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Institut für Geoinformatik (ifgi), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität


01.07.2020 - 30.06.2023


The Institute of Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University Münster is engaged in teaching, research and transfer activities in the field of Geoinformatics. The working group "situated computing lab" aims to contribute towards a more liveable, inclusive and sustainable future using geospatial technologies. By developing new methods and technologies that make use of spatial and temporal concepts, we aim to empower people in several ways. We want to enable them to participate in societal processes, to easily solve tasks related to space/time, to reduce their ecological footprint, and to do so in an informed and safe way. Our research thus contributes to Geoinformatics, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and mobile and ubiquitous computing. Applying human-centered design (HCD) approaches, we develop new methods to design, prototype and evaluate situated technology aimed at supporting human users. Key challenges we are working on include: providing a diverse audience with means to understand complex geospatial phenomena; using spatial concepts effectively; and designing user-friendly and context-aware location-based services.

The ifgi is part of SIMPORT, one of the 10 funded projects of the research program "Human-Technology Interaction for Digital Sovereignty".

Contact person Christian Kray
Institut für Geoinformatik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Heisenbergstraße 2
48149 Münster
E-Mail: c.kray[at]