Riva del Garda, ITALY  3 - 7 JUNE 2018




ISPRS Technical Commission II "Photogrammetry" focuses, at various scales, on geometric, radiometric and multi-temporal aspects of image- and range-based 3D surveying and modeling. Specifically Commission II deals with image orientation, point cloud generation and processing, 3D feature extraction, scene understanding, sensor and data fusion, sensor characterization, machine learning for geospatial data analysis and big data techniques for massive data processing. Applications in the fields of mapping, industry, heritage, space, underwater and environment are considered.
We are looking forward to welcome researchers, practioners and companies in the field of photogrammetry, computer vision, image processing and similar to present and discuss their results and activities. The Symposium will feature 4 days with plenary and parallel sessions, oral and poster presentations as well as keynote speakers from research and commercial domains and an exhibition of the most important business players in the photogrammetric and geospatial domain.

The event is organized in collaboration with SIFET (Italian Society of Photogrammetry and Topography), JSPRS (Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) and ARIDA (Japanese Association for Real-time Imaging and Dynamic Analysis).



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Organised by

Fabio Remondino - FBK Trento, Italy
Takashi Fuse - University of Tokyo, Japan
Isabella Toschi - FBK Trento, Italy

Local Organizers

Annalisa Armani, Main Local Organizer - FBK Trento, Italy Elisa Mariarosaria Farella - FBK Trento, Italy
Eleonora Grilli - FBK Trento, Italy Fabio Menna - FBK Trento, Italy
Daniele Morabito - FBK Trento, Italy Michele Welponer - FBK Trento, Italy
Maria Allocca - FBK Trento, Italy Emre Özdemir - FBK Trento, Italy

Reviewing Committee from Working Groups

Costas Armenakis - York University, Canada Andrea Fusiello - University of Udine, Italy
Ronny Haensch - TU Berlin, Germany Mozhdeh Shahbazi - University of Calgary, Canada
Norbert Haala - University of Stuttgart, Germany Mathias Rothermel - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Pablo d'Angelo - DLR, Germany Jan Boehm - UCL, UK
Bisheng Yang - Wuhan University, China Mathieu Bredif, IGN, France
Filiberto Chiabrando - Politecnico di Torino, Italy Franz Rottensteiner - Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Bruno Vallet - IGN, France Markus Gerke - TU Braunschweig, Germany
Martin Weinmann - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, germany Alper Yilmaz - Ohio State University, USA
Michael Ying Yang - ITC / Twente University,
The Netherlands
Yury Vizilter - GosNIIAS, Russia
Siavash Hosseinyalamdary - ITC / Twente University,
The Netherlands
Jan Dirk Wegner - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Ribana Roscher - University of Bonn, Germany Michele Volpi - University of Zurich, Switzerland
Clement Mallet - IGN France Stephen Kyle - UCL, UK
Stuart Robson - UCL, UK Thomas Luhmann - Jade University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Erica Nocerino - Aix-Marseille Université, France Fulvio Rinaudo - Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Diego Gonzalez-Aguilera - University of Salamanca, Spain Geert Verhoeven - LBI, Austria
Francesco Fassi - Politecnico di Milano, Italy Mark Shortis - RMIT University, Australia
Dimitrios Skarlatos - Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus Panagiotis Agrafiotis - NTUA, Greece
Francesco Nex - ITC / Twente University, The Netherlands Martin Rutzinger - Austrian Academy of Science, Austria
Vladimir Knyaz - GosNIIAS, Russia Belen Riveiro - University of Vigo, Spain
Uwe Stilla - TU Munich, Germany Michael Gruber - Vexcel Imaging, Austria
Daniel Wujanz - TU Berlin, Germany

Further Reviewing Committee

Dante Abate - The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
Devrim Akca - Isik University, Turkey
Luigi Barazzetti - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Alessandro Capra - University of Modena, Italy
Michael Cramer - University of Stuttgart, Germany
Livio De Luca - CNRS MAP, France
Clive Fraser - University of Melbourne, Australia
Andreas Georgopoulos - NTUA, Greece
Pierre Grussenmeyer - INSA, France
Boris Jutzi - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Thomas Kersten - HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany
Hans-Gerd Maas - TU Dresden, Germany
Mehdi Maboudi - TU Braunschweig, Germany
Jon Mills - Newcastle University, UK
Stephan Nebiker - University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
Andreas Nuechter - Julius-Maximilians University Wurzburg, Germany
Sander Oude Elberink - Twente University, The Netherlands
Maria-Valasia Peppa - Newcastle University, UK
Heinz-Jürgen Przybilla - Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Riccardo Roncella - University of Parma, Italy
Konrad Schindler - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Gunho Sohn - York University, Canada
Stratos Stylianidis - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Antonio Maria Garcia Tommaselli - Universidade Estedual Paulista, Brasil


Full Paper Submission (ISPRS Annals publication) 12 January 2018
Extended Abstract Submission (ISPRS Archives publication) 26 January 2018
Notification to Authors 2 March 2018
Full Paper Submission 6 April 2018
Tutorials 3 June 2018
Symposium 4-7 June 2018


The abstract should be at least 1000 words, possibly with figures, and should be submitted as PDF file. No specific template is given.

Full papers

The full paper submitted for the reviewing process or as final paper must be formatted following the ISPRS format (download here the PDF or DOCX template), with a max length of 8 pages.
After the authors affiliations and before the keywords please type Commission II/WGxx, where xx represent the Working Group (WG) where you are submitting your contribution.

The accepted articles will be published in the ISPRS Annals and International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. The volume number will be XLII-2 for the Archives and IV-2 for the Annals. Each submitted paper needs at least one paid registration fee in order to be published.

Submission closed


Jantien Stoter

3D Geoinformation group, Delft University of Technology,
The Netherlands

Davide Scaramuzza

Robotics and Perception group, University of Zurich, Switzerland

“Towards a flawless 3D/4D city modelling information chain: where do 3D/4D data requirements and 3D/4D data collection possibilities meet?” “Autonomous, agile, vision-controlled drones: from active to event vision”

Andre’ Streilein

Swisstopo, Switzerland

Camillo Ressl

Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Photogrammetry group, Technical University Vienna, Austria

“National mapping agencies in age of digital transformation and the changing demands for research and development” “Assessing the accuracy of dense image matching”


There are four tutorials offered and they will take place on Sunday, 3 June 2018.

Fee One day tutorial 100 euros before May 11th, 2018
Half-day tutorial 50 euros
One day tutorial 125 euros On-site (Limited availability of seats)
Half-day tutorial 75 euros


Title: Calibration techniques and accuracy considerations for single and multi-camera systems

Presenters: Prof. Mark R. Shortis (RMIT University, Australia), Prof. Thomas Luhmann (Jade University, Germany), Prof. Stuart Robson (University College London, UK)

Description: Calibration and camera considerations, parameter sets and photo- versus block-invariance, targeting issues, 2D versus 3D calibration objects, free networks and outlier detection, external constraints, multi-camera v single camera, EO and RO constraints, eccentricity corrections, VDE/VDI analysis, environmental factors and refraction, example applications in optical metrology, overview/demonstration of Vision Metrology System (VMS) as a research tool.

Target audience: PhD students, researchers and practitioners

Level: intermediate

Duration: half-day (2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 3 June 2018)


TOPIC 2 (Sold out!)

Title: Deep learning for geospatial data analysis

Presenters: Jan Dirk Wegner & Nico Lang (Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Description: Modern (deep) machine learning techniques are at the core of many successful approaches in computer vision, image interpretation, 3D object reconstruction and beyond. Instead of hierarchical, rule-based methods that are tailored for a particular scene layout and task, machine learning enables to model relevant object patterns directly from labeled training data. In contrast to many established classification pipelines that work with a limited set of handcrafted features, the power of deep learning stems from end-to-end learning. The machine learns appropriate features directly for a given data set and task. The tutorial will explain the theory of deep learning, present an overview of recent research, and teach a hands-on programming class for deep learning beginners. Emphasis is on deep learning techniques applied to geospatial data like aerial images and point clouds and tasks like semantic segmentation and object detection.

Target audience: PhD students, researchers and practitioners

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Duration: half-day (9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3 June 2018)



Title: Acquisition and Automatic Characterization of Scenes – A holistic approach for scene analysis in terms of semantic labeling and object extraction

Presenters: Martin Weinmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Michael Weinmann (University of Bonn, Germany), Franz Rottensteiner (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany), Boris Jutzi (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)

Description: The adequate acquisition and analysis of a scene are of great interest for photogrammetry, remote sensing, computer vision and robotics. In the scope of this tutorial, we will address four major issues in this regard. The first part of the tutorial will give a general introduction on geometry acquisition via (passive and active) optical 3D sensing techniques. The second part of the tutorial will focus on active optical 3D sensing as commonly used for the acquisition of large geospatial data and provide a survey on the extraction of descriptive features from such data. The third part of the tutorial will focus on a semantic interpretation of point cloud data and thereby address all components of a typical processing workflow from given point cloud data to a semantic labeling with respect to user-defined classes. The fourth part of the tutorial is dedicated to deep learning techniques for the semantic labeling of point clouds as well as to the context-based classification of these data using graphical models such as Conditional Random Fields (CRFs).

Target audience: PhD students, researchers and practitioners

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Duration: full-day (9:00 am - 6:00 pm, 3 June 2018)


Title: Global Network Orientation by Synchronization

Presenters: Andrea Fusiello, Federica Arrigoni (University of Udine, Italy)

Description: A crucial issue in Photogrammetry and Computer Vision is image network orientation, i.e., estimating camera attitudes and positions for a set of images. Whereas the problem can be considered solved for small-scales instances, dealing with a large number of images calls for efficiency and scalability, which are addresses by synchronization. The goal of synchronization (of direct isometries) is to recover the absolute orientation of a number of 3D reference frames, starting from a redundant set of relative orientations. This problem finds application in structure from motion, SLAM, registration of 3D point sets and sensor network localization. Synchronization methods work in frame-space (as opposed to point-space, like bundle adjustment) and are global, for they consider simultaneously all the relative information. For these reasons, they have gained increasing attention especially in the Computer Vision and Automatic Control communities. This tutorial will provide a comprehensive introduction to synchronization and describe some solution methods, focusing on closed-form matrix formulations.

Target audience: PhD students, researchers and practitioners

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Duration: half-day (2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 3 June 2018)


Early Bird Regular participant 475 euros Until March 31st, 2018
B.Sc and M.Sc student 200 euros
PhD student 300 euros
Senior 350 euros
Accompanying (for welcome party and social dinner) 75 euros
Regular Regular participant 525 euros From April 1st until May 27th, 2018
B.Sc and M.Sc student 225 euros
PhD student 325 euros
Senior 400 euros
Accompanying (for welcome party and social dinner) 75 euros
On-site Regular participant 575 euros From June 3rd until June 7th, 2018
B.Sc and M.Sc student 250 euros
PhD student 350 euros
Senior 450 euros
Accompanying (for welcome party and social dinner) 100 euros

Two-days registration 350 euros
One-day registration 250 euros

Registration fees cover session attendance (4-7 June), conference bag, welcome party, coffee breaks, lunches and social dinner. Fees for tutorials attendance (3 June) are not included and should be payed separately.

B.Sc and M.Sc students are considered undergraduated university students or just graduated (3 months) and should provide a valid evidence of their student status (to be sent by email to isprs-tc2@fbk.eu with a copy of the paid registration).
PhD students should be max 30 years old and should provide a valid evidence of their student status (to be sent by email to isprs-tc2@fbk.eu with a copy of the paid registration).
Senior are considered participants over 65 years old.

Visa Support Letter
To request a Visa Support Letter, please follow the instructions available here.
Invitation letters to participate in the event will be issued ONLY to participants who have already paid the registration fee. No Invitation letters can be issued for accompanying persons.

Travel Grants
The ISPRS Foundation provides travel grants to enable young authors, distinguished speakers, and officially designated Delegates, especially from developing countries, to participate in ISPRS sponsored events and in forums promoting international cooperation, advancements and benefits of the P&RS&SI sciences.
Click here to complete your travel grant application online.
Deadline for applications is March 19th, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by March 31st.

The registration portal is now available through the ConfTool system.

Please, verify here that payment by PayPal is available in your country, before selecting PayPal as your payment method. Registrations paid by bank transfer must be paid net of any bank transfer fee.


The final programme is now available (vers. 23/05/2018).

Download Programme in PDF

The poster presentations are allocated every day after the lunch break, details will be available soon in the preliminary technical programme. Posters should be in A0 format. We are not printing posters for authors, you can find printing shops in Riva if necessary.


Congress Centre, Riva del Garda, Italy

Riva del Garda

The ISPRS Technical Commission II Symposium will be held in Riva del Garda, the main town in the Northern Garda Lake. The mild climate favors a typically Mediterranean vegetation with lemon trees, olive trees, laurels and palm trees: a true Mediterranean island at the foot of the Dolomites. The center of Riva del Garda will fascinate you with its works of art and architecture, witnessing to ancient history and a past rich in art and culture. In past, the town hosted famous names such as Nietzsche, Kafka and the Mann brothers. This exclusive yet familiar reception is still part of the tradition of the shores of Garda Lake.

The Technical Commission II Symposium will be held in the Riva del Garda Congress Center (Parco Lido / via Filzi) which is located by the lake and few minutes from the center of the town.


Getting to Riva del Garda

Airport connections

The most convenient airport is Verona (less than 1h from Riva del Garda), which is very well connected to Munich and Frankfurt, as well as Paris and London. You may also consider Milan (Malpensa or Linate) and Bergamo.

If you flight to Verona, you can take the Aerobus or bus services to get to the Verona train station.

Train/Bus connections

If you travel by train, check the Italian railways website to get to Rovereto, which is the closest train station to Riva del Garda.

From Rovereto train station, you can get to Riva del Garda by bus.

By car

If you travel by car, take the A22 (Modena-Brennero) motorway and get off at Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda Nord exit.

As official in-house travel agency of the Congress Center, RIVATOUR offers a wide selection of accommodation options and transfer services from/to the airports, in various price ranges. Please, remember that the on-line booking of the airports shuttle service is available at discounted price only if the booking will be made together with the hotel.



Fabio Remondino - remondino@fbk.eu -
Isabella Toschi - toschi@fbk.eu -

3D Optical Metrology unit - FBK Trento, Italy