Cartography – MSc Topics

Use of notebooks for cartography teaching

Investigate the potential of notebooks for cartographic education.

Affective Design of Thematic Maps with Generative Artificial Intelligence

The aim of the master thesis is to explore the possibilities of using generative text-to-image diffusion to present one and the same dataset with different emot

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Dashboard design for urban energy performance

develop conceptual models and practical examples for the implementation of a City Energy Performance Dashboard in the contextual background of energy transition

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Explainable MapAI

Artifical Intelligence (AI) revolutionizes many aspects of our digital world. However, the “blackbox” AI might lead to an impact on how users trust maps.

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Accessible & Inclusive Cartography – Developing a conceptual framework and map design guidelines

It is widely accepted that information published online should be accessible to potential users with perceptual, cognitive or physical limitations (Kim et al.,

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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

Analysis of editing behavior patterns of building footprints in OpenStreetMap

To analyze user editing patterns, e.g., user focus of geospatial extent, editing frequency.

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Findable Online Geovisualizations

The aim of this thesis is advance the state of the art of online geovisualization search

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Risks in Active Mobility: Identification, Knowledge Extraction and Visual Communication

The goal of this thesis is to explore and identify the risk factors of active mobility in urban environments with multi-source data, extract the knowledge there

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The Atlas of Cognitive and Perceptual Biases

Human perception and cognition does not supply the map-reader with objective measurements of the visual field, but incorporate various information-processing st

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Automatic generation of metadata about map content

This thesis will explore means of addressing the gap in automated metadata generation for maps.

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Maps Telling Stories

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

Developing a location-based “CartoGame” for learning the main concepts of cartography by using GeoGami

Academic education of the fundamental concepts and methods of cartography is usually done in the class room, often by frontal lectures.

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Reproducing and updating historic user studies from cartography and related domains

The goal of this research is to a) re-implement two or more classic studies from cartography using modern digital tools; b) to attempt to replicate the findings

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Transforming scan segmentation results from historic maps into structured vector data

Graphic recognition results in class-specific pixel masks calling for transformation into polygons and polylines.

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From leaves to forests: How to map stress in plants due to climate change

To develop interactive maps at different scales (spatial, temporal, and spectral) highlighting the condition and the factors that produce stress in plants resul

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Map in our heads

People pay attention to space around them, however, what we focus on depends on our situation, mood, background and reason for which we interact with space.

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Cartographic display of mass real-time urban observations

Assess the usability and value of portraying multi-dimensional, large volume, sensor-derived, dynamic urban data.

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Investigating the Impact of Label Placement on Spatial Knowledge Acquisition in Mixed Reality Environments

The goal of this thesis is to investigate the impact of label placement in mixed reality environments, identifying optimal strategies that enhance spatial knowl

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Modelling the Visual Complexity of Geodashboards

The aim of this thesis is to shed some light on that lead to a positive experience with geodashboards.

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Line displacement using deep learning

In the master's thesis, an LSTM autoencoder model is to be developed for the displacement of linear objects using Python and Tensorflow.

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Linked Complementary Globes

An orthographic view of a globe is a relatively undistorted view of Earth's geography, but the whole surface cannot be seen synoptically at once: the viewe

An analysis Tool for Metaphors used during Map Interaction Tasks

This thesis will use existing taxonomies of image schemas to annotate people’s actions during map interaction and build a tool that help make sense of the metap

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Improving Users' Depth Perception in Mixed Reality

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

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Ground sensor-based mapping to estimate Snow cover fraction area

To develop a semi-automatic mapping tool able to calculate the snow cover fraction area at a small scale.

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Open source data and national mapping agencies

Undertake a survey of NMAs to determine recent changes in products and interaction with the open source community.

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Cartography 2.0? Limits and possibilities of designing tourism maps with the support of ChatGPT

In this topic, the possibilities and limitations of the influence of new AI solutions will be examined and researched in order to support and promote cartograph

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Slum Mapping toward SDG 11 using urban morphology and topology

The goal of this thesis is to develop a spatial mapping approach for slums toward SDG 11 using urban morphology and topology technique.

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Graph based data analytics and visualization on multi-dimensional settlement characteristics

Producing analytics on multidimensional settlement characteristics (intensity, size, access) for evidence-based policy making.

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Prediciting Affordance Differences of Map Use of different media

In this thesis eventual differences in the action possibilities of using maps based on the affordances of maps in different media should be analyzed.

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Maps for sustainable travel advice

Research if and how maps can be used to help people make sustainable decisions about travelling.

Standardised Geospatial Catalogue Interface for Research Data Repositories

The implementation of a STAC wrapper will be conceptualised, implemented, demonstrated and evaluated.

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PPGIS data quality

PPGIS data is increasingly collected understand location-specific human values, perceptions, behavior, and preferences for future land use and development.

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The impact of map design on interaction behavior for users of mobile maps

Modern smartphone displays have the potential to display highly detailed maps with intricate symbology.

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Designing urban maps to encourage sustainable behavior

In the coming decades, cities will be among the main areas where the transformation towards a more sustainable society has to take place.

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New maps for the “15-minute city”

What maps do we need in order to support the concept of the 15-minute-city? This project can be developed in one of several directions.

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Simplification and aggregation of vector building footprints using deep learning models

To learn a map generalization model for building footprint simplification and aggregation with deep learning, and to proper encode and learn polygon geometries

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Do we trust in MapAI?

Artifical Intelligence (AI) revolutionizes many aspects of our digital world. However, the “blackbox” AI might lead to an impact on how users trust maps.

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Sense-Making of Point Clouds for Easy Visual Interpretation

The goal of this thesis is to establish a visualization pipeline for pre-classified point clouds in order to make visual representations of LiDAR data easily un

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Annotations for the paper and online ITC atlas

To design and and implement an approach that allow the use of annotations in both paper and online atlases use the strengths of both media.

Actionable map ethics

Include ethics in the maps design

Effect of Authoritative Mapmakers on the Trustworthiness of Maps

Artifical Intelligence (AI) revolutionizes many aspects of our digital world. However, the “blackbox” AI might lead to an impact on how users trust maps.

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Visualising Human intelligence, ChatGPT and Geoscience footprints

The objective of this MSc topic is to devise a method to visualise expertise of people in the specific domain of geoscience.

The design of base map layers

Research the use of vector tiles for base layers in thematic mapping.

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Instance Segmentation for Area Feature Extraction from Historical Map Scans

Develop and evaluate an instance segmentation approach for the extraction of area features from historical map scans and investigate the scalability.

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Evaluating the Influence of Virtual Object Density on Spatial Learning in Indoor Mixed Reality

The goal of this thesis is to quantify the perceived complexity and cognitive load caused by virtual symbol and label density and evaluate their influence on th

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Accessibility Approaches for Thematic Web Maps

The aim of the master thesis is to investigate to what extent the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by W3C are considered in the state-of-the-art of scientif

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Developing a system for finding alternative ways of visualizing data

The aim of this MSc research project will be to develop a system that makes it possible – depending on a given combination of data types and/or on a given type