Workshop - The Power of Spatial Data

Keywords: 
Spatial Computing
Volunteered Geographic Information
VGI
Program: 
MHCI
Program: 
MEI
Program: 
Others
Calendar: 
M-ITI
Semester: 
Spring
Lecturers: 
Johannes Schoening
Credits: 
3.8 ECTS
Happening on 13th to 17th and 20th to 24th of February 2017 From 4:00 - 7:00
 

What is special about spatial data?

What is the role of spatial computing and volunteered geographic information in human-computer interaction?

Abstract:

In more and more scientific disciplines spatial information plays an important role. For example, volunteered geographic information (VGI), in the form of geotagged tweets or other forms of social media VGI, are becoming increasingly critical to many applications and scientific studies. An important assumption underlying much of this research is that social media VGI is “local”, or that its geotags correspond closely with the general home locations of its contributors.

Starting from this assumption, I will highlight several important areas within the special computing domain through different case studies and projects. The course will cover important topics ranging from the characteristic of volunteered geographic information, mobile guides, the creation of interactive maps, to different positing systems.

This theoretical part is completed with a hand-on session on building a “spatial sensor”. We will build a logging device to log environmental data using sensors for climate (weather, air quality), transport (traffic density or noise pollution) and many more phenomena. Basic scripting skills are useful for the second part of the class. 

Readings: 
 

 

  • To learn about time as a basic element of communication design through a series of exercises and explorations, lectures, critiques, and discussions.
  • To learn the origins of synthetic movement in film from the rich history of animated films, both commercial and independent, and draw relationships with current examples, such as film titles, motion graphics, and dynamic visual explanations.
  • To explore sound and its relationship to the visual component in communication across media. 
  • To conduct explorations on the computer and understand the potential and constraints of the medium, synthetic movement, sound, and specific software.  To really explore for the sake of pure exploration (ie, McLaren, Cage, Eno)
To have fun doing the work!
  • To learn about time as a basic element of communication design through a series of exercises and explorations, lectures, critiques, and discussions.
  • To learn the origins of synthetic movement in film from the rich history of animated films, both commercial and independent, and draw relationships with current examples, such as film titles, motion graphics, and dynamic visual explanations.
  • To explore sound and its relationship to the visual component in communication across media. 
  • To conduct explorations on the computer and understand the potential and constraints of the medium, synthetic movement, sound, and specific software.  To really explore for the sake of pure exploration (ie, McLaren, Cage, Eno)
To have fun doing the work!
  • To learn about time as a basic element of communication design through a series of exercises and explorations, lectures, critiques, and discussions.
  • To learn the origins of synthetic movement in film from the rich history of animated films, both commercial and independent, and draw relationships with current examples, such as film titles, motion graphics, and dynamic visual explanations.
  • To explore sound and its relationship to the visual component in communication across media. 
  • To conduct explorations on the computer and understand the potential and constraints of the medium, synthetic movement, sound, and specific software.  To really explore for the sake of pure exploration (ie, McLaren, Cage, Eno)
To have fun doing the work!
Evaluation: 
Grading: The course will involve a group project, that will kick off in the first week. To pass it is required that the participants hand in a research paper on their projects that also will be submitted to an academic conference or journal.