Welcome to the Web page showing the collection of research activities and applications developed by the GIS Team, active at the GEOlab (Geomatics and Earth Observation laboratory) of Politecnico di Milano.
One of the core research domains of the team is Web Mapping, a general term which points to the collection of services and data supporting the use of geographic information over the Internet. A term used somehow as a synonym is GeoWeb, which has been recently renamed GeoWeb 2.0 after the rise of the new Web applications gone under the definition of Web 2.0.
VGI and Citizen Science
The team has a multi-year research experience in Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Citizen Science, covering aspects such as data quality, analysis of user participation and contribution patterns, data collection in VGI projects. Special attention is given to the OpenStreetMap project, which represents the most popular VGI project.
The research team is active in the domain of spatial statistics, in particular in the development of tools and techniques aiming to provide new solutions for the analysis and mapping of spatial correlation within the most popular GIS FOSS.
As one of the most recent areas of interest for the team, indoor mapping involves techniques to provide real-time positioning and navigation in indoor environments. This field includes applications such as location-based services, wearable devices, etc. and is characterized by a rapidly-evolving technology as well as standards for data interoperability.
Every day a huge amount of data is generated (10^18 bytes of data), of which 80% is georeferenced or can be. The research team focuses on their analysis, storage and visualization in the domain of soil consumption and mobility.
Land coverage data represents highly valuable information to monitor the status of land resources and investigate climate changes. The research team is particularly focused on the validation of high resolution land cover products through both classical procedures and innovative methods based on Citizen Science and VGI initiatives.
Open Source Software
The research team is very experienced in the use of open source (geospatial) software, which allows unlimited opportunities for customization and re-use. The applications developed are released as well under open source licenses. Many members of the team are currently Charter Members of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and regular presenters at national and international FOSS4G conferences.
GEO4D is a Capacity Building in Higher Education project, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission with the aim to modernize higher education in geodesy in order to support sustainable development in Jordan. The specific project's objective is to establish 3 new geodesy/GIS laboratories at 3 Jordanian partner universities during 2018, develop and start 3 new master programmes in autumn 2019 and introduce e-learning, Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and quality assurance in geodesy education during 2020.
Capacity Building for High-Resolution Land Cover Intercomparison and Validation(2018)
Funded as one of the ISPRS Education and Capacity Building Initiatives 2018, the project aims to create computer-aided teaching and learning material about the intercomparison/validation of global land cover maps and to organize three workshops, two of which are held in developing countries (Tanzania and Kenya). The training material for validation with QGIS can be downloaded here, the training material on how to use the Land Cover Collector application can be downloaded here, and the training material about how to use the GlobeLand30 Web platform can be downloaded here. The presentation on land cover maps and Sustainable Development Goals given at the workshops in Tanzania and Kenya can be found here. The slides of the presentation at FOSS4G 2018 can be downloaded here. Principal investigators are Politecnico di Milano and the National Geomatics Center of China. The development of the Land Cover Collector application was supported by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) thanks to the URBAN GEO BIG DATA project.
Mapping the HYdrological Control ON shallOw landSliding (MHYCONOS) (2018-2020)
Funded by Fondazione Cariplo, the project aims to develop a robust and exportable methodology to investigate hydrological thresholds of shallow landslides triggering by gathering field and laboratory data on soil and hydrological parameters. An efficient GIS system will be created to store, handle and represent the main outputs of the project.
URBAN GEOmatics for Bulk Information Generation, Data Assessment and Technology Awareness (URBAN GEO BIG DATA)(2017-2020)
The project contributes to improving the exploitation of new data from EO and mobile sensors, for a better understanding of a number of urban dynamics. It will extract information from data, and represent it for better comprehension aiming at an improved public engagement. It is a Project of National Interest (PRIN) funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
UN Open GIS(2016-2019)
UN Open GIS is an initiative to identify and develop an Open Source GIS bundle that meets the requirements of UN operations, taking full advantage of the expertise of a diverse partnership (partner nations, technology contributing countries, international organizations, academia, NGOs and the private sector).
ICARO - TraffIc effeCts on temperAture in the uRban envirOnment(2017)
The project is supported by the UN Global Pulse - Data for Climate Action Challenge. ICARO aims to investigate the influence of traffic events on local temperature within the City of Milan (Italy), by coupling ground sensors observations with satellite images and crowdsourced traffic data.
giCASES - Creating a University-Enterprise Alliance for a Spatially Enabled Society(2016-2018)
giCASES is a Knowledge Alliance project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission, with the objective of strengthening innovation between education and industry in the domain of in GI through the development of new learning material and processes based on case based learning and co-creation of knowledge.
EU COST Action CA15212 Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe(2016-2020)
This EU COST Action aims to bundle capacities across Europe to investigate and extend the impact of the scientific, educational, policy, and civic outcomes of citizen science in order to gauge its potential as enabler of social innovation and socio-ecological transition.
MIGRATE - MIGRation pATterns in Europe(2016)
Funded under the third call of MYGEOSS Project by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission, MIGRATE is a Web Mapping application developed with a gamification approach with the purpose of educating and raising awareness about the phenomenon of migration in Europe.
EU COST Action TD1202 Mapping and the Citizen Sensor(2012-2016)
The overall aim of this EU COST Action is to increase the value of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) provided by citizen sensors for mapping applications, with a particular focus on map production and map evaluation.
EU COST Action IC1203 European Network Exploring Research into Geospatial Information Crowdsourcing: software and methodologies for harnessing geographic information from the crowd (ENERGIC)(2012-2016)
Focused on Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), this EU COST Action gathers efforts carried out in the innovative and under-exploited field of Web research and knowledge production by establishing a European network of excellence on GeoWeb technologies.
The Paths of Regina - Crossborder Paths linked to Via Regina(2013-2015)
Funded under the INTERREG Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme Italy-Switzerland 2007-2013, the project aims at the creation of new tools to promote cultural heritage in the crossborder area around the ancient Via Regina.
MIGRATE - MIGRation pATterns in Europe
MIGRATE is a Web Mapping application developed with a gamification approach with the purpose of educating and raising awareness about the phenomenon of migration in Europe. The source code is available here.
City Focus is a web-based interactive 2D and 3D GIS application to find the best place in a city to live as well as to pass shorter staying. The source code is available here.
From Twitter & Foursquare Data to heatmap visualization. This app uses the Foursquare and Twitter APIs to show important spots with high density of information in Lombardy Region, Italy. The source code is available here.
PSAB - Participatory Sensing App Builder
PSAB aims to be a platform where users without any advanced technological background can create applications suited to their needs for geospatial data collection.
Degree with honors in Physics, PhD in Geodesy. She is Professor of GIS and Remote Sensing at Politecnico di Milano. From 2001 to 2011 she was the Head of the Geomatics Laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano and from 2006 to 2011 she lectured also GIS at ETH of Zurich. Since 2011 she is Vice Rector for the Como Campus of Politecnico di Milano. She is chair of ISPRS WG IV/4 “Collaborative crowdsourced cloud mapping (C3M)”, Associate Editor of Applied Geomatics Journal (Springer); Member of the Board of the Italian Photogrammetric and Topography Society (SIFET); One of the Directors of OSGeo; Member of the Advisory Board of the ICA-OSGeo Labs Network, chair of the “Capacity Building Working Group” of the UN Open GIS Initiative, Member of the UN_GGIM Academic Network Task Team. She organized (in Como) the first WebMGS Conference in 2010 and the FOSS4G Europe in 2015. In 2015, she was awarded the Sol Katz prize.
Eng. Candan Eylül Kilsedar obtained her BSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Sabancı University in Turkey in 2012. She obtained her MSc degree in Informatics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in Italy in 2014. She is interested in Web technologies and started working on geospatial data visualization on the Web while studying for her MSc. Since November 2015, she is a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a temporary research fellow at GEOlab in the Leonardo Campus of Politecnico di Milano. Her current research focuses on using free and source software to visualize big and multidimensional open geospatial data in two and three dimensions on the Web. Her recent contributions to FOSS can be found at https://github.com/kilsedar. She is a charter member of OSGeo. She was the president from November 2016 to December 2018 and is a faculty advisor since December 2018 of PoliMappers.
Eng. Daniele Oxoli obtained the BSc degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2013. In 2015, he obtained a full-marks MSc degree in Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on the combined use of GIS technologies together with hydrological and hydraulic modelling to investigate the effects of the urbanization on surface runoff for Como City (Italy). Since November 2015, he is a PhD student in Geomatics and temporary research fellow at the GEOlab of Politecnico di Milano. He is currently involved in many research projects involving the use of Free an Open Software for geospatial and he is the vice-president and active member of the volunteer association PoliMappers.
Eng. Stefan Jovanovic obtained his BSc degree in Geodesy at University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Architecture, Civil engineering and Geodesy in 2012. In 2016, he obtained his MSc degree in Environmental and Geomatics Engineering with a thesis on the combined use of GIS and geodetic survey. The work was based of integration of low-cost UAVs and FOSS technologies used to create Digital Surface models. Since September 2018, he works as temporary research fellow at the GEOlab of Politecnico di Milano. The research is focused on using free and open source software in BigGEO data.
Eng. Gorica Bratic obtained her BSc degree in Environmental Engineering at University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences in 2015 and MSC degree in Environmental and Geomatics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2018. Since June 2018 she joined the GEOlab team of Politecnico di Milano as a temporary research fellow and in November 2018 she started her PhD on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her main field of interest is validation of global high-resolution land cover maps.
Accomplished researcher that managed to build bridges and make valuable contributions to both industry and academia. As a member of an interdisciplinary GIS research group, built strong cooperation and self-management capabilities as well as assertive verbal and written communication skills. Obtained a PhD degree with an emphasis on geoprivacy and ethical citizen science; modeling social media geo-referenced data to produce geospatial inferences and communicating the research outcomes in journals and international conferences. As a developer, made key contributions to free and open source projects, including authoring the second edition of the PostGIS Cookbook and enabling hotspot analysis functionalities to the QGIS project.
Dr. Monia Molinari obtained the MSc with honors in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2008. In 2012 she obtained the PhD in Earth Sciences at the Università degli studi di Pavia with a thesis on an open source GIS-embedded approach for landslide modeling in innovative early warning monitoring systems. During and after the PhD she collaborated with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). Since 2014 she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the GEOlab of Politecnico di Milano.
Dr. Marco Minghini obtained a BSc degree with honors in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2008, and an MSc degree with honors in Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano with this thesis in 2010. In 2014 he obtained his PhD with merit in Environmental and Infrastructures Engineering with a thesis on the use of open source software, including mobile data collection and virtual globes for VGI and citizen science applications. Since 2014, he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the GEOlab of Politecnico di Milano. Driven by the use of open source software, his current research focuses on Web Mapping, VGI, Citizen Science, OpenStreetMap, Land Use/Cover change. He was a member of the past COST Action TD1202 "Mapping and the Citizen Sensor" and COST Action IC1203 “ENERGIC” and he is a member of the Citizen Science COST Action CA15212. He is a Charter Member of OSGeo, the Secretary of ISPRS WG IV/4 “Collaborative Crowdsourced Cloud Mapping (C³M)”, and a Voting Member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. He was the Secretary of FOSS4G Europe 2015. He has co-authored about 50 international research papers.
Eng. Dalton Borges obtained, in 2014, a BSc degree in Production Engineering from Universidade Federal de Itajubá (UNIFEI), Brazil, with sandwich period at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Canada. In 2016 he obtained a MSc degree in Production Engineering from UNIFEI, which thesis focused on the usage of linear programming as method for project portfolio selection. Since March 2016, he is a PhD student in Production Engineering at UNIFEI and, since March 2017, a temporary research fellow at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His research interests are in project portfolio management and selection, multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) and integration of MCDM methods to GIS.
Eng. Gabriele Prestifilippo obtained a BSc degree in Computer Engineering at Università degli Studi di Catania in 2014. In 2016 he obtained a MSc in Computer Science and Engineering at Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), creating a web application to visualize and analyze multidimensional datasets in more than three dimensions. He is a contributor to FOSS community. He is interested in full-stack web development and he is reasearching about web technologies involved in the GIS.
Eng. Rafaela Veloso de Oliveira obtained her BSc degree in Production Engineering from Federal University of Itajubá (Unifei) in 2014. She is currently a (direct) PhD student in the Operational Research joint program of Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) and Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp). Her thesis focuses on developing mathematical models for humanitarian supply chains under uncertainties via Bayesian inference. She is interested in GIS applications for humanitarian purposes, mainly for the facility location problem.
Dr. Carolina Arias Muñoz obtained a BSc degree in Environmental Engineering at Medellin University in 2006 and an MSc degree in Environmental and Geomatics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2012. Her MSc thesis was about geospatial Web services for limnological data, a case study of sensor observation service for ecological observations. She is an Associate Professor in San Buenaventura University in Colombia since 2007, working and teaching in the fields of environmental planning and GIS. Since November 2013 she is a PhD student at the HydroInformatics Lab of the Como Campus of Politecnico di Milano. Her research activity is focused on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and Geospatial Web Services, Environmental Big Geo Data and FOSS4G. On her PhD thesis she is focusing on exploring the subject of Big Geo Data management, from storing to visualisation. She is a Charter Member of OSGeo and a member of the Organizing Committee of FOSS4G Europe 2015.
Post-Doctorate Geomatics Student at Politecnico di Milano, Erasmus Program. Professor at UFU - Federal University of Uberlândia - Brazil. Degree in Economics by State University of Londrina (UEL) at 2002. Masters in Business by FEA/USP - University of Sao Paulo (2005) with UFSC/LPA /SEBRAE grant. PhD in Business Administration at FEA/USP with CNPQ grant at 2013. Sandwich research period made in 2011 at the Università Bocconi in Milan-Italy supervised by Prof. Maurizio Zollo. Research line are focused on systemic vision applied to organizational learning processes and green logistcs at supply chain management. Coordinator of Golden for Sustainability Brazil - global research project leaded by Prof. Maurizio Zollo from University of Bocconi, Italy. Coordinator of PRME - Principles of Responsible Management Research at UFU. Member of Enviromental Management Research Group (EEGAS) and Logistcs Studies and Sustainable Management (ELGOS) at UFU. Ex-professor at UNIFAFIBE 2003-2005, University of Ribeirão Preto (UNAERP) 2005-2010, FEARP/USP - University of Sao Paulo 2010-2013. Worked as Marketing MBA Coordinator at FAAP - Fundação Armando Álvaro Penteado at Ribeiroo Preto - SP, Brazil 2012-2013. My future interests are focused on conducting academic research on Green Logisctics and Sustainability Business Geographic and Economic Data.
He obtained a degree with honors in Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Milano with specialization in design, development and management of multimedia applications, multi-dimensional graphical systems and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the treatment of spatial data. He obtained a PhD with honors in Geodesy and Geomatics at Politecnico di Milano, with specialization in techniques for acquiring, geocoding, analyzing and processing geographic data and development of advanced geocomputing software. He is responsible for design, implementation and development of the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) of the Municipality of Como and his current research activities at Politecnico di Milano focuses on GIS, WebGIS, multi-dimensional Virtual Globes and automatic integration of heterogeneous geographic data for environmental and territorial analysis by means of multi-resolution algorithms. He is co-author of several national and international scientific publications on geodetic and geomatic themes.
UN-GGIM Academic Network | Maria Antonia Brovelli (Deputy Chair)
UN OpenGIS | Maria Antonia Brovelli (Chair of Spiral II "Capacity Building")
Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) | Maria Antonia Brovelli (Board Member), Candan Eylül Kilsedar (Charter Member), Daniele Oxoli (Charter Member)
ISPRS WG IV/4 | Maria Antonia Brovelli (Chair)
PoliMappers | Maria Antonia Brovelli (Faculty Advisor), Candan Eylül Kilsedar (Faculty Advisor)
Società Italiana di Fotogrammetria e Topografia (SIFET) | Maria Antonia Brovelli (Member)
GeoForAll | Affiliated laboratory
QGIS: the world’s most used desktop GIS software to create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information.
Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS GIS): a free and open source desktop GIS software for geospatial data visualization, management and analysis.
GeoServer: an open source server for publishing geospatial data using interoperable web standards.
NASA WorldWind: a free, open source API for geospatial 3D virtual globe visualization.
JOSM: a Java-based, open source advanced editor for OpenStreetMap data.
OpenDroneMap: an open source toolkit for processing aerial drone imagery to derive 3D geographic data.
SNAP: a powerful platform to display, manage and process imagery from ESA Sentinel satellites.
ENVI: an image analysis software to analyze and process remotely sensed imagery.