ISPRS - Technical Commission I 2012-2016

Sensors and Platforms for Remote Sensing


Charles K Toth, PresidentCharles K Toth
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering
The Ohio State University
470 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
+1 614 292 7681
+1 614 292 3780



Boris Jutzi, Vice-PresidentBoris Jutzi
Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Kaiserstr. 12
76128 Karlsruhe
+49 721 608-46993
+49 721 608-48450


Terms of Reference
  • Data acquisition and pre-processing
  • On-board pre-processing of data and autonomous systems
  • Systems and media for recording sensor data, auxiliary data (time, position, attitude, etc.)
  • Image technologies and data transfer standards
  • Integration of various imaging sensors with other relevant systems
  • Design and realization of digital aerial and spaceborne missions for Earth observation
  • Design, construction, characterization, and installation of imaging and non-optical imaging sensors (including optical, IR, SAR, IfSAR, LiDAR, etc.)
  • Standardization of definitions and measurements of active and passive imaging sensor parameters
  • Geometric and radiometric properties, quality standards, and factors affecting data quality
  • Testing, calibration and evaluation of imaging and non-optical imaging sensors (including laboratory, in-flight /in-situ, inter-calibration and test fields)
  • Integrated platform guidance, navigation, direct georeferencing (positioning and orientation) and integrated sensor orientation


WG I/1 - Standardization of Airborne Platform Interface

GUO Huadong

Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences
No.9 Dengzhuang South Road
Haidian 100094

Randy T. Albertson

Dryden Flight Research Center
Edwards, CA 93523-0273
+1 661 276-7540

Philip R.A. Brown

EUFAR Scientific and Transnational Access Coordinator
Fitzroy Road
United Kingdom
+44 1392 886740

HAN Chunming

Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences
No.9 Dengzhuang South Road
Haidian 100094

Key Support Personnel
DOU Changyong

Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
No.9 Dengzhuang South Road
Haidian 100094
WG I/1  Terms of Reference
  • Discussion and coordination with international partners (new or current) on activities which foster cooperation to include ways on improving transnational or interagency access
  • How the working group standard formats, developed by the previous working group, are being implemented for use on their national airborne platforms and instrument operations; including suggested improvements or new standards to explore
  • National airborne platform inventory of research science aircraft
  • Promotion of education and outreach programs by their airborne science community
  • The expert workshops (platform or instrument that they supported or established)


WG I/2 - LiDAR, SAR and Optical Sensors for Airborne and Spaceborne Platforms

Norbert Haala

Institute for Photogrammetry
University of Stuttgart
Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 24D
70174 Stuttgart
+49 711 685-83386
+49 711 685-83297

Martin Kada

Institute for Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing (IGF)
University of Osnabrueck
Barbarastr. 22b
49076 Osnabrueck
+49 541 969-3619
+49 541 969-3939

Franz Meyer

Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing
Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska Fairbanks
903 Koyukuk Dr., P.O. Box 757320
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7320
+1 907 474 7767
+1 907 474 6441

Dorota Iwaszczuk

Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Institute of Photogrammetry and Cartography
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Arcisstr. 21
80333 München
+49 89 289 22637
+49 89 289 23202

Key Support Personnel
Timo Balz

State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing
Wuhan University
129 Luoyu Road
430079 Wuhan
+86 (0)27 68778395
WG I/2  Terms of Reference
  • Assessment of active sensor systems for airborne and spaceborne platforms
  • Data quality and performance validation of SAR, LIDAR and optical systems for DEM generation
  • Investigation and evaluation of systems integrating LiDAR, SAR and optical data
  • Evaluation of Multi-pulse and full-waveform LiDAR
  • Address challenges in low-frequency spaceborne SAR system design and data processing
  • Address challenges and applications of high-resolution spaceborne SAR systems (e.g. TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X, Cosmo Skymed)
  • Evaluation of Multi-frequency SAR, polarimetric InSAR systems
  • Liaison with external groups such as CEOS, IGARSS and EuroSDR
  • Associations to other professional societies:
    • German Society for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation (DGPF), e.g. Working Group Sensors and Platforms


WG I/3 - Multi-Platform Multi-Sensor System Calibration

Ayman Habib

Lyles School of Civil Engineering
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive, HAMP 4108
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Cheng Wang

Department of Computer Science
School of Information Science and Technology
Xiamen University
Xiamen, Fujian, P.R. China, 361005
+86 (592) 2580003
+86 (10) 80115555 EXT 706884

Mostafa Madani

1935 Jamboree Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-5358
+1-719-264-5509, Mobile: +1-719-323-1529

Chenglu Wen

Department of Cognitive Science
School of Information Science and Technology
Xiamen University
Xiamen, Fujian, P.R. China, 361005
+86 592-2580192-805
+86 592-2580 258
WG I/3  Terms of Reference
  • System calibration of multi-sensor data acquisition systems (sensor and inter-sensor calibration)
  • System calibration of land-, air-, and space-borne imaging and ranging systems
  • In-situ calibration of multi-unit mapping systems
  • Stability analysis of system calibration parameters
  • Standards for the QC of the system calibration and stability analysis
  • Collaborate with EuroSDR in the development of commonly accepted standards procedures for multi-platform and multi–sensor system calibration and testing
  • Liaison with EuroSDR COM I


WG I/4 - Geometric and Radiometric Modeling of Optical Airborne and Spaceborne Sensors

Peter Reinartz

Department Head: Photogrammetry and Image Analysis
Remote Sensing Technology Institute
German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Muenchnerstr. 20
82234 Wessling
+49 8153 28-2757
+49 8153 28-28-1444

Daniela Poli

Terra Messflug GmbH
Eichenweg 42
6460 Imst
+43 5412 6930
+43 5412 6930 26

Karsten Jacobsen

Institute of Photogrammetry and Geoinformation
Leibniz University Hannover
Nienburger Str. 1
30167 Hannover
+49 511 762 2485
+49 511 762 2483

Mehdi Ravanbakhsh

Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
University of Melbourne
Level 5, 204 Lygon St.
Carlton VIC 3053
+61 3 8344 9186
+61 3 9654 6515

Key Support Personnel
Hüseyin Topan

Dept. of Geomatics Engineering
Engineering Faculty
Bülent Ecevit University
67100 Zonguldak
WG I/4  Terms of Reference
  • Geometric/radiometric calibration/evaluation of optical airborne and space borne sensors including laboratory and in-flight calibration activities (connections to CEOS working group IVOS)
  • Comparison of existing and evolving algorithms for geometrical modeling of optical remote sensing images
  • Analysis of available direct sensor orientation and modeling changes during sensor lifetime
  • Evaluation of line sensors for DEM generation (cooperation with WG VII/x Digital Elevation Models by Radar)


WG I/5 - Satellite Systems for Earth Observation

Xinming Tang

Satellite Surveying and Mapping Application Center
National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
No.28 Lianhuachi West Rd.
Haidian District
Beijing 100830
+86 10 63881366
+86 10 63881366

Ralf Reulke

Institut für Informatik, Computer Vision
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
+49 30 67055-518
+49 30 67055-385

Mi Wang

State Key LAB of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing
Wuhan University
No. 129, Luoyu Rd
Hubei Province
+86 27 68778969
+86 27 68778969
WG I/5  Terms of Reference
  • Algorithmic aspects of direct georeferencing of active and passive sensors used in marine, land, airborne, and spaceborne environments
  • Navigation technology and the methods of sensor orientation in urban, indoor and forested environments
  • Co-registration of heterogeneous data sets for integrated sensor navigation, orientation and calibration
  • Georeferencing by integrated sensor orientation: models and adjustment procedures
  • Investigate challenges and implementation issues of real-time georeferencing
  • Navigation redundancy, robustness and reliability: impact of system integration
  • Standards and protocols in direct georeferencing and sensor orientation.


ICWG I/Va - Mobile Scanning and Imaging Systems for 3D Surveying and Mapping

Jonathan Li

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

Antonio M.G. Tommaselli

Department of Cartography
São Paulo State University
Rua Roberto Simonsen, 305
Presidente Prudente, São Paulo

Kai-Wei Chiang

Department of Geomatics
National Cheng Kung University
1 University Road
Tainan City 701
+886-6-2870376, ext. 63829

Alberto Guarnieri

CIRGEO-Interdepartment Research Center for Geomatics
University of Padova
viale dell'Università 16
35020 Legnaro - Padova

Key Support Personnel
Stephan Nebiker

School of Architecture
Civil Engineering and Geomatics
Institute of Geomatics Engineering
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern (FHNW)
Gründenstrasse 40
+41 61 467 43 36 (direct)
+41 61 467 42 42 (switchboard)

Key Support Personnel
José Alberto Gonçalves

Department of Geosciences Environment and Land Planning
University of Porto
Rua do Campo Alegre, 687
4169-007 Porto

Key Support Personnel
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

Key Support Personnel
Bisheng Yang

State Key Lab for Information Engineering in Surveying
Mapping and Remote Sensing
Wuhan University
129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430079
+86 27 6877 8035
+86 27 6877 8229
ICWG I/Va  Terms of Reference
  • Exploration, development, and demonstration of multi-sensor integrated scanning and imaging systems onboard land-based, waterborne and indoor mobile platforms for geospatial data collection with emphasis on the accuracy, reliability and standardization of orientation, calibration and georeferencing procedures;
  • Development and evaluation of innovative algorithms and software tools towards real-time scanning and imaging data processing onboard mobile platforms;
  • Development and evaluation of algorithms and software tools for automated extraction of spatial information from point clouds and images acquired by various mobile scanning and imaging systems;
  • Development and evaluation of novel applications in 3D mapping of transportation infrastructure, open-pit mines, shorelines/waterways, heritage sites, and indoor scenes;
  • Cooperation with ICA Commission on Mapping from Remote Sensor Imagery, IAG Commission 4 on Positioning and Applications, FIG Commission 4 on Hydrography, FIG Commission 5 on Positioning and Measurement, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, EuroSDR Commission 1 on Sensors, Primary Data Acquisition and Georeferencing, mainly for joint events, publications and reference data archives.


ICWG I/Vb - Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS): Sensors and Applications

Görres Grenzdörffer

Chair for Geodesy and GeoInformatics
Rostock University
J.-Liebig Weg 6
18051 Rostock
+49 381 498 3206
+49 381 498 3202

Costas Armenakis

Geomatics Engineering
Dept. of Earth & Space Science & Engineering
York University
4700 Keele Str.
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3
+1 416 736 2100, ext 55221
+1 416 736 5817

Babak Ameri

GEOSYS Technology Solutions
Suite 200, 1000 W. 14th Street
North Vancouver, BC V7P 3P3
+1 604 904-8807
+1 604 904-8809

Francesco Nex

3D Optical Metrology Unit
FBK - Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Via Sommarive 18, 38123, Trento
+39 0461 314615
+39 0461 314430
ICWG I/Vb  Terms of Reference
  • UVS navigation and position/orientation determination in outdoor and indoor environments
  • UVS platforms, payloads and instruments for photogrammetry and remote sensing
  • UVS swarm formations and sensor fusion
  • UVS as a tool for remote sensing instrument prototyping
  • UVS as a tool for teaching all aspects of photogrammetry [&] remote sensing
  • Document and compare UVS systems in photogrammetry and remote sensing, in terms of cost, performance, application and quality
  • Remote sensing and photogrammetry applications of UVS (Scientific Research, Commercial, Defense)
  • Liaison with Com III, VIII, EuroSDR and robotic mapping communities



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Our Contact

Leibniz University Hannover
Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation
Nienburger Str. 1
D-30167 Hannover