Geoinformatics Research Days 8-9.5.2019 at Kumpula campus, University of Helsinki

The Finnish University Network for Geoinformatics (FIUGINET) organizes the Geoinformatics Research Days at 8-9 May, 2019. The conference is a two-day event. The first day is a conference day when researchers, post-docs, and PhD-students will give oral presentations about their topical research results that have utilized GIS methods or data. The second day is a workshop day when we are enchasing Finnish co-operation in teaching of geoinformatics. You are highly and warmly welcome to participate on both days!

The conference is free of charge. Coffee services are included.

See the daily program at the end of the page. Presentations from the Conference day can be found from the program!

Time and place:

  • The Conference Day ”Recent research in geoinformatics”: Wednesday 8.5.2019 auditorium A110, building Chemicum, Kumpula campus, University of Helsinki, Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a, Helsinki
  • The Workshop Day ”Developing national co-operation in GIS-teaching”: Thursday 9.5.2019. Building Physicum. Kumpula campus, University of Helsinki, Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a, Helsinki

Registration ended at 30.4.2019.

Registration form:

More information:

  • Chairman Petteri Muukkonen, University of Helsinki, petteri.muukkonen (at)
  • Vice-chairman Eliisa Lotsari, University of Eastern Finland, eliisa.lotsari (at)

Program for the Conference Day, 8.5.2019:

9:00-9:45 coffee, registration and posters

9:45-9:50 Opening of the days (Petteri Muukkonen, University of Helsinki & Eliisa Lotsari, University of Eastern Finland)
9:50-10:35 keynote 1: Juha Oksanen, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute & Niina Käyhkö, University of Turku: Geoportti – Finnish Geospatial Research and Education Hub.

10:35-10:45 short break

10:45-11:30 keynote 2: Laura Ruotsalainen / University of Helsinki: Navigation and autonomous vehicles

Autonomous traffic sets high demands for the navigation data accuracy and reliability. The accuracy of satellite positioning solution is degraded in urban areas and not available indoors. Furthermore, the nominal meter level accuracy obtained in open environments is not enough for autonomous driving. Satellite signals are also very vulnerable for unintentional and deliberate interference and therefore the key for safe autonomous driving is the fusion of navigation satellite signals, other radio signals, sensors and computer vision. This talk will present challenges and data science based solutions for fusion enabling successful autonomous traffic.

11:30-12:30 Lunch break

12:30-12:50 Joni Mäkinen / University of Turku: MURTOO: LiDAR DEM reveals a landform new to science designating rapidly melting Scandinavian Ice Sheet.

LiDAR DEMs from Finland and Sweden reveal a triangular-shaped subglacial landform that is new to science. This landform, which we call ”murtoo”, and related subglacial meltwater corridors are often transitional to eskers and indicate rapid melting of the ice sheet after Younger Dryas.
      Murtoos may represent efficient drainage in high-pressure subglacial conditions providing a link between distributed and channelized drainage systems. Therefore, murtoos may help to explain how increased meltwater input is reflected by ice dynamics, offering high potential to improve modelling of rapidly melting ice sheets.

12:50-13:10 Tuuli Toivonen / University of Helsinki: Mapping spatio-temporal patterns of population with big data
13:10-13:30 Antti Hiltunen / University of Eastern Finland: Health effects associated with remotely-sensed night-time lights

Light pollution is a phenomenon known by astronomers for decades, but studies about the effects of artificial night-time light on flora, fauna and human health have become more popular in recent years. These studies have shown the connection between melatonin and circadian disruption by blue light and increased risk of diabetes, obesity, hormonal cancers, sleep and mood disorders and bowel diseases. With night-time satellite data and spatial health records we can find out how the night-time light levels of the patient’s home have affected to these risks and their health care outcomes.

13:30-13:50 Tiina Laatikainen + Kamyar Hasanzadeh / Aalto University: Analyzing and understanding human spatial behavior using PPGIS

Past few decades have seen a growing body of research applying various GIS methods for studying the human behavior in relation to the physical environmental contexts. Online participatory mapping methods, such as the Public Participation Geographic Information System (PPGIS), have proven convenient tools in previous studies investigating the human-environment relationship. These methods enable unique possibilities to collect large datasets producing scientifically high quality research findings, which are typically easy to translate to practical knowledge. We will present and discuss various research projects from over 10 years of combining PPGIS and conventional GIS approaches for analyzing and understanding of the human spatial behavior.

13:50-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-14:50 Harri Kaartinen / National Land Survey of Finland, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute: Digital twin of the environment with laser scanning

A digital twin is a digital replica of a living or non-living physical entity. Digital twin is more than a 3D model or a simulation: it is built using real data and can be refined using new data. Digital twin concept is mainly adopted by construction and machinery industry, but can also be adapted to environmental disciplines, such as forestry or geography. Laser scanning is a powerful tool for collecting 3D data of different environments. This data can be used for digital twin creation, and time series of the same entity enable the monitoring of the dynamics, such as forest growth or ground erosion.​

14:50-15:10 Ella Kivimäki / Finnish Meteorological Institute: Satellite observations of methane in the North

Methane is the second most important human-induced greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Methane concentrations in the atmosphere are increasing globally but, in addition, the concentrations vary seasonally. It is necessary to understand the processes that cause these variabilities in different time scales because these processes are directly related to the sources and sinks of methane. There are a lot of open questions and large uncertainties related to the role of methane emissions from the Arctic and Subarctic regions, and their evolution in the ongoing climate change. The satellite observations of methane can be used to answer these open questions as the satellites make near-global observations. In this presentation, we show recent results and selected ongoing activities at the Finnish Meteorological Institute related to the satellite observations of methane in the Arctic and Subarctic regions.

15:10-15:30 Jussi Lehtonen / Esri: The new applications related to ArcGIS Pro and Collector suitable for field work

ArcGIS Platform enables all aspects of a modern GIS System, from data store to desktop applications and from information distribution to native mobile applications. In most use cases in 2019, the GIS professional’s role is to prepare and provide the tools and data. Others then use the tools to view, modify and produce data without knowing anything about GIS or that they are using GIS.
Let’s look at some examples of how different applications of ArcGIS Platform are used to support each other in a GIS Study.

15:30-15:50 Kylli Ek / CSC: CSC computing environment upgrade.

CSC computing environment has major upgrade in 2019. Taito supercluster is replaced by Puhti, which will be available for users in June. The GIS software currently available in Taito will be installed also to Puhti. At the same time a new object storage service, called Allas is opened. Allas will be the main storage platform for all CSC computing services.
Also some news about Paituli new datasets, CSC GIS-courses in 2019/2020 and ArcGIS license consortium.

15:50-16:00 Closure of the day

Program for the Workshop Day, 9.5.2019:

9:00-10:00 Presentations of each participating university: current status of the GIS teaching
10:00-10:30 Geoportti platform for teaching purposes (Vesa Arki + Niina Käyhkö, University of Turku)
10:30-11:30 Group work: discussion of the needs and practices to enhance the GIS teaching in Finnish universities
11:30-12:00 Summary of the group work, ways to go forward and closure of the day