Picture of Nianhua Liu

Mag. M.Sc. Nianhua Liu

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

  • 2019.01-2019.02, Visit Student, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

  • 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

  • Gao, Y., Gella, G.W. and Liu, N., 2022. Assessing the Influences of Band Selection and Pretrained Weights on Semantic-Segmentation-Based Refugee Dwelling Extraction from Satellite Imagery. AGILE: GIScience Series3, pp.1-6.

  • Liu, N., Zhuang, L., Nétek, R. and Strobl, J., 2022. The overview, outcome, and outlook of GIS-based football visualization. GeoMundus 2021.

  • Zhuang, L. and Liu, N., 2021. Exploring the spatial pattern and transition rule of urban conversion: a case study in Wuhan, China2021 IGU International Workshop on Geography and Sustainability.

  • Liu, N., 2021. Current EO and GI Technologies in Humanitarian Aid. GeoHumanitarian Action Forum, 12th International Symposium on Digital Earth.

  • Zhuang, L. and Liu, N., 2021. Monitoring Croplands impact on NDVI and NO2 among four towns in Guangdong with Google Earth Engine. Global Youth Summit 2021 of the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate.

  • Zhuang, L. and 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.

  • Liu, N., Zhuang, L. and Vozenilek, V., 2021. Analyzing the spatial relationship between environmental, socioeconomic factors and dengue fever risk in Shenzhen. International Scientific and Practical Conference ‘Region-2021: Optimal Development Strategy, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, October 21–22, 2021.

  • Liu, N., 2020. Inversion Modeling of Suspended Sediment Concentration and Chemical Oxygen Demand in Guangdong coastal area. Tsinghua Graduate International Academic Forum 2020.

  • Liu, N., Xiao, M., Xu, X., Li, X., and Shi, Q., 2019. Environmental Detection and Management Based on Multi-source Remote Sensing Data from Baiyangdian Lake. GeoMundus 2019.

  • Liu, N., and He, Z., 2019. The impact of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge on second-hand housing prices in Zhuhai. the 2nd International Conference on Urban Informatics.


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