Nianhua Liu

Nianhua Liu, M.Sc.


Maps Make Magic!

Research Interests

  • GeoVisualization & GeoCommunication

  • Web Mapping & Animation

  • User Study & User Experience

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.
  • Liu, N. (2021), Exploring the land expansion strategy and transition rule of urban conversion: a case study in central Wuhan. First Workshop of Asian Young Geographer, Asian Geographical Association, Dec 18-19, 2021
  • Liu, N., Zhuang, L., Nétek, R., & Strobl, J. (2021). The overview, outcome, and outlook of GIS-based football visualization. Paper presented at the GeoMundus 2021, NOVA IMS, Information Management School, Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Liu, N. (2021). Exploring the spatial pattern and transition rule of urban conversion: a case study in Wuhan, China. 2021 IGU International Workshop on Geography and Sustainability
  • 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
  • Best short paper award in GeoMundus 2019 Conference
  • Mapathon Winner of 13th GeoMundus Conference
  • Mapbox China Top Developer 2018
  • Third prize of Orbita Hyper-spectral Remote Sensing image application competition
  • Challenge award in the Development group of the18th SuperMap College GIS Competition



  • 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
  • CPGIS: Student Member in The International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences
  • CaGIS: Student Member in Cartography and Geographic Information Society
  • ISPRS SC: Member in ISPRS Student Consortium
  • IGU-MGSC: Member of Modeling Geographical Systems Commission of International Geographical Union
  • AGA-YGWG: Member of Young Geographer Working Group of Asian Geographical Association