Research Division Geoinformation

Vienna University of Technology
Gußhausstraße 27-29
1040 Vienna
CD 03 19

Contact Information

Call: +43 (1) 588 011 271 9


Markus Kattenbeck

PostDoc Researcher

Department for Geodesy and Geoinformation


Markus Kattenbeck has been leading the Spatial-HCI lab at the TU Wien’s Division of Geoinformation since May 2019. Prior to his appointment he was working as a Postdoctoral Researcher and study coordinator of the Digital Humanities Master’s Programme at the University of Regensburg (Bavaria, Germany). He defended his PhD on empirical measurement of salience for pedestrian navigation in 2016 at this University. Markus holds a Master’s degree in Information Science and Comparative European Ethnology from this university. His undergraduate studies, during which he studied at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia for 10 months time, were funded by the Bavarian government. His publications touch on different research areas ranging from Human Information Behaviour and Geographic Information Science to Human-Computer-Interaction. His research interests include but are not restricted to:

  • Spatial HCI
  • LBS and Human Information Behaviour
  • Spatial Cognition
  • Wayfinding/navigation of pedestrians
  • Empirical Methods
  • Eye Tracking

Community Service

  • ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
  • International Conference on Computer-Human Interactive Information Retrieval (CHIIR)
  • International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS)
  • Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS)
  • ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR)
  • Workshop Co-Chair for CHIIR 2020 (Vancouver, Canada)
  • General Co-Chair for COSIT 2019 (Regensburg, Germany)
  • Local Chair for IIiX 2014 (Regensburg, Germany)
  • 2018: Making Salience Personal – In Search for Personalized Landmarks (satellite event to AGILE 2018; organized together with Eva Nuhn (Augsburg, Germany), Prof. Dr. Sabine Timpf (Augsburg, Germany), Prof. Dr. Bernd Ludwig (Regensburg, Germany)
  • 2019: Tutorial on PLS Path Modeling for Information Retrieval at ECIR ’18
  • 2018: Tutorial on PLS Path Modeling for Information Retrieval at CHIIR ’18
  • Coorganizer of the IX. Regensburger Symposiums 2017 (Title: “Why scientific communication is a success”)

Responsibilities in University Bodies

  • 9/2016-5/2019: Course Co-ordinator for the Master’s Degree in Digital Humanities (University of Regensburg)
  • 12/2013 – 4/2019: Elected member of the Steering Committee of the Department of Information and Media, Language and Culture (University of Regensburg)
  • 1/2017-5/2019: Appointed second supervisor for the Master’s Degree in Information Science (University of Regensburg)
  • 9/2016-5/2019: Appointed first and second supervisor for the Bachelor’s Degree in Information Science (University of Regensburg)


  • since 2019: Austrian Association for Land Surveying and Geoinformation (OVG)
  • since 2009: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • since 2018: German Association for Computer Science (GI)
  • since 2010: German Association for Information Science (HI)
  • since 2016: German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV)

# Bachelor Theses Supervised (July 2019)

  • 6 (first supervisor)
  • 13 (second supervisor)

# Master Theses Supervised (July 2019)

  • 6 (second supervisor)


TU Wien
  • Winter 19: Realisierung GIS (Bachelor) | Implementation of GIS (Master) | Mobile GIS (Master)
University of Regensburg
  • Basics and Applications of Machine Learning [Lab]
    Summer 2018
  • Case Studies on Navigation (Seminar; in cooperation with Christina Bauer)
    Summer 2018
  • Empirical Methods. An Introduction [Lec] (strong focus on statistics; as of Summer 2011 in cooperation with David Elsweiler).
    Winter 2010/2011 | Summer 2011 | Winter 2011/2012 | Summer 2012 | Winter 2012/2013 | Summer 2013 | Summer 2014 | Summer 2015 | Summer 2016 | Summer 2017
  • Data analysis in Information Science [S]
    Winter 2013/2014 | Winter 2014/2015 | Summer 2015 | Winter 2015/2016
  • Database Management Systems [Lec+Lab]
    Summer 2016 | Winter 2016/2017
  • Navigation in Physical and Non-Physical Spaces (Master’s Seminar)
    Winter 2018/2019
  • Persuasion based on Linguistics [S] (in cooperation with Bernd Ludwig and David Elsweiler)
    SoSe 2016
  • Prep Course Probabilistic Evaluation [Lab]
    Winter 2012/2013 | Summer 2015
  • Research Seminar on GIScience [S] (in cooperation with Melanie A. Kilian)
    Summer 2017
  • Research Seminar on Human Information Behaviour [S] (in cooperation with Melanie A. Kilian)
    Winter 2016/2017
  • Seminar on Soundmarks and Landmarks [S]
    Winter 2015/2016 (in cooperation with Solveig Ottmann)
  • Software Engineering [Lec]
    Summer 2011 | Winter 2011/2012 | Summer 2017
  • Survey- and Experiment Design [Lec+Lab] (in cooperation with David Elsweiler)
    Summer 2018
  • User Centered Design und Human Information Behaviour [Lec + Lab]
    Winter 2017/2018 | Winter 2018/2019


  1. 2016

    Dr. phil. (Information Science)

    University of Regensburg
  2. 2008

    Magister Artium (Information Science and European Ethnology)

    University of Regensburg

Professional Appointments

  1. May 2019-present
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Department for Geodesy and Geoinformation, TU Vienna
  2. August 2016 - April 2019
    Post Doctoral Researcher
    Information Science (University of Regensburg)
  3. 2010-2016
    Pre Doctoral Researcher
    Information Science (University of Regensburg)
  4. 2008-2010
    Technical Consultant (IT Service Management)


  • 2016
    ACM SIGCHI Outstanding Reviewer
  • 2003-2008
    Undergraduate Scholarship
    Bavarian Government