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January 27, 2015 

Internationale Gesellschaft für Photogrammetrie und Fernerkundung
Société Internationale de Photogrammétrie et de Télédétection



Call for Papers
ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Theme Issue
State-of-the-art in photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences
Submission deadline for full manuscript: May 15, 2015

Guest Editors:
Christian Heipke (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
Marguerite Madden (University of Georgia, Athens, USA)
Zhilin Li (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
Ian Dowman (University College London, United Kingdom)

Planned publication date: Summer 2016
Photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences have witnessed great changes over the last few years. Reasons for this development are, on the one hand new societal and political challenges such as a stronger quest for sustainable development, a globally increasing human population, a more apparent sense of safety and security, and an increased globalisation, visible for example in the mobility of people, goods, capital and education. On the other hand, innovation in our field has been strongly influenced by progress in information and communication technology, which can be summarized under the terms of ubiquitous computing, geosensor networks, geospatial data infrastructures, digital earth, big data, cloud computing, web 2.0, the internet of things, and crowd sourcing.

These developments have had a profound impact on the theory, development and operational use of photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. Besides a large variety of new applications, all the way from robotics and driver assistance systems to animal behaviour studies and environmental monitoring, new sensors such as 3D cameras, interferometric SAR sensors and flash lasers and new methodologies for automatic information extraction through data mining, machine learning are now common place in our field.

In this context this theme issues tries to review and document recent developments in photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences in the form of state-of-the-art papers in research, development and operational use. You are cordially invited to contribute to this theme issue by submitting a review article providing an overview of one of the sub-fields of our discipline.

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ISPRS Scientific Initiatives: Announcement of 2015 Funding

In accordance with the statutory mission and activities of ISPRS, the Society shall provide funds to support scientific and other initiatives, which will further improve its international status in the field of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, and will therefore benefit all ISPRS members. To this end, a call for new Scientific Initiatives was issued in October 2014 with a budget for 2015 projects of 25,000 Swiss Francs. By the call deadline, 11 teams of researchers across all of the eight Technical Commissions had submitted cases for support. Comment was sought from the relevant Technical Commission Presidents, and a sub-committee of three Council members was convened to independently review the proposals on the basis of scientific excellence. The sub-committee then convened at the recent Technical Commission VIII Symposium in Hyderabad, India, to draw up a ranked list of projects to be funded. The sub-committee’s recommendation to fund the following seven projects to a total of CHF 33,000 Swiss Francs was then accepted by ISPRS Council at its meeting in Hyderabad:

Title PI Affiliation Country TC
Completion of the ISPRS benchmark for multi-platform photogrammetry Francesco Nex FBK Trento Italy I
ISPRS Open Data Challenge 2015 Qing-Quan Li Shenzhen University China II
ISPRS Benchmark on Urban Object Detection and 3D Building Reconstruction Markus Gerke University of Twente Netherlands III
Global Status of Land Cover Mapping and Geospatial Database Updating Gottfried Konecny Leibniz University Hannover Germany IV
Advances in the development of an all-purpose open-source photogrammetric tool Diego González-Aguilera University of Salamanca Spain V
Assessment of Learning Pedagogy in GeoInformatics Anjana Vyas CEPT University India VI
Development of an Innovative Method for Vicarious Radiometric Cal of Orbital Hyperspectral Sensors Eyal Ben Dor Tel Aviv University Israel VII

ISPRS Council would like to thank all scientists who submitted proposals, and to congratulate the successful applicants. The decision to allocate more funding than originally budgeted reflects the high quality of the proposals received and takes the total funding of Scientific Initiatives for 2014 and 2015 to more than 80,000 Swiss Francs. Council looks forward to hearing of the future success of the funded projects and reporting the outcomes through this and other media in due course. Reports on progress made to date in Scientific Initiative projects funded in 2014 can be found at:


Jon Mills
ISPRS Treasurer 2012-16

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