Mittwoch, 06. Mai 2015, 18:15 - 20:00 iCal

Geographisches Kolloquium- Prof. Liqiu MENG

Maps as a means of visual story construction

Universitätsstraße 7/5, 1010 Wien


Today’s digital society is characterized by its “anywhere and anytime business” due to the pervasive information availability. Being exposed to the overload of data streams, the human brain with its lim-ited perception and memory capacity has become less sensitive and more selective. Only the visuali-ty-oriented communication channels may have a chance to draw attention of its target receivers. In particular, maps serve as an enabling and empowering mechanism for visual revelation of data uncertainty, visual connection across space, time and theme, and visual story telling. The speech is dedicated to the impact of maps on decision-making processes that rely on the unevenly dispersed spatiotemporal information.

Design constraints such as personalization, visually engaging elements, on-the-go user interaction, data security and device management are outlined. Liqiu Meng is a Professor of Cartography at the Technische Universität München (TUM). Following studies of geodetic engineering in China, she completed her doctorate at Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany before moving to Sweden to teach and to work as a GIS consultant at SWECO while finish-ing her qualification for professorship in the field of geodesy and geoinformatics at KTH, Stockholm. Her research interests are geodata integration and generalization, mobile map services, multimodal navigation algorithms, and geovisual analytics. She serves in the series editor board for Springer lec-ture notes “geoinformation and cartography”. She is a member of "German National Academy of Sciences" and “Bavaria Academy of Sciences”. She served as the Senior Vice-President for International Alliances and Alumni of TUM from 2008-2014 and as Senator of Helmholtz Association from 2009-2012. She is currently serving the Senate of German Aerospace Center DLR.


Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung der Universität Wien


Aleksandra Tyjan
Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung