Dr. Marcelo Galvão

I'm a geodata visualization specialist and a geoinformatics researcher.

My focus
  • Data vizualization
  • AI - Optimization, search, and evolutionary algorithms
  • GIS and cartography
  • Responsive web design
  • Full stack developer
I develop algorithms for the generalization of geographic information that improves the readability of maps. (Route schematization with landmarks)


Research Associate

Institute for Geoinformatics – University of Münster

In the WayTO project, we investigate how people use maps to orient themselves while driving. Part of the problem is to understand how different kinds of maps benefit the user. My research topic is about algorithms for data generalization to be used in maps that facilitate usability and spatial learning. Besides that, I was lecturer for Digital Cartography and Introduction to Software Programming. Also presented in conferences and workshops, and published scientific articles.

Wayfinding through orientation.
Oktober 2016 - July 2021

Information Technology Consultant

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

I manage several IT applications and infrastructure in the Observatory for Renewable Energy for America Latina and Caribbean. Geo-referenced information systems, the home page, a digital library, and Server maintenance (Red Hat Linux).

April 2012 - July 2014


IT & Research

I have almost three years of internship experience in companies of different business sectors: private, research institutions, government, and ONGs.

July 2006 - April 2010


University of Münster, Germany

PhD candidate - Institute for Geoinformatics

Lecturer for Digital Cartography. Lecturer for Introduction to Software Programming. Participation in Conferences and workshops. Publication of scientific articles. Development of visualization algorithms. Development of methods for the evaluation of maps.

October 2016 - November 2021

University of Münster, Germany
Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies

Erasmus Plus Granted Master in thress European Universities. Courses: Programming, Spatial databases, Software engineering, Spatial analysis, Spatial data visualization, Multimedia, Remote sensing applications, Web and mobile GIS, Introduction to GIS, Spatial data infrastructures, Digital Cartography, Reference Systems, Usability, Project management.

September 2014 - April 2016

University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil

BS in Computer Science

Object Oriented Programming, Systematic programming, Database, Data Structure, Information Systems, Linear Algebra, Analysis of Algorithms, Introduction to Graph Theory, Automata and Computability, Network Management, Artificial Intelligence, Construction of Multimedia Pieces, Probability and Statistics, Transportation Planning.

September 2003 - July 2010


Programming Languages & Tools
JavaScript 85%
D3 -Data-Driven Documents 90%
HTML 85%
CSS 90%
GIS tools 80%
Java 90%
SQL/Spatial Databases 85%
*GitHub 65%
*R programming 60%
*Python 25%

*Capturing my current interest

  • English (proficient)
  • German (advanced)
  • Spanish (proficient)
  • Portuguese (native)


Journal publications

Galvão, M. L., Krukar, J., & Schwering, A. (2021). Evaluating schematic route maps in wayfinding tasks for in-car navigation. Cartography and Geographic Information Science.

We build a virtual enviroment to test maps in a driving simulator.

de Lima Galvão, M., Krukar, J., Nöllenburg, M., & Schwering, A. (2020). Route schematization with landmarks. Journal of Spatial Information Science.

Conference publications

Schwering, A., Krukar, J., Galvao, M. , Schick, W., & Löwen, H. (2019). Wayfinding Through Orientation: Schematizing Landmark, Route and Survey Information in a Single Map. Position Paper in Schematic Mapping Workshop.

Anacta, V. J. A., Li, R., Löwen, H., Galvao, M. D. L., & Schwering, A. (2018) Spatial distribution of local landmarks in route-based sketch maps. German Conference on Spatial Cognition (pp. 107-118).

Krukar, J., Schwering, A., Löwen, H.,Galvao, M. & Anacta, V (2017). Rethinking Wayfinding Support Systems—Introduction. In International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (pp. 151-152). 21-30.

Galvão, M., Ramos, F., Lamar, M., & Taco, P. (2017). Dynamic visualization of transit information using genetic algorithms for path schematization. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography.

de Lima Galvão, M., Lamar, M. V., & Taco, P. W. G. (2014). Desenho automático de mapas octalineares de rede de transporte público utilizando algoritmo genético. TRANSPORTES, 22(1), 21-30.

Master thesis

de Lima Galvão, Marcelo. (2016) Schematic Bus Transit Maps for the web using genetic algorithms.".


Awards & Certifications


I'm an enthusiast of the systems involved on Earth. Its geography and cultural differences are fascinating. I have a particular interest in climatology, history, and geopolitics. That's why, when I have free time, I'm traveling looking for new cultures and waves to surf.