Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS)


Julia Altenbuchner

Julia Altenbuchner

Julia studied Geography and Computer Science (BSc, 2011) at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. In 2012 she obtained an MSc in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from UCL’s department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. In this same year she joined the ExCiteS Research Group as a PhD student.

The objective of her PhD is to empower people to protect their local environment regardless of their background and literacy skills. Julia develops innovative tools that enable communities to monitor environmental changes and resource extraction in an accessible way.

Her research interests include geospatial technologies, Human-Computer Interaction and environmental sustainability. She is interested in participatory GIS and Citizen Science projects in vulnerable places of the earth in order to improve their resource management.


Citizen Science, Data Collection, Data Visualisation, GIS, Human-Computer Interaction, HCI4D,ICT4D, Participatory GIS, Web and Mobile Development

Contact Details

e-mail: julia [dot] altenbuchner [dot] 11[at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Twitter: @JAltenbuchner


Stevens, M., Vitos, M., Altenbuchner, J., Conquest G., Lewis, J., Haklay, M. (2014): Taking Participatory Citizen Science to Extremes. In: Pervasive Computing, IEEE 13 (2), pp. 20-29

Ellul, C. & Altenbuchner, J. (2014): From 3D City Modelling to 3D Country Modelling: First Tests on Scale-Dependent Rendering on Mobile Devices. In: Innovations in 3D Geo-Information Sciences, pp. 57-75

Ellul, C. & Altenbuchner, J. (2014): Investigating approaches to improving rendering performance of 3D city models on mobile devices. In: Geo-spatial Information Science

Ellul, C. & Altenbuchner, J. (2013): LOD 1 vs. LOD 2 - Preliminary Investigations into Differences in Mobile Rendering Performance. In: ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume II-2/W1, ISPRS 8th 3DGeoInfo Conference & WG II/2 Workshop, 27 – 29 November 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. pp. 129-138


Stevens M, Vitos M, Altenbuchner J, Conquest G, Lewis J, Haklay M. Introducing Sapelli: A mobile data collection platform for non-literate users. Presented at: Fourth annual Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM DEV-4). 06 Dec 2013

Mastracci D, Vitos M, Stevens M, Altenbuchner J, Lewis J, Haklay M, Robbins P. How can ICT assist socio-ecological resilience in the Arctic?. Presented at: ICTD 2013. 09 Dec 2013