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DFG-International Research Training Group

Leading Investigator
Werner Kuhn, Professor (Dept. of Geography, University of Münster)

Leading Collaborator at UB
David Mark, Professor/Director (Dept. of Geography/NCGIA, University at Buffalo)

Member Institutions
University of Münster, Muenster, Germany
University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
University at Buffalo
, Buffalo, USA

Sponsor
German Research Foundation/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany

Research Assistants
Alexander C. Walkowski (Visiting Scientist UB – 2005)

Abstract:
This International Research Training Group (IRTG) addresses problems arising when integrating geospatial information from multiple sources to reason and support decisions about the human environment. These problems are situated in the overall research challenge of supporting effective geospatial reasoning across age and cultures. The common scientific thread of the entire program is the ambition to create computationally tractable solutions to problems of semantic integration. The IRTG will create an international center of excellence in the area of geospatial information integration.

Key Activities:
12 IRTG funded doctoral researchers will enter the program in two cohorts of six in months 1 and 19.  The research and qualification programs will be guided by 22 professors, 5 each at Münster and Bremen, and 12 at Buffalo, with participating departments of geography, ecology, geoinformatics, computer science, industrial engineering, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive sciences. The research program targets substantial progress on semantic modeling, information discovery, semantic translation and service composition for geospatial information integration. It is structured into three research initiatives, each involving professors at all three sites co-advising doctoral researchers. The initiatives address specific research questions posed by the overall challenge. The qualification concept rests on the premise that course work should primarily support doctoral researchers in achieving a high level of interdisciplinary understanding and cooperation.

For more information see: http://irtg-sigi.uni-muenster.de/