Prof. Dr. Alexander Brenning from the University of Waterloo (Canada) is spending a research stay as Visiting Professor from February to August 2014 at the GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University. This was made possible through a grant from the prestigious Humbold-Foundation. His research will focus on “Statistical GeoComputation: Linking Physical and Human Geographical Approaches“. Prof. Brenning is currently Assoc. Professor in Geomatics at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and has a track record in Geocomputation. Within his research stay he is particularily interested in spatial prediction modeling and spatial pattern and trend detection. These are important tasks in a data-rich world in a variety of areas including quantitative geography, environmental science, and econometrics. This fits nicely into our PhD graduate school (RTG) “CrowdAnalyser: Spatio-temporal Analysis of User-generated Content” and we are looking forward to fruitful exchange and discussions. Welcome to Heidelberg, Alexander and have a nice stay at the oldest university in Germany!