Courses

Principles of Geoinformatics and GIS

School of Rural and Surveying Engineering Undergraduate Study Programme, NTUA 

Obligatory course, spring semester (4 hours per week, lectures, exercises, course project)

The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts of Geoinformatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), thus creating the essential theoretical and technical background for an effective future tackling of more advanced courses of the curriculum. The course is taught after the basic undergraduate courses of Informatics, expanding the knowledge that has been acquired by the students.

The following sections are included:

  • Theoretical base of Geoinformation – Historical development
  • Real space models
  • Data sources and collection techniques
  • Elements of spatial databases
  • Methods of correlation/ connection/ unification of data
  • Integration of Spatial Concepts and Models in a Geographic Information System
  • Elements of spatial analysis
  • Elements of digital representation.

Course coordinators: Professor M. Kavouras, Lecturer M. Kokla

Teaching assistants: Dr. G. Panopoulos, Dr. E. Tomai, C. Charcharos

Geoinformation Theory

“Geoinformatics” Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Programme, NTUA

Core course, fall semester (a 2 hour lecture per week)

The course is addressed to new postgraduate students who have no previous knowledge of Geoinformation Theory. It aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of Geoinformation Theory, thus creating the essential theoretical background for an effective future tackling of more advanced courses of the curriculum.

The following sections are included:

  • Introduction to Geoinformation Theory
  • Object-oriented representation: Theory
  • Basic models and structures
  • Object-oriented representation: Applications
  • Advanced data structures and modeling
  • 3D modeling
  • Spatial analysis
  • Spatiotemporal GIS
  • Geovisualization
  • Spatialization
  • Spatial data infrastructure
  • Accuracy, vagueness, completion
  • Ontologies.

Course coordinators: Professor M. Kavouras, Lecturer M. Kokla

Teaching team: Professor M. Kavouras, Professor D. Argialas, Lecturer M. Kokla, Dr. E. Tomai, Dr. G. Panopoulos, Dr. N. Darra

Geoinformatics & GIS Applications

“Geoinformatics” Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Programme, NTUA

Obligatory course, fall semester (2 hours per week, lectures, exercises/ projects)

The principal aim of the course is to familiarize students with functions of Geographic Information Systems in real Geoinformatics issues. The course is laboratory-based and includes a small number of lectures. Study material will be provided for the essential theoretical background, while theory will be taught in combination with the laboratory exercises. Students are expected to submit three or four exercises/ projects during the semester.

Coordinator: Professor M. Kavouras

Teaching team: Professor M. Kavouras, Dr. G. Panopoulos, C. Charcharos

Research Topics in GIS

“Geoinformatics” Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Programme, NTUA

Optional course, spring semester (a 2 hour lecture per week and project)

Prerequisite course: Geoinformation Theory

The course intends to present the most up-to-date research trends in the GIScience field. Students individually select a topic, from a list proposed by the course teaching team, for which they are expected to make two presentations (one to present progress and a final one at the end of the semester). Students are thus introduced to the research process and are guided, on the basis of a research methodology, to conduct and present their study at a level of depth feasible within the duration of a semester.

In the beginning of the semester, the course coordinators and other invited researchers present several up-to-date research topics. Thus, student get acquainted with different trends in the field of GIScience through the presentations of their fellow students but also through those of the teaching team and invited researchers, while through their own selected topic they acquire experience in research methodology, analysis and synthesis, compilation of scientific work and presentation to a wider public.

The course is addressed to all postgraduate students who wish to have knowledge of the latest research topics in the field of GIScience.

Coordinator: Lecturer M. Kokla, Professor M. Kavouras

Teaching team: Lecturer M. Kokla, Professor M. Kavouras, Dr. E. Tomai

Geographic Knowledge Representation Methods

“Geoinformatics” Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Programme, NTUA

Optional course, spring semester (project-based)

Prerequisite course: Geoinformation Theory

The course covers the basic methods for the representation of geographic knowledge. It is a specialization course which utilizes knowledge acquired in the courses  “Geoinformation Theory” (1st semester) and “Research Topics in GIS” (2nd semester). It allows students to deepen their understanding of methods for the representation of geographic knowledge.

Students must prepare and submit a research project on the topic of the course. Two oral presentations are expected (one to present progress and a second one to demonstrate final results at the end of the semester). Students are thus introduced to the research process and are guided, on the basis of a research methodology, to conduct and present their study at a level of depth feasible within the duration of a semester.

Coordinators: Lecturer M. Kokla, Professor M. Kavouras

Teaching team: Lecturer M. Kokla, Professor M. Kavouras, Dr. E. Tomai

Principles of Geographic Information Science – Thematic Cartography

“Architecture – Spatial Design” Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Programme, NTUA

Optional course, fall semester (3 hours per week)

The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the basic principles and concepts of Geographic Information Systems and Thematic Cartography, as well as their use in design. Upon completion of the course, students should have a satisfactory understanding of the fundamental principles of GIS development and function, so as to be able to use this particular technology effectively to support the design process. The course subject includes:

  • Introduction to the basic principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Integration of spatial concepts and models in GIS
  • Elements of spatial analysis
  • Use of GIS in design
  • Elements of thematic cartography and basic thematic representations.

The course syllabus comprises the following sections:

  • Theoretical base of Geoinformatics – Concepts of space and time – Visualization of spatial knowledge
  • Elements of spatial databases
  • Integration of spatial concepts and models in a GIS
  • Map projections and reference systems
  • Data sources and collection techniques
  • Methods of correlation/ connection/ unification of data
  • Elements of spatial analysis
  • Visualization of geographic data and cartographic design
  • Point, linear and areal symbols
  • Basic thematic representation
  • Applications (common applications, special applications, design, selection and implementation of systems/applications).

Teaching team: Professor M. Kavouras, Dr. N. Darra, Lecturer M. Kokla, Dr. G. Panopoulos, Dr. E. Tomai, C. Charcharos