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Geoinformatics

Modern science and technology of collecting, analysing, presenting and using geo-spatial data

We offer the following courses in the Netherlands:

MSc degree  Master degree   Postgraduate  Diploma  Certificate

Why Matthew (USA) studies Geoinformatics.


Geo spatial data is needed everywhere

Private and professional life is full of situations in which having and understanding appropriate geo-information is crucial for making the right decisions. For example, one may want to plan a weekend trail with friends; city planners must project population dynamics in a geo-spatial context; a farmer must decide which crops to grow and where. All these forms of decision-making are using information with an explicitly spatio-temporal component, dealing with changes over geographic space and in time.

Unmanned aerial vehicles can reach insecure places to capture critical data.

Keep track of new sensor development and applications

Nowadays, a wide range of sensors collects geo-spatial data. Examples include: gauges for measuring precipitation or water flow; smart phones or small GPS sensors to record the location of moving people or animals; social media APIs to analyse perceptions and use of geographic space in near real-time; (un-)manned aerial vehicles to assess the structural state of buildings and other infrastructure after disasters; or space-borne (satellite) sensors to measure the extent of forest and floods. At the same time, there are new options for mobile or distributed analysis of this geo-spatial data.

Human sensor webs require appropriate infrastructures to reliably manage standards-based data streams.
Human sensor webs require appropriate infrastructures to reliably manage standards-based data streams.

Making sense out of Big Data

However, before we can realize the full potential of these new technologies, we need to address several important challenges that relate to the "V"s of Big Data: Variety – how can we collect, organize, understand, share and communicate the highly heterogeneous data outlined above? Veracity – how can we assess and improve the quality of the data? Velocity and volume – how can we analyse this data in near real-time to enable time-critical decision-making processes? To tackle these challenges, we develop algorithms, models, and tools that can process the raw data into trustworthy, actionable information, present it visually for a wide audience, and generate and disseminate new knowledge about our world.

Research projects

We collaborate in many national and international research projects. Your research could e.g. be linked to:

  • INACHUS: research project to develop an integrated system assisting fast rescue of disaster surviving victims;
  • AiREAS: A city in which anyone can live a healthy life – who wouldn't want that? The research project offers the possibility to progress firmly in a complex field that has worldwide attention, regional air pollution, human health and sustainable progress;
  • SEMA: developing a 'Human Sensor Web': a combination of social media, mobile networks and geo applications that will give ordinary citizens the opportunity to report which public services are not working;
  • STARS: looking for ways to use remote sensing technology to improve agricultural practices in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

If you are interested in these projects and questions, and would like to obtain the qualifications to develop scientific solutions to real-world problems – then Geoinformatics is the course for you!

Geoinformatics graduates are required everywhere

As a graduate of one of the Geoinformatics courses at ITC, you can pursue careers in academia, (non-) governmental agencies, businesses and consultancies around the world. The field of geoinformatics is suitable for a wide variety of backgrounds, for example civil engineers, geographers, cartographers, computer scientists, architects, hydrologists and many others.

 

Our courses in Geoinformatics

Our courses in the Geoinformatics domain facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving for development purposes in various application areas such as water scarcity, forest inventories, urban design and many others. The range of courses in Geoinformatics covers several levels from research (MSc degree), to design (Master degree), and practical implementation (Diploma course). All our graduates are highly qualified and motivated professionals, suitable for employment in the geo-information sector.

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Find all our courses, worldwide:
MSc degree (18 months, 118 ECTS)
Master degree (12 months, 77 ECTS)
Postgraduate diploma (9 months, 62 ECTS)
Diploma course (9 months)
Distance courses (6 weeks, 5 ECTS)
Certificate courses (3 to 9 weeks)

 
Airborne laser scanning point cloud (color coding point height): input for research in automatic extraction of infrastructure
Airborne laser scanning point cloud (color coding point height): input for research in automatic extraction of infrastructure.

MSc degree in Geoinformatics

The 18-month MSc degree course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Geoinformatics (118 ECTS) enables the graduates to pursue a research career in the academic sector, (non-) governmental organizations, or businesses with an R&D department. The strong research component of this course provides an ideal foundation for a future PhD track by familiarizing the students with research methodologies and methods of data collection and analysis.

Read about the experiences and success of ITC MSc Geoinformatics alumnus Dr. Herve Lahamy.

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Project result of a Master study: the ITC International Hotel in 3D from terrestrial photographs.

Master diploma in Geoinformatics

The 12-month Master diploma course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Geoinformatics (77 ECTS) is specially designed for starting and mid-career professionals who need to master the latest technological developments in Geoinformatics and improve their technical skills in e.g. programming and web services. Graduates are qualified to work for any (non-) governmental organization or enterprise dealing with geospatial data.

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Research setting investigating the usability of new mobile geospatial technology
Research setting investigating the usability of new mobile geospatial technology.

Postgraduate diploma in Geoinformatics

The 9-month Postgraduate diploma course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Geoinformatics (62 ECTS) is mainly relevant for young and mid-career professionals who are interested in cutting edge Geoinformatics technology and developments but have no urgent need to develop research skills.

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Click to open the project result of a Diploma student: a carefully designed interactive map.
Click to open the project result of a Diploma student: a carefully designed interactive map.

Diploma course in Geoinformatics

The 9-month Diploma course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Geoinformatics is relevant for those interested in pursuing a technical career in any organization dealing with geo-information production and dissemination. New technological developments have major impacts on the implemented working procedures, technical operations and possibilities and thus require operational staff trained for these challenges.

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Project result from a Diploma student: a carefully designed tourist map
Project result of a Diploma student: a carefully designed tourist map.

Short certificate courses in Geoinformatics

Do you have a specific requirement for up-to-date education in (applications of) Geo-information Science and Earth Observation? ITC offers a number of short courses (some run by distance education) leading to a certificate. They vary in duration from three weeks to three months.

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ITC is the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente. We are located in Enschede, a modern and lively town located at the eastern border of the Netherlands. Its excellent connection to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris and London make Enschede a good place to study for international students.

Why study at ITC?

ITC is recognized worldwide for achievements in teaching in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. The combination of geo-information science and remote sensing in seven domains in one faculty is unique in the world. Furthermore, at ITC you will:

  • Gain valuable international experience
  • Study in the cultural heartlands of Europe
  • Leave with a thriving network of international contacts