WG IV/9: Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality

Our Mission

ISPRS WG IV/9 aims to advance the fields of geographic visualization, virtual/augmented reality and geovisual analytics with the highest scientific standards, and best practices. Our goal is to cover science, design and technology perspectives in relation to all scientific domains that are related to geovisualization and virtual reality. Our mission includes the specific points below:

  • Engaging in science, research, education and training, and capacity building, in line with the overall strategy of the ISPRS
  • Transferring knowledge and expertise through conferences, workshops, publications and other appropriate online and offline channels
  • Collaborating with other ISPRS commissions and working groups, and sister societies (e.g., the ICA, GeoforAll, AAG)
  • Development and evaluation of new virtual and augmented reality tools for exploring phenomena considering dimensions of space, place and time, and promoting their use
  • Exploring new visualization techniques and tools for visualizing:
    • Heterogeneous geographical data coming from high-resolution sensors (e.g. images, 3D models, LiDAR, raw data, etc.)
    • Building information modelling (BIM) within a traditional geographic information system (GIS)
    • Big data sets produced through crowd-sourcing and social media and the further opening of government data repositories
  • Investigating the effectiveness and usefulness of various geovisualizations, geovisual analytics software environments and virtual/augmented reality applications, e.g., regarding visual complexity and decision-making processes


Working Group Officers:


Arzu ColtekinArzu Coltekin
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
FHNW School of Engineering
Institute for Interactive Technologies IIT
Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch

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Chris PettitChris Pettit
Faculty of Built Environment
City Futures Research Centre


Sidonie ChristopheSidonie Christophe


Victoria RautenbachVictoria Rautenbach
Centre for Geoinformation Science
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Terms of Reference:

  • Enhanced communication of geographic information and knowledge
  • Geovisual analytics for (small and) big data exploration
  • Usability testing and empirical experiments related to spatial cognition and visualization
  • Geographic visualisation of multi-dimensional data
  • Novel methods and tools for exploring and visualizing geographic decision spaces
  • Platforms supporting geographical visualisation including the web and mobile devices
  • Geographic visualisation of crowd sourced, social media, and government databases
  • Development, application and evaluations of immersive and semi-immersive virtual reality visualization environments
  • Virtual and augmented reality representations of space, place and time