Head of Geo-social Analytics Lab

Associate Professor | Head Geo-social Analytics Lab

Bernd Resch is an Associate Professor at University of Salzburg’s Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (USA). Bernd Resch did his PhD in the area of “Live Geography” (real-time monitoring of environmental geo-processes) together with University of Salzburg and MIT. His research interest revolves around understanding cities as complex systems through analysing a variety of digital data sources, focusing on developing machine learning algorithms to analyse human-generated data like social media posts and physiological measurements from wearable sensors. The findings are relevant to a number of fields including urban research, disaster management, epidemiology, and others. Bernd received the Theodor Körner Award for his work on “Urban Emotions”. Amongst a variety of other functions, he is an Editorial Board Member of IJHG, IJGI and PLOS ONE, a scientific committee member of various international conferences (having chaired several conferences), an Associated Faculty Member of the doctoral college “GIScience”, and an Executive Board member of Spatial Services GmbH.

Scientific staff

Researcher / PhD candidate

Dorian Arifi is a PhD student and holds a M.Sc. in Data Science from the University of Salzburg with a particular focus on Deep Learning and Database Management. Prior to that, he earned a B.Sc. in Economics from the LMU Munich, where he specialized in statistical analysis and behavioral economics. His research interests include the development of Artificial Intelligence models for geospatial data analysis and Natural Language Processing for social media analysis.

Mona Bartling 


Mona Bartling received a MSc in Applied Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg, Austria and is a PhD candidate since October 2017. Since April 2015 she is a researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia where she is part of the developer team of the participatory tool GeoCitizen. In her PhD she focused on improving user experience of participatory tools and has a particular interest in intelligent user interfaces and gamification elements.

Max Michael Beckmann

Research associate / Study assistant

Max Beckmann holds a BEng in Geovisualisation from the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt and is currently enrolled in the Master Program Applied Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg. He has strong interest for web based visualization of spatio-temporal data, Semantic analysis of geo social media and the use of convolutional neural networks in remote sensing. His current work focuses on semantic and spatio-temporal analysis of georeferenced tweets.

Maximilian Ehrhart

Study assistant

Maximilian Ehrhart is currently enrolled in the bachelor program ‘Digitalization, Innovation and Society’ at the University of Salzburg because he sees interdisciplinary approaches as promising for the future. His main interests are in the field of Machine Learning and Data Science, which he wants to apply to solve Problems in daily life.

Stefan Hangler

Stefan Hangler is in his final stages of his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Salzburg. His main interests lie in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, therefore Stefan will specialise in this area with a Master’s degree at Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Currently he is working on a stress detection algorithm with physiological data and its pre-processing part.

Researcher / PhD candidate

Nefta is a researcher and PhD candidate. Her research focuses on the spatio-temporal analysis of user networks based on social media data. Before coming to Salzburg, she worked as a software engineer on scalable big data processing for machine learning applications. She holds a MSc with a specialization in theoretical condesed matter physics.

Researcher / PhD candidate

Sruthi is a PhD student with a Bachelors degree in computer science and a Masters degree in geoinformatics from the University of Münster. Her research interests lie in the fields of machine artificial intelligence, spatial reasoning and spatial interaction.

Nina McPartland 

Study assistant

Nina McPartland is currently enrolled in the Data Science Master’s program at the University of Salzburg. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication studies and completed several undergraduate courses in the field of Psychology. In the lab, she is supporting Human Sensing projects with the analysis of physiological sensor data and is also planning to write her Master’s thesis in the course of that assignment.

Researcher / PhD candidate

Martin Moser is a PhD student with a Data Science background, holding a Master’s degree from the University of Salzburg. After completing his undergraduate degree in the United States, he wrote his Master’s thesis on a recommendation system for U.S. universities offering collegiate athletics. In the Geo-social Analytics Lab, Martin is working on Human Sensing projects, aiming to derive insights from physiological data collected through various sensors. His main interests are time series data analysis and (spatial) data visualization.
Ulrich-Franz Oettl

iDEAS:lab staff

Ulrich is currently enrolled in the Masters program Applied Geoinformatics at Z_GIS and received his Bachelors in Geography at the University of Salzburg, Austria. His research interests lie in the fields of Object- based image analysis and the development of applications for analyzing natural disasters and humanitarian issues. Furthermore Ulrich is involved in creating learning module content and administration tasks fort the iDEAS:lab.

Sophia Ress is currently enrolled in the B.Sc. Program ”Digitalization, Innovation and Society’ at the University of Salzburg.
Sophia’s main interest lies in visual analytics of big data and is currently involved in the conceptual design and development of methods to analyse geosocial media.

Edah Sahinovic 

Study assistant

Edah Šahinović is a MSc Applied Geoinformatics student at the University of Salzburg. Preceding, he earned a BSc in Tourism and Environmental Protection (Geography) from the University of Sarajevo and has worked as a trainee cartographer. In the Geo-social Analytics Lab, he is involved in Human Sensing projects analyzing physiological data from wearable sensor technology. His primary interests lie in spatial analysis, web maps, workflow automation and visualization.

iDEAS:lab staff

After graduating from high school, Petra began working in an IT company. During her parental leave, she studied pedagogy at the University of Salzburg and switched to the social and educational sector and worked as a social worker and adult trainer.  She is currently enrolled in the bachelor program ‘Digitalization, Innovation and Society’.

Researcher / PhD candidate

Sebastian Schmidt studied Geography at Heidelberg University, with an additional Bachelor in Romance Studies (Spanish). His main research interests include data combination, the incorporation of web data for geographical questions, perception research and the analysis of natural disasters.


Eva is currently enrolled in the Masters Program “Applied Geoinformatics” at Z_GIS and received her Mag.phil. in “Applied Cultural Studies” at the University of Klagenfurt and Dipl. Ing. in “Spatial Planning” at the TU Vienna. She is particularly interested in science communication and new formats of EO*GI education and training. Eva is involved in creating content and graphic design tasks for the iDEAS:lab and training material development for the EO4GEO project.

Researcher / PhD candidate

Helen graduated from Midlands State University (Zimbabwe) with a BSc. in Surveying and Geomatics. She then pursued her MSc in Spatial Engineering at the University of Twente (Netherlands). During her MSc, Helen developed strong interests in spatiotemporal data analysis and visualisation, particularly for applications in risk analysis and reduction.

Christina is a MSc Applied Geoinformatics student at the University of Salzburg. She has previously worked as a GIS officer in humanitarian contexts. Some of her primary interests lie in workflow automation, spatial data infrastructures, and cloud computing. Currently she is working on methods for sentiment analyses of geolocated social media data for her MSc thesis.

Associated members

Jan Kinne

Researcher / PostDoc

Jan Kinne studied geography with minors in computer science and economics at Heidelberg University, Germany. He is a researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany (Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics”) since June 2016 and an external student in the Applied Geoinformatics PhD programme at the University of Salzburg. His research interests focus on innovation research using big spatial data and spatial data mining.

Kristyna Mechurova

Research associate

Kristýna Měchurová received her MSc in Applied Geoinformatics and Cartography at Charles University in Prague, Czechia. During her studies, she mainly focused on network analysis and the generalization of 3D spatial data models. Currently, she is involved in physiological measurements from wearable sensors projects.

Steffen Reichel

Research associate

Steffen Reichel studied computer science in Berlin and worked in the Software Industry. He’s currently involved in the wearable sensor projects.

Former Members

Alessandro Crivellari

Clemens Havas

Rania Kounadi

Kalliopi Kyriakou

Bernd Lackner

Jakob Miksch

Jakob Neumayer

Mark Padgham

Andreas Petutschnig

Veronika Priesner

Günther Sagl

Edhem Salihagic

Marius Servais

Martin Sudmanns

Martin Treiblmayr

Christian Werner

Oliver Zichert

Stefan Zimmer

Azmat Arif |Attila Balind | Eike Blomeier | Milena Kocher | Christian Pleschberger |  Florian Usländer

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