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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan-Henrik Haunert

Head of the Geoinformation Group

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan-Hanrik Haunert

Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation
Working Group Geoinformation
Meckenheimer Allee 172
D - 53115 Bonn




My research is dealing with the automatic analysis and visualization of spatial information. I'm aiming to develop mathematical models for problems in that context and to find efficient algorithms that provide quality guarantees and that excel in experiments under realistic conditions. To this end, I'm using methods from combinatorial optimization and computational geometry as well as graph-theoretical concepts. Large parts of my work are related to problems in which large and detailed spatial data sets are given as input and the aim is to compute a selection of information as well as an appropriate graphical or non-graphical representation of it. The result can be a map or a non-graphical model in which certain information such as large-scale patterns or relationships among spatial objects are explicitly modeled and thus more directly accessible than in the source data.

Selected works on spatial analysis and visualization are presented on our research pages.

Committee Work


  • since 08/2016:
    Professor for geoinformation at Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation at University of Bonn
  • 09/2013 to 07/2016:
    Professor for geoinformatics at University of Osnabrück
  • 09/2009 to 08/2013:
    Postdoctoral researcher in the algorithms group of University of Würzburg, habilitation in computer science (July 2013)
  • 01/2004 to 08/2009:
    Scientific research assistant at Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics at University of Hannover, PhD "with distinction" in geodesy and geoinformatics (September 2008)
  • 10/1998 to 12/2003:
    Studies of geodesy and geoinformatics at University of Hannover, guest studies at Helsinki University of Technology, student research assistant at Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation in Hannover, diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) "with distinction"


  • 2012: 
    Otto von Gruber Award of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
  • 2009: 
    Research award of Victor Rizkallah Foundation


  • DFG-Project HA5451/7-1: Inferring Personalized Multi-criteria Routing Models from Sparse Sets of Voluntarily Contributed Trajectories
  • DFG-Project Ha5451/6-1: Zoomless Maps: Models and Algorithms for the Exploration of Dense Maps with a Fixed Scale
  • Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob: Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production (Associate Member)
  • DFG-Project Ha5451/3-1: Algorithms for Interactive Variable Scale Maps (2012-2015), Final Report

Selected Publications

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