Nianhua Liu

Nianhua Liu, M.Sc.


Maps Make Magic!

Research Interests

  • GeoVisualization & GeoCommunication

  • Web Mapping & 3D Maps

  • Smart City & Urban Digital Twins

  • User interface & User experience & Human-computer interaction

  • XR Mapping

Educational Background

  • Since 10.2022, Doctoral Researcher, Chair of Cartography and Visual Analytics, TUM, Germany

  • 2020.10-2022.06, Master Degree, Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria

  • 2020.10-2022.06, Master Degree, Department of Geoinformatics, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic

  • 2019.07-2019.10, Research Assistant, University of Alberta, Canada

  • 2015.08-2020.06, Bachelor Degree, Geographic Information Science, Sun Yat-sen University, China


Working Experience



  • Since 03.2022, UN Mapper: Coordinate Chinese volunteers group to translate mapping tutorials

  • Since 09.2022, YouthMappers at TU Munich: Founder of chapter

  • 2018.12-2019.10, Mapbox China: Completed Chinese tutorials related to Mapbox GL JS for Web apps 


Journal Paper Publication

  • Liu, N. and Strobl, J., 2022. Impact of neighborhood features on housing resale prices in Zhuhai (China) based on an (M) GWR model. Big Earth Data, pp.1-24.

  • He, Y., Pu, H., Liu, N., Zhang, Y. and Sheng, Y., 2022. An Analysis of Food Accessibility of Mountain Cities in China: A Case Study of Chongqing. Applied Sciences12(7), p.3236.


Conference & Presentations

  • Liu, N., Liu, B., Feng, Y., & Meng, L. (2023). Comparative User Experiments in Cognitive Pitfalls of Climate Change Information. Abstracts of the ICA, 6, 143.
  • Liu, N., Salazar, J., Chen, C., Wang, S., Netek, R., Popelka, S., & Meng, L. (2023). Using Eye-tracking to Evaluate Visual Behaviours on GIS Enhanced Football Animations. Abstracts of the ICA, 6, 144., 2023.
  • Gao, Y., Gella, G. W., & Liu, N. (2022). Assessing the Influences of Band Selection and Pretrained Weights on Semantic-Segmentation-Based Refugee Dwelling Extraction from Satellite Imagery. AGILE: GIScience Series, 3, 36.
  • Wang, S., Liu, B., Zhang, C.,Liu, N., & Meng, L. (2023). Visualizing indoor layout for spatial learning using Mixed Reality-based X-ray vision. Abstracts of the ICA, 6, 267., 2023.


Awards and Grants

  • Honorary award in CYBERCARTOGRAPHY Competition 2022, AGILE, ICA, and ISPRS
  • Best paper award in 13th GeoMundus Conference
  • Mapathon Winner of 13th GeoMundus Conference
  • Mapbox China Top Developer 2018



  • EIT Urban Mobility - Doctoral Training Network
  • NFDI4Earth - Academy fellow
  • ISPRS WG IV/5: Member in ISPRS Working Group - Geovisualization, Augmented And Virtual Reality
  • OMF: Early Career Scholars in Open Modeling Foundation
  • ISDE: Member in International Society for Digital Earth
  • CaGIS: Student Member in Cartography and Geographic Information Society