Peter Kiefer

Senior Researcher

Geoinformation Engineering ETH Zurich
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My research focuses on the improvement of mobile GIS and location-based services. I'm interested in people's attention and intentions while using these systems, and in new assistive technologies that can help to improve the interaction with mobile geo-spatial services. In my current work, I'm using eye tracking technology to analyze people's perception and visual strategies while interacting with geographic information. One goal of this research is the development of methods for the semantic interpretation of a mobile person's gaze and trajectory, leading to mobile gaze-based assistive technologies.
Read more about this research on the website of the GeoGazeLab (see also News).

Projects (since 2011)

Intention-Aware Gaze-Based Assistance on Maps (IGAMaps)
2016-2019, Swiss National Science Foundation
My role: Principal Investigator
Website, News
OMLETH II: Development of a broader application for the platform for location-based mobile learning at ETH
2016-2017, Innovedum
My role: Project Manager
Website (German)
Location-Aware Mobile Eye Tracking for Tourist Assistance (LAMETTA)
2015-2019, ETH Zurich Research Grant
My role: Principal Investigator
Website, News
Enhanced flight training program for monitoring aircraft automation
2015-2017, Federal Office of Civil Aviation
My role: Researcher, Substitute Project Lead
Website, News
A platform for location-based mobile learning at ETH Zurich (OMLETH)
2014-2015, Innovedum
My role: Project Manager
Website (German)

Conference and Workshop Organization, Chairing, Editorship


I am lecturing the course Mobile GIS and Location-Based Services (5 credits, 4 hours per week), offered each spring semester in the Geomatics Master program at ETH Zurich.

My further teaching activities at the Chair of Geoinformation Engineering include lectures and labs on Mobile GIS and Human Computer Interaction in GIS II (Bachelor) and GIS III (Master), and the supervision of theses.

I'm further involved in two study programs for continuing education: the Certificate of Advanced Studies on Spatial Information Systems, and the Master of Advanced Studies on Mobility of the Future

Previously, I have been a research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Computing in the Cultural Sciences, University of Bamberg, Germany. There I was involved in courses for the Bachelor and Master programs on Applied Computer Science, including "Introduction to Applied Computer Science", "Mobile Assistance Systems" and programming projects.