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

Much of the innovation occurring in UAV/UAS is taking place at leading research and technical universities around the world.

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

 

2018 Participating Universities:

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

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

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, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST)

 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

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

 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

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, College Park

 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

 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

 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

2016 Participants

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 Kentucky

 University of Kentucky – Kentucky Transportation Center
Program Contact: Levi McIntosh, Engineering Tevh IV

The KY Transportation Center utilizes an Optech mobile mapping system to aid in transportation projects. Through research we have discovered multiple highway applications for LiDAR technology. Currently, we are collecting data on Kentucky interstates to determine tunnel and overpass clearances. The collected data will support the permitting process and routing for oversized loads traveling through the state. We have also been successful in evaluating areas known for accidents during wet weather events. Through the use of our mobile mapping system we are able to re-create a highly detailed surface of the roadway allowing us to analyze slope and drainage patterns that could be problematic for vehicles. Through ongoing research, the Transportation Center will continue to utilize remote sensing technologies and develop new applications for highway infrastructures.

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