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April 26, 2017 

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

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


The U. V. Helava Award Best Paper of volume 111-122 (2016) was awarded to
Wei Huang and Songnian Li for their paper
"Understanding human activity patterns based on space-time-semantics".


ISPRS is proud to announce a new ISPRS award:
The Jack Dangermond Award for the most outstanding paper in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information


ISPRS Scientific Initiatives: Announcement of 2017 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. For 2017, the following seven projects were selected and approved by the Council for funding.

Title PI(s) TC/WG

Benchmark database for tropical agricultural remote sensing application

Ieda Del’Arco Sanches


SVSC – The UAV Semantic Video Segmentation Challenge 2017

Michael Ying Yang and Alper Yilmaz


ISPRS Benchmark Challenge on Large Scale Classification of VHR Geospatial Data

Ribana Roscher


Benchmark for Multi-Platform Hyperspectral Image Processing

Konstantinos Karantzalos


ISPRS Benchmark on Indoor Modeling

Kourosh Khoshelham


An ISPRS contribution to Transforming our World: Integration of GlobeLand30 with additional geospatial and socio-economic data for monitoring United Nation Sustainable Development Goals

Jon Mills and Hao Wu


Development of Educational Content: "Small UAS in Civil Engineering Applications"

Roman Shults

WG V/7

Brief summary of the above-awarded projects together with the information of their principle investigator(s) and co-investigator(s) you will find »here


Muhamad Alrajhi appointed new Regional Coordinator for the Arab States
On Feb. 24 2017, Muhamad Alrajhi, Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MOMRA) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was appointed as the new ISPRS Regional Coordinator for the Arab States, following approval of the ISPRS Ordinary Members in late 2016.

Alrajhi's role will be to raise the visibility of ISPRS in the Arab States by

  • engaging with delegates and officials active in photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information science in academia, business, administration and education in the respective countries;
  • organising ISPRS events in the region, also together with members and potential members;
  • encouraging countries and organisations within their region to become a member of ISPRS;
  • attending meetings of the ISPRS Council and Advisory Board when invited to represent the views of the Arab States.


Council is very glad about this strengthening of ties between the society and the Arab world and is certain that the already very good relations to the region will further improve in this way.


from left to right: Christian Heipke, President ISPRS, Muhamad Alrajhi, ISPRS Regional Coordinator for the Arab States, Gottfried Konency, ISPRS Honorary Member and President 1984-1988, Abdalla Alobeid, MOMRA, during a meeting in Hannover, Germany, on Feb. 24, 2017. 


Call for papers to special issue of IJRS on the 
Applications of Remote Sensing for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Abstract deadline is 12 May 2017.

Guest editors - John Trinder, Sisi Zlatanova and Jiang Jie - invite authors to send their submission to Special issue of the ISPRS Journal for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing on the Applications of Remote Sensing for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.   Details of the call for papers are  provided at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/isprs-journal-of-photogrammetry-and-remote-sensing/call-for-papers/call-for-original-papers-on-the-un-sustainable-development-g.

Geospatial Week 2017

The ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017 (ISPRS GSW 2017, http://gsw2017.3snews.net) will be held in Wuhan, China, from September 18th - 22nd, 2017. This third ISPRS Geospatial Week will be organized by Wuhan University and is the most important ISPRS event in the year 2017. With the intensive preparation of Local Organization Committee at Wuhan University and the scientific steering committee of GSW2017, 10 different workshops will take place in GSW 2017. The topics of the 10 workshops cover geospatial information acquisition, extraction from point clouds, optical/SAR imagery, and ubiquitous sensors, smart city and global changes, geospatial information mining and quality control, indoor 3D mapping and navigation, and UAV/UAS innovation applications. The details of the 10 workshops are listed as follows (see GSW website under programme/workshops for details):

  • GIS-SmartCity 2017: 2017 International Geospatial Information Workshop on Smart City
  • WebMGS2017: The 5th International Workshop on Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services
  • ISSDQ 2017: The 10th International Symposium on Spatial Data Quality
  • Indoor 3D 2017: ISPRS Workshop on Indoor 3D 2017
  • SARCon 2017: The 2017 ISPRS International Workshop on Advances in SAR: Constellations, Signal processing, and Applications
  • LS2017: ISPRS Workshop on Laser Scanning 2017
  • IWIDF2017: The 2017 International Workshop on Image and Data Fusion
  • PhotoGA 2017: ISPRS Workshop on Photogrammetric 3D Reconstruction for Geo-Applications 2017
  • ICSDM2017: The Third International Conference on Spatial Data Mining and Geographical Knowledge Services
  • CHGCS 2017: The 2017 ISPRS Workshop on Cryosphere and Hydrosphere for Global Change Studies

Submission dates for abstracts and full papers for the individual workshops vary between February 28 and March 31, 2017. Details are available at the GSW website http://gsw2017.3snews.net under "Important Dates".
All interested scientists and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to GSW 2017 and contribute to making the meeting a success. We are looking forward to seeing you in Wuhan in September.

Huayi Wu, Bisheng Yang

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Joining many national and international organizations ISPRS supports ICSU initiative on US executive order on travel to the US

International Council for Science (ICSU) calls on the government of the United States to rescind the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”

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