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ISPRS e-Bulletin: September 2011

ISPRS e-Bulletin
Issue No 6 - 2011


Council Meetings

ISPRS Council Meeting Antalya Minutes

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2012 ISPRS Congress
25 Aug-1 Sep 2012, Melbourne, Australia

ISPRS Joint Workshop on 3D City Modeling & Applications and the 6th 3D GeoInfo Conference      

XXII ISPRS Congress-One Year to Go!

Preparations are well advanced for the XXII ISPRS Congress in Melbourne at the end of August next year. The venue has been visited by ISPRS Council and the Technical Commission Presidents and everybody is very enthusiastic that the Congress in Melbourne will be a rewarding and enriching experience.

The City of Melbourne is a blend of historic buildings, built mostly during the gold rush of the 1850s, and modern high rise apartments and offices. During Melbourne's boom years it was the busiest port in the world, and one of the richest cities. It also became a base for manufacturing to serve the needs of the mining and agricultural industries. After the 1st and 2nd World Wars the city was the focus of much immigration creating the culture that we have in Australia today. One of the most significant contributions to Melbourne culture, actually one of many, was the introduction of the espresso coffee machine!

Melbourne has a wonderful restaurant and cafe culture, and takes its coffee very seriously. The first espresso machine arrived with Italian immigrants in the early 1950s, establishing a serious coffee tradition based on the Gaggia that is now on display in the Melbourne Museum. Many of the laneways originally used to service the city buildings and mercantile trade are now full of cafes and the vibrant atmosphere of Europe.

If you have access to an iPhone or iPad, there are several useful apps that also give more information on the wonderful city of Melbourne. Have a browse in the Apps Store. Also, there will be an app available for all mobile platforms with more information on the Congress very soon, which will eventually include the program complete with all the technical sessions.

For the most up-to-date information on the Congress, the registration and abstract submission please visit You can also download the 2nd Announcement, and other useful information on Melbourne.


The four year cycle of ISPRS culminates next year with the Congress to be held in Melbourne. The Congress Director and his team have been preparing for this important event since the Beijing Congress in 2008, but Council has also been making preparations. For most people the Congress is the occasion for presenting papers and discussing technical developments but the ISPRS General Assembly is also held and Members have the opportunity to vote for the new Council and Technical Commission Presidents (TCPs)and to review the work of Council during the four year period. In preparation for this I have been responsible, as First Vice President , for preparing new guidelines for working groups and preparation of resolutions; these have now been completed and incorporated into a revised Orange Book which contains all ISPRS Guidelines. Council hopes that this will stimulate people to prepare resolutions highlighting the key topics for investigation, and to put themselves forward as TCPs or working group chairs for the coming four years. The revised Orange Book will be placed on the ISPRS web site at the beginning of September. ISPRS depends on the participation of individuals in working groups for its continuance as a healthy, vibrant society, and Council looks forward to interest from many people in the future work of ISPRS.

Prof. Ian Dowman
First Vice President

Quick Links

ISPRS homepage
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ISPRS Calendar
Melbourne Congress 2012
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2012 ISPRS Congress
25 Aug-1 Sep 2012, Melbourne, Australia

The XXII Congress

Submit Your Abstract for ISPRS2012

The online submission system for abstracts is now open. The deadline for submission of abstracts of papers for presentation at the ISPRS 2012 Congress is Monday, 24 October 2011.

An abstract must be submitted for all papers, including plenary and invited papers, papers by young authors, oral and poster presentations, and full papers that will be submitted to the double blind, peer review process. All papers accepted for presentation will have the associated abstract published in the Book of Abstracts distributed at the ISPRS 2012 Congress.

For the double blind, peer review process (Technical Commissions II, III, IV and VII only), you must ensure that the full paper is submitted no later than 16 January 2012. Papers submitted by this date will be peer reviewed and published in the International Annals of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Late papers may be accepted to be published in the non-peer reviewed International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. For the review by abstract only, full papers submitted no later than 16 April 2012 will be included in the International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing or the Proceedings of 16ARSPC.

Authors should note that every paper submitted must have one unique registration for the paper to be included in the published proceedings. A participant may be the co-author of multiple papers, however each author may present only one paper at the Congress, except for those authors of plenary and invited papers or papers submitted to Technical Commission VI. Payment of the registration fee by the Presenting Author must be made prior to the deadline of 30 April 2012.

A broad overview of the technical program is available on the Congress website and the detailed schedule of presentations in the technical program will be available from April 2012.

If you have any questions regarding the technical program or presentations, please contact me at
If you have any general queries regarding the conference, venue, registration, transport, accommodation or visas, please visit the web site or contact the conference organiser, ICMS, at

I look forward to a very successful technical program based on excellent papers and presentations. I am sure your paper and presentation will be of interest and value to the participants at the 22nd Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the 16th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference. On behalf of the Technical Program Committee, I look forward to your participation.

Prof. Mark Shortis

Technical Program Director

Important Dates and Information

Deadline for Abstracts:
24 October 2011

Deadline for Full Paper:
16 January 2012
(Technical Commissions requiring peer review)

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
24 February 2012

Deadline for Full Paper:
16 April 2012
(Technical Commissions not requiring peer review)

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
30 April 2012

Accommodation Deadline:
20 July 2012

The XXII Congress

Report on ISPRS Council and Joint Meeting with Council and Technical Commission Presidents (TCPs)      

Report on ISPRS Council and Joint Meeting with Council and Technical Commission Presidents (TCPs)
Melbourne, August 22-26, 2011
by John Trinder

ISPRS Council met in session and also with ISPRS TCPs in Melbourne Australia to discuss plans for the ISPRS Congress in from 25 August to 1 September 2012 as well as inspect the facilities. The meetings were held at the intended venue for the Congress Dinner, Flemington Race Course and home of the Melbourne Cup, and at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. All participants at the meeting agreed that the Congress venue is excellent and they are looking forward to a very successful Congress and Exhibition.

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New: ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information


On 8 August 2011 ISPRS and MDPI AG of Basel Switzerland signed a contract for publishing the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information ( All scientific papers will be peer-reviewed and published rapidly. Prof. Wolfgang Kainz, University of Vienna, was appointed editor-in-chief of the new journal.

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Reports of ISPRS Events

WG IV/4 International workshop on Multinational Geomatics Capacity Building – Achievements and Challenges Report      

WG VI/4 International workshop on "Multinational Geomatics Capacity Building – Achievements and Challenges" Report
April 7-8, 2011
IIRS, Dehradun, India

The ISPRS Technical Commission VI (i.e. Education and Outreach), Working Group 4 on "Cross Border education for Standard course Frameworks and promotion of Joint Education Programs at National and International level" organized two days International workshop at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Dehradun, India. The workshop had the title "Multinational Geomatics Capacity Building – Achievements and Challenges". It was co-organized by IIRS in collaboration with International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia Pacific (CSSTEAP), affiliated to UN, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok and Indian Society of Remote Sensing. The event was sponsored by ISRO, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Symbiosis Institute of Geoinformatics (SIG), India. It was attended by 82 participants that include 16 from other countries (Austria, The Netherlands, Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal, Nigeria, Magnolia, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam) and the remaining 66 participants are from India.

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International Symposium on Spatial-Temporal Analysis and Data Mining (STDM 2011)
July 18–19
London, UK

by Tao Cheng

This is the second symposium organised by the Working Group on Spatial Analysis and Data Mining of ISPRS Technical Commission II. The motivation for the STDM symposium is to exchange the latest ideas about the deployment of advanced technologies to methods of spatial analysis, spatial-temporal data modelling and data mining. It has been jointly organised by the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, and the Department of Geography, University College London on July 18th – 19th, 2011. Over 70 scholars from 22 countries and regions have registered for this symposium – from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, China Taipei, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malta, Portugal, The Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the USA.

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ISPRS Workshop on Laser Scanning 2011 Report      

ISPRS Workshop on Laser Scanning 2011 Report
August 29–31
Calgary, Canada

by Derek Lichti

Laser Scanning 2011 was held at the University of Calgary (the Sponsoring Organization) campus from 29-31 August 2011. A tutorial was also held on 1 September 2011. The Workshop Chair and Co-Chair were Derek Lichti and Ayman Habib, respectively, both from the University of Calgary. It was the 7th in a series of ISPRS workshops on laser scanning that began in 1999. It attracted scientists, system developers and practitioners whose work is focused on the modelling and application of point cloud data acquired from laser scanners and other active imaging systems such as range cameras.

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ISPRS 2011 Workshop on Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services Report      

ISPRS 2011 Workshop on "Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services" Report
August 10–12
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

by Suzana Dragicevic, Songnian Li, Bert Veenendaal and Maria A. Brovelli of ISPRS WG IV/5

The Joint Workshops, titled "Our Complex World: Representation, Analysis and Modeling" and sponsored by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA), was successfully completed during August 10-12th, 2011 on the campus of Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Building on the strong traditions and reputation of the previous Workshop series, this event blended the 4th ICA Workshop on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling organized by the ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling and the 2nd ISPRS Workshop on Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services organized by the ISPRS Working Group (WG) IV/5 in collaboration with WG IV/1 and WG IV/4.

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FIG Commissions 5 and 6 Workshop on "Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth Resources" Report      

FIG Commissions 5 and 6 Workshop on "Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth Resources" Report
Sept 4–8, 2011
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

by Gottfried Konecny

The workshop was organized as a principal activity of FIG Commissions 5 and 6 of the International Federation of Surveyors FIG under the title "Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth Resources". The local organization was carried out by the Mongolian Association of Geodesy, Photogrammetry & Cartography (MAGP&C) and the Siberian State Academy of Geodesy (SSGA), Novosibirsk.

FIG was represented by FIG Vice President Rudolf Staiger, University of Bochum, Germany, the President of FIG Commission 6 Gethin Wyn Roberts, University of Nottingham in Ningpo, China and Working Group Chairman 6.3 Vladimir Seredovich. ICA was represented by Milan Konecny, Chairman of ICA Commission on "Cartography on Early Warning and Crisis Management" (and Past ICA President). ISPRS was to be represented by ISPRS Vice President Ammatzia Peled, who was prevented for attending at the last moment.

The workshop was supported by local and international sponsors, among them Leica Geosystems, but also ISPRS which was making it possible, that some brilliant students from the University of Kazakhstan and from SSGA Novosibirsk could attend the workshop, each delivering a good paper.

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ISPRS Awards      

ISPRS Awards

Nominations can now be made for the ISPRS awards which will be presented at the ISPRS Congress in Melbourne next year.  Awards are available for various activities,  so please read the terms of reference to ensure that nominations are made for the appropriate award.

Full details of the awards can be found at;  nominations must be made on line with the appropriate documents downloaded on line.

Address any queries to Ian Dowman,  ISPRS First Vice President:

The U. V. Helava Award      

The U. V. Helava Award – Best Paper Volume 65 (2010)

The U.V. Helava Award, sponsored by Elsevier B.V. and Leica Geosystems AG, is a prestigious ISPRS Award, which was established in 1998 to encourage and stimulate submission of high quality scientific papers by individual authors or groups to the ISPRS Journal, to promote and advertise the Journal, and to honour the outstanding contributions of Dr. Uuno V. Helava to research and development in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

The Award is presented to authors of the best paper, written in English and published exclusively in the ISPRS Journal during the four-year period from January of a Congress year, to December of the year prior to the next Congress. The Award consists of a monetary grant of SFr. 10,000 and a plaque. A five-member jury, comprising experts of high scientific standing, whose expertise covers the main topics included in the scope of the Journal, evaluates the papers. For each year of the four-year evaluation period, the best paper is selected, and among these four papers, the one to receive the U.V. Helava Award.

The fourth U.V. Helava Award will be presented at the 22th ISPRS Congress in Melbourne, 25 August-1 September 2012. The jury appointed by the ISPRS Council evaluated the 54 papers of volume 65 (2010) and announced its decision for the Best Paper.

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Member News

Draft Guidelines for the Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Products Released by ASPRS for Comment

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) today released a draft "Guidelines for Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Mapping Products". The material is considered DRAFT FOR REVIEW and is being published at this time to encourage wide dissemination and comment.

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In Memoriam

David Tait      

David Tait 1943-2011

David Tait died on Wednesday July 20th, 2011, aged 68. He was born, in 1943 in Falkirk, West Lothian, Scotland, attending schools there, and becoming Falkirk High School captain (head-boy) in 1960. He read Geography from 1960-1965 at the University of Glasgow, and within that programme was introduced, by Gordon Petrie, to Photogrammetry and other aspects of Surveying and Mapping. These fired his imagination. Going to ITC (then the International Training Centre for Aerial Survey, but now the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of The University of Twente) in the Netherlands, on a NATO scholarship, following his Glasgow graduation, he completed a one-year postgraduate programme in Photogrammetry. He was invited to remain at ITC, as a Scientific Assistant, but also quickly became involved in editing that institute's world renowned lecture notes series.

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Hans-Karsten Meier      

Hans-Karsten Meier 1925-2011

On the 5th of August 2011 Prof. Dr. HANS-KARSTEN MEIER died unexpectedly at the age of 85. After his second hip replacement and successful rehabilitation he was about to return home when he passed away during the night. Together with his wife and the families of his two sons many friends and colleagues attended the funeral to say farewell in his home village of Koenigsbronn near to Oberkochen.

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New Events

18-18 Nov 2011
Joint event of OBSERVE, Balkan GEONet and EGIDA projects
"Earth Observations for the Social Benefits of Balkan Areas, Post-GEO Workshop"
Istanbul, TURKEY
23-26 Jan 2012
Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2012
London, UK
30 Apr - 4 May 2012
International Summer School on Mobile Mapping Technology 2012
Tainan, TAIWAN
22-29 Apr 2013
International Summer School on Mobile Mapping Technology 2013
Tainan, TAIWAN
30 Apr - 2 May 2013
8th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology 2013
Tainan, TAIWAN
2-6 Sep 2013
XXIVth CIPA Heritage Documentation Symposium
Strasbourg, FRANCE


Job Opportunities

28-Aug-2011: Computer Vision Researcher, Intelligent Robotics Group, NASA Ames Research Center, California
28-Aug-2011: Applied Research Engineer, Intelligent Robotics Group, NASA Ames Research Center, California
15-Sep-2011: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS, University of South Australia
23-Sep-2011: Research Assistant, Institute of Geomatics, Castelldefells, Spain
25-Sep-2011: Assistant Professor in GIScience with specialization in Remote Sensing, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

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New publications on the website

ISPRS Book Series, Volume 9      

ISPRS Book Series, Volume 9

Advances in Web-based GIS, Mapping Services and Applications
Edited by Songnian Li, Suzana Dragićević & Bert Veenendaal (Edts), 2011

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2010, SilviLaser 2010, The 10th International Conference on LiDAR Applications for Assessing Forest Ecosystems (34MB), SilviLaser 2010
2011, 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring, 10-15 April, Sydney, Australia, ISRSE-34
2011, ISPRS Workshop Laser Scanning 2011, 29-31 Aug, Calgary, Canada, XXXVIII-5/W12
2011, 28th Urban Data Management Symposium, 28-30 Sep, Delft, The Netherlands, XXXVIII-4/C21

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