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Academic Excellence Prize

Excellence Award Theses in the Media

The annual UNIGIS International Academic Excellence Prize is awarded to students having submitted the best MSc theses during the previous academic year, accepted for graduation at one of the UNIGIS partner universities worldwide.
 UIA is always proud to present this prize to the author of one of the many outstanding MSc thesis submitted every year, distinguishing and honouring these individuals for an excellent academic achievement!
All UNIGIS partner universities worldwide and their alumni are encouraged to take part in this competition!

Winners of the UNIGIS International Academic Excellence Prize:


· 1st place: Tim Hernon - UNIGIS UK, Deriving urban land use maps from volunteered geographic information using free and open source software

· 2nd place: Nathan Patrick Novak - UNIGIS USA, Predictive Habitat Modeling of Sperm Whale (Physeter macroceaphalus) within the Central Gulf of Alaska utilizing Passive Acoustic Monitoring

· 3rd place: Irene Fellner - UNIGIS Salzburg, Auto-generated routing instructions withlandmarks for indoor navigation


· 1st place: Vincent van Altena - UNIGIS Amsterdam, Improvement of automatic generalization of manmade water networks for topographic maps by context-dependent pruning

· Shared 1st place: Rachel Antcliffe - UNIGIS UK, An evaluation of the Council Tax band as an indicator of household size for small are population estimation

· 3rd place: Adrianna Valenti - UNIGIS USA, Estimating populations at risk in data-poor environments: a geographically disaggregated analysis of Boko Haram terrorism


· 1st place: Heidi El Hosaini, UNIGIS - Manchester, Locatingand positioning solar panels in a 3D city model – a case study of Newcastle, UK

· 2nd place: Trang Minh VoPham, USC, Integrating Landsat And California Pesticide Exposure Estimation At Aggregated Analysis Scales: Accuracy Assessment Of Rurality 

· 3rd place (Shared): Stefan Mayer, UNIGIS - Salzburg, An approach to model the thermal demand of buildings. A case study using two districts of Graz 
Cátia Sofia Alves Gouveia,   UNIGIS - Portugal, Predicting the impacts of climate change on the distribution and conservation of endemic forest land snails of Madeira Island.


· 1st place: Victoria Ann CLIFF, UNIGIS - Sub Saharan Africa, The integration of GPS and GIS technologies as a methodology to monitor beach-dune systems: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

· 2nd place (Shared):
Maja RAPP, UNIGIS - Salzburg, Biomass-mapping of alpine grassland with APEX imaging spectrometry data
Jeroen Gerhard STEENBEEK, UNIGIS - Manchester/Amsterdam, Bridging the gap between ecosystem modelling tools using Geographic Information Systems 


· 1st place: Samuel KRUEGER, UNIGIS - University of Southern California, Delimiting the postmodern urban center: an analysis of urban amenity clusters in Los Angeles.

· 2nd place: J P GLUTTING UNIGIS - Amsterdam, Excess heat-related mortality in micro-urban heat islands: a case-only study in Barcelona.

· 3rd place: Agnieszka WYPYCH, UNIGIS - Krakow, Spatial modelling of climatic water balance using GIS methods.


· 1st place: Hugo Martins, UNIGIS Lisbon, SIGLA WEBGIS PORTAL: An Open Source Web-based GIS application for the Portuguese Bluetongue Entomological Surveillance Program

· 2nd place: Stephanie Brand. UNIGIS Salzburg, Roof surface classification with hyperspectral and laser scanning data. An assessment of Spectral Angle Mapper and Support Vector Machines

· 3rd place: Peter Witt, UNIGIS Manchester, The development of a predictive hiking travel time model accounting for terrain variations



· 1st place: Eva Willerslev, UNIGIS Manchester, Methods of extracting a coastline from satellite imagery and assessing the accuracy

· 2nd place: Pedro Sarmento, UNIGIS Lisbon, Incorporating reference classification uncertainty into the analysis of land cover accuracy

· 3rd place:  Hans-Jörg Stark, UNIGIS Salzburg, Quality assurance of crowdsourced geocoded address-data within OpenAddresses - Concepts and Implementation 



· 1st place: Christof Amelunxen, UNIGIS Salzburg, An approach to Geocoding Based on Volunteered Spatial Data

· 2nd place: Pedro Pinto, UNIGIS Lisbon, Urban growth on coastal erosion vulnerable stretches



· 1st place: André Coleman, UNIGIS Amsterdam, An Adaptive Landscape Classification Procedure Using Geoinformatics and Artificial Neural Networks

· 2nd place: Tobias Fleischmann, UNIGIS Salzburg, Web Processing Service For Moving Objects Analysis

· 3rd place: Christopher Needham, UNIGIS Manchester, Using GIS to model the diurnal variation of urban population distribution