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PhD Geoinformation Technology & Governance

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Graduate School for Architecture and the Built Environment
Delft, South Holland
Netherlands
Sustainability, Construction & TechnologyGovernance & Management
Overview

This research programme investigates how both technology and governance aspects of the spatial information infrastructure – which is also called the spatial data infrastructure (SDI or geoweb) – can be further strengthened in order to solve complex social, industrial and management activities in the built environment.

 

The information infrastructure serves numerous application domains, such as urban planning and design, climate change, disaster management, infrastructure planning and management, transport, water management, etc. Two applications are given more attention and have become part of the programme: land administration and crisis management.

 

Geo-information technology (GIS technology or geo-ICT ) and geo-information governance are part of the more general discipline of geo-information science.The research within this programme develops both concepts and tools to facilitate sharing, exchange, integration, update and reuse of information sources within the SDI. The information is not limited to traditional 2D maps, but increasingly involves extra dimensions (height, time, scale): 3D..nD. When reusing information, legal and organizational issues (such as privacy, copyright and databank rights, business models) play an increasingly important role. The societal aim is to investigate, apply and test open data policies in order to underpin their success, maximize the benefit for society and provide sustainable information management for the increasingly complex built environment.

 

Societal/scientific quality and relevance of the research

 

Geo-information has been applied throughout the world for many centuries or even millennia, so why bother doing scientific research in this area? The answer is that the unprecedented increase in the volume of geo-information means that we need to find improved ways of handling it. Both the impact and the potential of geo-information are growing, because the information and the services needed to deal with it can be readily transported by electronic means via wireless networks and geo-information is more and more combined with emerging sensor, visualization and interaction technologies. Spatial data infrastructure (SDI) nodes throughout the world are increasingly using underlying geo-DBMSs (geo-data base management systems) to store the geo-information involved. Many applications make use of geo-information and related technologies. The GIS technology group devotes particular attention to developing (open source) geo-information technology and knowledge for use in crisis management and spatial information infrastructures. SDI is a complex concept and much work remains to be done, both in science and practice, before it can be operational in an effective and efficient manner.

 

The future

 

We have identified many research challenges to provide appropriate services, protocols and standards for national and international SDI. How often do we need to collect, update and/or archive sensor data (including crowd sourcing)? Which models are most appropriate for specific geo-information? How can we ensure the prompt delivery of data to users with time-critical needs, while maintaining quality control and accessibility for lower-priority users? How can we integrate crowd-sourced data and official government data? How should we prepare geo-information for different display devices? How can heterogeneous data flows be processed quickly enough to prevent data volumes from overwhelming managers and users? How can data be recorded in such a way as to enhance search capabilities? Answers to these questions will be explored along the initiated research lines in our programme: 5D geoinformation (also indoor), open data, etc.

 

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Admission Requirements

PHD ADMISSIONS

 

The admission requirements for doctoral candidates are recorded in Article 2 of the TU Delft Doctoral Regulations.

 

More detailed information can be found in the back of the Regulations, in section A of the Implementation Decree.

 

Admission requirements

 

According to Dutch law and the TU Delft Doctoral Regulations a doctoral candidate should be in possession of a Dutch Master’s degree. This may be a Master of Science or a Master of Arts degree from a University or College of Higher Education.

 

Naturally, doctoral candidates with foreign Master degrees are also admitted to TU Delft. Some foreign degrees are evaluated by the TU Delft Admissions Office. This office determines whether the foreign degree can be considered as an equivalent of the Dutch Master degree.

 

N.B. TU Delft Faculty Graduate Schools (FGS) may have additional admission requirements. Therefore, please visit the webpage of your intended FGS.

 

Preparation and paperwork

 

For every would-be doctoral candidate of TU Delft, a check of their eligibility is standard procedure. This means that, besides a letter and a CV, all applications must include scans of the (highest) diploma and transcript. Furthermore, at the start of their Doctoral Programme all doctoral candidates must be registered as such at the TU Delft Graduate School. For more information about registration and the required documents see Intake Meeting.

 

According to Dutch law and the TU Delft Doctoral Regulations a doctoral candidate should be in possession of a Dutch Master’s degree. This may be a Master of Science or a Master of Arts degree from a University or College of Higher Education.

 

Naturally, doctoral candidates with foreign Master degrees are also admitted to TU Delft. Some foreign degrees are evaluated by the TU Delft Admissions Office. This office determines whether the foreign degree can be considered as an equivalent of the Dutch Master degree.

 

N.B. TU Delft Faculty Graduate Schools (FGS) may have additional admission requirements. Therefore, please visit the webpage of your intended FGS.

 

Article 2 Doctorate

 

2.1. The degree of Doctor can be obtained at TU Delft following the public defence of a doctoral dissertation before the Board for Doctorates or the doctoral committee appointed by it. The Board for Doctorates will award the degree of Doctor. By way of a departure from that stipulated in the other Articles in these Regulations, the provisions of Article 21 will apply to the awarding of the honorary doctoral degree.

 

2.2. Admission to the doctoral defence ceremony will be open to anyone:

 

– who has been awarded the degree of Master in accordance with Section 7.10 a, paragraph 1, 2 or 3 of the WHW, and

 

– who, as proof of competence to practice science independently has written a doctoral dissertation, and

 

– has met the other requirements set in these Doctoral

 

Regulations with regard to, among other things:

 

– completing a Doctoral programme,

 

– following a DE programme and

 

– the quality and content of the doctoral dissertation.

 

2.3. In exceptional circumstances, the Board for Doctorates can, on his request, admit access to the doctoral programme and the doctoral defence ceremony to a person who is not in possession of the required degree but who meets the requirements stipulated in Article 2.2b and c, if the person requesting this demonstrates in some other way, and to the satisfaction of the Board for Doctorates, that he has sufficient knowledge. The Board for Doctorates can determine more specific rules for this in the Implementation Decree.

 

Article 4 Start of Doctoral Programme

 

4.1. A person who wishes to complete a Doctoral Programme in order to obtain a doctorate must:

 

– enter into consultations with the most appropriate full professor or the most appropriate staff member with a doctorate to whom the ius promovendi has been awarded in view of the field of science involved and reach agreement on the subject of the doctoral research, the title of the doctoral dissertation and his willingness to act as promotor, and

 

– register as a doctoral candidate at the TU Delft Graduate School by submitting valid proof of identity and a certified copy of a degree certificate as defined in Article 2.2a or a copy of the awarding of access pursuant to Article 2.3.

 

4.2. When the conditions stipulated in 4.1 have been met, the TU Delft Graduate School will ensure that a statement is issued as soon as possible on behalf of the Board for Doctorates detailing the registration as a doctoral candidate and the appointment as intended promotor of the person referred to in 4.1a, and, if applicable, the appointment of an intended copromotor.

 

4.3. Within three months of the start of the Doctoral Programme, the doctoral candidate must have made agreements with his intended promotor on his supervision and the content of the DE Programme to be followed by him, and this must be recorded in a PhD agreement and submitted to the Faculty Graduate School.

 

Article 5 Doctoral candidate and preparation of doctoral dissertation

 

5.1. The doctoral candidate will conduct independent scientific research. He will also maintain the customary academic contacts with his fellow scientists.

 

5.2. The doctoral candidate is responsible for producing the doctoral dissertation as a contribution to science and for ensuring that the research is conducted:

 

– in accordance with the code of conduct and professional code that apply to professional activities in the area of science concerned;

 

– according to the statutory regulations and university regulations applicable, in all events, for research involving animal testing, hazardous (e.g. radioactive) materials, hazardous (e.g. biological) substances; and c. without the imposition of any limitations that conflict with academic freedom on the research and the freedom of publication of data and results from the research, also insofar as (part of) the research is funded by third parties.

 

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General information
Length
4 years full time
Language
English / Dutch
Director
Peter van Oosterom
Fee
Not Confirmed
Email
P.J.M.vanOosterom@tudelft.nl
Telephone
+31 15 27 89805
Address
Building 8 Julianalaan 134 2628 BL Delft
Website
Campus Location
The information of this PhD was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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