Mobile Multi-sensor Geomatics (M2G) Systems - An Emerging Technology Sector in Geomatics By Dr. Naser El-Sheimy, PEng, CRC Head and Canada Research Chair President, ISPRS Commission I Vice Chair, the IAG WG SC4.1 "Mobile Multi-Sensor Systems" Department of Geomatics Engineering, The University of Calgary 2500 University Dr. N.W. Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4 Tel: (403) 220 7587, Fax: (403) 284 1980 E-mail: email@example.com "The intense use of geosciences in the development of our resource industries and the management of our huge geographic infrastructure has promoted the growth of Canada's Geomatics industry to a world-leader status" - Industry Canada Geomatics is an emerging, innovative, key information technology for the twenty-first century that deals with the acquisition, modeling, analysis and management of spatially referenced data and its real-time applications. Geomatics includes applications such as positioning by satellites, monitoring and control through remote sensing, land information management through Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), as well as real-time time applications such as forest fire fighting and wildlife tracking. Geomatics has a significant impact on our society and quality of life and is becoming an integral component of complex engineering and management systems that are aimed at creating a sustainable environment. The past two decades have witnessed an explosive demand for geospatial data. This demand has numerous sources and takes many forms, however, the net effect is an increasing need for data that is more accurate, has higher density, is produced more rapidly, and is acquired less expensively. Classical approaches of acquiring geospatial data such as aerial photogrammetry and terrestrial surveying are no longer adequate because they are either too slow, too labor intensive or do not provide the complete attribute information required for the application in question. A promising alternative to these classical techniques of data acquisition is the use of Mobile Multi-sensor Geomatics (M2G) systems that integrate various positioning, navigation and remote sensing technologies. The benefits of these systems are numerous: autonomous operation without reference to ground control; portable deployment around the globe, be it on vehicles, helicopters, or airplanes; reduction in both the time and cost of data collection; data archival permitting additional data collection without additional field surveys; and finally the immediate transfer of sensor improvements to the overall system. In this half day workshop, state of the art in multi-sensor systems and mobile mapping will be reviewed and some emerging applications and future trends will be discussed. The material introduced in the tutorial will be emphasized by real-life examples of M2G Systems in land, air, marine, and underground systems. Biography of Dr. El-Sheimy: Dr. Naser El-Sheimy is Professor and Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering (SSE), at the University of Calgary. He holds a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Mobile Multi-sensor Systems. His research interests include multi-sensor systems, mobile mapping systems, estimation techniques, real-time kinematic positioning, and digital photogrammetry and their applications in transportation, mapping and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS). Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Dr. El-Sheimy held the position of VP Research and Development with VISAT Technologies Inc., a high-tech company in Montreal. Through this position Dr. El-Sheimy envisioned, implemented and directed the research and development of several commercial-grade systems for processing and georeferencing of close range digital imagery, automated 3D mapping, and GIS applications. He has developed software packages for integrating, synchronizing, calibrating, and georeferencing digital frame images using GPS/INS systems. These packages are being used in land-based Mobile Mapping Systems for numerous GIS and mapping applications and are currently commercialized through the university of Calgary technology office. Dr. El-Sheimy published a book and over 250 papers in academic journals, conference and workshop proceedings, in which he has received over 12 national and international paper awards. He organized and participated in organizing many national and international conferences. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI of over 50 research projects and has successfully led several highly competitive grants such as the Canadian NSERC Strategic grants, Alberta Research excellence (REE), Canadian Network Centers of Excellence (NCE), The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) , Intellectual Infrastructure Partnership Program (IIPP), Coordination of University Research for Synergy and Effectiveness (COURSE), etc.. He holds research funding of over $800,000 per year of which 25% comes from industry (in Canada, USA, and Europe) or government contracts. Over the last nine years, he has developed several algorithms and systems, of which three software systems have been licensed to industry sectors and government agencies through the University Technologies International Inc. (UTI). These softwares generated about one million dollar in revenue to the University of Calgary. His research on multi-sensor systems applications has been recognized internationally. He has been invited frequently to give workshops and seminars at major conferences, federal agencies, and various organization seminars. Dr. El-Sheimy is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Survey Review, member of the Alberta Geomatics Group Board of Directors, Chairman of the Special Study Group on “Mobile Multi- sensor Mapping Systems”, of the International Association of Geodesy, Chairman of the International Society for Photogramtery and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Working Group I/V on "Integrated Mobile Mapping Systems", Chairman of the International Federation of Surveyors/Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG) Working Group C5.3 on "Kinematic and Integrated Positioning Systems, member of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors, Board of Examiners - Western Canadian Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors, Atlantic provinces Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors, 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. Dr. El-Sheimy has received many significant academic and paper awards including the ISPRS Best Young Author Prize, the IEEE VNIS Best Paper Prize, The ION Best Paper Award, the ION/IEEE best paper award, and the ISPRS Best Young Author Award, and Calgary Herald - Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd. - Petro Canada Young Innovator Award. Dr. El-Sheimy taught many undergraduate/graduates courses and industrial courses on various topics. He received the Department of Geomatics Engineering Teaching Award for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003, the Faculty Teaching Award for 2002, the Department of Geomatics Engineering Research Excellence Award and the Faculty Research Excellence Award in 2005, The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) 2005 Educational Excellence Award, the Geomatics Engineering Professor of the Year for 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003, the University of Calgary Student Union Teaching Excellence award for Winter 2002 and has been nominated for the Student Union Teaching Excellence award for Winter 2003 (results in April 2003). He graduated 13 Masters and 6 PhD students since he joined the university in April 1998 and currently supervises 9 Masters, 6 PhD students, 2 research associates, and 3 post doctor fellows.
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