International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2018 Keynotes Announced
LiDAR experts from USGS, NASA and Academia to address audience Feb 5 – 7 in Denver
December 21, 2017 (Portland, Maine, USA) – The organizers of International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), the world’s leading technical conference and expo covering the newest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies, announced the 2018 keynote lineup. The event will take place alongside ASPRS Annual Conference February 5-7 in Denver, Colorado.
The keynoters are:
- JEFF SLOAN, UAS National Project Office Lead, U.S. Geological Survey
Keynote: Findings from DOI/USGS: Will Data from UAS Sensors Overtake Manned & Satellite Sources?
- MICHAEL LEFSKY, Professor, Colorado State University
Keynote: Reconstructing Historic Land Use and Forest Structure Using Aerial Photos and Structure from Motion Analysis
- ERIC LAROUR, Cryosphere Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Keynote: A New Tool from NASA for Coastal Planners: Anticipating Sea-Level Rise
“We’re excited to have such an incredible lineup to kick off the ILMF conference,” said Lisa Murray, Event Director. “These keynotes validate the vast array of LiDAR technology use–from coastal mapping applications to measuring rising sea-levels to mapping land and forest structures, to examining data collected from UAVs as a platform for different sensors.”
These industry experts are among 60 aerial mapping professionals at ILMF 2018 who will share their knowledge in a unique technology-neutral conference.
Running alongside the conference is an exhibition featuring the world’s top providers of LiDAR and new and complementary solutions. See the exhibitor list here.
Early-bird registration ends December 22, 2017. Interested parties are encouraged to register early to save $200. Registration is available online here.
LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing technology that measures ranges (variable distances) to the Earth by using light in the form of a pulsed laser. These light pulses—combined with other data recorded by the airborne, terrestrial, or underwater system— generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface characteristics.
LiDAR principally consists of a laser, a scanner, and a GPS receiver. Airplanes, helicopters and UAVs are often used to acquire LIDAR data. Topographic and bathymetric are two types of LiDAR. Topographic LiDAR often uses a near-infrared laser to map the land. Water-penetrating green light is used in Bathymetric LiDAR to measure seafloor and riverbed elevations.
About International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF)
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) is a technical conference & exhibition focused on airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technology used for applications including Asset Management; Civil Infrastructure; Coastal Zone Mapping; Emergency Services & Disaster Response; Land and Natural Resource Management; and Urban Modeling. The 2017 edition of the annual event will be held February 5-7, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. For more information, visit www.lidarmap.org. ILMF is part of a network of events and media for the global geospatial market organized by Diversified Communications that includes Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Expo Europe, Commercial UAV News, SPAR3D Expo & Conference andSPAR3D.com.
Lee Corkhill, Diversified Communications