The U. V. Helava Award

Best Paper 2005

The U.V. Helava Award, sponsored by Elsevier B.V. and Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping, LLC is a prestigious ISPRS Award, which was established in 1996 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 fouryear 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 third U.V. Helava Award will be presented at the 21th ISPRS Congress, Beijing, 3-11 July 2008. The five-member jury appointed by the ISPRS Council evaluated the 31 papers of Vol. 60 (2005) and announced its decision for the Best Paper. The winner of the 2005 Best Paper is:


external link  Recent developments on direct relative orientation

by Henrik Stewénius1, Christoph Engels1, and David Nistér1

(1)Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, Computer Science Department, University of Kentucky, U.S.A.


Henrik Stewénius Christoph Engels David Nistér
Henrik Stewénius Christoph Engels David Nistér


Jury's rationale for the paper selection

This paper is a breakthrough in geometric photogrammetry. It presents a new method for direct relative orientation which is simpler to formulate than the previously published solution by the authors. As methods for the relative orientation has been investigated quite extensively, it is not at all an obvious field for a new and excellent scientific contribution. The developed method was evaluated in a comprehensive way against other direct methods and was demonstrated to be widely applicable.


On behalf of the ISPRS and the U.V. Helava Award jury, I would like to congratulate the authors for this distinction and thank them for their contribution. I would also like to thank the sponsors of the Award, and the jury members for their thorough evaluations.


George Vosselman
ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
ITC, Enschede, the Netherlands


The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. The Society operates without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, nationality, or political philosophy.

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