Jens Ingensand

Jens Ingensand
Professeur en géoinformatique
Short biography
I am a professor in geoinformatics, GIS and GIScience at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland in Yverdon-les-Bains. I hold a MSc in Applied Information Technology from Chalmers, University of Technology Gothenburg, Sweden, a MSc in Human and Economic Geography from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL in Lausanne.

My interests are: webmapping and mobile applications, citizen science and VGI (volunteered geographic information), spatial databases, data infrastructures, spatial webservices, spatial analysis, GIS project management, geovisualization, human-computer interaction and interface design

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Book chapters

Ingensand, J. (2011) Globes virtuels - des portails d'accès 4D à l'information géographique pour le développement territorial. In : Walser, O., Thévoz, L., Joerin, F., Schuler, M., Joost, S., Debarbieux, B., Dao, H.: Les SIG au service du développement territorial. Lausanne : Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes, 2011

Ingensand, J. Golay, F. Caloz, R. Pythoud, K. (2008) Evaluating the Usability of a Web-GIS for Wine-cultivation. In: Joost, S. Pointet, A., Caloz, R., & Golay, F. (eds). De la physique expérimentale aux sciences et systèmes de l'information géographique. pp. 51-58

Ingensand, J. (2005) Developing Web-GIS Applications According to HCI Guidelines: The Viti-Vaud Project. In: Stefanakis, E. Peterson, M. P. C., & Delis, V. (ed.) Geographic Hypermedia, Springer, p 409-420


Refereed journal papers

Ingensand, J. (2016) Faire des SIG avec et pour les citoyens. In : Géomatique Suisse 3/2016

Ingensand, J. Golay, F. (2010) Task-oriented Usability Evaluation of a WebGIS for a Real-World Community. In: URISA Journal, vol. 22, num. 1, p. 41-53, 2010.

Joost, S. Ingensand, J. Farkas, R. Milon, S. Campora, S. Waegli, A. (2009). GPS 4 PDG: géovisualisation de sujets mobiles lors de la patrouille des glaciers 2008. In: Flash Informatique spécial été EPFL Lausanne

Aeberhard, B. Droz, P. Caloz, R. Ingensand, J (2007). Le réseau interactif en viticulture (RIV), un projet novateur au service de tous. In: Revue Suisse de Viticulture, Arboriculture, Horticulture, vol. 39(3), p. 203-206

Ingensand, J. (2005) Google maps - Google entre dans le monde des systèmes d'information géographique. In: Infosociety, vol. 58, p. 4-6. Office fédéral de la communication


Conference papers and proceedings

Ingensand​, J., Composto, S., Nappez, M.,Produit, T.,Ertz, O., Oberson, M.,Rappo, D., (2016) Challenges in VGI for scientific projects PeerJ, 2016, 1992, Open Source Geospatial Research & Education Symposium (OGRS2016), Perugia, Italy,

Ingensand J., Bullinger G., Composto S., Camponovo R., Spahni B., Froidevaux M., Nappez M., Varesano D. (2016) The influence of ground surfaces on urban climate. 14th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Geneva

Ingensand, J. Composto, S., Ertz, O., Rappo, D., Nappez, M., Produit, T., Oberson, M., Widmer, I., Joost, S., (2016) Keys to successful scientific VGI projects. Open Source Geospatial Research & Education Symposium (OGRS2016), Perugia, Italy,

Composto, S., Ingensand, J., (2016) Faciliter la participation collective avec la réalité augmentée  GEOSummit Bern, Switzerland,

Ingensand, J. Nappez, M. Moullet, C., Gasser, L., Ertz, O., Composto, C. (2016): Implementation of tiled vector services: a case study. In: Workshop on Spatial Data on the Web 2016 at GIScience 2016. Montreal, Canada

Composto, S., Ingensand, J. Nappez, M. Ertz, O. Rappo, D. Bovard, R. Widmer, I. Joost, S. (2016): How to recruit and motivate users to utilize VGI-systems? In: Proceedings of the 2016 AGILE conference. Helsinki, Finland

Produit, T. and Ingensand, J. (2016): A 3D georeferencer and viewer to relate landscape pictures with VGI In: Proceedings of the 2016 Link-VGI Workshop at 2016 AGILE conference. Helsinki, Finland

Composto, S. Bollinger, D. Ingensand, J. Patthey, P. Eyholzer, R. Heeb, C. (2015) An analysis of deer habitat on the Swiss Plateau. 13th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Basel 2015.

Ingensand, J. Nappez, M. Moullet, C. Gasser, L. Composto, S (2015) : Vector tiles for the Swiss Federal Geoportal. In: Proceedings of the 2015 FOSS4G Europe conference. Como, Italy.

Rochat, E. Duruz, S. Widmer, I Clémence, A. Desrichard, O. Rappo, D. Ertz, O. Ingensand, J. Theler, J-M. Guessous,  I. Joost, S. (2015): Relationship between land cover type and Body Mass Index (BMI) in Geneva. Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE) 30 March - 1 April 2015, Lausanne, Switzerland

Ingensand, J. Composto, S. Nappez, M., Joost, S. Widmer, I. Ertz, O. Rappo, D.: Motivating citizens to take action for biodiversity conservation using geospatial systems. In: Proceedings of the 2015 AGILE conference. Lisbon, Portugal.

Ingensand, J, Nappez, M, S. Joost, I. Widmer, O.Ertz, D. Rappo (2015): The Urbangene project - experience from a crowdsourced mapping campaign. In: Proceedings of the GISTAM 2014 conference. Barcelona, Spain.

Composto, S. Ingensand, J. (2015) Le projet BioSentiers : application mobile de réalité augmentée avec la participation collective de ses utilisateurs. (2015) Proceedings of the Théo Quant 2015 conference. Besançon, France.

Widmer, I. Rochat, E. Leempoel, K. Clémence A.,  Ertz, O. Rappo, D. Ingensand, J, Theler JM., Guessous,I. Joost, S. (2015) Biodiversity dynamics and the effect of urban environment on the distribution of genetic variation in the Geneva cross-border area. First Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics – Science and Practice, Birmensdorf, Switzerland

Ingensand, J. Cannelle, B. (2014) The impact of teaching using open source geospatial software. Third Open Source Geospatial Research & Education Symposium (OGRS 2014), Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland, SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY, 2014.

Joost, S. Baumann, R. Ertz, O. Ingensand J., Widmer I. et al. (2014) A participatory WebGIS platform to support biodiversity inventory in the Geneva cross-border area. Third Open Source Geospatial Research & Education Symposium (OGRS 2014), Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland, SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY, 201

Joost, S. Ingensand, J. Kalbermatten, M. Tanner P. et Luyet, V. (2012) Hydroweb: an Open Source educational WebGIS platform for the understanding of spatio-temporal variations of meteorological parameters at the watershed scale. In : The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium (OGRS), HEIG-VD, Yverdon-les-Bains, 24-26 octobre, OGRS Symposium Proceedings 2012, p. 340

Ingensand, J. Golay. F. (2011) Remote-evaluation of user interaction with WebGIS. W2GIS'11 Proceedings of the 10th international conference on Web and wireless geographical information systems, Kyoto, Japon, 3-4 mars 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6574.

Kuchler, F. Cherix, G. Golay, F. Ingensand, J., Oliosi, F., Vollet, Y., Lindemann, D. (2010) SYGEME – Integrated Municipal Facilities Management of Water Resources. Proceedings de la WebMGS Conference, Como, Italie, 26 août 2010

Ingensand, J. Golay, F. (2008) User Performance in Interaction with Web-GIS: A Semi-Automated Methodology Using Log-Files and Streaming-Tools. In: Bernard, L.; Christensen, A. F. & Pundt, H. (ed.) The European Information Society, Springer, p 433-443

Ingensand, J. Golay, F. (2008) Integrated, web-based information system to support collaborative resource management. In: VNU-HCM International Conference for Environment and Natural Resources proceedings, Ho-Chi-Minh City (Vietnam) 17-20 mars 2008

Ingensand, J. Caloz, R. Pythoud, K. (2005) Creating an Interactive Network for Wine-cultivation. In: Inaugural Nordic Geographers Meeting, proceedings; Lund, Suède, 11-13 mai 2005

Technical reports

Blanc, N., Burkhard, O. Burkhard, R., Composto, S., Fillekes, M., Hanimann, D., Ingensand, J., Kaelin, K., Studer, S., Wegmann, A., Weibel, R. (2016) Innovationsbericht GEOSummit 2016 Geographisches Institut, Universität Zürich UZH, Technical report

Nappez, M., Ingensand, J. (2015) Tuilage vecteur. Swisstopo – HEIG-VD.

Ingensand, J. (2013) ASTRA GUI Guidelines. Office fédéral des routes (OFROU) Berne.

Ingensand, J. (2008) Evaluation d'utilisabilité: Géocommande ASIT-VD. EPFL

Ingensand, J. (2008) 3D web interfaces to the “Patrouille des Glaciers” race. In: Presentations of the 3rd Meeting of the Comitato scientifico italo-svizzero per la geoinformazione (CSISGI), Bericht 305, Institut für Geodäsie und Photogrammetrie, ETH Zürich

Ingensand, J. (2007) Developing and evaluating web-GIS for wine-cultivation based on open source components. In: Impiego di dati LIDAR ad alta precisione: trattamento dei dati, controllo di qualità, modellazioni e applicazioni tematiche, Bericht 304, Institut für Geodäsie und Photogrammetrie, ETH Zürich

Kalbermatten, M, Golay, F., Ingensand, J. (2005) Manuel de modélisation standardisé des géodonnés. EPFL-ASIT-VD.

Ingensand, J. Vilhelmson, B. (2004) Utvecklingen av bebyggelsen i strandzonen vid Gullmarn. (Développement de l’utilisation du sol autour du Gullmarn-fjord) Occasional papers / Department of Human and Economic Geography, University of Gothenburg. No: 2004:5

Ph.D thesis and Master/Bachelor theses

Ingensand, J. (2010) User interaction with online geospatial systems. Ph.D. thesis, EPFL

Ingensand, J. (2004) Development of an interactive service for wine-cultivation in the Swiss canton of Vaud. Master Thesis, Chalmers, university of technology; Sweden

Ingensand, J. (2002) Strandskydd och bebyggelse vid Gullmarn - en undersökning av bebyggelseförändringar med hjälp av GIS. Master Thesis, Göteborgs universitet; Sweden

Ingensand, J. (2001) GIS och kartografisk visualisering. (SIG et visualisation cartographique) Bachelor Thesis, Göteborgs universitet; Sweden


Eisenhut, C. Germann, M., Züricher, R., DiDonato, P., Ertz, O., Ingensand, J., Kottmann, D., Reitz, T., eCH-0118: Règles de codification GML pour INTERLIS,  Association eCH,

Poster presentations

Produit, T., Ingensand, J., Milani, G. (2016). QGIS plugin or web app? Our experiences in the development of a 3D georeferencer. Open Source Geospatial Research & Education Symposium (OGRS2016), Perugia, Italy

Ingensand, J. (2009) Guichets cartographiques pour l’agglomération de Delémont. Présentation au Comptoir Suisse (EPFL transportation center), Lausanne, 19-28 septembre 2009

Ingensand, J. (2009) Detection and analysis of user interactions with web-GIS. IIE Green Days, Arolla, 3-4 septembre 2009

Ingensand, J. (2008) Developing collaborative systems for managing natural resources The example of the vineyard-management system RIV, EPFL Research Day 2008. Lausanne, 15 avril 2008

Ingensand, J. Vilhelmson, B. (2004) Coastal protection for whom? Land use conflicts in coastal areas. Nordic GIS-conference, Göteborg; Suède, 18-20 octobre 2004


Ingensand, J. (2008) Installation pour la patrouille des glaciers à Verbier ; Visualisation des patrouilles sur une maquette physique du terrain en temps réel

Ingensand, J. et al. (2002) Installation « Emotainer » Exposition Re:evolution. Göteborg City Museum.