University Assistant

GIS | AI | Digital Twins | Remote Sensing | Urban Development | Web Mapping

Lucas Reckhaus is a geographer specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), digital twins, and spatial data analysis and visualization.

With his extensive international professional experience in urban planning offices, he possesses broad knowledge of the current issues, goals, and challenges shaping urban development today. In the United States, he has worked with the New York City Department of City Planning, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and as a consultant for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In Germany, he has advised cities, municipalities, and communities on how to optimize the legally mandated XPlanning system for capturing and exchanging building plans, land use plans, landscape plans, and regional plans. Additionally, he is involved in conservation efforts in East Africa, where he volunteers as a consultant, training conservationists in the use of geospatial data.

As a researcher at the Institute for Spatial Planning at TU Wien, he will focus on the interface of artificial intelligence (AI), GIS, and digital twins.

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Research projects, publications (selection):

Snow-albedo feedback in northern Alaska: How vegetation influences snowmelt (MSc Thesis 2020, Hunter College)
Visualisation of the cognitive-cultural economy of Amsterdam (MSc Thesis 2016, Universiteit van Amsterdam)