processes?

The objective of this research is to evaluate how the space-time visualization of landscape changes can benefit from a mixed reality visualization to support un

An application of Data Fusion Using Auxiliary Information for improving Open Street Map

The objective of this research is to improve OpenStreetMap data using available knowledge from external resources applying Data Fusion techniques.

Creating single-webpage applications from geo-workflows

To design a basic method for transforming geo-workflows into single-webpage applications

Animated Transitions in Statistical Maps

Find out how animated transitions in thematic mapping work, and if they are helping or hindering user perception.

Facilitating insights with a storytelling dashboard

To create and implement a conceptual framework for a storytelling dashboard to represent information for facilitating insights

Exploring the value of co-clustering to analyze and complete time series

To explore the use of co-clustering to complete missing observations in volunteered phenological datasets and/or to identify spatio-spectral/temporal clusters i

Design and development of a tool for the visual analysis of the behaviour of moving objects in spatio-temporal conflict situations

The objective of this research is to design and actually build a visual interface for the analysis of the behaviour of moving objects in spatio-temporal conflic

Optimal database operations over very large yet simple features

Spatial databases are fully equipped to operate on large data sets, i.e., on collections of spatial data with high numbers of geometries.

Use of ABMs to test alternative hypotheses of how birds orienteer during autumn migration

How do migratory birds determine their location and direction of flight during autumn migration?

Assessing the value of superpixel approaches to delineate agricultural parcels

To assess the value of coupling SLIC (Simple Linear Iterative Clustering) with supervised feature reduction methods to automatically delineate parcels in very h

Usability of the eye-tracking technique in user research of interactive and dynamic geovisualization environments

The objective is to investigate the usability of eye-tracking in a mixed methods approach in which interactive and dynamic geovisualization environments are the

Citizen Science studies in Bird Migration: A frail but golden bond?

This project aims to develop an agent-based model of observer intensity, in space/time, in citizen science projects.

Reproducibility of research with shareable GI workflows

To create a model for interoperable workflows to support the reproducibility and reuse of GI research

Web 3.0: Creating a Geo Semantic Web from the content of web pages

To integrate geo-information content from web pages through semantic web technologies

Finding candidate resources: data exploration on the Geo Semantic Web

To design a method to assist users in exploration of vast volumes of Linked Spatiotemporal data for the purpose of the candidate resource discovery

Conception and realization of a user study for the evaluation of the Micro Diagrams

We developed new mapping method for large geospatial point datasets aggregated in an adjustable grid and using diagrams.

Visualizing biographical data

In this thesis it is aimed on categorizing ways to depict biographical data.

Conducting Eye Tracking Study for the Uncertainty Visualizations

The objective of this research is to conduct a user test of the different approaches for the uncertainty visualization.

Assessment of Eye-Tracking for Map Usability Studies

This thesis investigates on possible applications and performances of eye-trackers for user evaluations

A Contribution to Computer-Assisted Deciphering of Labels from Scanned Maps

The thesis shall contribute to a proposed toolbox dedicated to selective computer-assisted map feature extraction.

Sensing urban emotions

By applying different methods for data collection (i.e.

Simulating Tick Bites using Agent-Based Modelling

To develop an agent-based simulation model for tick bites and to calibrate it using volunteered geographical information.

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

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

Better standards for cartographic styling

Describe and compare the established as well as the emerging technologies for cartographic styling in webservices, with a view towards development of better sty

Utilisation of hierarchical data structures to enable location privacy protection

Develop a method for anonymisation with consideration of location semantics through a R-tree data structure.

3D flow maps in VR

Evaluate the use of 3D flow maps in a VR environment.

Inclusive Web maps

In this thesis it is aimed at to investigate on ways to make web pages with cartographic products accessible without obstacles for visually disabled users.

Analyzing the risk of tick bites in gardens

To create maps for tick bite risk in Dutch gardens using Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and environmental data.

Automated generalization of feature groups with pattern preservation

The generalization methods of linear building alignments / Topic 2: The detection methods of grid-like building clusters

Development of an update procedure for authoritative spatial data by the combination with crowdsourced information

The thesis is on the development of a concept (or multiple concepts) to update authoritative spatial data (e.g.

Spatial Habits

Analyse the influence of spatial habits on our movement patterns and give recommendations in which way this can influence future LBS.

Derivation of user groups from reactions in location based social media

A study conducted by the Institute of Cartography at TU Dresden analyzed reactions to the event Brexit as expressed in georeferenced tweets by considering their

Visualising Uncertainties of On-road and Off-road Trajectories

This thesis investigates on the uncertainty visualisation of trajectories.

Knowledge management for the RiverCare programme in the Water Management domain

To develop a prototype of a semantic representation to categorize, query and and create an overview of the content of the RiverCare knowledge-base.

Symbol Recognition and Depth Estimation in 3D Maps

The objective of this research is to use, suggest and implement 3D symbols and measurement tools that visualize thematic information and enable distance estimat

Visual Interface for Soccer-related training data

In this thesis visual interfaces of soccer-related training data shall be analysed and by accompanying interviews with soccer coaches the precise demands, needs

On the Use of Adaptive Sketch Textures in a 3D Model of a Townscape

Summarising, the proposed model design should react on various use cases (different object emphasis, different simplicity of textures), and the time component

Functions of maps

1) Investigate in a typology of functions of maps 2) Analyse and test the typology on existing maps

Real Time Stress Atlas of Vienna

In this thesis a close to real-time stress atlas of Vienna shall be conceptualized and implemented in a prototype-like style.

Mobile Learning (M-Learning) - Concept and development of an App for the Alpine Cartographic Field School

The aim of the master thesis will be the creation of an app as mobile guide for the “Alpine Cartographic Field School” (ACFS).

Patterson's method of depicting relief

Analysis of Patterson's method of depicting relief.

Supporting planning and navigation of biking activities by smart watch based maps

In this thesis a smart-watch based navigation service for bikers shall be implemented and tested.

Visualizing traces

It is expected, that in this thesis the question of accessibility to open data sets including the question of meta data and linked data is investigated.

Package information leaflets for maps

In this thesis the aim shall be pursued to investigate the value of a "package information leaflet" for maps, thus informing about the processes, cons