I studied Geography from autumn 2002 until winter 2008 and finished my studies with a master degree. The foci of my studies were Geographic Information Systems and Science (GIS) and Atmospheric Sciences. I did my master thesis in GIS on the topic “What is a mountain? Where is a mountain?”. In 2010, after working for two years in the public and private sector, I decided to conduct a PhD at the University of Zurich. My thesis was associated with the domains of spatial data mining and geographic information retrieval. In particular I investigated how places are described in (historic) text documents and how such descriptions can then be retrieved and analyse automatically. I thus worked with large compilations text, in the form of digitized books, social media contents, blogs or homepages. My thesis is therefore a combination of theories and techniques from ethnographic research, (computational) linguistics, data science and GIScience.
I conducted my PhD thesis in GIS at the University of Zurich. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Ross Purves and co-supervized by Dr. Bettina Waldvogel and Martin Hägeli.
- Derungs, C. From Text to Landscape: Extraction of Landscape Concepts through the Resolution of Ambiguity and Vagueness present in Descriptions of Natural Landscapes. PhD Thesis, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, 2013. PDF (a summary of the thesis can be found here)