Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Förstner, ISPRS Fellow

Keynote Topic: Machine Learning for Remote Sensing

Biography of Keynote Speaker:

Wolfgang Förstner is Professor of Photogrammetry and Chair of the Department of Photogrammetry at Bonn University, Germany. He studied Geodesy until 1971 and received his PhD degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1976. From 1990-2012 he chaired the Department of Photogrammetry at Bonn University. His fields of interest are digital photogrammetry, statistical methods of image analysis, analysis of image sequences, semantic modelling, machine learning and geographic information systems. He published more than 130 scientific papers, supervised approximately 70 Bachelor and Master Theses and more than 30 PhD Theses. He was Vice President of the German Association for Pattern Recognition (DAGM) (1994-2001), President of ISPRS Technical Commission III on Photogrammetric Computer Vision (2004-2008), and Chair of the ISPRS Intercommission Working Group III/VII on Pattern Recognition in Remote Sensing (2008-2012). He served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (2008-2012). He became Fellow of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing ISPRS) in 2010. He received the Carl Pulfrich Award in 1987, the ISPRS Cassinis Award in 2000, and the ASPRS Fairchild Award in 2005. He obtained honorary doctorates from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany and the Technical University of Graz, Austria in 2011.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jocelyn Chanussot, IEEE Fellow

Keynote Topic: Hierarichal analysis of hyperspectral images in remote sensing

Biography of Keynote Speaker:

Jocelyn Chanussot (M’04–SM’04-F'12) received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), Grenoble, France, in 1995, and the Ph.D. degree from Savoie University, Annecy, France, in 1998. In 1999, he was with the Geography Imagery Perception Laboratory for the Delegation Generale de l'Armement (DGA - French National Defense Department). Since 1999, he has been with Grenoble INP, where he was an Assistant Professor from 1999 to 2005, an Associate Professor from 2005 to 2007, and is currently a Professor of signal and image processing. He is currently conducting his research at the Grenoble Images Speech Signals and Automatics Laboratory (GIPSA-Lab). His research interests include image analysis, multicomponent image processing, nonlinear filtering, and data fusion in remote sensing.

Dr. Chanussot is the founding President of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing French chapter (2007-2010) which received the 2010 IEEE GRS-S Chapter Excellence Award ``for excellence as a Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society chapter demonstrated by exemplary activities during 2009''. He was the recipient of the NORSIG 2006 Best Student Paper Award, the IEEE GRSS 2011 Symposium Best Paper Award and of the IEEE GRSS 2012 Transactions Prize Paper Award.

He was a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society AdCom (2009–2010), in charge of membership development. He was the General Chair of the first IEEE GRSS Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing, Evolution in Remote sensing (WHISPERS). He is the Chair (2009-2011) and was the Cochair of the GRS Data Fusion Technical Committee (2005– 2008). He was a member of the Machine Learning for Signal Processing Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2006–2008) and the Program Chair of the IEEE International Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing, (2009). He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING LETTERS (2005–2007) and for Pattern Recognition (2006–2008). Since 2007, he is an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING. Since 2011, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Naser El-Sheimy, PEng, CRC

Keynote Topic: MEMS Sensors – State of the Art and Future Trends in Photogrammetry and Navigation Applications

Biography of Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Naser El-Sheimy is Professor at Department of Geomatics Engineering, at the University of Calgary. He holds a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Mobile Multi-sensor Systems and the scientific director of Tecterra Research Centre. He is also the CEO of Trusted Positioning Inc. (TPI), a spin off from the University of Calgary. His research expertise includes GPS/INS integration, multi-sensor systems, and mobile mapping systems. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Dr. El-Sheimy held the position of VP R&D with VISAT Technologies Inc., a high-tech company in Montreal.

Dr. El-Sheimy published two books and over 350 papers in academic journals, conference and workshop proceedings, in which he has received over 30 national and international paper awards. He organized and participated in organizing many national and international conferences. Dr. El-Sheimy is the president of Commission I on "Sensors and Platforms" of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). Dr. El-Sheimy is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Survey Review, Journal of Applied Geodesy, and Coordinates. He served as a member of the Alberta Geomatics Group Board of Directors, Geoide NCE Board of Directors, Technical Committee Member of the ASPRS Direct Georeferencing Committee, regular reviewer for the Journal of Geodesy, Journal of Photogrammetric Record, the Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing Journal and other scientific journals.

Keynote Speaker: Rongxing LI, Ph.D.

Center for Spatial Information Science and Sustainable Development Applications College of Surveying and Geo-Informatics, Tongji University

Keynote Topic: Spatial Sensor Network Technology and Application in Real-time Landslide Monitoring

Biography of Keynote Speaker:

Rongxing Li is the professor of the Mapping and GIS Lab, the Ohio State University and the director of Center for Spatial Information Science and Sustainable Development Applications, Tongji University. In 1982 and 1984, he received his BS and MS degree with honors in Surveying and Mapping from Tongji University, China. In 1990, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing from Technical University of Berlin, Germany. He is the chief editor of <<Marine Geodesy>> . He has published 196 papers in academic journals and conferences. 11 of them were jointly-published in <<Science>>. His research interests focus on spatial sensor network and its applications in monitoring of coast, natural hazard and global change. He was one of the leading scientists in NASA's Mars Exploration Rover (MER) project. He is currently the PI of 973 project of Polar research funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.