ISPRS - Technical Commission V 2008-2012

Close-Range Sensing: Analysis and Applications


Jon Mills, PresidentJon Mills
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU



David Barber, SecretaryDavid Barber
c/o School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
+44 (0)7811 697540


Terms of Reference
  • Systems and algorithms for real-time imaging, mobile mapping and video processing
  • Photogrammetric vision metrology technologies with special consideration of CAD/CAM and spatial information systems
  • Integration and fusion of multiple data sources for advanced object extraction and modelling
  • Laser scanning for 3-D representation of objects and scenes
  • Close-range image sequence analysis procedures
  • Vision-based techniques for visualization, simulation, robotics and animation
  • Vision metrology systems and industrial applications
  • Photogrammetric techniques in biomedical engineering and human motion studies
  • Techniques for architectural, archaeological and cultural heritage applications




WG V/1 - Vision Metrology-Best Practice, Systems and Applications

Stuart Robson

Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
University College London
United Kingdom
+44 (0)207 679 2726
+44 (0)207 380 0453

Jean-Angelo Beraldin

NRC Institute for Information Technology
1200 Montreal Road
Building M-50, Room 352
ON K1A 0R6
+1 (613) 990 6871
+1 (613) 952 0215

Thomas Luhmann

Institute of Applied Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics
University of Applied Sciences
D-26121 Oldenburg
+49 441 7708 3172
+49 441 7708 3170
WG V/1  Terms of Reference
  • Performance evaluation including definition of accuracy in vision metrology, best practice and contribution to international standards
  • System developments and industrial applications including hybrid systems and colour processing
  • Colour processing, recognising that many commercial-off-the-shelf systems incorporate colour sensors
  • Camera-controlled robot and machine guidance
  • 6DOF measurements (including optical sensor navigation)
  • Large volume (sub millimetre capability at object scales of greater than 10 metres)
  • Very close range (micrometre capabilities at object scales of less than 1 metre)


WG V/2 - Cultural Heritage Data Acquisition and Processing

Paul Bryan

English Heritage
37 Tanner Row
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1904 601959

Bharat Lohani

Department of Civil Engineering
IIT Kanpur
Kanpur 208 016
+91 (512) 259 7413 0

Fulvio Rinaudo

Politecnico di Torino
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
+39 011 090 76 59
WG V/2  Terms of Reference
  • Development and promotion of measurement techniques, from close range through to satellite, and spatial information systems applicable to cultural heritage
  • Integration of measurement techniques supporting the documentation, monitoring and presentational requirements of the archaeology, architecture, conservation and archiving communities
  • Development and dissemination of best-practice protocols to aid appropriate application across related cultural heritage fields
  • Development and promotion of low-cost, rapid, innovative, automated, commercial and open-source approaches
  • Development and promotion of UAV platforms applicable to cultural heritage
  • Close co-operation with related disciplines, national / international groups (e.g. CIPA) and other ISPRS working and regional groups


WG V/3 - Terrestrial Laser Scanning and 3D Imaging

Derek Lichti

Department of Geomatics Engineering
The University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary AB Canada T2N 1N4
+1 403 210 9495
+1 403 284 1980

Marco Scaioni

Department of Building Environment Science and Technology
Politecnico di Milano
via M. d'Oggiono 18/a
23900 Lecco
+39 02 2399 8787
+39 02 2399 8771

Hans-Gerd Maas

Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Dresden University of Technology
Helmholtzstr. 10
D-01069 Dresden
+49 (0)351 463 32859 (secretary 33680)
+49 (0)351 463 37266

Pedro Arias-Sánchez

Department of Natural Resources Engineering
Cartographic Engineering Unit
University of Vigo
Mining School
Maxwell street s/n. 36310
+34 986 813 645 / +34 647 343 276
+34 986 811 924
WG V/3  Terms of Reference
  • Geometric and radiometric sensor modelling and calibration of terrestrial laser scanners
  • Automated and robust methods for point cloud registration
  • Integration of terrestrial laser scanning and other sensors on static and kinematic platforms (in collaboration with WG V/5 and IC WG V/I)
  • Feature extraction, 3D object modelling and scene classification (in collaboration with WG III/2 and WG V/4)
  • Processing methods for range cameras and other 3D imaging sensors, in particular range camera image sequences (in collaboration with WG V/5)


WG V/4 - Image-Based and Range-Based 3D Modelling

Fabio Remondino

3D Optical Metrology Group
Smart Optical Sensors and Interfaces (SOI)
B. Kessler Foundation (FBK)
38050 Povo, Trento
+39 0461 314 914
+39 0461 314 930

Jan Böhm

University College London
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 3108 1036

Qing Zhu

State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing
Wuhan University
P.O. Box C.310
129 LuoYu Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430079
+86 27 68778322
+86 27 68778229
WG V/4  Terms of Reference
  • Stimulate the development of algorithms and software tools for (automated) geometric modelling using different data sources
  • Promote integrated processing of point clouds, image and video data for the generation of realistic 3D models usable in virtual environments, animations, games, museums, etc.
  • Benchmark the quality of 3D models generated through software tools and create standard datasets
  • Consider efficiency and interoperability of models for Virtual Environment applications (e.g. simplification, standards)
  • Address special requirements of 3D models for cultural heritage, architecture, engineering, construction (e.g. metric precision, geo-reference, annotation)


WG V/5 - Image Sensor Technology

Ralf Reulke

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Informatik, Computer Vision
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

Michael Chapman

Department of Civil Engineering
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Ontario M5B 2K3
+1 416-979-5000 (6461)
+1 416-979-5122

Martin Smith

Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG)
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
United Kingdom
+44 115 951 3885
+44 115 951 3881

Andreas Luber

German Aerospace Center
Institute of Transportation Systems
Rutherfordstraße 2
12489 Berlin
+49 30 67055 317
+49 30 67055 202
WG V/5  Terms of Reference
  • Design, characterization, calibration and evaluation of imaging sensors for close range photogrammetry and terrestrial application
  • Evaluation of image sensors (CCD, CMOS, IR-Bolometer), thermal systems and time-of-flight based range image sensors
  • Evaluation of non-standard imaging principles (panoramic cameras, fisheye systems, catadioptric sensors and other omni-directional vision techniques)
  • Geometric and radiometric properties of image data, quality standards, and factors (environmental and others) affecting data quality
  • Integrated sensors / sensor fusion (synchronization and metric aspects, alignment of different sensors)
  • Multiple camera / multiple sensing systems and solutions for outdoor applications (surveillance and traffic object recognition)


WG V/6 - Close Range Morphological Measurement for the Earth Sciences

Jim Chandler

Dept. of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
United Kingdom
+ 44 1509 222624

Simon Buckley

Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research
University of Bergen
PO Box 7800
N-5020 Bergen
+47 55 58 36 70

Dirk Rieke-Zapp

School of Environmental and Life Sciences
University of Bern
Institute of Geological Sciences
Baltzerstrasse 1-3
CH-3012 Bern
+41 31 631 87 61

Rene Wackrow

Dept. of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
United Kingdom
WG V/6  Terms of Reference
  • To increase awareness of close-range photogrammetry and laser scanning to enable wider and wiser application within the earth sciences
  • Educate and inform ″non-geomatic″ users of the existence and benefits of involvement with ISPRS
  • Identify and promote differing small format camera calibration requirements and approaches, suitable for scales of enquiry relevant for close-range activities
  • Develop, and make freely available, ′best-practice′ guidelines for non-expert users of consumer grade digital cameras (e.g. simplifying ″3x3 rules″) and terrestrial laser scanners
  • Identify and rank the key qualities of spatial data necessary for numerical simulation and physical modelling


ICWG V/I - Land-Based Mobile Mapping Systems

Jonathan Li

University of Waterloo
Department of Geography & Environmental Management
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
+1-519-888-4567, ext. 34504

Qingquan Li

Wuhan University
Transportation Research Center
129 Luoyu Road
Wuhan, Hubei 430072

Antonio Maria Garcia Tommaselli

São Paulo State University
Departamento de Cartografia
Rua Roberto Simonsen 305, CP 468
19060-900, Presidente Prudente, São Paulo

João Fernando Custódio da Silva

São Paulo State University
Departamento de Cartografia
Rua Roberto Simonsen 305, CP 468
19060-900, Presidente Prudente, São Paulo
ICWG V/I  Terms of Reference
  • Design, development and evaluation of integrated, multi-sensor, land-based mobile mapping systems
  • Design and development of real-time data processing algorithms for land-based mobile mapping systems
  • Automation of information extraction from land-based mobile imaging and ranging sensor data
  • Development of novel applications in transportation infrastructure mapping and assessment, including pavement and asset mapping, emergency response
  • Cooperation with ICA, IAG, FIG, and other ISPRS WGs on 3D mobile mapping; image indexing and retrieval; 3D object reconstruction and city modelling; point cloud processing; sensor integration and multiple sensing solutions; and applications in LBS and disaster management



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