January 28-30, 2019 | Hyatt Regency | Denver, CO

University Pavilion

Much of the innovation occurring in the GIS space is taking place at leading research and technical universities around the world.

Universities specializing in GIS are invited to exhibit in the University Pavilion at ILMF. Share your latest research, meet with industry professionals eager to learn of the newest innovations, and find potential collaborators.

Exhibiting in the University Pavilion:

• Provides a place for attendees to find you on the exhibit floor after your presentation
• Gives your project exposure to all attendees including those who did not attend your session
• Offers you a base from which to operate and present your project again and again
• Lists you as an exhibitor so attendees can easily find you onsite

Cost: Free with the purchase of a Full Conference Passport

International LiDAR Mapping Forum Covers:

• Airborne & terrestrial lidar
• Bathymetric lidar
• Mobile mapping
• 3D laser scanning
• 3D mapping
• 3D visualization
• Thermal & infrared sensors
• Integrated systems
• Data processing
• Fusion techniques
• Data classification
• GIS modeling
• Point clouds
• Indoor mapping
• Sub-surface mapping
• Semi-global matching

Interested in representing your University at International LiDAR Mapping Forum?

Complete the application and email to Kat McDonald at KMcDonald@Divcom.com

Apply Here

Ferris State University

The Surveying Program at Ferris State University was established in 1958. It is the largest undergraduate Surveying engineering program in the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S. The program offers the following: BS in Surveying Engineering, AAS in Surveying Technology, and certificates in Surveying, GIS, and Hydrographic mapping. The Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering is approved and recognized by the Michigan State Board of Licensing for Professional Surveyors and is also accredited by ABET. Students graduating from the bachelor’s program after appropriate work experience are eligible to take the professional surveyor and the professional engineer examinations.

The Surveying Engineering Department has educated surveyors for more than fifty years and has provided diverse employment opportunities with large and small private surveying and mapping firms; federal, state and local governmental agencies globally. The program offers over $20,000 in annual scholarships.

Hasso Plattner Institute

Today, landscapes, cities, and infrastructure networks are commonly captured using LiDAR or image-based remote sensing technologies at regular intervals. The resulting 3D point clouds are digital twins of the captured surfaces and provide valuable information. Consequently, 3D point clouds have become essential for a growing number of applications, such as urban planning, environmental monitoring, and disaster management.

The data acquisition workflow itself, whether by air (e.g., plane, helicopter, UAV), sea (e.g., boat), or land (e.g., car, train, stationary scanners) is well established and generates highly detailed 3D point clouds with several terabytes of data. However, the management, analysis and presentation of those data sets still pose challenges because existing GIS are often limited by processing strategies and storage capabilities that generally do not scale for massive 3D point clouds.

We present a web portal designed to manage, analyze, and distribute large-scale 3D point clouds. It provides efficient means for an interactive and collaborative exploration and inspection on client devices with different computing capabilities. Point-based rendering techniques and post-processing effects are provided to enable task-specific and data-specific filtering and highlighting. A set of interaction techniques allows users to collaboratively work with the data, e.g., by measuring, annotating, or triggering analytics tasks for arbitrary data subsets. These tasks include for example: (1) Classification and change detection for urban areas captured with airborne LiDAR or image-matching. (2) Classification and asset detection for 3D point clouds from mobile mapping. (3) Analytics for 3D point clouds from UAVs to monitor vegetation and construction sites.

Kansas State University

 Kansas State University’s Applied Aviation Research Center (AARC) is the university’s hub for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) research, training, and flight operations. Specifically for remote sensing, the AARC completed research projects for the Bureau of Land Management, multiple electric utilities, and the Kansas Forest Service. These projects investigated topics respectively including high accuracy/precision mapping, machine learning, and invasive vegetation detection. Until recently, the AARC has had minimal experience with LiDAR mapping and technology. However, in October 2018 the AARC partnered with Modus AI to offer a one-day short course on sUAS LiDAR mapping and was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Justice to perform a sensor evaluation study comparing photogrammetry and LiDAR for crime scene reconstruction.  This project will conclude in the third quarter of 2019, and all results will be published publicly. In addition to remote sensing research, the AARC routinely conducts flight operations and training for educational, government, public safety, and commercial institutions through multiple comprehensive short courses. As a core institution with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence, the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), a member of the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex, and a vital supporter of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s UAS Integration Pilot Program, Kansas State University and the AARC are well prepared to conduct nearly any aspect of sUAS service.  You can find more information about the AARC at www.ksu-uas.com

OpenTopography/UNAVCO

OpenTopography is a web-based system for online management of high resolution topography data that leverages high performance computing resources at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego to allow users, regardless of expertise level, to access these massive topographic datasets and derived products for use in research, teaching, and commercial applications. OT provides efficient hosting for point cloud and raster topographic data, as well as geospatial tools for on-demand custom processing to generate derived products and visualizations. OT  OT currently hosts over a trillion lidar points and has over 25,000 registered users from global academia and industry. We are interested in building new partnerships with government and industry to leverage the OpenTopography platform, and to increase access to high resolution topography.

Penn State World Campus

 Penn State World Campus, backed by over a century of distance education and 15+ years of outstanding online instruction, offers more than 150 programs, awarding degrees and transcripts identical to those earned by on-campus students. Our mission is to ensure your access to a quality academic experience, anywhere, anytime.

University of Florida

The University of Florida Geomatics program in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) provides a diverse surveying, mapping, and GIS education portfolio. Program offerings include:
1) an ABET-accredited BS degree in Geomatics with two unique specializations (Professional Surveying & Mapping, Geospatial Analysis),
2) certificates in Geomatics, Geospatial Analysis, and Mapping with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and
3) MS/PhD degrees with concentrations in Geomatics and GIS.

Our research programs reflect the diversity of our students and faculty as well as our strong collaboration with colleagues inside and outside SFRC. Woven throughout our vibrant research programs is our technical expertise in UAS sensor integration, calibration, and data analysis. This proficiency is applied to numerous precision agriculture and natural resource management remote sensing projects funded by both private and public sector sources. Key governmental partners include the US Department of Agriculture, US Geological Survey, and National Geodetic Survey.

Our booth will highlight our NGS-supported research program, which combines two goals associated with critical agency priorities. The first is to collect, process, and analyze high accuracy UAS-lidar datasets along the Gulf Coast of Florida to support ongoing ecological research efforts, and investigate the basic characteristics (specifically accuracy) of the UAS-lidar sensors to improve sensor integration, calibration, and data filtering models. The second is to develop an outreach program educating stakeholders about the new national datum to be introduced in 2022 and helping them prepare for the change.

University of Houston

NCALM (National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping) is based at the University of Houston and is operated in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley. The center is supported by the National Science Foundation and is associated with the multi-disciplinary Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences graduate program at the University of Houston.The mission of NCALM is to:

(1) Provide research-quality airborne light detection and ranging (lidar) observations to the scientific community.
(2) Advance the state of the art in airborne laser mapping.
(3) Train and educate graduate students with knowledge of airborne mapping to meet the needs of academic institutions, government agencies, and private industry.

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland’s Master of Professional Studies & Graduate Certificate Programs in GIS and Geospatial Intelligence are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date training on geospatial technology, theory, and applications.

2018 Participants

Ferris State University

 Ferris State University

The Surveying Program at Ferris State University was established in 1958. It is the largest undergraduate Surveying engineering program in the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S. The program offers the following: BS in Surveying Engineering, AAS in Surveying Technology, and certificates in Surveying, GIS, and Hydrographic mapping. The Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering is approved and recognized by the Michigan State Board of Licensing for Professional Surveyors and is also accredited by ABET. Students graduating from the bachelor’s program after appropriate work experience are eligible to take the professional surveyor and the professional engineer examinations.

The Surveying Engineering Department has educated surveyors for more than fifty years and has provided diverse employment opportunities with large and small private surveying and mapping firms; federal, state and local governmental agencies globally. The program offers over $20,000 in annual scholarships.

Hasso-Plattner Institut

 Hasso-Plattner Institut

Today, landscapes, cities, and infrastructure networks are commonly captured at regular intervals using LiDAR or image-based remote sensing technologies. We present analytics solutions for 3D point clouds to generate insights and raise the value of the data. Classification, change detection, and asset recognition techniques are presented and demonstrated for urban areas. In addition, we present our web-based 3D viewer as a powerful tool for users to explore, share, and analyze arbitrary large and dense 3D point clouds and corresponding analysis results.

Penn State University

 Penn State University

With one of the most respected online GIS programs in the country, Penn State takes pride in providing convenient online instruction to aspiring and experienced GIS professionals since 1999. As a leader in online geospatial education, we constantly refine our curriculum to incorporate emerging trends to ensure that you gain skills using today’s most widely used technologies and analytical methods.

For more than 15 years, our nationally ranked, award-winning GIS programs, coupled with our extensive alumni network, have provided graduates with the knowledge and confidence they need to excel in this growing field.  

University of Arkansas

 University of Arkansas

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) is a multi-disciplinary center for spatial research and technology housed within the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. CAST focuses on applications of geospatial technologies in research, teaching, and service. With partners at the university, state, national and international level, CAST offers students, faculty, and the public opportunities to learn about and use geospatial technologies.

University of Calgary

 University of Calgary

The Department of Geomatics Engineering at University of Calgary has developed automated point cloud processing techniques. The developed method not only extracts street lighting poles but also recognizes the types of the lighting poles. We also developed an automated method to extract road curbs from mobile LiDAR point clouds. Our method is able to generate complete curbs in the absence of point clouds due to occlusions caused by parking cars along streets. Besides mobile LiDAR data, we also developed a framework for automated building rooftop modeling from aerial LiDAR point clouds. The robustness of our method has been intensively tested by using large-scale aerial LiDAR point clouds.

University of California San Diego / UNAVCO

 University of California San Diego / UNAVCO

OpenTopography (OT – http://www.opentopography.org) is a web-based system for online management of high resolution topography data. OpenTopography provides efficient hosting for point cloud and raster topographic data, as well as geospatial tools for on-demand custom processing to generate derived products and visualizations. OT leverages high performance computing resources at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego to allow users, regardless of expertise level, to access these massive topographic datasets and derived products for use in research, teaching, and commercial applications. OT currently hosts over a trillion lidar points and has over 19,000 registered users from global academia and industry. We are interested in building new partnerships with government and industry to leverage the OpenTopography platform, and to increase access to high resolution topography.

University of Houston

 University of Houston

The National Science Foundation created a research center to support the use of airborne laser mapping technology for the scientific community. The NSF supported National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) is operated jointly by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston, and the Department of Earth & Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley. NCALM uses an Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM) system based at the UH Geosensing Imaging & Mapping Laboratory. The state-of-the-art laser surveying instrumentation and GPS systems collect data in areas selected through the competitive NSF grant review process.

University of Maryland

 University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, College Park is dedicated to providing cutting-edge training and education at the graduate level in Geospatial Information Sciences (GIS) and Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT). Both MPS degrees and Graduate Certificates are offered under GIS and GEOINT.

West Virginia University - Geology/Geography Department

 West Virginia University – Geology/Geography Department

Faculty and students in the Geology and Geography department at WVU are using airborne and terrestrial LiDAR to measure novel aspects of tree crown architecture, and link species differences in crown architecture to variability in satellite spectral reflectance. Along with colleages in the WVU Natural Resources division, we also are now recruiting students to a new cross-college graduate certificate program in GIS and Spatial Analysis.

West Virginia University - Natural Resource

 West Virginia University – Natural Resource

The Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC) provides geospatially-based research, teaching and service focused on environmental and natural resource issues for West Virginia, the surrounding Appalachian region, and beyond. Our recent Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research focuses on using data collected to manage natural resources. The interdisciplinary research approach integrates programs from entomology, landscape architecture, forestry, resource economics, hydrology, soil science, and wildlife and fisheries. Our primary emphasis is on mapping areas with thermal, color infrared and different band ratios to create mosaics for detailed mapping and classification using both feature extraction and other traditional remote sensing techniques. Examples of our current applications also have included using structure from motion to create hydrological models, volume estimates and comparing traditional forest field plot volume estimates to UAV derived canopy inventory.

2017 Participants

Penn State University

 Penn State University
Program Contact: Karen Shuckman, Senior Lecturer

Teaching LiDAR theory, practice and applications in online geospatial programs.

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

 Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Program Contact: Dr. Michael Starek, Assistant Professor of Geospatial Surveying Engineering and GISc

The Geographic Information Science, Geospatial Surveying Engineering, and Geospatial Computing Science Programs at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) offer the premier Geomatics and GIS undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., and post-baccalaureate degrees in the United States. Our degree programs provide students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities required by today’s highly competitive and highly paid geospatial job market. The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at TAMU-CC conducts research in emergent remote sensing and geodetic imaging technologies for measurement and study of natural and built environments. The end-goal is to apply these measurements to derive new knowledge (analytics) about the state of the system and its evolution. This information can then be fed into the decision making process to guide engineering and scientific understanding. Specific areas of specialization include lidar, UAS photogrammetry and remote sensing, multi-sensor data fusion, machine learning, geospatial analytics and computing, coastal and environmental observation.

University of California - San Diego / Open Topography

 University of California – San Diego / Open Topography
Program Contact: Christopher Crosby, Principle Investigator & Project Manager

The OpenTopography (OT – http://www.opentopography.org) is a web-based system for online management of high resolution topography data. OpenTopography provides efficient hosting for point cloud and raster topographic data, as well as geospatial tools for on-demand custom processing to generate derived products and visualizations. OT leverages high performance computing resources at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego to allow users, regardless of expertise level, to access these massive topographic datasets and derived products for use in research, teaching, and commercial applications. OT currently hosts 882 billion lidar points and has over 15,000 registered users from global academia and industry. We are interested in building new partnerships with government and industry to leverage the OpenTopography platform, and to increase access to high resolution topography.

University of Houston/NCALM

 University of Houston
Program Contact: Laura Murphy, Program Manager

NCALM is based at the University of Houston and it operated in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley. The center is supported by the National Science Foundation and is associated with the multi-disciplinary Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences graduate program at the University of Houston.

The mission of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) is to:
– Provide research-quality airborne light detection and ranging (lidar) observations to the scientific community.
– Advance the state of the art in airborne laser mapping.
– Train and educate graduate students with knowledge of airborne mapping to meet the needs of academic institutions, government agencies, and private industry.

Details at www.ncalm.org

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