The Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) is one of eleven German universities that were identified as an "excellence university" and is the largest university in the federal state Saxony. The Chair of Geoinformatics (TUD-GI) acts cross-cutting at the Department of Geosciences, within the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at TUD. The TUD-GI team currently consists of more than ten research associates and post doc researchers from different disciplines (Geodesy, Geography, Geoinformatics, Informatics). Research and Education focuses on various topics within Geoinformation Science and here especially on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Services for Spatio-Temporal Modeling. The team is represented in the council of AGILE, chairs Chair of Commission 5 Network Services in EuroSDR, is OGC member and serves numerous scientific boards. TUD-GI is an associate partner of the 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software. The TUD-GI team successfully managed and co-managed national and international third party funded research projects.
Role in COLABIS: The TUD-GI team will coordinate the COLABIS project. The main management tasks are given by SP 1 (coordination, outreach, and exploitation planning). Beside the project coordination, TUD-GI will mainly contribute to SP 2 and SP 3 and specifically focus on research and developments to enhance geodata fusion, distributed geoprocessing, and quality descriptions for (crowdsourced) geodata. TUD-GI will contribute to all three pilots.
Chair of Urban Water Management
The Chair of Urban Water Management (TUD-UWM) is part of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at TUD. The chair of Urban water Management includes some 20 scientists and is dealing with integrated modelling, operation and optimisation of the wastewater system, including the rain-runoff-process in the urban catchment, the runoff process in the sewer system, the wastewater treatment processes as well as the transport and conversion processes in the receiving water. Later developments were concerning the interaction between leaky sewer systems and the groundwater aquifer, the generation of sewer systems in order to carry out numerical simulations when information is scarce, and generally to build a link to large scale river basin management as in present flux model analysis the significance of the urban region for the coupling of water and matter fluxes is underestimated. In the recent past, the TUD-UWM was coordinating co-operative EU and BMBF projects, and was successfully carrying out some projects more oriented towards fundamental research, funded by DFG.
Role in COLABIS: TUD-UWM will be responsible for the development concerning the wastewater system. Pollutants sources are identified, where necessary described dynamically, and are linked to rain information. Using these as model inputs, runoff and pollutants transport simulation is then used a basis for the development of an early warning system together with TUD-GIS. TUD-SWW will contribute to all three pilots.
Chair for Traffic Control Systems and Process Automation
The "Friedrich List" faculty for Transportation and Traffic Sciences at TUD is the only dedicated transport faculty in Germany. It is the renowned centre of excellence for all fields of transportation research and has participated in a number of EC funded and national research projects. The Chair for Traffic Control Systems and Process Automation (TUD-TCS) deals with the development and application of methods of control engineering, computer science, operations research and telecommunication in the field of transportation with a focus on ground transportation modes. In research and development projects road traffic, public transport systems and railway systems are regarded, sometimes in an inter-modal way. The main areas of expertise are traffic management, traffic control strategies, data analysis, traffic information systems, driver advisory and information systems and the evaluation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications.
Role in COLABIS: The TUD-TCS team will primarily develop the case study and pilot on road traffic analysis and management (SP 3). Available FCD for the city of Dresden as well as current traffic volume counts will be used as additional input for COLABIS in terms of pollutant deposition. VAMOS will be used to distribute COLABIS information in the transport sector. Thus, TUD-TCS will contribute to Pilot 1 and Pilot 3.
52°North - Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH
The Open Source geospatial software initiative 52°North (52N) is an open international network of partners from research, industry and public administration. Its main purpose is to foster innovation in the field of Geoinformatics through a collaborative R&D process. The 52°North R&D communities develop new concepts and technologies e.g. for managing near real-time sensor data, integrating geoprocessing technologies into GDIs, making use of Cloud technologies, supporting and managing Citizen Science data, and Web of Things technology. The 52N GmbH is the initiative’s administrative office and service centre. It functions as initiator and contributor in many of the network’s activities. The 52N team of IT experts maintains the Open Source software repositories, provides its partners with an extensive IT and communication infrastructure to support the collaborative software development process and is strongly involved in research as well as software development/consulting projects that form an important foundation of the 52N community activities.
Role in COLABIS: The 52N team will participate in SP 1 through requirements discussion and scenario definition as a basis for pilots’ development. The 52N team will mainly contribute to SP 2, the COLABIS platform, its architectural design and implementations and specifically focus on research and developments to enhance linking crowdsourcing and the Sensor Web. 52N will contribute to Pilot 1 and Pilot 3.
Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research
The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD) is the world's leading institute for applied research in the field of visual computing. The research and development projects of IGD are directly related to current requirements of market and economy. Currently, it has about 180 employees. The department Spatial Information Management focuses on research topics related to semantic information management and spatial information visualisation within Spatial Data Infrastructures and 3D GIS. The goal of this group is to increase the use and usability of spatial information. IGD is a technical OGC member and the IGD team is active in the standardization processes in the area of geospatial web processing, geospatial semantics, and 3D portrayal. The department was co-founder of the InGeoForum and the Data Harmonisation Panel and is member of AGILE.
Role in COLABIS: The IGD team will participate in SP 1 through requirements discussion and scenario definition as a basis for pilots’ development. IGD mainly contributes in SP 2 into the architectural design and implementation of the COLABIS platform with a scientific focus on collaborative data transformation, semantic annotation of geospatial data sources and creating and exploiting Linked Geospatial Data. In SP 3 IGD supports integration of 3 dimensional geospatial data facilitating the early warning models. IGD will contribute to Pilot 1 and Pilot 2.