Doctoral Studies

Cartography, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing - Field

Brief description of field

The field of Cartography, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing develops its students in spatial data processing techniques and in the possibilities of digital and analog cartographic presentations on events occurring in the physical geographic and socio-economic sphere of the Earth. It is aimed at traditional component-based approach to cartography, as well as on complex solutions of problems within the frame of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing with the use of latest information technologies and software tools. Doctoral students are led to understand both theoretical and practical utilization of cartographic visualization in the cartographic modelling of selected phenomena. Attention is drawn to questions relating to the coming Big Data era, especially to data quality and the ability to critically select them from different sources for multiple users according to their needs.

During studies, attention is also paid to adaptable electronic cartography, cartographic generalization in the digital environment, creation and utilization of national spatial data infrastructures and European and global spatial data projects, such as COPERNICUS, INSPIRE, Global Map, GSDI, Digital Earth, Future Earth, UN Geographic Database and UN-GGIM. Ph.D. students also learn about web cartography and all current forms of cartographic presentation.  Attention is also paid to the use of geographic information from volunteers (VGI-volunteer geographic information)  and as well as from the social media (SMGI).Besides aspects related to content and technologies, attention is also paid to security and legislative aspects of spatial data handling. Students also attend to the utilization of geographic information in public administration and other (private, academic) portals in connection with basic documents of the Czech Republic and the European Union in the field of information policy and building of information society.

Profile of a typical graduate

Students acquire thorough theoretical and practical knowledge, work habits and skills, which allow them to adequately define and solve scientific problems related to study of processes and phenomena in the landscape sphere of the earth from the point of view of individual components of sustainable development, i.e. ecological, economic, social, technological, cultural, and ethical. Doctoral students master a wide range of methods from the fields of geoinformatics, analytic, web and adaptable electronic cartography,  remote sensing, mainly methods of cartographic generalization, cartographic visualization, methods of analysing, processing and interpretation of data and information from remote sensing. Their skills are grounded in knowledge of historical maps, analog and digital (mainly thematic) maps and atlases.
Graduates are also able to enter, cooperate and supply data and information into Czech, European, and global spatial data projects. They are able to constructively react to requirements related to utilization of geographic information for the need of information/knowledge-based society, especially in the creation of national geographic information infrastructure of the Czech Republic and public administration portals. Knowledge of analytic and web cartography, use of information technologies in solving both scientific and practical tasks, and the ability of geographic data integration, analysis and interpretation provide graduates with good opportunities of assertion in scientific academic workplaces, as well as in applied research at a wide range of institutions and organizations dealing with spatial information (cadastral and regional offices, public administration, ecological and/or economic institutions, etc.) and in various fields of private enterprise.

Requirements for applicants

Formal requirements for the entrance process are stipulated by the Application for Doctoral Studies. The person interested in the study, who is a graduate of the master study of geography and cartography or a related branch, chooses topic and supervisor of the studies according to the published offer of topics of dissertation theses, and/or they can address the supervisor directly with a suggestion of the topic. The entrance exam takes place in front of a committee, taking in consideration the following requirements:

  • scientific knowledge within the range of master studies of geography with focus on cartography, geoinformatics and remote sensing,
  • a paper written in English about the assumed aims, methods and results of the doctoral thesis in the extent of 1–2 pages and oral presentation of those topics in English,
  • presentation of the master thesis and/or scientific publications,
  • organizing a part or the whole examination in English.

The exam commission evaluates knowledge from cartography, geoinformatics and remote sensing maximally by 70 points; at least 35 points are necessary for fulfilment of this part. At least 15 points from 30 possible points are necessary for successful passing of exam from English language. This means that for successful finishing of the entrance exam it is necessary to obtain at least 50 points from 100 possible points; at the same time, minimal points from both parts of the exam have to be achieved.

Study requirements and completion of studies

Individual study plan (ISP) is valid in the whole scope for students of the attendance form as well as the combined form of the study. If fulfillment of any part of the ISP in the requested scope is impossible, a supervisor (a corresponding teacher) has to define alternative fulfillment, which will be approved by the chairman of the branch commission for cartography, geoinformatics and remote sensing.

  • Part A: includes obligatory subjects according to the chosen study branch, set by the branch committee, finished usually by an examination.
  • Part B: includes the obligatory-elective subjects, recommended to the student by the supervisor of the study with the objective of extending the necessary knowledge with respect to the doctoral thesis.
  • Part C: includes active participation of students in branch geographical seminars (I-IV).
  • Part D: includes help of students in teaching (I-VI) according to the requirements of the Institute of Geography.
  • Part E: elaboration of the tenets of the doctoral thesis. The tenets contain above all an overview of the solved set of problems on the basis of the background research of domestic and foreign literature including the methods of procession of the topics of the doctoral thesis (linking up to the study of literature I-II with a scope specified by a supervisor). They are submitted to the supervisor in the form of a written report.
  • Part F: presenting the results of the dissertation. It is the publication of the results (parts of the results) in foreign professional or a scientific reviewed journal in the world language indexed in the SCOPUS and WoS databases.
  • Part G: preparation of the doctoral thesis (I-VII).

Content and extent of the state doctoral examination, required knowledge

At the state examination, the student proves the fact that they have mastered to the depth the problems of physical geography, including the corresponding techniques and skills. The objective is to verify both the level of the knowledge and the abilities of the active solution of the problem, including their comprehensive understanding and the application of the corresponding methods of analysis and synthesis. Application to the state doctor examination can be submitted when a corresponding student fulfilled all requests of the ISP in parts A, B, C, and E, i.e. at the end of the second study year.
The oral examination itself includes questions from the following areas:

  1. Spatial data for cartography and geoinformatics: analysis, processing, legal aspects.
  2. Methods of cartographic generalization, modelling, visualization and interpretation.
  3. Integration of data from digital and analogue sources, mainly from remote sensing.
  4. Spatial data projects: the Czech Republic, the European Union, Europe and global level.

Requirements for the doctoral dissertation thesis

The doctoral thesis has to solve a recent topic from the field of cartography, geoinformatics or remote sensing, which should bring new original scientific knowledge. By submitting the thesis the student demonstrates the capability of independent creative scientific work, particularly the following:

  1. to formulate the substance of the solved problem and partial and overall aims leading to the solution
  2. to obtain necessary data, evaluate them and process them in accordance of present methods
  3. to analyse obtained results in the context of the previous research, relations and connections
  4. to formulate conclusions with respect to their impacts and further development of the given branch of science

The Ph.D. thesis can be submitted for defense only after fulfillment of the ISP in all parts A–F. The Ph.D. thesis can have a form of a separate scientific treatise or can be submitted as a set of already published papers of the candidate with a corresponding commentary and delimitation of his/her percentage share on the published papers.

Examples of topics of doctoral theses:

  • Design of an interactive atlas on the selected topic.
  • Methods of automated cartographic generalization.
  • Automated cartographic visualization in an electronic environment.
  • Rapid mapping for crisis management.
  • Cognitive aspects of map character sets in selected themes.
  • Cartographic aspects of evacuation plans in 2D and 3D.
  • Cartographic language development.
  • Cognitive aspects of map perception and cartographic literacy.
  • Transformation of data models for spatial information.
  • Research and development of a mobile application for precision farming.
  • Visual elements and their impact on user behaviour in 3D virtual environments.
  • Exploratory analysis (time) of spatial data.
  • Cartographic visual analysis of massive data sets.
  • Implementation of the Copernicus European Satellite Program data in the selected area.
  • Modelling of the influence of anthropogenic activity by  Remote Sensing.
  • Social media and their potential for crisis management.
  • Crisis Management and Digital Earth: Concept, New Paradigms, Visualization.
  • Smart cities: geoinformatics support for innovative solutions.

Individual study plan

The first year

Autumn semester:

Type

Name

Finishing

Credits

P

Spatial databases

Zk

4

PV

Subject I (on the recommendation of the supervisor)

K

3

P

Branch seminar I

Z

2

P

Assistance in teaching I

Z

3

P

Preparation of the doctoral thesis I

Z

16

P

Study of literature I

Z

2

Spring semester:

Type

Name

Finishing

Credits

P

Software tools for remote sensing

Zk

4

PV

Subject II (on the recommendation of the supervisor)

K

3

P

Branch seminar II

Z

2

P

Assistance in teaching II

Z

3

P

Preparation of the doctoral thesis II

Z

16

P

Study of literature II

Z

2

The second year:

Autumn semester:

Type

Name

Finishing

Credits

P

Map semiotics

Zk

4

PV

Subject III (on the recommendation of the supervisor)

K

3

P

Branch seminar III

Z

2

P

Assistance in teaching III

Z

3

P

Tenets of the doctoral thesis

Z

18

Spring semester:

Type

Name

Finishing

Credits

P

Modeling in cartography

ZK

4

PV

Subject IV (on the recommendation of the supervisor)

K

3

P

Branch seminar IV

Z

2

P

Assistance in teaching IV

Z

3

P

Preparation of the doctoral thesis III

Z

18

The third year:

Autumn semester:

Type

Name

Finishing

Credits

P

Assistance in teaching V

Z

3

P

Preparation of the doctoral thesis IV

Z

27

Spring semester:

Type

Name

Finishing

Credits

P

Assistance in teaching VI

Z

3

P

Preparation of the doctoral thesis V

Z

17

P

Pblication in a scientific journal in English

Z

10

  • Alternative to Publication in a scientific journal in English:
  • Publication in a reviewed journal in the Czech Republic 3 credits
  • Publication in a reviewed journal in the Slovak Republic 4 credits
  • Lecture in foreign language 3 credits

The fourth year:

Autumn semester:

Type

Name

Finishing

Credits

P

Preparation of the doctoral thesis VI

Z

30

Spring semester:

Type

Name

Finishing

Credits

P

Preparation of the doctoral thesis VII

Z

30

P – obligatory, PV – obligatory-elective

List of members of doctoral committee

List of supervisors

Commission for state doctoral exams and defenses

List of current doctoral topics

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