In this research area, research topics are dealt with which are evolving around the processing or use of data, whereby spatial data, i.e. those with a reference to a location, play an essential role in the considered research questions. Furthermore, the entire data processing chain is covered, from acquisition, analysis and modelling to usage.
Considering the recording of (spatial) data, the research work addresses the development and optimal application of suitable measurement methods, sensor technologies and data infrastructures.
With regard to analysis and modelling, two main methodologies are used in the research area: simulations of various kinds and artificial intelligence. In addition, other theoretical principles from mathematics and computer science to engineering sciences are also used to solve the respective problems.
Concerning usage, on the one hand, the possible uses of data visualizations for different applications are investigated and on the other hand, it is explored how digitization as such can make a useful contribution in different areas.
The range of application scenarios covered by the research thrust is very broad. Thus, spatial data are the basis for many processes from spatial planning to industrial product design. The data and models are then used, for example, for studys in city and building inventories, construction testing, human-machine interaction or in virtual realities.
In this broad field of application, research activities focus on the development and use of innovative technologies. An explicit technical orientation is therefore prominent in many research activities, and solutions are developed with know-how about hardware, software and information systems. At the interface to other disciplines, this knowledge is then used to develop and test problem-adapted techniques.Accordingly, the research activities are often interdisciplinary. In addition, research activities and cooperations take place at national and international level.
The speaker of the entire research focus is Prof. Dr. Volker Coors. Dr. Janto Skowronek is the managing director.