Maptime University #2

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Waag Society

Nieuwmarkt 4 · Amsterdam

How to find us

We are located in the beautiful Waag building at the center of the square! Ring the bell at the tower right of the restaurant, where it says Waag. We will open the door. Same location, different room: Theatrum Anatomicum,

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For Maptime University we invited some of the best professors in 3D GIS and 3D visualization. In this special edition of Maptime we provide you with lectures about the newest research on 3D developments in the field of GIS!
Free entrance!

18:00 Doors open

18:30 - 19:15 Dr. C.J.M. van der Ham
Using VR and serious gaming to test and train spatial cognition

Spatial cognition is an essential part of human functioning: we remember where we left our keys, we find our way to work, and we can grab our cup of coffee with ease. Recent developments in virtual reality design has boosted psychological research in the domain of spatial cognition. First, a series of experiments will be presented in which spatial properties of virtual environments are manipulated. Such manipulations show the potential virtual reality has in enhancing human performance. Second, the design and outcomes of the large scale public experiment (Navigeren kun je leren) will be discussed. The data of more than[masked] participants provides answers to questions like ‘Are men better at reading maps than women’ and ‘What happens to our navigation ability when we age’.

19:15 -19:30 Balázs Dukai
3D City Models Behind the Scenes

What are 3D city models and why do we need them? And what does it take to make them? What is the current state of 3D city modeling and what are some of the challenges that we face? This talk will answer these questions while giving insight into some of the projects that we are working on at the 3D Geoinformation group.

19:30-19:45 Break

19:45 - 20:30 mw. prof. dr. J.J. (Julia) Noordegraaf
Amsterdam 4D: Navigating Urban Creativity through Space and Time

What would it be like to walk the streets of historical Amsterdam? At the University of Amsterdam we currently coordinate the development of the Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM): a hub for navigating linked historical data on Amsterdam. This web of information on people, places, relationships, events, and objects will unfold in time and space through geographical and 3D representations. In this “Google Earth for the past”, users can go back and forth between the city as a whole, specific neighborhoods, streets, or houses, and even zoom in on the pictures that adorned the walls of for instance merchants and regents. The systematic linkage of datasets from heterogeneous sources allows users to ask new questions on, for instance, cultural events, everyday life, social relations, or the use of public space in the city of Amsterdam.

20:30- 21:00 Esther Polak & Ivar van Bekkum
Gaan om te Zijn - Go Move Be

21:00 - 22:30 Time for drinks!
Maptime is BYOB! After the lectures, there will be time for some drinks! Feel free to take your own drinks, beers or snacks to the Waag. Coffee and tea will be provided.

About the speakers:

Ineke van der Ham is an assistant professor at the department of Health, Medical, and Neuropsychology at Leiden University. With a background in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology and clinical neuropsychology she focuses on intact and impaired navigation performance in humans, and spatial cognition in general.

Julia Noordegraaf is professor of Digital Heritage in the department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is director of the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI), one of the university’s research priority areas, where she leads the digital humanities research program Creative Amsterdam (CREATE) that studies the history of urban creativity using digital data and methods.

Balázs Dukai is a research software engineer at the 3D Geoinformation group at TU Delft. He spends most of his time on developing spatial data sets and software. His goal is to improve the quality of 3D geodata and make it more accessible to planners and designers.