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ISPRS e-Bulletin: June 2012

ISPRS e-Bulletin
Issue No 3 - 2012


Bids for the ISPRS Congress in 2016

There are 3 Candidates for the ISPRS Congress 2016

Hyderabad Hyderabad, India
Paris Paris, France
Prague Prague, Czech Republic

Council and TCPs Nominations for the Period 2012-2016

Office Candidates
President Chen Jun (China)
Secretary General Christian Heipke (Germany)
Cliff Ogleby (Australia)
Ammatzia Peled (Israel)
1st Vice President Orhan Altan (Turkey)
Treasurer Jon Mills (UK)
2nd Vice President Marguerite Madden (USA)
Congress Director Vinay K Dadhwal (India)
Lena Halounova (Czech Republic)
Nicolas Paparoditis (France)
TCP Comm I Charles Toth (USA)
TCP Comm II Songnian Li (Canada)
TCP Comm III Konrad Schindler (Switzerland)
TCP Comm IV Jiang Jie (China)
TCP Comm V Jonathan Li (Canada)
Fabio Remondino (Italy)
TCP Comm VI Jianya Gong (China)
TCP Comm VII Zhang Jixian (China)
Filiz Sunar (Turkey)
TCP Comm VIII Piero Boccardo (Italy)
Vinay K Dadhwal (India)

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Orhan Altan

THE Melbourne Congress is approaching
I cordially invite you to attend the XXII ISPRS Congress in Melbourne, Australia from 25 August – 1 September 2012. The mission of ISPRS is devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of knowledge, research, development, education and training in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, their integration and applications, to contribute to the well-being of humanity and the sustainability of the environment. The Congress is the most important event in the ISPRS conference calendar. It will bring together more than 2500 people from the ISPRS Ordinary, Associate, Regional and Sustaining Members, representing more than 90 countries. The Congress will comprise meetings of the General Assembly, the decision making body of the Society; technical plenary and parallel sessions, with oral and interactive presentations of papers on new developments in a broad range of topics in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences; a large commercial exhibition displaying the latest equipment and services that are related to the topics covered by ISPRS; and a scientific exhibition displaying many achievements of ISPRS members. It is the culmination of four years' work of many researchers, scientists, practitioners and administrators working in the fields covered by ISPRS. The Congress will therefore be an important opportunity to view thelatest developments in areas covered by ISPRS. Melbourne will be an exciting location for the Congress. The unique culture of Australia is an exotic mixture of different cultures and the past. A visit to Melbourne and other parts of Victoria will reveal many architectural and cultural gems, as well as pleasant landscapes. I am sure that all who attend the Congress will be fascinated by their visit to Australia. I encourage all who have an interest in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences to participate in this ISPRS quadrennial Congress.
I am sure that this Congress will prove to be very successful and rewarding for all participants.

Orhan Altan
ISPRS President


Reports of ISPRS Events

SMPR-International Conference      

SMPR-International Conference on Sensors and Models in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Organized jointly with ISPRS WG I/4 and WG II/4
Organized jointly with ISPRS WG I/4 and WG II/4
18-19 May 2011, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
by Peter Reinartz

The SMPR Conference held at the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran was the first conference of its kind on this broad field of scientific research in photogrammetry and remote sensing held in Iran. It was determined to bring together geospatial and image data providers, modellers, researchers, policy makers and end users. The conference provided the opportunity to discover latest sciences, technologies and applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial sciences and it served as an excellent way to report on undertaken activities.

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EuroCOW 2012      

EuroCOW 2012 - EuroSDR / ISPRS European Calibration and Orientation Workshop
8-10 February 2012, Castelldefels, Spain
by Michael Cramer, President EuroSDR Commission 1

The 4thEuroCOW workshop, biennially co-organized through EuroSDR and ISPRS successfully took place from February 8th to February 10th, 2012 at the Institute of Geomatics (IG), located in the Mediterranean Technology Park (PMT), Castelldefels (20 Km South from downtown Barcelona). More than 70 participants from 18 countries registered for this event, 34 authors presented their latest findings in oral presentations (@ 30min presentation time each).
For sure, EuroCOW will be continued, the 5th edition is already scheduled like follows:
February 12 – 14, 2014, Castelldefels, Spain.

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ICSU GeoUnions meeting      

ICSU GeoUnions meeting
28-29 April 2011, Istanbul, Turkey
by Orhan Altan , ISPRS President

The GeoUnions have met on the invitation of Orhan ALTAN, recently elected member of ICSU Executive Board on the 28-29th of April in Istanbul. They have discussed several issues as; Updates from the Unions, Joint Geo-Union actions (VALID and ENHAS Projects, International Year of Deltas) and GeoUnions roles in different ICSU Projects.
The group will meet in Paris next year during the UNNONS Meeting days.

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28th Symposium of the Urban Data Management Society UDMS      

28th Symposium of the Urban Data Management Society UDMS
'Making contributions to the future'

28-30 September 2011, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
by Sisi Zlatanova, Massimo Rumor, Hugo Ledoux and Elfriede Fendel

Since 1971, the Urban Data Management Society (UDMS) has organized international symposia at various locations in Europe to promote the development of information systems at the local government level. At first, the focus of these symposia was mostly on urban applications, but regional and rural issues have both grown in importance over the years. Nowadays, an important aim of UDMS is to provide a forum for people to discuss new approaches, to consider new technologies, and to share practical experiences in the field of urban data management.

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7th 3D Geoinfo Conference      

7th 3D Geoinfo Conference
16-17 May 2012, Quebec City Convention Center, Quebec, Canada
by Dr Jacynthe Pouliot, Alborz Zamyadi, Abbas Boubehrezh

The 7th edition of the 3D Geoinfo International Conference, recognized as an official ISPRS event, took place in the beautiful city of Quebec, Canada, on 16-17 May 2012. The 7th 3D Geoinfo Conference was co-organized by the Department of Geomatics Sciences – Université Laval and the GEOIDE Network part of a significant joint event known as the Global Geospatial Conference 2012 (bringing 4 major events including GSDI World Conference, GEOIDE Annual Scientific Conference, Canadian Geomatics Conference and 3D Geoinfo 2012 under the same roof). The conference was also supported by ISPRS IV/8. The conference was chaired by Dr Jacynthe Pouliot, interim head of the Department of Geomatics Sciences - Université Laval, co-chaired by Dr Sylvie Daniel, Dr Frédéric Hubert, and Alborz Zamyadi, all from the Department of Geomatics Sciences - Université Laval, with the companionship of Abbas Boubehrezh and Eveline Bernier in the local committee.

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The U. V. Helava Award – Best Paper Volume 66 (2011)

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 93 papers of volume 66 (2011) and announced its decision for the Best Paper. The winner of the 2011 Best Paper Award is:

"Modelling and analysing 3D buildings with a primal/dual data structure"
by Pawel Boguslawski 1, Christopher M. Gold 2, 1, and Hugo Ledoux 3

1 Department of Geoinformatics, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
2 Department of Computing and Mathematics, University of Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom
3 GIS technology group, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Pawel Boguslawski Christopher M. Gold Hugo Ledoux
Pawel Boguslawski Christopher M. Gold Hugo Ledoux

published in issue 2, March 2011, pp. 188-197,

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The U. V. Helava Award – Best Paper in the ISPRS Journal in the 2008-2011 Period

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 261 papers for the period 2008-2011 and announced its decision for the Best Paper. The winner of the U. V. Helava Award 2008 – 2011 is:

"Automatic detection and tracking of pedestrians from a moving stereo rig"
by Konrad Schindler 1, Andreas Ess 2, Bastian Leibe 3, and Luc Van Gool 2, 4

1 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2 Computer Vision Lab, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
3 UMIC Research Centre, RWTH Aachen, Germany
4 ESAT/PSI–VISICS, IBBT, KU Leuven, Belgium


Konrad Schindler Andreas Ess Bastian Leibe Luc Van Gool
Konrad Schindler Andreas Ess Bastian Leibe Luc Van Gool

The paper was published in issue 6, November 2010, pp. 523-537,

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ASPRS Announces 2012 Award Winners

Dean W. Merchant Winner of Photogrammetric Award
The Photogrammetric Award (Fairchild) was awarded to Dean W. Merchant, PhD, PE. at the 2012 Annual ASPRS Conference in Sacramento in March. This award, the essence of which is practicability, is designed to stimulate the development of the art of aerial photogrammetry in the United States. The selection committee makes its choice based on an outstanding invention or design involving any type of equipment that applies to the art of aerial photogrammetry; any outstanding method developed for the general use of aerial photographs and/or imagery; outstanding research for study along aerial photogrammetric lines and outstanding effort for the general advancement of the art of photogrammetry. Lockheed Martin donates funding for the award, which consists of a silver presentation plaque. One of the pioneers in incorporating GPS with photogrammetric cameras, Merchant was awarded the Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award for his activity in the in-situ calibration of GPS-assisted photogrammetric systems as well as other excellent and far reaching achievements. Merchant has been Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University since 1988.

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ISPRS Fellowships

Pawel Boguslawski Christopher M. Gold Hugo Ledoux Hugo Ledoux Hugo Ledoux
Dieter Fritsch
Martien Molenaar
(The Netherlands)
Paul Newby
Heinz Ruether
(South Africa)
Shailesh Nayak

have been elected as ISPRS Fellows
They will receive their Fellowships at the Congress in Melbourne




Invitation to ACRS2012      

Invitation to ACRS2012
26-30 November 2012
Pattaya, Thailand

Dear International Colleagues,
On behalf of Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS), I would like to welcome you all to the 33rd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) to be held from November 26 to 30, 2012 in Pattaya, a beautiful resort of Thailand. ACRS is one of the largest remote sensing conferences held once a year in Asia. The Conference is jointly organized by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and AARS. As you may know, last year, Thailand was seriously damaged by the heavy flood. But, Thai people are patient and have been working so hard for the recovery. Now, the 33rd ACRS is well planned and well prepared by the local organizing committee. The attendance of Princess Sirindhorn to the opening ceremony is expected.
Kohei Cho, General Secretary, Asian Association on Remote Sensing(AARS)

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Gi4DM 2012
13-16 December 2012
Enschede, The Netherlands

Since 2005 geo-information technology has been gradually applied many sectors of risk and disaster management. Technology progress to support crisis response has also advanced greatly in the last few years. System for early warning, command and control, decision-making and simulation and training have been successfully implemented in many countries and regions all over the world. Indeed, to advance the current operational systems and make them intelligent, an extensive collaboration is required between emergency responders, disaster managers, system designers and researchers. We observe a growing trust between researchers and professionals within the Gi4DM conferences. The upcoming conference Gi4DM 2012 ( is a great example of this process because it is initiated by the Public Safety Districts of the Netherlands.
For more detailed information, please visit our web pages (

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RAST 2013      

RAST 2013
6th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies:
New Ways of Accessing Space for Benefit of Society

12-14 June 2013
Istanbul, Turkey

The results of the 2012 election have been tallied by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Tellers Committee and they reported that Stewart Walker, Director - Product Initiatives for the Geospatial eXploitation Products business area of BAE Systems in San Diego, California, won the election to become ASPRS Vice President for 2012. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in March, Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski moves into the position of President; Stephen D. DeGloria becomes President-Elect, and Gary Florence becomes Past President. Matthew Dunbar, Robert Thomas, Stuart Blundell, Christopher Parrish and Michael Zoltek elected as Assistant Division Directors.

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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 69 (April 2012)

Multi-wavelength canopy LiDAR for remote sensing of vegetation: Design and system performance
Gong Wei, Song Shalei, Zhu Bo, Shi Shuo, Li Faquan, Cheng Xuewu

Locally adaptive template sizes for matching repeat images of Earth surface mass movements
Misganu Debella-Gilo, Andreas Kääb

Regional remote sensing by near-space vehicle-borne passive radar system
Wen-Qin Wang

Satellite SAR geocoding with refined RPC model
Lu Zhang, Timo Balz, Mingsheng Liao

The Mumford–Shah variational model for image segmentation: An overview of the theory, implementation and use
Alfonso Vitti

Robust hyperspectral vision-based classification for multi-season weed mapping
Yun Zhang, David C. Slaughter, Erik S. Staab

A simple method for distinguishing global Case-1 and Case-2 waters using SeaWiFS measurements
Bunkei Matsushita, Wei Yang, Peng Chang, Fan Yang, Takehiko Fukushima

A method for extracting burned areas from Landsat TM/ETM+ images by soft aggregation of multiple Spectral Indices and a region growing algorithm
D. Stroppiana, G. Bordogna, P. Carrara, M. Boschetti, L. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio

Spatial content-based scene similarity assessment
Caixia Wang, Anthony Stefanidis, Peggy Agouris

Using multi-frequency radar and discrete-return LiDAR measurements to estimate above-ground biomass and biomass components in a coastal temperate forest
Olivier W. Tsui, Nicholas C. Coops, Michael A. Wulder, Peter L. Marshall, Adrian McCardle

Transaction rules for updating surfaces in 3D GIS
Gerhard Gröger, Lutz Plümer

Potential of texture measurements of two-date dual polarization PALSAR data for the improvement of forest biomass estimation
Md. Latifur Rahman Sarker, Janet Nichol, Baharin Ahmad, Ibrahim Busu, Alias Abdul Rahman

Classification of savanna tree species, in the Greater Kruger National Park region, by integrating hyperspectral and LiDAR data in a Random Forest data mining environment
L. Naidoo, M.A. Cho, R. Mathieu, G. Asner


New publications in the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Volume 70 (June 2012)

A geometry and texture coupled flexible generalization of urban building models
Man Zhang, Liqiang Zhang, P. Takis Mathiopoulos, Wenqing Xie, Yusi Ding, Hao Wang

The sensitivity based estimation of leaf area index from spectral vegetation indices
Alemu Gonsamo, Petri Pellikka

A comparative analysis of ALOS PALSAR L-band and RADARSAT-2 C-band data for land-cover classification in a tropical moist region
Guiying Li, Dengsheng Lu, Emilio Moran, Luciano Dutra, Mateus Batistella

Correlation of multi-temporal ground-based optical images for landslide monitoring: Application, potential and limitations
J. Travelletti, C. Delacourt, P. Allemand, J.-P. Malet, J. Schmittbuhl, R. Toussaint, M. Bastard

Discriminating indicator grass species for rangeland degradation assessment using hyperspectral data resampled to AISA Eagle resolution
Khalid Mansour, Onisimo Mutanga, Terry Everson, Elhadi Adam

Estimating tropical forest biomass with a combination of SAR image texture and Landsat TM data: An assessment of predictions between regions
M.E.J. Cutler, D.S. Boyd, G.M. Foody, A. Vetrivel

Comparison of support vector machine, neural network, and CART algorithms for the land-cover classification using limited training data points
Yang Shao, Ross S. Lunetta

An individual tree crown delineation method based on multi-scale segmentation of imagery
Linhai Jing, Baoxin Hu, Thomas Noland, Jili Li

An in-depth simulation of EnMAP acquisition geometry
P. Schwind, R. Müller, G. Palubinskas, T. Storch



In Memoriam

George Zarzycki      

George Zarzycki, ISPRS Fellow

On June 15, 2012 the sad news reached ISPRS, that George Zarzycki, a prominent photogrammetrist, who had become ISPRS Fellow in 2010, had passed away.

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New Events

25-26 Sep 2012
ISG 2012, 11th International Symposium & Exhibition on Geoinformation
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
13-16 Dec 2012
The Eighth International Symposium on Geo-information for Disaster Management
12-15 May 2013
6th International Workshop on Information Fusion and Geographic Information Systems: Environmental and Urban Сhallenges (IF & GIS ’ 2013)
St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
12-14 June 2013
6th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST 2013)
"New Ways of Accessing Space"
Istanbul, TURKEY


Job Opportunities

10-May-2012: Experienced Researchers in Geoinformation (Intra-European Fellowship Marie Curie Grants), Institut de Geomàtica, Castelldefels (close to Barcelona), Spain.
27-Apr-2012 Academic and Research Positions at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

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New Publications on the ISPRS Website

2011, WG VIII/6, VIII/8 ISPRS Bhopal 2011 Workshop Earth Observation for Terrestrial Ecosystem 8 Nov Bhopal, India XXXVIII-8/W20
2012, 7th International Conference on 3D Geoinformation, 16–17 May, Québec, Canada, XXXVIII-4/C26

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