Special Issue "Interactive 3D Cartography"

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Lorenz Hurni

ETH Zurich, Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, Zurich ZH, Switzerland. Author ID: 6603125833
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Interests: cartographic data models; tools and visualization; thematic mapping; terrain representation; 3D cartography; geo-data portals; interactive atlases; historic map data exploration
Guest Editor
Dr. Hans Rudolf Bär

Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Interests: interactive maps and atlases; literary cartography; school atlases; computer graphics; web programming
Guest Editor
Dr. René Sieber

Chair “Commission on Atlases”, International Cartographic Association (ICA)
Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Interests: atlas cartography; 3D visualization; graphic design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cartography comprises the visualisation of geographical objects and spatially distributed phenomena by means of abstraction, generalization and representative symbols. With the advancement of 3D computer graphics, human–computer interaction (HCI) methods, and new devices, the possibilities of creating new types of map representations and interaction types have dramatically increased. In this Special Issue, we would like to invite you to submit contributions towards novel 3D visualisations, methodologies, and technologies for interactive cartographic applications. Topics may range from cartographic 3D geo-data models, abstracted 3D representation and symbolization of topographic and thematic geo-data, analysis and visual exploration of the geo-data space on different devices and media, innovative interaction modalities, up to applications in various scientific domains. The Special Issue should identify ways to present, analyse, and explore interactions for new three-dimensional immersive geo-data spaces.

Prof. Dr. Lorenz Hurni
Dr. Hansruedi Bär
Dr. René Sieber
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • 3D cartography and maps
  • 3D geo-data models
  • 3D map design
  • 3D map symbolization
  • 3D terrain modelling and representation
  • Topographic and thematic 3D maps
  • 3D map labelling
  • 3D map exploration and analytics
  • 3D maps in virtual engineering
  • 3D visualization of non-geographic spaces
  • Cartographic 3D animations
  • 3D real-time maps
  • 3D soundscapes
  • The 3D map as an interface
  • User interface design for 3D maps
  • Adaptive user interface elements (e.g. smart legends)
  • Multimodal applications
  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Mixed reality, blended representations
  • Immersion
  • Virtual globes
  • CGI for 3D map rendering
  • Level of detail (LOD)
  • HCI (gaze-, gesture- touch-, speech-, mind-controlled,…)
  • Devices (stereoscopic displays, head-mounted displays, virtual reality glasses, holography…)
  • 3D printing
  • 3D tactile maps
  • Usability and user studies
  • Domain-specific applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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