Doctoral study programme Geography (specialization Geoinformatics and Cartography) is focused on main theoretical disciplines in various branches of geoinformatics and cartography (informatics, database systems, mathematical analysis, geostatistics, modelling, etc.).

The themes of doctoral thesis include questions of application of geoinformatics technologies (GIS, remote sensing, GPS, computer cartography), theoretical aspects of cartographic semiotics in analog and digital cartographic products and aspects of atlas production.

Aim of study

The main aim of the doctoral study is to prepare highly qualified scientists for expert and scientific work in several specializations of geoinformatics and cartography.

Forms of study

The study is offered in full-time or combined form. The period of study is usually 4 years for full-time study, 6 years in the combined form.

Council board:

  • prof. Dr. Vít Voženílek, Palacky University Olomouc
  • assoc. prof. Dr. Vilém Pechanec, Palacky University Olomouc
  • assoc. prof. Dr. Zdena Dobešová, Palacky University Olomouc
  • prof. Dr. Václav Snášel, VSB-Technical University Ostrava
  • assoc. prof. Dr. Jiří Dvorský, VSB-Technical University Ostrava
  • prof. Dr. dr hab. Jan Andres, Palacky University Olomouc
  • prof. Dr. Radomír Halaš, Palacky University Olomouc
  • prof. Dr. Bohuslav Veverka, Czech Technical University in Prague
  • prof. Dr. Jan Tuček, Technical University Zvolen
  • assoc. prof. Dr. Jiří Horák, VSB-Technical University Ostrava
  • prof. Dr. Milan Konečný, Masaryk University, Brno
  • assoc. prof. Dr. Jan Kolář, Charles University, Prague
  • assoc. prof. Dr. Jaromír Kolejka, Masaryk University, Brno
  • assoc. prof. Dr. Ján Feranec, Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava
  • prof. Dr. Jakub Langhammer, Charles University, Prague
  • prof. Dr. Jaroslav Hofierka, University of Košice

Doctoral thesis for 2020

  • Prof. Dr. Vít VOŽENÍLEK
    • Managing diverse data sources for complex visualization of urban areas
    • The thesis aim is to identify all data sources of the selected urban area, to integrate its data in the most suitable environment for remote data management and to prepare them for all-embracing visualization. The thesis will result in innovative knowledge about data management for comprehensive cartographic production. The main outputs will consist of analysis of data sources, data model, templates for cartographic visualization and map outputs in printed and digital form.
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zdena DOBEŠOVÁ
    • Spatial evaluation of walkability
    • The structure and layout of the urban environment significantly affect the walkability of the population. The automatic processing of spatial data in GIS enables the assessment of the level of walkability. Different views and possibilities of automatic spatial data processing will be the aim of the dissertation research.
    • Visual programming for spatial data processing
    • Visual programming in GIS is a straightforward method of designing spatial data processing workflows in a graphical form.  The aim of work is a research of cognition and functional aspects of visual languages. Improvements in graphical notation and functionality of visual languages have the potential for wider usability of workflows in GIS.
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jaroslav BURIAN
    • Urban Simulation Models and their Applications in Spatial Planning
    • The aim of this thesis is to explore the possibilities of the application of selected urban simulation models in spatial planning. The work will focus mainly on selected microsimulation model(s) enabling to predict selected aspects of urban systems (e.g. land prices, jobs, household distribution or population movement). A significant part of the work will be devoted to the preparation of suitable datasets that are difficult to obtain in many countries or are available in insufficient detail. Advanced possibilities of spatial data collection and processing including aggregation and disaggregation procedures will be used for this purpose. With respect to the selected model(s) and the selected area, several case studies will be conducted to elaborate on the possibilities of application of micro-simulation modeling in spatial planning.
    • Spatial continuity of statistical data in cross-border areas
    • The aim of this thesis is to focus on the spatial continuity of selected social and economic phenomena in cross-border areas. The work will focus mainly on the identification and analysis of spatial patterns using advanced statistical and geoinformation methods. For this purpose, a tool (e.g. script, model, extension) will be created to allow for automatic evaluation of continuity, clusters, differences and spatial patterns. An important part of the work will be the selection and processing of appropriate datasets, which vary from country to country in detail, timeliness, method of processing and their availability. The work will be solved with an emphasis on the Czech borderland with the potential of transfer of acquired knowledge and all cross-border areas in Europe.

Study plans and list of courses

Studies carried out by individual study plan, which compiles trainer and approves the Specialist Board. During the study (see Dean’s directive FS UP) consists of 4 student testing and examination of the English language. Reports on professional seminars and conferences, publications and preparing a dissertation. The study is the state examination and a doctoral thesis defense.

Mandatory modules

  • English (B2)
  • 1month research internship abroad
  • Management in research and development

Obligatory modules (only four of these)

  • Digital Cartography
  • Documentographic Information Systems
  • Mathematical Modelling of Dynamical Systems
  • Fuzzy Sets and their Applications
  • Geometry of Description of Spatial Phenomena
  • Geovisualization in GIT
  • Cartographic visualization and its cognitive aspects
  • Data Compression
  • Cartographic Research Methods
  • Land Cover and its Change Mapping
  • Cartographic Semiology
  • GIT in Landscape Management
  • Spatial Phenomena Modelling and Simulation
  • Object-Oriented Technologies
  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • National Spatial Information Infrastructure
  • GIT Planning and Design  
  • Spatial Decision Support Systems  
  • Theoretical background of computer networks
  • Theory, Analysis and Interpretation of Radar Data
  • Flood Risk Modelling
  • Map projections
  • Service-Oriented Architecture in GIT
  • Surveying and Mapping
  • Geoinformatic Methods used for Remote Landscape Monitoring
  • Development of Software Tools for Open-source GIS

More information about courses

Publication modules

  • The main author of publication with IF  
  • Other publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • The main author of peer-reviewed journal  
  • Co-authored publication in a journal with IF
  • Presentation at the conference (poster)

Activity modules

  • Project activities  
  • Oral presentation at the International Conference  
  • Teaching at the Palacky University Olomouc
  • Management of Bachelor Theses
  • Review of closing works
  • The seminary at the Palacky University Olomouc
  • The popularization activities at the Palacky University Olomouc

State examination

  • Final State Examination
  • Defense of the PhD thesis