Dr. rer. nat. F. Mocnik (Franz-Benjamin)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geo-Information Processing at the University of Twente.

My research focusses on investigating what makes geographical information geographical in the most general sense. These investigations will lead to more informed ways of how to conceptualize and represent individual and thus highly idiosyncratic geographies. Understanding how to integrate subjectivity into formal representations and reasoning processes will ultimatively enable the development of ‘platial information systems’, which will allow us to handle individual conceptualizations of places instead of mere geometric simplifications as it is the case with contemporary geographic information systems.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University and a visiting researcher at the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center at the University of Bremen. I have finished my PhD studies at the Research Group Geoinformation of the Vienna University of Technology under the supervision of Andrew U Frank. (You are welcome to read my thesis.) Before I moved to Vienna in 2012, I formed part of the Münster Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) in the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Münster, where I was supervised by Werner Kuhn.


Mocnik, F-B., & Westerholt, R. (2022). Interdisciplinary perspectives on place. Journal of Spatial Information Science, (23), 91-94. https://doi.org/10.5311/JOSIS.2021.23.203
Mocnik, F-B. (2021). Introduction to the Third International Symposium on Platial Information Science. In F-B. Mocnik, & R. Westerholt (Eds.), Places Across Cultures : Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Platial Information Science (PLATIAL'21) (pp. 1-4). https://doi.org/https://zenodo.org/record/6413106
Mocnik, F-B., & Kühl, L. (2021). (Un)Represented Places – A Case Study of Two Sports Venues in Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund. 25–30. Paper presented at 3rd International Symposium on Platial Information Science, PLATIAL 2021, Online, Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5767180
Mocnik, F-B. (2021). Benford’s law and geographical information–the example of OpenStreetMap. International journal of geographical information science, 35(9), 1746-1772. https://doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2020.1829627
Mocnik, F-B., & Westerholt, R. (2021). The effect of tectonic plate motion on georeferenced long-term global datasets. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 94, 1-8. [102183]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2020.102183
Mocnik, F-B. (2020). On the effect of space on the spread of infections. 9th International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications, Madrid, Spain.
Mocnik, F-B. (2020). Tracing Mental Models in Cartographic Datasets – The Case of OpenStreetMap. 1-2. Abstract from Central European Cartographic Conference and 68th German Cartography Congress, EuroCarto 2020, Vienna, Austria. https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-abs-2-5-2020
Westerholt, R. , Mocnik, F-B., & Comber, A. (2020). A place for place: Modelling and analysing platial representations. Transactions in GIS, 24(4), 811-818. https://doi.org/10.1111/tgis.12647

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 2-058
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  2-058
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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