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ISPRS e-Bulletin: December 2011

ISPRS e-Bulletin
Issue No 7 - 2011


Melbourne 2012

ISPRS Awards      

ISPRS Awards 2012

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. (you will find the links to nomaination pages

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


Here you find the direct links to the nomination pages:



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ISPRS President Orhan ALTAN was elected to the Executive Board of the International Council for Science (ICSU) at its 30th General Assembly on the 30th September 2011in Rome. He was nominated by the Geo-Union cluster of ICSU. It is the first time that an ISPRS officer has been elected as a member of ICSU Executive Board.

ICSU is a non-governmental organization with a global membership of national scientific bodies (121 Members, representing 141 countries) and International Scientific Unions (30 Members). ICSU's mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. Planning and coordinating research, science for policy and strengthening the universality of science are the three key areas of the Council's activities. ICSU is frequently called upon to speak on behalf of the global scientific community and to act as an advisor in matters ranging from the environment to conduct in science. The 30th General Assembly of ICSU endorsed several new scientific initiatives, such as Earth System Sustainability Initiative, and Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment.

ISPRS is one of the eight unions of the Geo-Unions cluster in ICSU and has played an active role in ICUS activities, such as the health and well-being studies, and disaster management-related programs. With a wealth of relevant experience and expertise in interdisciplinary research and cooperation, Orhan Altan will bring ISPRS and other geo-unions to more closely work with ICSU, and contribute especially to addressing the challenges facing global science.

Chen Jun
ISPRS Secretary General


Reports of ISPRS Events

53rd Photogrammetric Week: Multi-ray 
    Photogrammetry Meets Advanced Lidar      

53rd Photogrammetric Week: Multi-ray Photogrammetry Meets Advanced Lidar
September 5–9, 2011
Stuttgart, Germany

by John Trinder

The 53rd Photogrammetric Week was held in Stuttgart, Germany, from 5-9 September 2011 with 380 participants from 45 countries. The conference proved to be a very informative event with developments in new digital aerial cameras, lidar acquisition systems and processing software covered in the invited presentations in the morning, and detailed demonstrations in the afternoons. Lectures covered three main topics: Digital Mapping Camera Evolution; Point Cloud Generation and Processing; Towards 3D Augmented Worlds.

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23rd Symposium CIPA      

23rd Symposium CIPA
September 11–16, 2011
Prague, Czech Republic

by Karel Pavelka

During beautiful and sunny September days (11-16, 2011) in Prague, which is the capital city of the Czech Republic, the 23rd Symposium CIPA took place. The International Scientific Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage (CIPA) is one of the international committees of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and it was established in collaboration with ISPRS. The Symposium was organized by CIPA in collaboration with the Czech Technical University in Prague, the oldest technical university in Central Europe (founded 1707) and the Czech Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS member). The main topics of this venture were all about historical monuments and sites documentation, visualisation, presentation and education. Together twelve technical sections were established.

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13th SPIE conference: "Videometrics, Range Imaging and Applications"
May 25-26, 2011
Munich, Germany

by Fabio Menna

From May 25th to 26th 2011, the 13th SPIE conference "Videometrics, Range Imaging and Applications" was held at the International Conference Centre in Munich, Germany. The conference was organized as part of SPIE Optical Metrology conference that included three other meetings (Optical Measurement System for Industrial Inspection, Modeling Aspects in Optical Metrology and O3A – Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archeology). The conference chairs were Fabio Remondino (FBK Trento, Italy) and Mark Shortis (RMIT University Melbourne, Australia). The conference was co-located with Laser World of Photonics 2011, sponsored by SPIE, WLT German Scientific Laser Society and EOS European Optical Society.

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ISPRS WG VIII /2 Symposium      

ISPRS WG VIII /2 Symposium
"Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health"

September 12–13, 2011
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

by Amelia Budge, Richard Kiang, Stanley Morain

The two-day international symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA on 12 and 13 September 2011. Co-located with NASA's annual program review for health projects, it was organized by a committee of eight people who assembled eight sessions on key topics that bridged the Earth observing and health communities of practice. Seventy (70) attendees from eleven countries (Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, France, India, Italy, Japan, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Thailand, and the US) participated in the event. The Symposium was supported by nine sponsors: NASA, CNES, JAXA, ASPRS, Esri, JRCies, NMGIC, Bohannan-Huston, and EDAC. ISPRS Council was represented by Treasurer Mike Renslow.

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International Conference UAV-g 2011      

International Conference UAV-g 2011: UAVs on duty for science and society
Civil applications of UAVs in Geomatics

September 14–16, 2011
Zurich, Switzerland

by Henri Eisenbeiss

The UAV-g 2011 conference was a get-together at ETH Zurich and airfield Birrfeld of 220 scientists, users, delegates of government authorities and manufacturers coming from over 30 different countries on September 14 to 16. At the conference the current research on UAVs with the emphasis on applications in Geomatics was presented and discussed under the consideration of user requirements. The focus of the conference was on the exchange of UAV-g research activities between the different disciplines (artificial intelligence, robotics, photogrammetry, geodesy, computer vision, and aerospace engineering) and furthermore, the needs for future developments were formulated.

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International Workshop on 3D Digital Cultural Heritage Modeling      

International Workshop on 3D Digital Cultural Heritage Modeling
September 14–16, 2011
Dunhuang, China

by Heinz Rüther

The workshop, organised by Professors Deren Li from the University of Wuhan and Emeritus Professor Armin Gruen from the ETH Zürich focussed on 3D modelling, one of the most crucial and complex components of state-of-the-art heritage documentation. However a broad range of other topics was addressed during the full program of the two-day(September 14-16) work shop. Papers presented were on invitation only and some twenty keynotes and invited papers were presented to an audience of more than 50 delegates from nine countries as well as 20 members of the Dunhuang Academy.

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International Workshop on 3D Digital Cultural Heritage Modeling      

ISPRS Joint-WG Workshop on Geospatial Data Infrastructure:
from Data Acquisition and Updating to Smarter Services

October 20–21, 2011
Guilin, China

by JIANG Jie

The workshop was held in Guilin, China during October 20 to 21, 2011. It was co-organized by six ISPRS working groups. More than 100 participants attended the workshop, including 89 registered participants from nine countries and more than 20 participants from local surveying and mapping agencies. Total 45 oral presentations were arranged in one keynote session, two plenary sessions and seven technical sessions. Most of the participants thought the workshop was informative and helpful. Some important points on SDI creation, updating and service have been drawn from the presentations and discussions during the workshop.

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WG VI/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

remark: this report was already published in the last issue, unfortunately with broken links

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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15th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling      

Call for Papers
15th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling

"Geospatial dynamics, geosimulation and exploratory visualization"

August 22-24, 2012
Bonn, Germany

The 15th SDH aims to bring together scholars and professionals from the international GIScience community to present the latest research chievements and to share experiences in Geospatial dynamics, geosimulation and exploratory visualization. The Symposium program will feature keynote speeches delivered by leading scholars, technical sessions with reports of the latest research outcomes, a student forum and pre-conference workshops. We expect it to become a major event in the international GIScience community in 2012.

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AutoCarto 2012      

1st Call for Papers
AutoCarto 2012

September 16-18, 2012
Columbus, Ohio, USA

CaGIS is pleased to announce AutoCarto 2012, an international research symposium on computer-based cartography. The nineteenth in the AutoCarto series, the symposium will be held in Columbus, Ohio on September 16-18, 2012 immediately prior to the GIScience 2012 meeting (also in Columbus). Join us in September 2012 at this exciting conference to explore new research and innovation in cartography and geographic information science.

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EuroGEOSS, advancing the vision of GEOSS
January 25-27, 2012
Madrid, Spain

EuroGEOSS is hosting a Conference in Madrid January 25-27 2012 with tutorials on January 24. The Conference, entitled "EuroGEOSS, advancing the vision of GEOSS" focuses on facilitating and demonstrating multi-disciplinary solutions to environmental issues facing humanity. The challenge for addressing issues such as climate change, food security or ecosystem sustainability is that they require cross discipline collaboration and the ability to integrate information across scientific domains. These collaborations are difficult because each discipline has its own "language", protocols and formats for communicating within its community and handling data and information.

Keynote speakers will address these challenges, including: Gilberto Camara from INPE, Brazil; Ivan Deloatch from FGDC/USGS, United States; and Ian Jackson from OneGeology, United Kingdom. The Conference is focused on enabling better access to information and facilitating multidisciplinary solutions to challenging issues that you and others are addressing. It includes applications presentations as well as information technology.

You are invited to participate in the conference and to respond with abstracts to the call for participation. Further information is available at the conference web site (

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Please take OGC's survey on the business value of open standards

*** Win an Apple iPad 2 Tablet, an Apple iPod touch or Bose AE2 headphones! ***

The underlying goal of geodata policy is fluid information exchange among organizations, and key objectives to reaching that goal include agreements and best practices involving technical standards and best practices. To learn more about how technology users and providers are deriving value from open standards, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is conducting a survey.

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Member News / New Sustaining Members


Company Description:
Since 1992, LizardTech has delivered state-of-the-art software products for managing and distributing massive, high-resolution geospatial data such as aerial and satellite imagery and LiDAR data. LizardTech pioneered the MrSID technology, a powerful wavelet-based image encoder, viewer, and file format. LizardTech has offices in Seattle, Denver, London and Tokyo and is a division of Celartem Technology Inc., (JASDAQ: 4330). For more information about LizardTech, visit


Silver Data Spatial-GIS Co. Ltd., Xiamen (SDC)

Company Description:
Silver Data Spatial-GIS Co. Ltd., Xiamen (SDC) is a high-tech enterprise focusing in processing geospatial data as well as providing attached value-added service and is privately owned. Currently SDC is the only private enterprises in Fujian Province that issued the Grade A Qualification of aerial photography and remote sensing by China National Bureau of Surveying and Mapping.


Shaanxi Tirain Science & Technology Company Limited

Company Description:
Shaanxi Tirain Science & Technology Company Limited, founded in 1999, is committed to aerophotogrammetry, remote sensing, engineering survey, cadastral survey, GIS development, Web Mapping, and GIS based Decision support System. And Tirain provides a variety of services to the urban planning, land management, traffic, logistics and public safety and so on. Moreover,  Tirain passed the ISO9001-2000, got National High-Tech Enterprise Certificate by Chinese Government, and has been awarded as the Contract Abiding & Trustworthy Enterprise by Xi’an Municipal Government for several times.

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ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing      

New publications in the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Volume 66, issue 5 (September 2011)

Scanning geometry: Influencing factor on the quality of terrestrial laser scanning points
Sylvie Soudarissanane, Roderik Lindenbergh, Massimo Menenti, Peter Teunissen

Pre-processing of a sample of multi-scene and multi-date Landsat imagery used to monitor forest cover changes over the tropics
Catherine Bodart, Hugh Eva, René Beuchle, Rastislav Raši, Dario Simonetti, Hans-Jürgen Stibig, Andreas Brink, Erik Lindquist, Frédéric Achard

Detection of gullies in roughly textured terrain using airborne laser scanning data
Amit Baruch, Sagi Filin

Converting local spectral and spatial information from a priori classifiers into contextual knowledge for impervious surface classification
Li Luo, Giorgos Mountrakis

A cloud mask methodology for high resolution remote sensing data combining information from high and medium resolution optical sensors
Fernando Sedano, Pieter Kempeneers, Peter Strobl, Jan Kucera, Peter Vogt, Lucia Seebach, Jesús San-Miguel-Ayanz

Forest parameter estimation in the Pol- InSAR context employing the multiplicative–additive speckle noise model
Carlos López-Martínez, Xavier Fàbregas, Luca Pipia

Land use and land cover classification over a large area in Iran based on single date analysis of satellite imagery
Hossein Saadat, Jan Adamowski, Robert Bonnell, Forood Sharifi, Mohammad Namdar, Sasan Ale-Ebrahim

De-striping hyperspectral imagery using wavelet transform and adaptive frequency domain filtering
Roshan Pande-Chhetri, Amr Abd-Elrahman

Demonstration of a virtual active hyperspectral LiDAR in automated point cloud classification
Juha Suomalainen, Teemu Hakala, Harri Kaartinen, Esa Räikkönen, Sanna Kaasalainen

Prediction of L-band signal attenuation in forests using 3D vegetation structure from airborne LiDAR
Pang-Wei Liu, Heezin Lee, Jasmeet Judge, William C. Wright, K. Clint Slatton

Identification of hazelnut fields using spectral and Gabor textural features
Selçuk Reis, Kadim Taşdemir

Use of ETM+ images to extend stem volume estimates obtained from LiDAR data
Fabio Maselli, Marta Chiesi, Alessandro Montaghi, Enzo Pranzini

Wavelength selection and spectral discrimination for paddy rice, with laboratory measurements of hyperspectral leaf reflectance
Shalei Song, Wei Gong, Bo Zhu, Xin Huang

Use of field reflectance data for crop mapping using airborne hyperspectral image
Rama Rao Nidamanuri, Bernd Zbell

DEM matching for bias compensation of rigorous pushbroom sensor models
Taejung Kim, Jaehoon Jeong

Relative orientation based on multi-features
Yongjun Zhang, Binghua Hu, Jianqing Zhang

Influence of sample size on line-based positional assessment methods for road data
F.J. Ariza-López, A.T. Mozas-Calvache, M.A. Ureña-Cámara, V. Alba-Fernández, J.L. García-Balboa, J. Rodríguez-Avi, J.J. Ruiz-Lendínez

Statistical analysis of signal measurement in time-of-flight cameras
Faisal Mufti, Robert Mahony

Building footprint database improvement for 3D reconstruction: A split and merge approach and its evaluation
Bruno Vallet, Marc Pierrot-Deseilligny, Didier Boldo, Mathieu Brédif

Photographic assessment of retroreflective film properties
G. Burgess, M.R. Shortis, P. Scott



New Events

23-25 Jan 2012
International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF)
Denver, CO, USA
17-19 Apr 2012
8th International Exhibition and Scientific Congress
"Interexpo Geo-Siberia"
16-17 May 2012
7th International Conference on 3D GeoInformation (3D Geoinfo 2012)
Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA
27-29 Sep 2012
International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAfS 2012)
Beijing, CHINA


Job Opportunities

30-Sep-2011: PhD-Fellows, Institute of Geomatics, Castelldefells, Spain
30-Sep-2011: Researchers (Postdoc), Institute of Geomatics, Castelldefells, Spain
09-Oct-2011: Tenure track assistant professorship position in the area of human environment interactions and GIScience, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
08-Nov-2011: Professor of Spatio-Temporal Information Processing and Services Development, Faculty ITC of University of Twente, The Netherlands
01-Dec-2011: Research Assistant in analysis of geometric accuracy of satellite images, Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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New publications on the website

2011, PIA11 Photogrammetric Image Analysis, 5-7 Oct, Munich, Germany, XXXVIII-3/W22
2011, International Conference on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Geomatics (UAV-g), 14-16 Sep, Zurich, Switzerland, XXXVIII-1/C22
2011, WG VIII/2, Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health, 12-13 Sep, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, XXXVIII-8/C23
2011, WG IV/1, IV/2, IV/4, IV/5, WG IV/7, ICWG IV/VIII, Geospatial Data Infrastructure: from data acquisition and updating to smarter services, 20-21 Oct, Guilin, China, XXXVIII-4/W25
2011, ISPRS Workshop Commissions VI/1 - VI/2 E-Learning 2011 within ACRS, 4-6 Oct Taipei, Taiwan, XXXVIII-6/W27

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